Magician’s Handbook II Blacklore HD Review

Magician's Handbook II Blacklore HD Review

Type of app: Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure (HOPA) game
Platform/where to buy: iPad (iPhone version here); available in the App Store

Developer: BC Soft Games / G5 Entertainment

Two years have passed and your trip to the Cursed Valley is only a memory. The pages of the Magician’s Handbook remain blank and life has resumed to its natural course, until the day when a tiny fairy appears in your house pleading for help. The evil magician pirate, Blacklore, has captured all the magicians and fairies to use good magic for evil purposes. Search gorgeous, hand drawn locations, learn powerful spells to solve witty puzzles, free your friends and stop Blacklore in this immersive sequel to The Magician’s Handbook: Cursed Valley!

21 Challenging mini-games
16 Spooky locations
11 Captivating chapters
5 Powerful spells
3 Gameplay modes: casual, apprentice and magician
Game Center Support
New iPad Retina Display Support

Magician's Handbook II Blacklore HD Review

Major features: I reviewed the original Magician’s Handbook here, noting that “I did find it a bit ‘old school’ in how the story was less involved than many new games in the genre”, but ultimately declaring “If you are a fan of the genre definitely check it out!”.

There are many ways to carve out a sequel, and this one works as well as any: a new threat has emerged but your skills have waned, so you need to learn spells again in order to defeat Blacklore. Each chapter is based around collecting enchanted objects in order to learn spells, but along the way you need to solve puzzles, find objects and get other clues. As before the story is fairly thin, but the focus is on the hardcore hidden object game.

Even better, each area has hidden objects and keys to unlock power-ups and bonus items. These are purely optional, but if you are playing the game and enjoying the hidden object portion chances are you want to maximize your bonuses as well. It is a great structure and loads of fun.

Ease of use/Overall performance: If you are looking for a story-based game, there are many better options from G5; but in terms of the focus on the hidden object game being very well executed but challenging this is an excellent game.

Would use again/recommend?: Absolutely! I found the original game a bit slow-paced based on the story, but diving in here I found that I really appreciated the attention to delivering a very specific experience.

Suggested changes/wish list for updates: Nothing.

Price: $6.99 ($4.99 for iPhone – but on 10/03 ONLY they are $4.99/$2.99 for iPad/iPhone)

Here is the trailer:


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About the Author

Michael Anderson
I have loved technology for as long as I can remember - and have been a computer gamer since the PDP-10! Mobile Technology has played a major role in my life - I have used an electronic companion since the HP95LX more than 20 years ago, and have been a 'Laptop First' person since my Compaq LTE Lite 3/20 and Powerbook 170 back in 1991! As an avid gamer and gadget-junkie I was constantly asked for my opinions on new technology, which led to writing small blurbs ... and eventually becoming a reviewer many years ago. My family is my biggest priority in life, and they alternate between loving and tolerating my gaming and gadget hobbies ... but ultimately benefits from the addition of technology to our lives!