Okay, so Facebook adverts have led me to quite a lot of things that have been really enjoyable to experience. And a few not so good, but we won’t discuss those.
Isklander was one of those. I’ve lost count of how many times I ended up clicking on the advert and thinking how good it looked. So when I had the opportunity to do so, I paid for the event; and actually paid for all three games, because I knew I wouldn’t be satisfied until I’d seen the ending in its entirety.
The first game, Plymouth Point, started out as a fairly simple missing person’s case. While there wasn’t a real reason/background for me, as a player, to be involved in all of this, I can’t deny that the game was extremely engaging. Some of the puzzles were more difficult than others. For instance, I took far too long trying to solve the first puzzle in the final game that I think the ‘character’ I was interacting with took pity on me and eventually gave me the answer.
I loved the fact that there were so many different elements involved in this game. From using the video, to making use of actual websites, to areas clearly created just for this game…there was clearly a lot of work and effort that went into this game. And the storyline was thoroughly engaging. It contained enough twists and turns to keep me guessing about what was really going on.
There was a lot of detail that went into the characters themselves. Each one I saw and interacted with, I thoroughly cared about. During the second game, ‘The Mermaid’s Tongue,’ there was a huge amount that was going on. I was a bit disappointed that the text messages didn’t really seem to go anywhere, though. They added a bit more of an urgent element to what was going on, but there were a couple of instances where my attention was drawn from one thing to another and I ended up missing a couple of details.
The cinematic elements of this were really engaging and brought a lot more to the story. Really, this whole experience was completely unique and I’ve never played anything quite like it before.
As it says on the website, the three games are standalone and you don’t have to know the existing storylines to enjoy each one, but I personally feel that it’s a much better experience if you play all three games. Also, while it does say to play as teams, I actually did play it alone…and found it just as engaging. So if you can’t get a team together, then it’s still playable just by yourself.
There is a time limit to each of the three games, but for the first two, it wasn’t an issue. The third one, it was a bit harder to do everything and I did get right to the deadline, but still managed to achieve the end goal.
You can find the game here and I think it’s definitely worth playing. For all of the detail and work that’s gone into it, it’s a really engaging, involving storyline with a lot of different elements involved. Try it out!