Nevertales: Hearthbridge Cabinet Collector's Edition
April 10, 2020
Mad Head Games
4 Difficulties + Custom Mode
Exclusive Bonus Chapter
Integrated Strategy Guide
Wallpapers & Concept Art
Soundtracks & Morphing Objects
Replayable HOs & Ultimate HO
Achievements & Collectibles
Jigsaw Puzzle & Treasure Hunt
The Nevertales series goes back to its storybook fantasy roots in Nevertales: Hearthbridge Cabinet! You rushed to your childhood home when you heard that your beloved grandma has fallen into a coma. Little did you know that your grandma has been protecting you from the wonder and the danger of Taleworld for years. Are you ready to discover what lies behind the forbidden red door?
Over the years, Nevertales has proven time and time again that the series is among the best in the realm of hidden object games. Although the main storyline here is not totally unique, the magical Taleworld is particularly well-constructed and fascinating that it is easy to get immersed in the plot. Nevertales: Hearthbridge Cabinet also features some memorable characters, both friends and foes, that keep you engaged throughout.
In the veins of the original Nevertales game, this latest installment has a brighter tone than some of its recent predecessors. The Talworld is sunny, colorful, and possesses light-hearted sensibilities despite the suspense that surrounds it. The crystal clear visuals beautifully bring out the best that the game’s imaginative artwork and world-building have to offer. In addition, the game’s music complements its charming qualities extremely well and enhances the experience rather than distracts.
Gameplay-wise, Nevertales: Hearthbridge Cabinet is quite mundane. Although there are moments where obstacles require creative solutions to solve, the majority of the game is filled with HOPA clichés – even the puzzles are straightforward and easily solved. The hidden object scenes are more thoughtful, challenging, and interesting. Unfortunately, that alone is not enough to lift the game above the average line. I know that Mad Head Games is capable of crafting bar-raising gameplays, so the by-the-book gameplay in Nevertales: Hearthbridge Cabinet is quite a letdown.
Experienced HOPA players should be able to finish Nevertales: Hearthbridge Cabinet in just a little four hours and the enjoyable bonus chapter within an hour. As expected, the Collector’s Edition is packed with extras; a strategy guide, wallpapers, concept art, soundtracks, replayable hidden objects, achievements, collectibles, morphing objects, a jigsaw puzzle, treasure hunt, and an ultimate hidden object scene.