The Hunger Games Adventures
- Release Date: 03/23/2012
- Publisher: Funtactix
- Developer: Funtactix
- Genre: Adventure
The Hunger Games Adventures, a Facebook game adapted from the bestseller book series the Hunger Games, will be released on March 23, simultaneously with the movie also adapted from the series. The game is developed by Funtactix behind “Mission Impossible“.
The game is set in a world called Panem and players will take on characters bearing their own names instead of characters from the book. Quests and tips are provided by the leading roles in the book: Katniss and Peeta. The quests require players to search for an item, attack an enemy, or merely chop down a tree. Players will possess their safe area in the forest, where they return to recharge after losing their energy while running errands or fighting against enemies. In the safe area, players can also store their equipment or just do the decorations. None shall be killed in battle. They will be only exhausted after being beaten by NPCs in a battle and can return to normal after recharge. That makes the game child-friendly.
The game is good not only because the story, design, and its origin, but also for its consideration for players in that no matter what you have been through, such as a breakdown in your network, or a logout of the Facebook, you can always expect to resume right from where the abeyance starts.
This game supports single-player mode only, but occasionally requires players to share items with friends also playing the game to fulfill some tasks. Applicable only to the multimedia platform Flash, the Hunger Games Adventures is available only on PCs, netbooks, and high-end computers.
To be honest, I prefer games with 3D figures in 2D or even plainly animated environment to utterly 3D ones, which always plunge me into dizziness before I enjoy myself to any extent. In that sense, the Hunger Games Adventure works perfectly for me.
Hunger games Adventure, as it turns out, is another world where one is for all while all not for one. I am not that informed of other players’ reactions on this. But, given my personal hostility towards Katniss as a response to her selfish way of dealing with Peeta’s unrequited love, I feel pretty uncomfortable at receiving tasks from that girl and other characters since the very beginning. Who the hell are those people? In my eyes, they are just like statues with wide open eyes staring directly at me while being shameless of their complete inaction. I mean, it wouldn’t hurt if they at least pretend to be occupied with some priorities while handing over the tasks, right? Well, as I progress in the game, sometimes the task givers do help in the task, but still, I loathe such inequality.
Each task is fulfilled by consuming energy points and since each task requires several steps while each step uses one energy point, you could easily run out of energy, in which circumstance you have to buy more with real money or wait for refills over time. You gain one energy point every five minutes, which means to complete a task when you are out of energy, you have to wait, wait and wait, albeit there are times when you receive some energy points upon fulfilling a task.
Some stuff I made at the cost of my hard-awaited energy do offer usable items that I am able to collect now and then, such as the Makeshift Trap and the Arrow Crafting Table; but others just don’t seem to be worth it. For example, the shelter I set up in my Forest Escape with lots of enthusiasm and game currencies (let’s say that was lots of, for it was not long after the game starts when I had numbered coins) hasn’t prove to be of any use at all by far, at least not that I know of. Maybe it does function in a specific way but it takes too long for me to find out that I wouldn’t even like to wait for that.
Several tasks are full of surprises. There was this girl starving in front of the Bakery but Peeta, the son of the baker, was in no position to give her any bread for free and I had to burn two loaves of bread so that she could have something to eat. I deem that was quite creative and interesting. Nevertheless, that is not true to each task. One time Katniss taught me to sing the lullaby that her sister Prim finds soothing and I was like “who cares if you or your sister is disturbed or not.”
To have a smooth progression in Hunger games, you need friends. Each time when I need something I haven’t and cannot obtain otherwise, I have to spend real money or resort to friends’ help. There was even a task requiring me to ask a friend to play the game. I appreciate modern technology for every effort it makes in socializing people but I would never take gratitude towards someone who attempts commercially to reach my friend through me. That is not the case for everyone, I bet. Players who have friends that play the game together may be fascinated when they realize that they can ask friends to help refill their energy to proceed or ask for buckets of water to plant strawberries and milking the goat.
Progress wouldn’t speed up even after I dig up a well. Milking a goat alone can cost me ten buckets of water and given that once one draws a bucket of water from the well, he or she has to wait for some fifteen minutes before the well is available again, I have to find other things to do to fill the time. Some items require too much time to be available again, for example the First Aid Pedestal (which takes more than five hours).
The land of Forest Escape, small as it is, is not all available at once. Divided into smaller pieces, the land can be unlocked step by step. Provided that I have few pieces available now, all my belongings and other stuff are in this tiny little portion of land, making it quite crowded with increasing items added now and then. That saves unnecessary trips and makes it like a home over there but also is kind of funny.
It is sad to say that aside from the District 12 and its unreasonably strict regulations that Katniss keeps mentioning of and complaining about, nothing in this game really makes me feel connected to the movie or the book. However, with the cute graphics and creative details, The Hunger Games Adventure shows its charm that I didn’t expect at all. Anyway, it was a pleasure to learn more about protagonists and the world of Hunger games outside the original book and movie. Here are my tips for those who are about to give it a try: stay away from spontaneous impulses (‘cause that would waste your energy points), keep an eye on the energy bar, figure out what that stuff you just crafted is for, be patient and wait for surprises!
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