Review Melissa K. & the Heart of Gold
A wonderful and mysterious adventure
Author: Vlad Popa
Date: 02 Apr 2017, tested on Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo
Interesting story, lots of puzzles and mini-games, quality graphics
The gameplay is not exciting
Melissa K. & the Heart of Gold is a stunningly beautiful and in-depth puzzle/adventure game that takes the player on a magical journey through Thailand where they encounter mystery, intrigue and an amazing adventure.
Players take on the role of Melissa as she seeks to uncover the mystery surrounding the disappearance of a young monk. The game is comprised of scenes that the player must navigate, solve puzzles, complete mini-games and gather items in order to progress the story. As the game moves further more and more locations are made available. Depending on the difficulty level chosen, puzzles may be more or less easy to complete.
The graphics are simply amazing and together with the soundtrack do an awesome job at immersing the player in the story and overall theme of the game. The only lackluster part of the experience is the lip sync animations, which at times will simply break the entire feeling due to how obviously out of sync they are with the nice voice acting that has been done. Despite this each scene is well detailed and extremely beautiful, while cinematic cut-scenes are well executed and manage to further the story a great deal.
Overall Melissa K. & the Heart of Gold for Android is one of my personal favorite puzzle games, provided you enjoy the type of gameplay it has to offer. Even though the story feels shallow at times, it still manages to remain interesting, while each scene and puzzle are well designed and diverse.