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Sponsored Game Review: Sea of Giants

November 5, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

Description: Sea of Giants is an adventure game for Android that relies on excellent artwork, a fantastic story and a whole lot of puzzles and object hunting. It’s available in a number of different languages, it features high-resolution artwork that’s great for tablets and it’s free to try out. It’s full of puzzles, object hunting, riddles and all the sort of things you’d expect from an adventure game. Available on Android, iOS and through the Amazon Appstore, it’s available for you to play on whatever device you want and it’s been praised as one of the best adventure games to arrive on Android in a long time, most recently it won an award from Barnes & Noble. so let’s see just what makes this so special, shall we?

How it Works: As with anything else on Android, you’ll need to download Sea of Giants from the Play Store (or the Amazon Appstore if you’re on a Kindle Fire device and here if you’re using a Barnes & Noble Nook). You can try out the game for free on all the platforms mentioned above, andOnce you have the game installed, you’ll be taken to the main menu, with some choices and options for you to take a look at.

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There are a few things to take note of here, most notably the ability to rotate your display and to choose a different language. The game is available in English, Spanish, German, French and even Japanese.

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When you first start playing the game, the first thing that hits you is the quality of the artwork, on my shiny new Nexus 9 everything looks just stunning, and that shows right from the start.

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From the first opening levels, you’ll start to feel immersed in the whole story that’s at work here and it really does do a great job of bringing you into the world. These games can often be a little too static, but there’s a lot of atmosphere at work here.

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As you progress through the game, you’ll come across some tricky puzzles to deal with.

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Sea of Giants has a backstory you need to unravel too, as you’re following your mother who’s gotten lost in Sea of Giants. As you keep playing, you’ll discover more and more hints of what happened and that sort of thing.

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Opinion: I’m a big RPG fan (with Elder Scrolls Online being my latest obsession), but games like Sea of Giants never really do much for me. Oftentimes, they focus too heavily on the object hunting and the puzzles, forgetting that they need to create a believable and enchanting universe to keep their players involved. With Sea of Giants however, that isn’t the case as there’s so much atmosphere and a great story that there’s more to it than just played out game mechanics. I want to keep on playing because I want to unravel more of the story, to see more of the islands. The excellent high-resolution artwork really helps, too. With a Nexus 9 in hand I was worried that I was in for a stretched, pixelated adventure but everything looked amazing here. The lighting is great, the artwork is sharp and the sound effects – including some excellent voicework – all come together in one hell of a good looking game.

Ratings

  • Speed (4/5) – The game ran fine on my tablets and the pacing is good, especially for those not used to these sort of games.
  • Theme (5/5) – No doubt about it, this is one of the finest looking adventure games I’ve ever played, the voice work is good, the artwork is stunning and there’s very little reuse here, all the assets are different for each new place and it’s all vibrant and unique.
  • Features (4/5) – A solid adventure game that gets the balance between story and gameplay right, this is something that will draw you in and you won’t mind staying awhile.
  • Overall (4.5/5) – If you’re really into your adventure games, but don’t enjoy all the object hunting and puzzles, this is a great compromise and something well worth taking a look at if you’re fed up of games without story, cos this has plenty of it.

Pros

  • Looks stunning on tablets and really makes good use of the higher resolutions that we now have access to.
  • Balance between story and game mechanics is pretty much spot on, not too many puzzles, not too much object hunting – just enough of both.
  • Story is engaging and will encourage you to keep on learning more and more as you steadily retrace your mother’s footsteps.
  • Allows you to try it out for free with no ads or anything like that, something other games forget how to do these days.

Cons

  • If you’re not a fan of these point-and-click style adventures, then this might not convert you.
  • Some better interactions with the artwork would be nice, rather than mostly static images from place-to-place.

Conclusion: Sea of Giants is an adventure game that really gets what people these days want out of games like them. Players enjoy the artwork and the storyline, as well as the puzzles – the object hunting? Not so much. There’s a fine line where a game like this can feel like a chore and thankfully, Sea of Giants never comes close to that. The art here is great, it’s colorful, has its own style and it’s super high-resolution which is great for tablets like the Galaxy Tab S and Nexus 9. If you’re looking for a good-looking game with lots of substance and style, then look no further than this.

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