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A Tale of Two Kingdoms
|1 Cup||Not serious entertainment|
|2 Cups||A reasonable game, worth a try|
|3 Cups||A good game, worth playing|
|4 Cups||A great game, well worth your time|
|5 Cups||An outstanding, must-play game!|
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About this gameOther Worlds is a traditional game which took me 3.5 years to complete. It is a 3rd person, point & click adventure that looks and plays like the late 80s Sierra / LucasArts productions. My intention was to create the best amateur freeware game ever in terms of gameplay.
-More than 150 locations to explore
-More than 40 characters to interact with
-Dozens of inventory items
-The infamous A.L.K.I.S. interface (A.L.K.I.S. stands for Advanced Language Kit and Interface System)
-An intriguing, humorous story full of surprises and plot twists
-A large number of challenging puzzles
It is a fantasy story of a young woman going on a quest to find her missing friend, and discovering a lot more.
Also available in Italian! Visit my homepage for the Italian version.
Nominated, Best Tutorial or Documentation 2004
16 people commented on this game (newest first):
The size. Man, the game's size amazed me. It's probably the largest adventure game I've ever played (and I've played almost all the classics and many more). The story telling and atmosphere are nice, too, as well as the music. I like it how Alkis threw so many puzzles, and still they never become tedious to solve, or repetitive (except for some minor issues, see below).
What did you dislike the most about Other Worlds?
Although the puzzles were well balanced most of the time, there were a few very illogical ones, there was some minor pixel hunting (see next answer) and some big back tracking and wandering whenever your actions in one place triggered some character appearing somewhere else. Oh, and the backtracking, the playable map during a big chunk of the adventure is big, and quite a few times you're sent from one corner to the other.
Moreover, even though I knew the Exit areas were small and tricky to find, I missed three or so that I had to look up in a walkthrough.
Overall, the story is good and very well presented. The humor wasn't particularly good in my opinion, but it was very far from being boring, or annoying. No bad taste jokes, and that's a big plus in my book. The music was nice, but some parts could have used just a little bit more atmosphere. Is it just me, or the ending is a bit rushed in comparison with the rest?
Anyway, I hope I don't sound like a whiner, the game was great and I'm very happy with it. It's worth every second it takes to play, and every second it took to develop. Thank Alkis very much!
And last, if you are still reading this, what are you waiting for? Are you *crazy*? Go play this game right *now*.
By the way, did you take all the background pictures yourself?
First, the games length. This is an absolutely huge game which flits between tons of different locations. It begins as an ordinary, domestic style pick-things-up-around-the-house sort of game but then it changes unbelievably throughout. The rapidly changing atmosphere meant the game was never boring. For example, the lonely mansion stage of the game has an amazingly cold, detached feel but then later scenes have a bright, comic atmosphere.
Which brings me to the highly inventive script. The jokes are brilliant, largely thanks to the detailed characters. The puzzles are sometimes very difficult which means you may be playing this game for a very long time but its worth it. There are some amazing plot twists and turns which land you in unexpected locations and the mixture of comedy and darkly serious plot development makes the game compelling.
The look of the game often reminded me of the great 'Escape from Evergreen Forest', laying characters over real backgrounds. This look helps create the great atmosphere but occasionally makes it difficult to see objects and know which ways you can exit the screen. The music became quickly annoying too but I consider these extremely minor quibbles, especially when talking about such an astonishing game.
In short, Other Worlds is a major epic and sure to become regarded as a classic. It is stuffed full of great characters, interesting locations, witty dialogue, surprising plot twists and the best ending in an AGs game since 5 Days a Stranger. All in all, this is a must although be warned, This game will consume your life for at least a couple of weeks!
Surprises me that it only got a 86% rating for 49 votes when it has been downloaded 873 times already. Come on guys, vote.....This one is a winner. Need more like this in this forum.
The graphics are uneven (some screen are really too messy, and there is too much contrast with sprites) but some parts are excellent (I liked a lot the last chapter).
The puzzle are plentiful and vary in difficulty, but overall this is a game for veterans, because of the enormous number of locations, objects and spells, I was stuck several times. The cypher puzzle is my favourite, but I liked the spells too.
The story is where the game really shines, reminds me a bit of "The Longest Journey", and it's not a bad thing, I think that adding more dialog so some conversations (like the one sister) would have helped to flesh out better some characters.
The game has a slow start but it really grows on you, overall a must download. Kudos!
There is hardly more I can say about it.
It's big, but definitely worth the download.