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Jolly Rover Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Gamezebo has posted a new review of Brawsome's Jolly Rover. The high seas point-and-click experience follows the adventures of Gaius James Rover, a dog who just wants to star in the circus like his dear old dad. Gamezebo gave the game a score of 4.5 out of 5.

From the review:

Gameplay wise, Jolly Rover is a standard point and click adventure. It's 2D and takes place from a third-person perspective, and most of your time will be spent talking to other characters, collecting items, and solving puzzles. For the most part the puzzles in the game are actually surprisingly intuitive, requiring you to do things that actually make sense in order to proceed. You'll also have to learn a number of voodoo spells in order to solve a lot of the puzzles in the game, which involves memorizing a sequence of symbols in order to perform a specific spell. For these scenes you'll probably want to keep a pen and paper handy so you're not stuck trying to remember what symbols you need to use and in what order. The only real complaint with the way the game plays is that getting from one place to another can often be slow. You do have the option of increasing the speed at which James walks, but some sort of quick travel feature would've been much appreciated.

In an attempt to make the game more accessible to casual players, the developers have included a number of helpful features. At any point in the game you can hit the space bar and the game will highlight every object on screen that you can interact with. This saves you the trouble of going pixel hunting, searching for any clue you missed. You'll also have a wise-cracking parrot companion who will provide additional hints if you need it. There are three levels of hints for most puzzles. The first is free, and offers a subtle, cryptic clue, while the other, more detailed hints require a payment of a cracker. You can collect crackers throughout the different areas in the game and they're pretty abundant, so even if you're constantly using hints it'll be tough to actually run out. This system is great because it allows experienced players to skip the hints all together if they want a greater challenge, while more casual players can get help if they need it.
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