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Drawn III Trail of Shadows

 

 

SCORE: 81

 

Drawn III Trail of Shadows 

 

The third game in the Drawn franchise is out. This Personal Computer (PC) and Macintosh (MAC) game is my exposure to this well known video game series. Big Fish Games pulls all the stops out for Drawn III Trail of Shadows. The first thing I noticed is my older PC played Drawn III Trail of Shadows with no problem. That is a real compliment to Big Fish Games. They could teach some other companies out there how to do that.

The artwork in Drawn III Trail of Shadows is stunning. It looks completely hand drawn. The storyline follows a wizard who captures a boy. This boy has the ability to draw magical things that come to life. Your mission (should you choose to accept it) is to save the boy from the wizard. Along the way you get to return light to the darkened world. The wizard is responsible for the darkness. I did some research and returning light to a dark world is a common threat in the Drawn games.

Anyone remember the movie 'The Princess Bride?' The story is told in a similar fashion to that movie. The voices of the various characters in Drawn III Trail of Shadows draw the player into the world. They have a certain quality about them that makes you want to listen to them. Their voices are very commanding. The music fits the theme of this game extraordinarily well.

There is a free sample of Drawn III Trail of Shadows for those that like to try before they buy. I think this game is great, but the cost is a little high in my opinion($13.99). Maybe apps have spoiled me, but I would expect this game to sell for $9.99. Plus after you beat Drawn III Trail of Shadows I can see few reasons to replay it. The adventure is fun the first time through.

The hints system may downgrade the replay value of Drawn III Trail of Shadows, but it really helps family members avoid getting stuck. I never got stuck in this game once. If I was confused about what to do, I hit the Hints button. This told me exactly what to do next. Usually there are only a few screens to interact with, and a set number of items to use. Most things make sense. A few of the puzzle games were difficult. But those can be skipped if you just want to get past it.

I thought of a few lessons after playing Drawn III Trail of Shadows. The first one is to bring light back to our dark world. The second one is to be careful what you create. The final lesson is to stop kidnappers. I hate the concept of a child being kidnapped. I hope you agree with me on that. Drawn III Trail of Shadows is a fun game to play. I enjoyed figuring out the puzzles, and making it to the next area.
 - Sam

 

Graphics: 84%
Sound: 81%
Replay/Extras: 69%
Gameplay: 87%
Family Friendly Factor: 82%
System: PC/MAC
Publisher: Big Fish Games
ESRB Rating:
‘NR’ - Not Rated

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