Princess Isabella - Review
by Faudraline on Steam
Princess Isabella: A Witch's Curse
- as being the first game in the titular series - is one of the early examples of the dynamic change in HOGs, presenting a nonlinear environment and a decent story. The game was developed by Gogii Games in 2009, and its age does little to worn out the naive beauty of the setting and the unconventional gameplay. It still is a very good purchase.
Crown princess Isabella returns to Castle Greystone for his marriage to Prince Adam, only to find the castle in ruins, all rooms cursed and the royal family trapped in mirrors! She is quickly joined by her fairy companion to investigate the matter, while collecting pieces of mirrors to save royal family and undo the curse if possible. All witnesses speak of a vile witch visiting the castle and putting a curse over the land, yet torn pages from our mother's diary indicate another forgotten secret to be uncovered. As being a trained magician herself, Isabella travels within the castle, solving puzzles, collecting mirror fragments and lifting curses over rooms. Will you be able to face the witch and save your family in the end?
Plot explanation aside, this game is a classic for the HOG genre. Art works and character designs are a beauty, even though they've been aged in the digital era. Voice acting is more than decent, bringing a vivid side to the whole setting. The storyline is actually curious, with a nice plot twist by the end. Sadly, the Steam overlay doesn't work, and the game has no achievements or such due to its age.
Gameplay is basic HOG; collecting items and solving puzzles. Neither HOG scenes nor puzzles are actually challenging, but there is a logic presented in all HOG scenes - which was new at the time. We use most of the items we collect through HOG scenes, either for puzzles, or concocting potions to lift curses. The ending scene is unique in the HOG genre, by presenting a boss battle - a timed HOG challenge between you and the AI - which was never used in any other game aside the series in the genre. Map has a teleport function and you are declared when you complete all there is to do in a room, marking it as cleared. By the end, the game presents you 2-3 hours of clean cut fun.
Princess Isabella - aside being a bit fluffy on the tone - is a good purchase for all casual gamers and a must have for all HOG lovers. The last game of the series, Princess Isabella: The Rise of an Heir
has just been remastered by Artifex Mundi, possibly upping the quality of gameplay a couple notches. I strongly recommend the series as a whole.
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When th that out of the way... ood thany better hidden object games for a similar price. I see no reason to get this one.
by Ati on Steam
When I first started up this game, it felt surprisingly old. Well, that's probably because it's from 2009, not 2014 as the steam page incorrectly says. But okay, it's not like hidden object games have made a lot of progress recently.
So with that out of the way... I still wouldn't have liked this game 5 years ago. It seems to be aimed at girls age 5-7 or something like that. Most of the puzzles are overly simple, and some are even more illogical than you'd expect from this type of game, like "let's make a potion to cure this room!". Erm, no thanks. Also, I completed it in less than 2 hours despite getting stuck for a good while because I missed a room and couldn't figure out how to move on as only rooms you've been in are marked on the map.
The one good thing this game does is marking a room as clear once you've found everything in it. Unless you enjoy searching for pixels everywhere when you get stuck, I suppose.
But yeah, there's so many better hidden object games for a similar price. I see no reason to get this one.
by talgaby on Steam
Short version: 87%
Despite its age, Princess Isabella is still one of the most enjoyable hidden object games, memorable for the quality of its voice acting, and the rather easy, but still fun mechanics.
Princess Isabella: A Witch’s Curse, with its original 2009 release date, was one of the earliest hidden object games that left behind the old timed scavenger hunt mechanics to turn this genre into the lightweight point ‘n’ click adventure format we know it as now.
For an early pioneer, it aged remarkably well. Many of its features like the map system are still used with almost no change in the original formula. If it ever received an update on the old low-resolution graphics and the photo cut-out hidden object items, it could be a fresh new hit even with today’s saturated HOG market.
The storyline too is in line with most HOGs: we play as the titular princess, who arrives home to a desolate castle, where she has to solve a series of puzzles and challenges to lift a curse and save the residents. She has a fairy helper to act as a hint system and to keep company: her presence is a welcomed addition, as she is far from annoying, and she adds some life to the otherwise empty castle rooms.
There is even a boss battle, believe it or not: the last challenge is a hidden object duel against the computer– a fun minigame that surprisingly no other HOGs (except the sequels) copied.
Prt's a nt's a good promise for the rest of the series. Buy it, it's really a polished HOG!
by Vic=HKC= on Steam
Princess Isabella tells the tale of a princess named Isabella in case it wasn't explicit enough. Engaged to Prince Adam, she is ready to marry him but upon returning to her castle, she discovered it cursed. It's up to her to find who did that and why. And save the prince in distress.
