Search and find games are growing more and more in the App Store, with the most popular adding story, often filled with an adventure or mystery. They are certainly fun to play and the added story makes the game play move along and more interesting. One such app catching this wave has added puzzles to the mix.
Alexia Crow and The Cave of Heroes by Jose Perez Cabo is a search and puzzle game with an adventure story weaved in. Here is the app’s full description:
Alexia Crow is a girl that accidentally falls in a mysterious cave, soon she will realize that she is not alone. a centaur called Chiron, the trainer of heroes like Achilles or Heracles is with her, cause she is in the cave of the heroes, a place where the most important heroes in history receive their training. Chiron will test Alexia by solving very original puzzles and picking up several objects.
The cave of heroes is a first person adventure game, with very great puzzles and a pick and use objects game mechanics. Astonishing graphics, art direction and a very solid story line.
Millions of plays assure that Alexia Crow series is one of the best adventures games ever made, are you prepare to enter the adventure??
For one thing, I am glad there is a description of the story to go with this game, because to just pick up and play it, there isn’t much explanation. After a somewhat lengthy loading screen, the game begins with Alexia falling into the cave, but that is it. Along with the missing story is the lack of a tutorial. The first screen shows the inside of the cave, filled with sand and several statues. The only explanation is, “Drag the objects to the places in which you want to use them.” Unfortunately it is not obvious what objects you are to drag. At first I try dragging my finger all over the screen, hoping I will see something change, but this does nothing. After several minutes I tap my finger on some of the scenery. Finally, double tapping one of the round disks a statue is holding adds it to the bottom of the screen as my inventory. Only then am I able to drag the item to where it belongs to begin the first puzzle.
The first puzzle is pretty easily solved by assembling tiles with moving pictures to create a complete image. The second, however, is not. An oval with various dragon heads are displayed. You must drag them around and put them in order, but it’s not clear how. Again, the only help is the same statement that is displayed at the beginning of the game. Finally I solve and tap to enter the cave, only to be greeted with a sign that says, “Tap to enter the cave $1.99.” Do I dare pay and continue this madness? I’ll let you decide if it seems worth it.
Alexia Crow and The Cave of Heroes is another puzzle app in a long line of search/adventure apps out there. It isn’t the best, but if you are a fan of the format, it might be for you, if you’re up for the challenge. The app is available now in the App Store for free and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.