Beyond the Unknown: A Matter of Time Collector's Edition
July 11, 2014
ERS Game Studios
Hidden Objects Vs. Match 3
3 Difficulties + Custom Mode
Exclusive Bonus Chapter
Integrated Strategy Guide
Wallpapers & Screensavers
Soundtracks & Concept Art
Achievements & Collectibles
Replayable HOs & Puzzles
First off, we have to admit that Beyond the Unknown is quite different from what we have expected from ERS-G. While the story does involve some kind of supernatural elements; they are not the highlight of the game. It is not exactly a fantasy game ,a horror game, Beyond the Unknown feels more realistic. As much as Beyond the Matter feels refreshing for ERS-G, it is nowhere near unique when compared to other games from the field.
The plot in Beyond the Unknown is fairly nice, the problem is that it develops too slowly. This is probably the same problem that goes with the gameplay. Beyond the Unknown is not an exciting game; there are plenty of tasks to do and characters to interact, the fact is that they all very straightforward. The hidden object scenes are simple although you can switch to a nicely designed Match 3 mode, puzzles are run of the mill type and are on the easy side and the other aspects of the game are not really mind-blowing.
In terms of production, Beyond the Unknown impresses to a certain level. On one side, the cutscenes are up to standard with solid voice overs – on the other side, graphics are fuzzy and many locations look very static with minimal animation.
We completed the main game of Beyond the Unknown: A Matter of Time just over 3 hours, with another 45 minutes in the Bonus Chapter – so it is not a particularly long game. The extra items are standard, except the collectibles which can be challenging to find.