|You are Kate Walker, a lawyer that has been entrusted by the Universal Toy
Company to negotiate the takeover of an old luxury toy and automaton factory. Over
the centuries, the factory has been developing clockwork devices, specializing in
perpetual mechanical movement. The factory's ambitions, however, are ill-suited to
the contemporary economic climate, and the elderly Anna Voralberg, at the helm of
the Valadilene factory for more than half a century, has decided to sell up. The day
that Kate Walker arrives, Anna Voralberg is being buried. What is more is that she
has left an heir – her brother Hans. But Hans had left the valley at the end of the
thirties and never returned, and was actually believed to be dead. However, a
letter written by Anna in the days leading up to her death reveals that Hans is
well and truly alive and living somewhere in Siberia. Valadilene's elderly notary
entrusted to take care of Anna's affairs suggests that Anna find Hans Voralberg as
he is now the only person in a position to ratify the sale of the family business.
This is a state-of-the-art, 3D, 3rd person, point & click game, with a smart cursor,
inventory and subtitles. The interface and controls are practically self-explanatory,
among the easiest and smoothest ever. The puzzles are original, inventory based,
and story related. They range in difficulty from the obvious to the moderately
obscure, but all are logical, and they can be solved with attention to detail and
the ample clues given in conversations and remarks. The world in which you find
yourself seems somehow frozen in time, and the graphics are absolutely stunning.
Done with a limited palette of grays and browns and mossy greens, they are
atmospheric, understated and elegant, reminiscent of paintings by the old masters.
The imagination shown for the unusual subject matter often makes you catch your
breath in awe and the realism is unbelievable. The music is nothing less than
magnificent - evocative, stirring, achingly beautiful and notably, only performed
periodically for emphasis or heightened emotional effect, something usually only
experienced in motion pictures. All of these different elements, including some
cut scenes that you will never forget, work together synergistically to create the
perfect illusion, as you travel across the face of Europe through four fantastic
towns. You are magically transported to another place and time, to be captivated
by the story itself for hours on end.