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Apprentice

by Herculean Effort, 2003

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The graphics are very cartoony and nice.

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Voice acting is close to professional standards and the music is good.

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The puzzles are inventive, but still make sense. However, the game's interface is rather tedious at points. What is really annoying in the game though is the inventory system, as there are only two items visible in it at a time, so you have to scroll continuously.

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Apprentice is an old school point & click adventure game that gives you the role of Pip, a young wizards apprentice who's getting bored of sweeping his masters floors and wants to start learning proper spell casting, potion making and other wizardy things. One day his master tells him that he thinks Pip might be ready to make his first spell, but to do so Pip must find the proper ingredients for it. And thus starts the adventure!

At a first glance, Apprentice looks like it's going to be a pure joyride from start to end. The graphics are very cartoony and nice, voice acting is close to professional standards and the music is good. I liked all the characters in the game and the most important aspect of this type of games, humor, works. The puzzles are inventive but still make sense.

However, I found the games interface to be rather tedious at points. Sometimes Pip just wouldn't walk where I wanted him to (especially at the annoying outside of the tower), and drop down menus are not really my cup of tea. What is really annoying in the game though is the inventory system, as there are only two items visible in it at a time, so you have to scroll continuously through it, which can get irritating.

The game is also very short, which is both a good and bad thing; good in a way that you don't really have time to get so annoyed by the game's interface that you give up on it, bad in the way that the game's story, characters, and humor are so good that you really do want more. Luckily there is a sequel and a third part is in production so it is possible to enjoy more of Pip and his friends.

Even if Apprentice has its negative points that might sting a bit, the game is highly enjoyable and a good substitute for a bad movie on a boring Tuesday night. Play it, enjoy it, but don't expect a classic.


Review by: Gorkur