Version Reviewed: 1.02
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5
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Violett is an adventure game that combines puzzle solving with object finding. Players will find themselves immersed in a strange environment filled with odd creatures and dangerous objects.
After watching the long introduction, players will find themselves trapped inside a cage next to a fairy. The goal of each environment is to explore everything by tapping and dragging. The occasional small hint pops up on the screen, but the game doesn’t provide much help at all. While exploring each environment, players will find jewels and other objects to collect inside their backpacks. These items will come in handy later.
It’s hard to describe each level without giving away the solutions. The main goal of the game is to make it to the evil spider in the end by clearing all the rooms that players encounter. They will discover such things as angry tea kettles, grumpy caterpillars, and magical fairies on their adventure as they try to solve each room's puzzles. I will say that the first level had me stumped for almost an hour. I ended up watching a YouTube walkthrough, which made me realize that the solutions will definitely have players thinking hard.
Anyone looking for an easy adventure game will want to avoid this title. It’s meant to challenge players, but it takes the level of difficulty a little too far. I felt helpless almost all of the time. While the puzzles are clever, there’s too much trial and error. Of course I wasn’t expecting to have my hand held, however a set of objectives or even feedback to give any indication that I was doing something right would have helped curb my frustration while playing. In addition to the frustrating level of difficulty, the game’s controls still aren’t perfect. I had to play on my iPhone 5 because the controls just weren’t as responsive on my iPad Mini.
Violett would normally be an adventure game that’s right up my alley. The bizarre environments and clever puzzles make it quite appealing. While there are issues that need to be worked out, Violett still has potential. The graphics look fantastic and the storyline is immersive. I’m hoping for an update that helps improve the game, but for now it’s hard to recommend. A price drop would also be beneficial so players may feel more encouraged to give it a try.