Originally published January 25th 2015 on the Seafoam Gaming forums
Title: Quell Memento
System: 3DS (eShop)
Release date: 1/16/2015
The main game/story
In this port of the sequel to the popular mobile game Quell Reflect, you take control of a drop of water in order to gather pearls to complete levels. It’s pretty simple, just like the first game with only minor differences and added obstacles. The biggest of them being that this actually has a story to it, told by an elderly man who is reminiscing on his past in an abandoned home. (Hence the Memento part of the title).
Virtually identical to the first game’s graphics. The animations and most other things seem to be the same, until you get further into the game that is! You’ll soon encounter lots of clever and dangerous puzzles to solve, which are of higher quality than any of the ones from the original Quell Reflect. Sadly there’s no 3D effect still, but the game still fits the theme of being set in an abandoned area just fine.
Music and sound effects:
As with most puzzles games that revolve around quick, simple puzzles, it has a really relaxing and soothing soundtrack, which helps you focus and stay calm even during the most confusing of puzzles. Sound effects are mostly similar to the first game as well, save for the new voice acting that sounds quite nice.
The goal of this game is to complete each level, by gathering all of the orbs hidden in each stage in a certain number of moves. You also can find the hidden gems in each level if you wish. A pretty simple premise with a few cool mechanics, such as controlling two drops of water, using a gold drop of water to complete a level, lighting up all of the lights blue while avoiding the golden drop, avoiding spikes or traps, etc. Lots of clever level design, and achievements make a return in this version, helping to add replay value to old stages you might have already completed if you need a quick way to get a certain achievement!
In the end, Quell Memento is a very simple game, just like it’s predecessor. (Hence the short length of this review) However, simplicity is good for this game, as it makes for a perfect pick up and play game at a good price. With plenty of levels and achievements to collect, Circle did yet another good job porting this iOS game over to the 3DS eShop in North America, with yet another solid port that you should check out! I give Quell Memento a 9 out of 10
Thanks to CIRCLE Entertainment for the review code.