A great improvement to a great game
I played J.U.L.I.A the first time it came around and enjoyed it very much. Now, the "new" J.U.L.I.A Among The Stars came with enhancements in graphics. And what a pleasure to see the new graphics (Full HD). There is no difference in story between the 2 JULIAs but just better design/different ways to solve puzzles. I am a big fan of Science Fiction and JULIA is a great one.
Time Played: Under 1 hour
A Quality Freeware Game about Demons and Everyday Drama
For a freeware game Ars Harmonia is definitely very well done. The graphics are great and the story is interesting, the music is good and some of the dialogue even has voice overs. As for gameplay it is a visual novel with some light adventure game type of puzzles.
The setting of the game is the near future with weird and brutal murders, often done by demons, though people have even wilder theories about them. The game is short but obviously only a little piece of a whole - just one case as it is mentioned ingame too. Future cases in the same setting will surely be also interesting to play.
The game has some gory descriptions but barely anything is shown graphically. Overall it is not very disturbing even with the violent and demonic theme.
Time Played: 1-2 hours
A Sci-Fi Noir Title with Nice Atmosphere
The Maker's Eden has been made with a motion comic technique and basically it plays a like an adventure and visual novel hybrid, having quite light gameplay with some puzzles and dialogue options to choose from.
The art, music and overall atmosphere in the game is very compelling. The story itself is also truly engaging, even with the quite common 'protagonist with no memory' gimmick.
The first episode is very short, it plays barely over 1 hour. To me it didn't make a huge difference as I thought the episode made a great package with a marvelous ending. But if you demand a longer play time or heavier gameplay you can subtract a bit from the score.
Time Played: 1-2 hours
A Good Continuation to the Story
The game continues a short while from where episode 1 was left off. Some changes have happened in the surroundings but the protagonist will meet the familiar characters again, and a couple of new ones. The second episode also has a narrator that interacts with Alicia directly, and can also be used to give some hints.
There's a lot of humour and at least with me it mostly hits the mark. The characters and events are very over-the-top but I found myself enjoying many of the little misdeeds Alicia had to do. The bigger story moves forward kind of slowly but reveals enough to keep the player interested.
There are still a few polishing issues like unskippable dialogue and some minor bugs but nothing gamebreaking. A few of the puzzles are also a bit hard to figure out but overall the difficulty level is pretty good.
The game has a nice length for an episodic release (though I admit I did wander around quite a lot being a bit stuck here and there, straight playthrough is probably a lot faster). I am definitely waiting for the next episode and hoping it will be even better.
Time Played: 5-10 hours
Difficulty: Just Right
Very good casual game
The protagonist in the game is a murder investigator with a sixth sense. The murder case, which is set on two different times and places, is interesting and the gameplay is mostly fun with varying puzzles. There are some hidden object scenes, and perhaps towards the end there's a couple too many, but most of the time puzzle solving and investigating is enjoyable.
The game looks and sounds nice, and Angelica gives a good amount of comments about the surroundings and the case. This is one of the best casual games I've played and I would definitely recommend it to people as an introduction to casual games. It also has a nice length for a casual game, definitely took me closer to 5 hours, if not past it.
Important notice: the Collector's Edition includes a bonus chapter that is basically essential to the story. Without it the ending is very abrupt and doesn't really give any explanations to why and how things were happening. One might say the game doesn't even feel complete without it. So if you are purchasing the game, I strongly recommend making sure you'll be getting the bonus chapter with your copy.
Time Played: 2-5 hours
I enjoyed the simplicity of this game and its original time traveling theme. When is the next episode schedule to be deployed?
Time Played: 1-2 hours
One of the best comedy adventure games
If you like your adventure games with a lot of comedy, this is the game for you!
If you love sci-fi as well, then it'll be very, very enjoyable.
There are tricky parts to the game and yes, some of it is a bit unforgiving and a little clunky, but really there is nothing else like it...
I put it up there with Monkey Island in terms of classic comedy games, and it's in my top 5 of all time adventure games. One of the best concepts as well, with the time travel idea.
Time Played: Over 20 hours