Alice’s Patchwork Review

Alice’s Patchwork is a port of a jigsaw game that is based upon the alice’s adventures in wonderland and Alice and the Looking-Glass story. The game was originally avaliable on the app store, although it has since been ported to various other digital platforms such as amazon and steam (which is the version I have played on and the review will be based upon.)

Contentwise with regards to the port (at least on the steam version) there has been some additions to the game these being the achievements and trading cards, however the only changes to the game made have been in the removal of microtransactions as on the appstore version you have the option to pay for coins earned in which you use to buy hints or the right to skip to the later worlds which I welcome as you have to pay for the game on steam. Technically however there is no changes between the 2 versions as far as I can find out.

 

With the title of the game insinuating that it was heavily orientated about the story mentioned in the title(alices adventure’s in wonderland) I was expecting an interactive story game that included a variety of patchwork puzzles to depict the story in question.  However when it comes to the alice in wonderland story being used in the game it is only used loosely as the main theme for the game which putting some of the more popular references/icons (such as the teapot and the of the story being featured visual themes for some of the levels in the game as well as the artwork for the game; putting the visual references aside it has no other mention of the alice’s adventures in wonderland story which is a shame as there is a lot of lost opportunities of things that the game could have added to make it significantly better. I think the game would be more interesting storywise as it could have included slides of artwork or even animated cutscenes that is related to what is going on in the story and even read directly to you that goes through the story by each chapter as done in educational reading games or even implementing it inbetween levels.

However non existant the games story is the gameplay on the other hand is great as I can decide which(out of a choice of 5 pieces.) I want to put into the jigsaw with no trouble in placing them or deciding which piece I wanted which I thought might have caused some trouble in later levels as the later puzzles do have more pieces in them, the difficulty is fair as it starts off with only a few pieces in them and goes up incrementally as you go further in the game. Although I do think that for a casual game some of the level requirements maybe a bit difficult as in order to get points you have to complete each puzzle in under a specific amount of time and not making any mistakes and I feel that for some audiences they would struggle with some of the levels on the main game and would benefit from playing the game on the free play levels as they have a laid back approach which I like th addition of as it provides a more gentle mode to the game while leaving a harder version avaliable.

Overall I would generally avoid the game as it is a port of a free to play game with little to no changes made and I don’t think too much of the game as it skips the story of alice in wonderland which is a missed opportunity on their behalf, so the final product rather than the game being a jigsaw based story game what you get instead is a collection of patchwork style jigsaws with little to no relevance to the story its based on. Also there is no unlockable in the game as after you have completed all the levels avaliable you have seen everything that is on offer. But if you are purchasing this game at a price of 40p or less (this game is sometimes on sale occasionally upon steam at 90% off) for someone who wants a gentle alice’s adventures in wonderland themed jigsaw game it is worth looking at.

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