GIZORAMA - Words play an important role in games. A game that uses words poorly will never live up to the storytelling potential of the medium. Words express meaning, emotion and conflict– all essential themes in any story. Game play elements are also important, but every game can benefit from a compelling plot. Good games have a good story or fun game play. Great games have both.
Echoes for iOS is an example of the balance between words and game play gone wrong. It has minimal player involvement, a confusing clue system and a convoluted story line. “Playing” Echoes (if tapping through endless text boxes counts as playing) is both frustrating and tedious. In fact, after two “game overs” on my first two tries, without any feedback about why I failed, and faced with scrolling through countless text boxes once again, I gave up on completing the game.