In this sequel to Tiger Eye: Curse of the Riddle Box, players step into the role of Dela, who with her new love, Hari, has escaped dangerous pursuers in China only to discover that she and Hari have been followed back to California where they must outwit villains, break an evil curse and find Dela’s best friend whose life is in imminent danger. The game can be purchased online at www.passionfruitgames.com.
- Packed with hidden objects, and more than 40 brain teasers, word games and puzzle activities
- Gorgeous hand-drawn art
- Game developed in collaboration with best-selling author Marjorie M. Liu
- Custom-scored, cinematic cut scenes
- Highly accessible to new players, yet challenging for seasoned gamers!
- Optional integrated hint system throughout game
- Expert mode for additional challenging game-play
- Behind the scenes content available exclusively through passionfruitgames.com
- Passionfruit Games will donate $1 for every game sold to Feeding America
- View the game trailer
In May 2010, Passionfruit Games released part one of casual game adaptation of Marjorie M. Liu’s Tiger Eye, the first book in the hugely popular Dirk & Steele paranormal romance series. I had the privilege of reviewing part one Tiger’s Eye: Curse of the Riddle Box and have been eagerly awaiting part two Tiger’s Eye: The Sacrifice ever since.
This is a casual game, which means there are no complicated controls or tedious learning curve. The gameplay consists primarily of hidden objects, brain teasers, logic puzzles, and mini-games. All of which are fun and challenging (and skipable if one proves too challenging). Between all the mini-games, Liu’s paranormal romance storyline it effectively told through a series of hand drawn slides and simple animations. Don’t worry if you haven’t read the book (I still haven’t) as the basic plot is very easy to follow.
After enjoying Curse of the Riddle Box so much, I was expecting The Sacrifice to be even better.I’m sorry to say that while it was still a better than average casual game, it fell short of part one in several key areas: It feels significantly shorter. I didn’t time myself while playing, but I’d guestimate that I completed the game in roughly six hours. That’s not terrible for a game that only costs $6.99 considering the high production value and wide variety of mini-games, but compared to part one, I was expecting it to be longer. The storyline also fell a little short this time. The initial unraveling of the mystery was part of what made the first game so exciting, not to mention the exotic locale. Stateside in part two wasn’t as lush or entrancing as China. I also really found the romance between Dela and Hari notably scaled back in The Sacrifice. Since I haven’t read the book, I can’t say whether or not that is consistent with the original storyline or not, but it was mildly disappointing nonetheless.
Those criticisms aside, The Secret is an immensely enjoyable casual game full of addictive and creative puzzles, beautiful illustrations, and and an exciting storyline. The options really allow the player to customize their gameplay so everyone can enjoy this game at the difficulty level they choose. For $6.99, casual gaming fans and paranormal romance lovers in particular, The Secret and Curse of the Riddle Box before it are games not to be missed. I can only hope more adaptations of paranormal romance novels are in the works.