Reviewed in Point and click adventures
Fire Maple Games has a special talent with point-and-click adventure titles. The team's latest effort, Mosaika, retains the tap-based formula established in The Lost City and The Secret of Grisly Manor, sending you to a mysterious world with a simple goal in mind. This time around, though, the Myst-like experience is more streamlined, with puzzles that don't go out of their way to twist your gray matter into knots. A crash in the next room wakes you from an unsteady sleep, and suddenly you realize there are strange symbols above the fireplace in your uncle's home. You soon discover a secret world hidden behind the wall, one filled with magic, intrigue, and strange contraptions with missing pieces. You begin your journey through Mosaika with one thought: what's that frog doing here, why was it waiting for me, and why can it talk? Tap points on the path or the edges of the screen to navigate through Mosaika. You can zoom in on certain areas to take a closer look, pressing the circular arrow to zoom back out when you're done. Tap the backpack icon to open the inventory where you can examine or use items, check your journal, or get a quick clue about what to do next. You won't get stuck often, but the built-in hint system does a great job of pointing you in the right direction when you need it. Mosaika feels very much like Fire Maple's previous releases. Things are a bit simpler this time around, though. Puzzles aren't as intricate, requiring a minimum number of inventory items and featuring a solution that can be found elsewhere in the game. The answers are never thrown in your face, so you still have to do a bit of thinking to find the solution. You won't feel frustration, only excitement and success. The visuals are absolutely gorgeous, and the atmosphere of slow, quiet exploration keeps you engaged from beginning to end.
The strange feeling you had all day followed you to bed that night. A sudden crash from the next room wakes you from dreams of magical lands, and sets your heart racing in your chest.
Sitting bolt upright in bed, the strange feeling returns as your eyes adjust to the darkness, focusing on the odd wooden symbols across the mantel of the fireplace. Almost as if something were calling you...
Turning on the lamp, you cautiously get up, moving towards the sound that woke you. This is your uncle's house and though you've been here many times, it suddenly feels very different.
The room is littered with wonderfully strange and interesting artifacts, souvenirs from your uncle's travels, from where he would not say. On the floor lays a small tiled box, broken open. Unfolding the paper nestled within it, you instantly recognize the symbols.
Running back into the bedroom, you examine again the symbols on the paper. They match perfectly those in the woodwork of the mantel, but are arranged differently...
Though your hands are shaking with excitement, you work quickly, rearranging the wooden symbols to match the ones on the paper, hearing them click into place easily one after the other, until the pattern is complete.
Suddenly, beams of golden sunlight burst through the opening in the fireplace, cutting through the darkness in the room. Standing back with a gasp, you look through the opening, eyes wide in awe at the beautiful, magical land from your dream on the other side.
With a deep breath, you step through the opening and take your first steps into another world...
• Beautiful hand-painted graphics that draw you into this mesmerizing adventure!
• Lots of items to collect and puzzles to solve!
• Original soundtrack and sound effects!
• A journal that keeps track of all the symbols and clues that you encounter.
• A dynamic map that shows all of the areas you have explored, as well as your current location.
• A complete hint system built right into the game.
• Mosaika has been translated into many languages.