It's a nice litte HOG: visuals are good, soundtrack is good and the idea to dispel the curse of each room in different ways is also nice. The little faery that escaped the evil fate helps you and can gain abilities that will be needed for going forward and the fact that you need to rebuild mirrors to free people is also a nice addition. While the puzzles aren't hard, the HO scenes are a little hard: indeed, you don't always see what you need as it's really well hidden in the screen.
It's a good promise for the rest of the series. Buy it, it's really a polished HOG!
This is a faiirly easy puzzle/hidden object story driven adventure. The voice acting was excellent as was the rest of the sound track. It reminded me of a Disney type adventure. It is definitely geared towards young gir
by Smokes67 on Steam
This is a faiirly easy puzzle/hidden object story driven adventure. The voice acting was excellent as was the rest of the sound track. It reminded me of a Disney type adventure. It is definitely geared towards young girls, but could be enjoyed by anyone looking for an easy way to spend some clicky time. I played this with my daughter and we had a blast solving the puzzles and going through the story. We finished it in one sitting. The hidden object parts were VERY easy, so keep in mind there will be little challenge for an adult playing this. The other puzzles got to be a bit much for my daughter so I had to step in now and then and click thorugh a puzzle here and there. Overall an enjoyable experience.
Pre aaame delivers what you expect - nothing less, nothing more.
by mendel on Steam
Princess Isabella is a casual hidden object puzzle adventure game that took me about 3 hours to complete.
What struck me most about this game is the excellent voice work. The rest of the game is ok, even if the resolution seems a little low/scaled up in places.
The game uses block letters (caps) throughout, is mildly scary, and looks to be suitable for any age. Because it teaches the clock and musical notation, it could even be considered education; hidden object games exercise the ability to concentrate, and there are some logic puzzles as well.
The game encourages the player to smash vases and other vessels in search of treasure, and it considers snakes and insects evil.
The game delivers what you expect - nothing less, nothing more.
It was not a bad game, but for me it was too easy, as the fairy always told u what to do when u entered a new room. The only difficulty was the ''not too good graphics''. For kids and newbies of the hid
by Marumaru丸丸 on Steam
It was not a bad game, but for me it was too easy, as the fairy always told u what to do when u entered a new room. The only difficulty was the ''not too good graphics''. For kids and newbies of the hidden object category I'll say It's Ok, but if u play hidden object games for the challenge and excitemet, this is not the game for u.
Cute Dncess encountered one bus soraphmended for younger players, really cute game.
by Tharwania on Steam
Cute Disney-princess-like puzzle/hidden object game. Probably best suited for kids as the puzzles are easy and the fairy helper easily hints/solves the puzzles if you're stuck.
The player controls princess Isabella after she came home to her castle, which was cursed in her absence. Move from room to room and remove the curse in each room. There is some backtracking, but as the map lets you jump to rooms, this is not a problem. Your fairy companion gains abilities as you progress through the castle.
I encountered one bug only and it was getting 2 of the same item as I clicked too fast to pick it up. It did not change the game in any way other than having that extra item in my inventory.
There is some seriously flawed logic in this game; of course the normal magic/fairy, but also "lighting this fire will remove the curse from the room because warm = not evil" while in another room"putting out this fire will remove the curse from the room". wut. There is no punishment for missclicking in the hidden object games other than not being able to click for a few seconds. The fairy will help you complete if you're stuck.
Decent graphics, music and voice acting. Very Disney-like in sound effects. I had to turn down the music and sounds as there are too loud compared to the voices on default. A lot of small cutscenes, but all are skippable by mouse-clicking.
Recommended for younger players, really cute game.
was also very annoyed with several of the minigames where you had to find all the "evil" in order to progress. "Evil" in this case were things like bats, spiders, snakes (so many snakes), skulls -- thi
by silentrequiem on Steam
I really hate the yes/no recommendation choices, when my feelings for this game are really somewhere in-between. I clicked "yes" but it's with reservations. This game feels like it was really geared towards children. The plot is very simple and the puzzles are incredibly easy. I played through this is a little over an hour, and if I had paid more than the $1.99 sale price, I would have been pretty unhappy.
I was also very annoyed with several of the minigames where you had to find all the "evil" in order to progress. "Evil" in this case were things like bats, spiders, snakes (so many snakes), skulls -- things that were not evil inherently. As young girls are the target audience for this game, I was irritated at this reinforcement of the idea that those things are bad and icky, instead of fascinating cool things that could be studied.
This is actually quite well-done as a HOG. The voice acting and graphics are good, the puzzles are mostly entertaining, and it tells you when you don't need to worry about a given room anymore. Even the story is more
by TiffanyAK on Steam
This is actually quite well-done as a HOG. The voice acting and graphics are good, the puzzles are mostly entertaining, and it tells you when you don't need to worry about a given room anymore. Even the story is more engaging than the average title within the genre. Overall, rather enjoyable if you like HOGs.
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