Most casual game developers make the mistake of creating titles that are too limited in scope, hoping to ape previous successes with a minimum of time and effort. Alchemist's Apprentice, a hybrid match-three and hidden object outing, instead makes the opposite error, cramming in everything but the kitchen sink with mixed results.
Albeit an exceptionally lovely and sometimes engaging contender, it's also one that could stand for a little more focus and gameplay polish.
At first blush, you'll immediately be struck by the beauty of the offering's visuals, a mix of stunning, hand-drawn character art and gorgeous backdrops. Even the title screen, depicting a magician and a wolf basking in the moonlight, features delicately swaying branches and rippling robes that flutter in the simulated breeze.