“… an adventure that will transport you into the world of English myths and legends.”
Why Animation Arts didn’t just go with the more descriptive, The Legend of Excalibur in naming their new title I’ve no idea – Preston Sterling sounds more like an investment banking simulator. In any case, this is a point-and-click, graphic adventure game. The genre has always drawn me, so this was an easy purchase, especially at only $3.99.
The story takes a topic ripe for adventure games. Yes, Excalibur, King Arthur, Merlin, etc. are familiar, but they happen to encompass entertaining tales. Some of the plot points are a little too convenient, but I allowed myself to just sit back and be entertained.
The puzzles are definitely on the easier side, but those less familiar with the genre might find themselves stopping to think for a while. A journal offers optional clues – without giving the solutions – if you happen to get really stuck. There are a few action scenes mixed in as well: unnecessary additions that thankfully tend to be short.
I have a few issues with this game. The music, what’s included, is enjoyable. But it’ll often stop inexplicably when you touch the GamePad with the stylus. Considering this is a primary means of control, you’re left with an often quiet game, buggy on the audio end. Also, the loading, while not too long, occurs with such a frequency that the times really add up. Lastly, but certainly my main concern, is just how short this game is.
You might think that the low price would’ve tipped me off. But with Animation Arts advertising “full access to all content and features” there’s an expectation for said content. Particularly when they reference a game like Secret Files: Tunguska. Bottom line, I wasn’t expecting a 90-minute point-and-click adventure. Will part two even release on Wii U?
Preston Sterling is a download only for genre fans like myself. If you are one and don’t mind an amuse-bouche graphic adventure, add it to your wish list – maybe wait for a sale to drop it to its mobile price of $1.99. But I’m not too confident on the next installment arriving on Wii U. I really hope I’m mistaken though, as I want to see much more. If you’re a gamer in PAL territory, consider spending the extra and downloading Secret Files: Tunguska on the Wii U eShop instead.