Pavilion is the fourth-person puzzling game created by Visiontrick Media. It’s a mobile touchscreen port of the PC game for iOS and it seems that the developers have put a lot of love and attention into this port. Pavilion has unique strange and magical atmosphere due to the combination of visuals and sound effects and an immersive gaming experience. The game throws you into its mysterious world without any explanations or guidance and leaves it up to you to explore and figure the story ouRead full review
Pavilion: Touch Edition review
Pavilion is the fourth-person puzzling game created by Visiontrick Media. It’s a mobile touchscreen port of the PC game for iOS and it seems that the developers have put a lot of love and attention into this port.
Pavilion has unique strange and magical atmosphere due to the combination of visuals and sound effects and an immersive gaming experience. The game throws you into its mysterious world without any explanations or guidance and leaves it up to you to explore and figure the story out. Unlike any other platforming puzzler, Pavilion brings fourth-person adventure: you don’t control the main character, but the environment around him.
The graphics are gorgeous with a bit gothic feel due to the darker color scheme and abundance of mist and shadows. The game is fully executed in stunning hand-crafted 2D graphics. The isometric view allows to pan around the screen and scrutinize the scopes of the beautiful dreamscapes.
There are a lot of fine details, like lighting and shadowing effects, delicate patterns and textures in the surroundings, realistic and polished collectible items - Visiontrick Media did an excellent job with the game’s graphics.
Pavilion is a treat to the eyes, it’s extremely pleasant to look at and experience. Its surreal visuals, realistic sound effects and magical ambient soundtrack immerse you in the dreamy atmosphere of the game completely, making the gameplay even more engaging.
The game has multiple stages within Episodes. There is only Episode One currently available. The original game has two, and the developers claim Episode Two is to come later this year.
The aim is straightforward: you have to lead the character from point A to point B. You solve puzzles along the way, explore the surreal world and find various items which help you to uncover the story behind this mysterious adventure. On each stage you find an exit gate and seamlessly transition to the next one.
Exploring the world, you can’t move your character whenever you want. He won’t walk through shadows and dark paths, treating them as walls. Make sure that the path is illuminated. You use bells to lead the character - you tap on the bell and he follows the sound. When you come across hidden items the character can collect, a drawer will appear on the screen. There are a diversity of objects and obstacles to interact with in the game - you’ll find keys, stand on plates to open doors, and the surroundings will move along.
Now and then your brave hero stops at burning torches to warm up and gets exhausted of sprinting around the levels. His movements and acts are pretty realistic, proving the game’s excellent execution once again.
There are some interesting extra details like mystic symbols on the stones scattered around or woman in white appearing occasionally and running through the levels. Some levels are quite large, so you’ll need to pan the screen around to explore the area. There are no time limits or defined number of moves - take your time to figure things out (and you’ll need some as there are no tutorials or guidance whatsoever).
The controls are all about tapping. You tap on the bells to lead the character, tap on items to collect them and drag your finger around to pan the screen and explore the surroundings.
You’ll need some time in the beginning to get used to the fourth-person performance, involving interacting with the environment, rather than the character. But eventually, you’ll find the controls to be simple and intuitive.
The controls are smooth and responsive; all your moves remain registered.
Replay Value 4/5
The gameplay is extremely compelling and it’s no surprise if you want to replay one of the stages again. There are lots of things to come back for and explore. The Pavilion’s world is so gorgeous and thought-out, that the desire to return and scrutinize all it’s details undoubtedly emerges.
“Memory Map” on the title screen lets you replay your favorite stages. It doesn’t influence your progress: you can pick up the gameplay from the very last point you’ve got to.
Pavilion: Touch Edition has no in-app purchases at all. The game is not free, it costs $3.99, but is well worth the money.
Before making a purchase, consider that Pavilion is designed exclusively for 64-bit devices and requires at least iPhone 5s, iPad Mini 2, iPad Air, iPad Pro or iPod Touch 6th Generation.
The bottom line
Pavilion: Touch Edition is a splendid mobile port with smooth controls and animation. Its surreal world, a combination of reality and fantasy, is executed in the stunning hand-crafted 2D, making the game an eye candy. Gorgeous visuals mixed with soothing ambient sounds create a mysterious and captivating atmosphere. We highly recommend giving Pavilion: Touch Edition a try.Collapse
Pavilion: Touch Edition is an engaging fourth-person adventure puzzler with gorgeous graphics and mysterious atmosphere. Don’t miss out on this excellent mobile port.
Pros : Stunning visuals, hand-crafted graphics;
Atmospheric sound effects;
Extensive levels, a lot of details to explore;
Cons : Only Episode One available currently;
The game is not free.
Replay Value 4.0