Elarooh is a point-and-click adventure game for mobile devices that has a lot going for it. The first thing you’ll notice is the gorgeous hand-drawn scenes. It feels almost like being pulled into an illustrated children’s book. You’ll even get to interact with a whole bunch of whimsical forest creatures — both real and fantastical — on your quest to revive all the forest spirits and restore life to the land. While the characters you meet are very kid-friendly, the game should offer plenty of entertainment for adventure fans of any age.
If you’re familiar with other adventure games like Fire Maple Games’ The Lost City or Digi-chain Games’ The Magic Castle, you’ll feel right at home here. In those two games, you use changing seasons or magic to manipulate the world around you. In Elarooh, there’s a similar idea, but you switch between night and day in order to access certain paths or solve puzzles. You might need to change to night simply because the sun is too blinding, or you might need to change to daylight in order to make a seed sprout. But besides adding an interesting element to the puzzles, the change in time is also very rewarding visually. During the day, the sun is shining bright, but at night you’ll be surrounded by bioluminescent plants, similar to those found on Pandora in the movie Avatar. This makes it worth playing around with the time of day sometimes even if there’s no need.
As with any good adventure game, there’s a lot to explore in Elarooh, and many surprises to uncover. Thankfully, the controls are very responsive and you won’t waste any time or energy pixel hunting. The screens also load quickly, making exploration enjoyable and never a chore. It’s quick and easy to backtrack, so there’s no need to fret if you forgot something a few screens back. There’s also a generous amount of content, so it should keep you busy for a while.
In Elarooh, you need to explore your surroundings, using any objects you find to help you on your quest. The game does make you think a bit about what you need to do next, but everything is logical and nothing is too cryptic. However, the game does offer some challenging puzzles in the form of mini games. There are two different kinds of mini games that you’ll encounter several times throughout your travels. One involves strategically moving pieces around a board to their destinations. The other is a sort of pinball-labyrinth hybrid that allows you to shoot marbles onto the board. You then use tilt controls to guide the marbles to all the closed flowers, causing them to bloom. What I really liked about this is that you need to find the marbles as you explore the forest. The number of marbles you’ve found is the number of marbles you get to use for the pinball games. As you progress through the story, you’ll find more marbles, and therefore have betters odds for the harder levels. Both types of games start off easier and get gradually more challenging as you progress, so it’s imperative that you find all the marbles available to you.
The strategy game will force most players to really use their brains, and it is incredibly satisfying when you solve the really tough ones. The pinball game, on the other hand, requires a different kind of skill (and patience if you’re not very good at it). This was the most frustrating part of the game for me, but I still got through them all without too much trouble. The games cannot be skipped, so keep that in mind if you’re easily frustrated by games you can’t necessarily solve with your brain.
Overall, Elarooh is a very enjoyable experience that should satisfy most adventure game fans. The pinball games are not what you’d usually expect in a game like this, but don’t let that deter you unless you really don’t think you can handle it. The exploratory and strategic puzzles are top-notch, and the artwork alone makes it worth checking out even if you don’t consider yourself an adventure gamer. So what are you waiting for? Download Elarooh and save the forest! Download
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