This was previously available on the iPhone and now comes to the iPad. What strikes this user right away is that the style of this game is very retro, and just not in the sense of the storyline. It very much reminds me of those point and click adventures so prevalent in the early days of computers.
Sadly its just as clunky to play. The game is rather hard to get to grips with at first and the instructions are downright useless. You get two hints every pre-determined amount of time, something I was rather unable to determine. However, if you want to get more hints, you can buy them for extra money from the game companies online shop. A caveat should anyone wish to buy this game for a child. Charging for extra hints seems a bit manipulative, if the intended audience for this game is what I think it is. It also repeatedly asks you to go to Facebook and “play with your friends” which can be quite annoying.
Despite the chunkiness and frustrating learning curve, the game does have its moments. Now I would be amiss if I did not admit that I never got past the learning curve before giving it up. This game is getting a far more positive review because my wife gave it a go and got into it. In fact she managed to play it to the end. Once you figure it out its not that bad if a tad repetitive at times.
The basic gist of the game is that you have to find things to help the main character discover the portal that gives the game its name. You also have other tasks which involve prisms, clock mechanisms, a combination of pieces to unlock a door and ultimately a set of triangles that you have to place correctly so they replicate the 'father's diagram' and find the crystal.