Reviews for Undiscovered

[Post New]by JustTheFacts on Jan 28, 14 3:19 AM
A Little Of What You Like


BASED ON DEMO


FIRST IMPRESSIONS
Undiscovered is an undiscovered little cross-genre masterpiece. It really does have a little of everything. Don’t be put off by thinking it’s another cute little Match-3 game. It is. But it is also so much more!

SIGHTS & SOUNDS
The graphics are simple, but their less-than-state-of-the-art standards are cleverly disguised with the less than subtle use of an airbrush. The game looks soft and gentle throughout as a result. The match-3 items are simple and pleasing, as are the huts we’ll build and the hidden objects we’ll find. The whole setting is prettily portrayed, with beautiful beaches and jungles. The music varies, but in all cases is sweet.

WHAT’S HAPPENING?
You are helping the survivors of a shipwreck, making good use of all you can find and salvage, exploring the island you are stranded on and setting up some basic shelter. This covers the opening chapter of the story, which I still had not completed in the 45 minutes I played.

GAMEPLAY
Well, where to start? There are 3 modes to the game. Story mode, challenge(not sure) and zen (untimed). You must complete chapter 1 of story mode to unlock the other two. But that doesn’t mean you are fighting the clock for the first chapter. You can choose casual, which allows you to continue past the clock, or expert, where you must achieve each level’s goals within a set time. I played casual, and would never even dream of trying to stick to the clock, but it was still 15 levels before I started losing the time bonus.

You have a field guide to keep track of tasks and record story elements. It’s both handy and fun.

The MATCH-3 game is pretty standard with the usual bonuses, powerups and obstacles.

The BUILD game is basic at this stage. Just a few upgradable huts requiring points to build, some other buildings that require specialised equipment you’ll find along the way.

The HOP is again simple. Nothing exceptional, but pretty, and the items are easily spotted in the uncrowded scene.

There are occasional (so far easy) PUZZLEs. Not many. I saw one.

To be continued...

Edited on 01/28/2014 at 8:41:04 AM PST


 

Re:Reviews for Undiscovered

[Post New]by JustTheFacts on Jan 28, 14 3:21 AM
A Little Of What You Like


Continued...


There is even a very basic ADVENTURE component. In one level, you come across an ancient statue that is damaged, you must look around you, find the missing pieces (beat up a venus flytrap plant) and reap goodies when you fix it.

The one game type not yet represented is TIME MANAGEMENT, which is fine by me, but I am suspicious. Something gives me the feeling that even that is possible in the levels to follow. Remember, I have not even finished the first chapter.

COMBINED IMPACT
This is actually not a game I would normally play. I am strictly a HOPA fan, with the occasional “other” type when bored. Yet I enjoyed this, and only stopped for this review. For anyone who is more versatile in their playing, this will be a real light-hearted treat.

I think it is a game to delight all ages and interests, and levels of competency. Have fun!

I recommend this game!

 
Hespera
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Re:Reviews for Undiscovered

[Post New]by Hespera on Jan 28, 14 7:08 AM
Based on the demo:

Basically, this is a swap Match 3 game with some hidden object stuff thrown in. There really isn't any "building" involved, because the game does all that. The player simply earns the money and clicks on an option sign to build whatever he has sufficient funds to build then the game takes care of everything. (*yawn*). No worrying about location, supplies, resources, etc. You "walk" across some stuff as you progress thru levels (you don't contrtol that, either), but as far as building, it's all about the money you earn. The game controls everything else.

As for match 3 play, the board is not the fastest I've played, but it is quicker than most seen these days and without the feel of the tiles falling through water or mud. You can't swap out pieces while others are in play, but it's fast enough that you don't really mind. I played in expert mode and finished all the levels in the first chapter with time to spare.

I don't agree with what's been said about the graphics being fuzzy, unclear, etc., as they were very clear and sharp on my PC, so I'm thinking it depends on the graphics card involved.

All in all, a worthy Match 3 game that has the choice of playing untimed.

 
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[Post New]by MLC60 on Jan 28, 14 7:53 AM
When I played the demo, it let me go at a nice, leisurely, senior-citizen pace; however, after I got it with a PCC, it changed to this aggravating monster that gobbles up everything you've done. It is most frustrating! There is a mode called Zen that is just M3 at a leisurely pace, but I only played to Level 3 of it because it bored me out of my mind. Maybe I'm too hard to please. MLC60

 
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[Post New]by bfgWendwater on Jan 28, 14 8:40 AM
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fluffyalso
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Re:Reviews for Undiscovered

[Post New]by fluffyalso on Jan 28, 14 9:03 AM
This game starts out as an interesting simple match3. Play is smooth, graphics good, squares clear quickly and boards are almost big enough. Back play of building village and HOS are not bad. At last a match3 game I can play mindlessly for hours. WRONG! I got to level 21 or so and up came a vine that you can't kill and have to click frantically to beat. That takes all the fun out of a game for me. I need to be able to beat a level without raising my blood pressure and cursing. A replay on a level is okay but even on casual, this game is a no buy for me.

 
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Re:Reviews for Undiscovered

[Post New]by kdubs on Jan 28, 14 3:36 PM
I'm usually all over Match 3's, so couldn't wait to demo. But 43 minutes into the trial, I bailed.

Nice tiles. Can't make matches while board in motion. Sounds do have 3 separate controls in Options. A really good thing since the sounds of the tile action were sort of irritating.

Still trying to keep open mind as I began the first level of Chapter 2. Then came the bugs that fly onto the board and obscure tiles...and I don't mean little bugs, I mean big bugs, larger than the individual tiles. If they aren't immediately cleared off by making required matches, bad things start to grow on the board. That's when I bailed out.

