Re:Reviews for Awakening Kingdoms

[Post New]by Happy_Ours1 on Mar 14, 14 6:17 PM
Graphics and music are great! I like the storyline, too!

I don't like the bugs and glitches that run rampant in this game, AND Big Fishes lack of response to the many of complaints/concerns that have been listed under the Techinal thread.

Even though I have been a Big Fish customer for years, this is enough to turn me off!

I wouldn't recommend
anyone[u] pursuing - or HEAVEN FORBID - paying real money into this game until one sees the technical thread greatly reduced. Until one can see an extreme reduction in the same complaints made over and over and over again without being addressed in the least by BF - unless it's in the way of lip service which acccomplishes nothing and has resulted in MANY, MANY dissatisfied customers of BF, I would recommend that you stay away from this game!

 
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Re:Reviews for Awakening Kingdoms

[Post New]by laurakay76 on Apr 10, 14 12:33 AM
This was my first time trying any of the free-to-play games on BFG, and my feelings are pretty mixed.

The style of play, insofar as having a lot of different quests happening at once, didn't bother me. I'm used to that; I play a lot of RPGs. It was great to revisit all the different scenes from the Awakening series that I love so much, and to interact with the characters in a new way. The goblins are fun, and every time Captain Greg came on the screen I'd joke around about "Captain Cutie Pie." (He looks a little bit like my husband, who was amused.)

But, as so many others have said, the different puzzles require so much from you just to complete them. It's very tedious to play the exact same puzzle over and over and over and over just to unlock the assorted levels of the mini-games. The H0 scenes, by comparison, just got more and more convoluted, what with the unlocking of additional scenes within scenes and the increasingly difficult methods of telling me what to find. I especially disliked the riddles. The waiting for the energy bar to refill was horrible, but the only alternative was to spend hard-earned coin on potions and food items to fill it manually. And there was absolutely NO way I was spending real money on this!

Still, I was mostly enjoying myself, and got as far as level 13. Then my computer overheated and I came back to find myself knocked back to level 8. I'm not impressed by that, not at all, and will most likely be deleting this from my game manager. It's fun, but it's not worth the aggravation I'm seeing in so many other people's reviews.

 
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Re:Reviews for Awakening Kingdoms

[Post New]by Luckypool on Apr 18, 14 3:42 PM
I've hit the wall now with the repetition factor. I'm at level 33 (I think) and I'm beginning to get really fed up of playing the same hog over and over just to get one item. Then eventually you get the item and then you have to play another hog over and over. The continual need to buy energy, and play mini games is getting a bit tedious now.

that said, it's a free game, and I've had many hours of great play with it, but I think it's time to bow out soon.

 
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Re:Reviews for Awakening Kingdoms

[Post New]by quiet5 on Apr 21, 14 6:44 AM
Just loaded this as a back up to my "real games"

I tried the American Dreaming antiques game already (which I think has better graphics than this one) - but got turned off by all the quests demanding that I buy something for somebody - or to add some specific decor item (never what I would choose myself).
As another poster pointed out - it is really disappointing to have a quest requiring that you give someone multiples of an item - only to find that in a later quest you need to use those items. I suppose that is a way the designers add several hours of game play, but it's crappy, boring game play - not fun game play.

I am only on level 11, and still more entertained than annoyed.
This does have a lot of the "gimme -gimme-gimme" quests involving the other characters, (but at least the characters are less annoying in this one.)
I am also just going in once a day at most for about 15 or 20 minutes at the most.

The "riddle clues" in some scenes are truly terrible, and none of them are clever. It's a good idea as a way to change things up, but they need to get better writers.

 
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Re:Reviews for Awakening Kingdoms

[Post New]by Luckypool on Apr 21, 14 8:40 AM
quiet5 wrote:

The "riddle clues" in some scenes are truly terrible, and none of them are clever. It's a good idea as a way to change things up, but they need to get better writers.

I think the riddle clues are better than the silhouttes - they really annoy me - the constant clicking inbetween the (sometimes) four screens.
That said, it is an amazingly immersing game, very gentle and relaxing to play.

 
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Re:Reviews for Awakening Kingdoms

[Post New]by Zevah4 on May 1, 14 11:28 AM
I like the game and have been playing for awhile but I'm really frustrated with trying to obtain playing pieces from the hidden object scenes and they don't drop. You can play the same HOS 20+ times and not get the piece the you are looking for. When you need to have 5 or 10 of the same piece, it gets extremely tedious.

You can buy the pieces the pieces at auction but if the piece is very hard to find, prices at auction are cost prohibitive, especially if you need more than one of the same piece.

If I were to rate the game, I would give it 2 out of 5 stars because the frustration begins to outweigh the recreation after a certain point in the game.


 
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Re:Reviews for Awakening Kingdoms

[Post New]by chi1d on May 3, 14 9:06 AM
I really like it. One suggestion. My screen resolution is too low for me to play any way except full screen. That's fine except that then I can't see my clock. It's almost a deal breaker, since I have no idea how much time I'm spending on your ridiculously addicting game.

It would be great if you could let the task bar stay at the bottom of my screen, even when the game is full screen.

