Follow a Childhood Dream – A Wish Upon A Star Review

8.5

If you are looking for an isometric puzzle game with pleasing graphics, soothing music, and brain-teasing challenges, then you may like to have a look at the game A Wish Upon a Star by Fabian Denter. In the itch.io page of the game, Fabian told that this game is about Childhood Memories –

“Follow a small child with great imagination and one big wish on the way to make it happen. Find a path through colorful puzzles and meet people who are more than happy to help!”

I was stunned to know that this game was created in two weeks for a bi-annual game game-jam named Wizard Jam. Now being a game programmer myself, I know that making a game of this quality all alone in just two weeks is not a joke. So without further adieu let’s jump right into the review of this game.

First Impression

When I opened the game the immediate impression about the graphics was – ‘’minimalistic but beautiful”. The buttons in the menu are nice, the font chosen for the title of the game is just perfect and the pillars in the background reminded me about an android game named Stack by Ketchapp.

Gameplay

So when I entered the game… The first three levels introduce me with the game mechanics… The real story started from level 4 where I come to know about the child’s dream. The interesting to see that no text is used in the game to narrate the story. Instead, the developer cleverly used thought bubbles clad with small images conveying the thoughts of the individual characters of the game. I loved this concept of conveying the story. There is a level where the player is taken to the dream of this child. The environment alone conveys that the child is in his dreams.

Now if I talk about the heart of a puzzle game, i.e. the puzzles, then I will say that these puzzles are well designed. The learning curve of the game is well crafted and a player never feels to be facing suddenly too easy levels or too hard levels. Yes, it is true that the puzzles are hard and the isometric camera angels add a whole new complexion to the game, but if you are a fan of hard puzzle games and have some time to spend in a hand-crafted isometric world chasing the dreams of a child then you must play A Wish Upon a Star.

Conclusion
If you are a fan of hard puzzle games and have some time to spend in a hand-crafted isometric world chasing the dreams of a child then you must play A Wish Upon a Star.
Graphics9
Music9
Story8.5
Controls7.5
Reader Rating1 Vote7.5
Pros
Stunning Graphics
The music is Beautiful and Soothing and does not interrupt the flow of the game
Cons
All the tasks of character moving and floor height adjusting is done via mouse while the camera movement is assigned to keyboard which felt a bit annoying to me as this game could have done all the controls with a mouse
8.5

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