Annabel is an iPhone app that takes you on a journey through an Egyptian world of mazes, treasure, hieroglyphs and challenges. This 3D game brings out the explorer in you and piques your interest with the most beautiful graphics.
To find your way through the different gaming environments, you’ve got to be observant and make a mental note of little things you see around you. And as you go on with your quest, you’ve got objects to collect, treasures to find, hurdles to overcome and puzzles to solve on the way.
The game has an interesting storyline and an air of mystery that keeps the suspense going till the very end. A young archaeologist Annabel visits a museum in Egypt where she hears a story about a princess who is also named Annabel. The princess is being held captive by Amirtekh who wants to win her hand in marriage and become a pharaoh and rule Egypt. So it is in the hands of the player to stop Amirtekh and help the princess.
The game has 5 episodes set in the pharaoh’s palace, a pyramid, an ancient village, a sailing ship and a god’s sanctuary. The navigation through the game in first person point-and-click style is smooth. You can pinch the screen to zoom in and tap the arrows to turn to the left or right while you are searching for hidden objects. And if you find yourself wandering around in circles, there are clues available to help you collect your items.
As you move through various locations, you have conversations with other characters in the game which in fact guide you in completing the tasks. You will have to help them and they return the favor. You need to look for random items like gems, artifacts, keys and beads, unlock doors, find ways to get past the guards and face other similar challenges to complete the episodes. The app has options to tell your friends about your achievements in the game through Facebook and Twitter updates.
Another special feature which will keep you engaged for hours is the mini games. These mini games have variations like lining up 3 objects , fitting in the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, sliding tiles to complete a picture etc. These beautifully designed mini games are perfect for a few hours of family entertainment.
Annabel has expertly rendered graphics, colorful visuals, fantastic music and sound effects, perfect illustrations and motifs, exciting storytelling and incredibly addictive game play. The developers of this app have taken the effort to ensure that every minute detail is in line with the overall Egyptian theme. It requires concentration and an eye for detail but is simple enough for anyone to play. Though there isn’t much of a variety in the action, Annabel packs quite a challenge. When you put it all together, it offers a great experience. Download Annabel now and try completing this Egyptian-themed adventure.
Rating: 4/ 5