Now correct me if I'm wrong, but have you ever been quietly walking along, you know just simply minding your own business and then BLAMMO!, you are suddenly zapped into another dimension? I mean it doesn't happen very often does it? I'll probably get loads of letters now from loads of people who have had loads of inter-
"Yes, there I was Mr Gamer writer, I'd just watched Bullseye with that fantastic Mr Bowen and I fancied a walk before my tea and as soon as I'd put one foot outside my door, ZAPPO!"
"I found myself whizzing through another dimension, millions of colours and strange sights flashed before my eyes."
"A weird bass sound was buzzing through my head and before you could say "smashing" I was back in my house. Surprised? I certainly was!"
You're probably wondering why I'm going on about other dimensions. Well the hero of Curse of Enchantia, a delightful little chap called Brad, has a very bizarre inter-
There he was, playing baseball with his sister in a field, not realising that the field was possessed. And how did this field become possessed? Well, it's a long story, but I'll tell it anyway - you never know, your lives might be enlightened by it.
In a land far, far away in another space, time and dimension, there lived a whole load of wicked witches. Not just any witches, but the baddest, meanest, dirtiest, evil witches the world or indeed the universe has ever known.
They ruled the land of Zeloria and went around committing terrible deeds without any reason whatsoever. They would walk around forcing people watch Eldorado, and make the citizens of Zeloria laugh at unfunny comedians turned gameshow hosts like Les Dennis.
Now there was one particular evil witch who was that little bit meaner and more wicked than the others. This witch shall remain nameless, simply because she hasn't got a name (makes sense - Ed), but hey, let's call her Mabel just for the hell of it.
Mable had just one wish in the whole wide world and that was to keep young and beautiful for all of eternity. Seeing as though see has got a face like bulldog chewing a wasp, this could be a bit of a problem. Now Mabel, just by chance, found a spell to make her young and beautiful for all of eternity, but she was having major problems in trying to find all the ingredients that she needed to complete the spell.
The main ingredient was a live male child. She knew where to get one from, but didn't know how because male children lived in another time and dimension, plus she wasn't that well catered for in the power department.
Mabel set about tricking some more witches into lending her their power in return for making them young again. So, packed to the nines with evil power, she sent two witches through a portal to Earth. What they didn't know was that they had enough power to get there, but not back. Mabel unleashed a wicked spell on them which consumed them and dispersed their essence and souls over the field in which they were standing.
From all the way back in Zeloria the evil witch was heard to say "From this day on there will forever be communication between this field and Zeloria." In the few years that passed in Zeloria many hundred passed in our world. A great city had been built around the possessed field in this time. The field had never been built upon due to the strange happenings and odd experiences that had happened there. However the local children often played baseball in the field.
Aha, I've got to the point at last, because along came poor helpless Brad and it just so happens that Mabel, our infamous witch, was looking into the field through the portal. Excitedly she cast a summoning spell and before you could say "Debbie McGee", Brad was magically wisked away to the world of Zeloria. With a gasp, a gosh and a gusp, Brad's adventure had begun.
Right as you may or may not know, Curse of Enchantia is an interactive adventure very much in the vein of the Monkey Island series, but missus it's not Monkey Island, oh no no.
You control Brad, who's got brown hair with a rather splendid quiff at the front of it. Now Brad is only a small kid, not some big muscle-
The control method is simple, in fact so simple even I could quite happily whizz along the controls without any bother at all. The whole game is controlled via the mouse and involves a small bar of icons which appear whenever the right mouse button is pressed. Via the icons you can make Brad pick up objects, jump, fight, throw objects and loads of other things which are too numerous to mention.
If there is an object nearby which you can utilise, clicking on the "eye" will make it/them appear on the icon bar. There isn't really much more I can tell you about the game because I'll spoil it for you, but it does involve Brad going around the world of Zeloria trying to complete certain tasks.
For instance, when the game starts you find Brad upside down and chained to the wall and obviously you've somehow got to escape, but how do you do it? Well that would be telling, but I can say that some of the puzzles aren't exactly logical.
I suppose all you grumpy readers are grumbling about how I haven't mentioned how good or bad the game is. Well fear ye not, ye varlets, the bard of the games world is here, hurrah!
Curese of Enchantia is absolutely brilliant! If I could give more than one Gamer Gold to a game then I'd give at least six to Curse of Enchantia. If you're a Monkey Island fan then you are going to bust your britches for this. The graphics, as you can see from the screenshots, are amazing to say the least. They are, in fact, real works of art and could probably worry a few of PC owners out there - that's saying something.
I can't really say that it's better than Monkey Island 2 because they are both brilliant in their own right. Ha, talk about sitting on the fence, there could have been a war if I'd said that one was better than the other.
Curse of Enchantia has excellent playability, graphics, sound and is addictive as something that's quite addictive indeedy. In fact, Curse of Enchantia is downright bloody enchanting. Buy it today because if you don't you will more than likely commit suicide, it's that good.
One thing is for sure - I wouldn't like to pick the adventure game of the year. Core Design have come up with easily their greatest and most impressive game yet.