Final Destination: The Secret of Larson’s Folly (PC)

By Moe Rantala

Published on Saturday, October 8, 2005

Graphics: 6.00
Sound: 8.00
Gameplay: 5.00
Replays: 1.00
Gamelength: 8.00

The planet Larson’s Folly was hit with a stellar shockwave at 7:14am on March 28, 2815 A.D. The world instantly broke up and suffered tremendous devastation: the atmosphere was blown off the planet, the oceans boiled away, and all life on the planet died. Nothing was left alive. There was only one question: did any escape?

And that is the mystery upon which it is up to you to solve. From the start of the game to the end, it’s all about unraveling the mystery. Now that the basic concept is out of the way, lets start with the actual review.

The graphics in this game are decent, but are basic at best in most, if not all areas. The website explains that they have very limited technology and resources, and the graphics are evident of that. However, they don’t really detract from the game that much since the focus of the game is not based upon the graphics but about the puzzle solving element. The animations look quite basic as well, but were actually rather enjoyable.

Gameplay is essentially the same as Myst and other adventure games. First person perspective, and you can move on a set track or path throughout the world. The puzzles are great, the author chose to play the game on hard mode (Out of easy, normal, and obviously, hard) which offers no hints, the only thing available to you is the walkthrough. On easy, the hints are basically fully explained. On normal, the hints are cryptic and need some thought to figure out. On hard, there are no hints, you must figure out everything for yourself. Since this game has the same puzzles every time, and in the same order at that, there’s no reason to play it on all the difficulties because you’ll already know the solution to all the puzzles after the first time you play. The game length is variable depending on difficulty (because of the hints given, or in case of hard mode not given) but there are about 7 major puzzles.

The sound aspect of this game is quite pleasing, although the sound effects do tend to get annoying every once in a while. The music, however, is very well done, and the author found that it helped his mind concentrate better. It seemed to the author that there were about 3 or 4 different music tracks, but they were all well done and integrated seamlessly into the game itself, which was a major plus.

In all, this is a one shot game, once you beat it, there isn’t any real reason to go back aside from the hidden ending, which isn’t explained how to get at all. If you want a good adventure/puzzle solving game, there are better, but certainly give this one a try if you want to find out the secret of Larson’s Folly.The game can be purchased here for about $12 depending on which country you live in.

Overall Rating: 7.00

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