Tiger Eye – Part I: Curse of the Riddle Box

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Gameplay:★★★★★ 
Graphics:★★★☆☆ 
Sound:★★★☆☆ 
Value:★★★★★ 
Fun Factor:★★★★★ 
Overall:★★★★¼ 

We are back with the first installment the Tiger Eye games from the Tiger Eye book series by Marjorie M. Liu. Yesterday’s post was about the second game, but the first one seemed to have more flow into the story, and it moved faster. We learned more about Dela and her abilities, and how she came to meet Hari. This part of the tale starts in a market in Beijing, where a mysterious old woman sells Dela a puzzle box for one yuan. Part of the puzzle is to find the box, which really is not all that difficult. Many of the logic puzzles are fairly easy when some left-brain grease is added to the thought process. As to the background music, it could have been a little more Asian and upbeat, but I’m not wanting suggesting that they use Versailles-Philharmonic Quintet, but something less dreary might be nice.

We learn more about Hari, what he is, and what he can do, and why his is bound to the puzzle box and anyone whom owns it. This game is very intriguing, and I’m pretty much ready to hunt down these books. Dela has some psychic talents that allow her to read memories from metal objects, which is why she became a sculptor. The metal speaks to her, and tells her what it wants to be, but she was definitely not ready for a tiger shape-shifter to from the time of the Xin Dynasty to come into her 21 century Western life.

While the graphics are needing some work, the storyline is just amazing, and I commend Passionfruit Games on their first two games. I really can’t wait to see what they come up with next. Considering that they are located in the heart of game development country, up there with Arenanet near Seattle, best known for Guild Wars and WildStar, they are in some good company. I think we will see great things from Passionfruit. They just need to tweak that art department a little. Great job!