Thanks,

 

Re:Reviews for Awakening Kingdoms

[Post New]by JustKeepWaiting on May 18, 14 9:13 PM
When will this game be available on the iPad?

 
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Re:Reviews for Awakening Kingdoms

[Post New]by raelynn820 on May 22, 14 8:09 AM
Once you get through the beginning levels to complete special quests like the guys flying machine the festival ect you must put out money. To play for more than 10 min a day the same thing this game was built on the customer buying. Really sad too greedy greedy developers.

 

Re:Reviews for Awakening Kingdoms

[Post New]by zitronenfalter12 on May 30, 14 12:28 AM
I like the graphics and the story line is ok. The first few levels were kinda fun. I raised a level up nearly as soon as I reached the end of my energy.

But the higher your level rises (I'm now at 30), the more XPs are needed to level up while your energy bar is frustrating small compared with the XPs you can earn during searches. There are Amulets that increase your reward XPs or reduces the required energy but they all last for 30 minutes and you barely have enough energy to give you 30 minutes play. I'm normally done after a max of 15. Maybe it gets better when you have the patience to wait another 100 levels or so because after you reached Grandmaster in a scene, I think the required energy stops rising.

Same is with money. Each search gives you between app. 100 and 400 coins. But pretty soon you have a lot of quests requiring 12000 coins to give. The upgrade of a building to level 4 is at 19500 and I have 4 of those quests pending. Additionally one should rebuild the castle for also ridiculous amounts of coins. I could buy those in RL for the same money...

And the 3rd block of quests in the game are the minigames. you need tons of items to play them but get only few during searches. I really don't know how one should get enough to play all the minigame quests. In the store you can buy each for 300-600 coins, but with coins...see problem above.
The items for some are in the "lower" rooms which I hardly have to search at this time in the normal game pace. And to search them just for the minigame items: see prob 1 with the Energy...

Then there are auctions where you can buy missing items and sell spare ones. these are awful I think. The basic idea is not that bad but you can't search for auctions where you are currently bidding. The sort option for lowest start price is only available when you're not searching for a special item. When you come from the collection page, you have to scroll through the complete list. And this has no arrows in the scroll bar, just a slider. Usability is something else!

Fazit: its probably a padagogic game because you can only play for 15 minutes and then leave the computer again until the next day. But really don't worth spending any money and barely spending time.

 
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Re:Reviews for Awakening Kingdoms

[Post New]by Mrssfox on Jun 15, 14 4:02 PM
Did I just marry into the mob........?

Don't get me wrong, the game works - as in, I haven't found any glitches.

I've been playing a little of this game for two weeks and find the quests unreasonable compared to the rewards gained in Hidden Object Scenes. There are way too few resource items collected when they are potentially available.
The amounts of resources I can obtain to play mini-games is laughable. I have about 12 "Specials" - but I can't even keep playing for a 30 minute stretch as I run out of coins, experience and resources to fully appreciate the boost in results.

Sometimes I can go through a scene, and I'm not that slow I don't think, and all I get is coins and experience when there's over 15 items on the list of rewards to be found. Most rewards don't exist 19 out of 20 tries. That's an insult to gamers in the fact that we already upgraded the building to open the location, did the quests to open the mini-scenes, paid the value to enter the scene, found the hidden objects and played enough times to unlock the four modes of play - that's a ton of effort to go in and get NADA!

Then there are all the quests asking for coins and bolgite that is another thing that is way too difficult to build up enough supply. I'm on level 11 and I need more than 100 bolgite and currently more than 150,000 coins!!! - too ridiculous if you ask me.

I am also appalled at the quests requesting I spend crystals to get things like the Pegacorn pet that is far above my income level. Even casinos have a better rate of return.

BFG and BZ developers - you are creating a whole schwack of bankrupt players here - was that really your intention????

 

Re:Reviews for Awakening Kingdoms

[Post New]by RowanGolightly on Jun 21, 14 8:59 PM
Well, here's a review after playing for months, sticking through all the problems and freeze-ups during scenes, resulting in losing the energy one spent on that scene.

I'm at about level 46 or so, having completed a bunch of quests and spent a BUNCH of money on crystals along the way, learning how to participate in the auctions and gaining some friends which hasn't seemed to accomplish anything, including communication.. I did Ludovico's quest and found everything that needed to be found, rebuilt the castle and played waaaay too many scenes trying to get multiples of rare stuff.

The latest re-do of it seems to have fixed mosts of the problems; haven't had it freeze up since. But the increase of the price of crystals and then having to 'buy' the injured unicorn-thingie sorta set my teeth on edge. Devs seemed like they were getting a little greedy there, to me. Now I'm on my 2nd massive search for a commodity called Moon Fountain Tea and frankly, I'm getting bored. Playing the same scene over and over again isn't much fun. The only thing that's bringing me back daily is to not lose out on the weekly treasure thingie.

If this review sounds lackadaisical, well, that's what boredom does.

It's been fun and I'll probably keep on because there are other areas but I'm certainly not going to spent ANY more money on it.