The 'building' portion is just click-to-buy, no choice or strategy. The 'hidden object' portion is....well yeah, you click a few things, merely a simplistic diversion between M-3 levels.

Opening cut-scenes were awful. The high point for me was the lady's head on a stick to mark map progress -- definitely LOL.

 
Yaelle
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[Post New]by Yaelle on Jan 28, 14 9:27 PM
Welll...I had left a review too soon.
I'm afraid I don't really like this as much as I thought I did.
There's not enough to DO - the building is done for you in one click....the matching is ok but um...overdone a bit....there's no strategy in any of that.

Like I mentioned above in my review (which I may delete) the art is pretty bad.
So for the first hour I was psyched at the crossover/mixup sort of thing but then later on? Not so much. I actually would change my review from 4.5 stars to 3.

That one level that's like...insane - you probably know which I am talking about if you've played - its.....what IS it? I exited out after like 15 or 20 minutes and that seemed to be okay to do. It let me move on. I only played for another minute or two after that as this game started to seem pointless.

EDIT: Apparenlty my old post disappeared after leaving this one?? I don't know but it was there and now its gone!
I just wanted to mention that because it kind of worried me that I had left such a glowing review when, after the first hour of the game, Undiscovered became more like Unenjoyable.

Edited on 01/28/2014 at 9:29:14 PM PST


 
bessiegirl
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[Post New]by bessiegirl on Jan 29, 14 9:06 AM
I made it through the demo and to be honest found it to be quite borning. There are better match 3/builder games out there. However, this one is on sale today....so maybe.

I had to turn the music off immediately...really annoying as is the plop, plop, plop of the chips. I did turn off tips because I find them annoying when you are trying to play so to play to few and far between HOS, I had to hit the hint on a couple to figure out what I was suppose to be looking for. And all of a sudden a big bug appears on the match 3....had no idea what to do with that...tried clicking on it. There are no instructions to be had in the menu so I just let it be.

Not a lot of building, you build up points via the match 3 and when you gather enough of what you want you build...no little people running around...at least yet. Not a real adventurous, challenging game. So, I'm still trying to figure out if this is a keeper....so far a low 3 out of 5.

Edited on 01/29/2014 at 9:08:15 AM PST


 
adinah
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[Post New]by adinah on Jan 29, 14 7:53 PM
I bought this game after playing a few levels and reading the positive reviews for it being innovative and a nice melange of match three with the spice of a little building and some HOGs.
I am very disappointed that after a few levels, it became level after level of horrendous jungle growth that I had to play multiple times to get through. It is not fun, relaxing or distracting from the trials of everyday life, I would not have bought it if the reviews had said anything about how hard the levels were going to get so soon in the game.
I wish one could get a refund for profound dissatisfaction (but that's fantasy - not the real world).

 
GeorgeTSLC
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Re:Reviews for Undiscovered

[Post New]by GeorgeTSLC on Jan 29, 14 9:54 PM
I wouldn't be so sure that "profound dissatisfaction" isn't a valid reason for a refund.

I'd certainly try it if I were that unhappy!

 
nelliebj
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[Post New]by nelliebj on Jan 30, 14 6:32 PM
I played the demo and thought it was great. Good graphics, pretty standard M3 with some HOG thrown in. Finding the "parts" wasn't always easy but it can be done. Then I got to the level with the vines. And then I completely went off the game. Unfortunately, I had already bought it but since it was fairly cheap, I'm keeping it. But those vines are the most frustrating annoying part of the game. The big bugs were ok...easy to get rid of but the vines....even if you think you have been quick enough, they come back just as quickly.

All in all, this will probably remain unplayed. Very disappointed.

 
shripch
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[Post New]by shripch on Jan 30, 14 7:51 PM
nelliebj wrote:I played the demo and thought it was great. Good graphics, pretty standard M3 with some HOG thrown in. Finding the "parts" wasn't always easy but it can be done. Then I got to the level with the vines. And then I completely went off the game. Unfortunately, I had already bought it but since it was fairly cheap, I'm keeping it. But those vines are the most frustrating annoying part of the game. The big bugs were ok...easy to get rid of but the vines....even if you think you have been quick enough, they come back just as quickly.

All in all, this will probably remain unplayed. Very disappointed.


Thank you for saying it all so well. Agree with your review and second it. I do not recommend this game!

 
JennieC
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Hang in there!

[Post New]by JennieC on Feb 1, 14 6:38 PM
I am about three-quarters of the way through the game, and am finding it curiously addictive! I like the mix of Match 3, HO and puzzles.

For those wrestling with the vines, they only seem to be in the first half of the jungle (appropriate!). The ladybug things also peter out.

I also thought I must be missing something when I hadn't completed the building programme after getting to the wreck - but it does come! Halfway round the volcano I am still waiting for parts for the wreck!

So, overall I would give it 3 and a half stars - worthy enough to buy with a free coupon. Not a great game, but quite enjoyable.

 
mgpaquin
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[Post New]by mgpaquin on Feb 2, 14 10:11 AM
This was fun, for as long as it lasted. There were two places to build, the village and the wreck. Then you wandered around an island until it suddenly ended in fewer than 100 levels. I'll give it 2 stars for being a Match 3, but no more than that for being so short.

 
texgma
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[Post New]by texgma on Mar 17, 14 8:30 AM
Finished all the games and challenges. there are 999 levels in zen the it goes back to 1. A fun addictive game to kill time

 
 
 
 
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