An evil queen never found love, and can only achieve something similar by taking someone else’s betrothed. The spirit of this queen lies in a magic mirror, broken ages ago, and whenever someone finds it they feel drawn to her palace, unable to think of anything else other than heading there. The queen’s latest victim is Edward, our main character’s beloved, who couldn’t resist the compulsion to embark on the cursed journey. Much like the mysteries uncovered in popular mystery video games, the protagonist must now solve the mystery of what really happened to Edward by exploring the queen's cursed palace and uncovering its dark secrets and puzzles.
However, the connection between the lovers transcends even the queen's wildest expectations, much like the captivating narratives of classic Windows 7 games. It's at this point that the game truly begins. You're thrust into a dream, a haunting vision of Edward trapped within the confines of a ruined castle. The once-vibrant servants have been transformed into eerie ice statues, and a shattered mirror stands in place of what was once a majestic throne. The queen's ominous command echoes in your ears, urging poor Edward to seek out the scattered fragments of the mirror, which hold the key to restoring her formidable power.
Like most mystery games of this genre, Living Legends has some gorgeous backgrounds to look at, which are quite filled with details telling their own story of the world. This is to be expected, since the core gameplay involves looking carefully at the backgrounds for clues and items. The characters are also animated, even if slightly; it is not truly 3D, but it gets the job done and along with everything else in the visual and audio department, you can’t help but be immersed in what is going on.
The color palette goes for every variant of blue, especially since you are dealing with an icy curse. While it might sound like everything looks the same, that is not the case; you can still tell what lies beneath the snow, and as you slowly break the curse the true warmth of the areas you are in come to the light. The game does have a bit of backtracking, but with the changes to the areas it is a joy to see your hard work flourish.
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Gameplay follows the classic gist of adventure games. You travel from area to area looking for objects, and investigate interactable zones to get even more objects. Some zones require objects themselves, others are puzzles that award useful items. These puzzles are very varied between one another, and they are where most of the fantastical things in the game happen. This makes it so you never truly know the reward for completing a puzzle, therefore you get double the enjoyment from completing them; from the challenge itself, and from the surprising effects that might happen!
As you collect things, you have to use them in order to advance to the newer areas. Plenty of times you will find yourself backtracking in order to solve previous puzzles, since all areas are interconnected like that.
you're presented with a scene chock-full of items in disarray, and your task is to find specific ones from a given list. Clicking on these items is how you progress.
Now, what's on the list? Sometimes, it's words. Other times, it's objects that you need to cleverly place within the scene. These List puzzles pop up consistently throughout the game, adding layers of intrigue and complexity. And here's a twist: occasionally, you might have to tackle the same puzzle twice to acquire multiple useful objects. It's all part of the fun and challenge that make clutter games so engaging!
Keep in mind that if you get otherwise stuck, you can always use the hint button to show you were to go next. While it takes a while to recharge, it is always useful in a pinch. You can even use it to skip most puzzles, quite handy!
Living Legends: Ice Rose is an intriguing love story filled with memorable characters and engaging gameplay. Like all games in the series this is a standalone adventure, therefore if you like this game you should try the other ones to get the full taste of these legendary tales.
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