Wonderland Secret Worlds
Wonderland Secret Worlds is an isometric puzzle adventure similar to Mr. Robot. In it you take control of several characters who push boxes, flip switches, roll boulders and build bridges to make it to the exit in each stage. The setup is nothing new in the casual gaming world, but somehow the combined package is an extraordinarily fun play. If you don't mind the dated visuals and rather cutesy presentation, Wonderland Secret Worlds will be one of the most enjoyable and satisfying games of its genre you'll ever dive into.
One day in the realm of Wonderland a dark storm covered the sky and shook the seas. The wind carried all the little Stinkers away, leaving only Stinky and a few of his friends behind. Stinky immediately sets out on a quest to rescue the little ones, his friends joining him along the way to help solve puzzles.
Wonderland Secret Worlds follows a very simple setup that everyone should be familiar with. Each level contains a gold star sealed behind a metal gate. To unlock the bars you must find key tokens scattered around the level. To get them you'll need to shove boxes into the water to make bridges, step on switches to open barriers, push heavy objects onto round buttons to hold them while you pass, outsmart enemies and much, much more. The game introduces plenty of new twists and turns as the levels progress, keeping the experience fresh and interesting for hours on end.
Analysis: More often than not, this style of adventure game tends to get on my nerves. Color-based button/gate puzzles usually frustrate me because I already know how to solve them, so why should I go through the motions? Isn't that more of a chore than play? That's certainly not the case with Wonderland Secret Worlds. The game manages to preserve a sense of joyful puzzle solving even though it employs well-used gaming conventions at every turn. Yes, I had to slide a box across a narrow bridge while avoiding fire cannons just to hold down the red gate button so I could collect the blue key that allowed me access to the green button that held a token, but man, I had fun doing it.
The only drawback to Wonderland Secret Worlds is its dated visuals. Games used to look like this more than a decade ago, with stiff 3D models and blurry, repetitive textures on every tile. The game doesn't look bad by any standard, but it's an acquired taste every gamer might not find as appealing.
Simple, gratifying, and much more entertaining than I had expected. Wonderland Secret Worlds is a surprisingly great game with enough levels and content to keep you busy for weeks. If Wonderland Secret Worlds really did it for you, be sure to try the original Wonderland, a game that's very similar to its sequel but with totally new levels to experience.
Cheers to Shalar for letting us know about this one!