 
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Re:Reviews for Awakening Kingdoms

[Post New]by Tassieo on Jul 5, 14 7:27 AM
I have just downloaded this game on my IPad. Have got most of the Awakening Series, so was really looking forward to this one. But now I'm on the fence, don't know if I like it or not. Won't be buying anything with real money, not in collecting friends or going to the Auction. So probably won't get far. Well we'll see.

 
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Re:Reviews for Awakening Kingdoms

[Post New]by Tassieo on Jul 6, 14 6:08 AM
UPDATE: Well played to level 14, keep running out of food, can't seem to get anymore, have got plenty of money. Am getting sick of playing the same HOGs over and over again. If you don't mind spending your own money, then this is the game for you. Not me am deleting. Hope Boomzap brings out another Awakening game, just not like this one.

 
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Re:Reviews for Awakening Kingdoms

[Post New]by mammaw_1 on Jul 10, 14 8:55 AM
I am at level 62. Played the game daily for 67 days straight. My daily bonus board rewards were in the 3500 - 4000 coins range and a few hundred enery points. Then I had the nerve to miss logging in one day because I drove three hundred miles to spend a day with my dying mother and a night with my favorite aunt who does not have internet service. As punishment for failing to log in that one day, my game board was reset to DAY 1.

In my opinion the June 30th update is proof positive that the game developers have been driven mad with greed. I was at level 62, had well over half the 63,000 and some odd experience points to level up to level 63 when I installed the update. The new energy point requirement to levels up to 63 in now over 233,000 points! Posts in the tech section of the forum say it only gets worse. Eventually it will require over one million energy points to achieve the next level of the game.

I do not mind shelling out a few bucks to play this game occasionally. I have invested about 100 bucks in crystals so far. But I draw the line at being forced to choose between spending weeks waiting for my energy to rebuild or investing hundreds of dollars in crystals just to get to the next level of a game.

It's a crying shame the developers let greed destroy the potential for this game. Given the recent developments, I would not recommend this game.

 
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Re:Reviews for Awakening Kingdoms

[Post New]by alaskan22 on Jul 12, 14 9:43 AM
kempette wrote:What's with the "in game purchase" nonsense? I'd rather just buy a game & not be nickle & dimed to death. What a waste of a perfectly good game idea. I won't be playing, or throwing money at this thing.


I have been playing this game for months and haven't spent one dime of real money. You may just have to be patient and not try to play the one game all day. Wait for the energy to reload.

 

Re:Reviews for Awakening Kingdoms

[Post New]by jessespooky on Jul 22, 14 8:14 PM
Just renewed membership and already had the first three of this series so was looking to round out my collection. Never have played any free-to-play games before and I'm not really sure I will even give this one a try after reading the reviews. Very disappointed because I loved the series so far. Don't really have the extra money to throw away buying stuff or really not sure I want to wait till some later time while energy recharges so I can play again (at least that is how I've gathered this works). Maybe some other time.

 

Re:Reviews for Awakening Kingdoms

[Post New]by kbigelow7 on Aug 31, 14 8:46 AM
I love this game however the amount of time to recharge energy is way out of wack as compared to most games available online. One should be fully charged after a day at work and that just isn't happening. That is one area King Games like Candy Crush and Witch Saga have right. You dont need to come up to their time as the games are different but the way it is now needs to be changed to something a little more reasonable. 8 solid hours for a recharge should be enough. After 24 hours is a little riduculous. Otherwise great job.

Edited on 08/31/2014 at 8:48:21 AM PST


 

Re:Reviews for Awakening Kingdoms

[Post New]by Fishgamesite2 on Sep 10, 14 5:49 PM
I am enjoying this game. Finding it challenging because my computer is old and goes out of the game when I reach higher levels. But I'm hooked to replaying over and over again. The tech issues will be solved when I buy a new updated computer. Until then with no tech issues. I recommend it if you like to play for short bursts or use your real money to go futher faster. Wanting update the game will wait until I have a new computer.

 

Re:Reviews for Awakening Kingdoms

[Post New]by becatoz on Sep 23, 14 2:13 AM
Hi to all players who drop in on the forums. I decided to give a review/opinion of Awakening Kingdoms. This game was very enjoyable for quite awhile. I even restarted it probably 4-5 times as I learned how to not waste my resources, crystals, energy, game money, and so on. But I'm at the stage now of waiting for the next update. I'm out of quests and feel like a loner wandering the badlands. Sadly, I'm so ready to quit AK altogether. I'm bored with visiting the same HOGs, looking for the same items, over and over and over again! The only difference is one time, the cat might be black, the next time golden, and the next time it might be a REAL cat. Also, a couple things will be moved from place to place. This is not a great way to hold a players interest. The little mill is still "Coming Soon" as is the locked upstairs door in the castle, and the eerie dark chest. I wonder--if I stay with the AK game--will I feel the same enjoyment as I used to when new places and searches were revealed? How long must I hold my breath for Dreamless Pond and Goblins Mine to reveal more than than their first scenes? I hope to see these things soon, and I trust they're worth the wait. Courage! Will I stick with Awakening Kingdoms long enough to find out?

 
 
 
 
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