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Level: The Skribblerz Stonez 3 - Return to the Loch back home search
Author(s): GMac
total rating:8.00 Gameplay &
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Enemies,
Objects &
Secrets
Atmosphere,
Sound &
Cameras
Lighting &
Textures
manarch2 8 8 9 8
MichaelP 8 7 8 8
Mytly 8 8 8 8
category averages
(3 reviews)
8.00 7.67 8.33 8.00

Reviewer's comments

"I havenít played the original Loch levels, so this Ďreturní level felt less Ďbeen-there-done-thatí than the other level with a similar premise in Skribblerz Stones 3, i.e. ĎFurther over the Rainbowí. That said, nearly all of GMacís NG levels have a very similar visual style and fairly similar gameplay, so there isnít a lot here thatís unexpected. Thatís not a big deal, though Ė I enjoy his style, by and large.
There are three main areas that lead off a central hub. Of these three, the large courtyard with the torch-and-five-boulders puzzle is great, with a lot of challenging gameplay. The other two, however, are rather similar large halls, with somewhat repetitive gameplay, involving mostly jumps along the edges of the rooms. Iím a bit puzzled at the linearity of the level: a Ďcentral hub with multiple offshoot areasí setting is tailor-made for a non-linear level. Why not allow players to choose which order they want to explore the offshoot areas in?
There are plenty of visually impressive areas, such as the opening area with the castle on the banks of the loch, the central courtyard with the Skribblerz Stone, and the courtyard with the five boulders. Even the two large halls in the first two offshoot areas are architecturally impressive, though they feel a bit empty. The colours are predominantly grey, with the occasional green or blue highlights.
Overall: A pleasant level in a style typical to this builder. As long as you donít expect anything new, you wonít be disappointed." - Mytly (15-Apr-2016)

"I am pretty sure I played and reviewed this one prior to its temporary removal from trle.net but playing it again now, I seem to have very Little recollection of the level and hence could enjoy it as if it were a new one. And I did indeed enjoy it for the 45 minutes it lasted - with three distinct parts to acquire the three gems and after a bit of platforming in the first two, the whole torch puzzle area in the third is quite inspired. The battles with the shooters seemed a bit overdone and superfluous to me, but as enough ammunition and health packs are provided, this is a minor gripe. Solid and very typical GMac level and certainly worth playing - even a second time..." - MichaelP (28-Dec-2014)

"This level marks a good start to Skribblerz Stonez 3, as it's a well done level in any regard. The loch at the start is really nicely designed and even if most indoor areas can't keep up to the exterior ones, the atmosphere in this level is pretty great. There's a good usage of flybys and music, the texturing is nearly faultless and the lighting is good. Maybe some rooms feel a bit grey and uniform and some of the one-square towers really don't look quite believable but overall the looks are quite pleasant. Gameplaywise there is quite a large variety of tasks and especially the platforming parts are quite inspired, as well as the torch puzzle in which you have to drop several boulders. It feels a bit monotonous at times but the good and fast pace and the steady variety of tasks never let this level feel dull. There's nothing quite outsanding in this level but overall I had pleasant 35 minutes in here and found four well hidden secrets." - manarch2 (26-Aug-2014)
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