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Scenic Windows 

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Rather than give you a view of the outside world, a window can depict a scene from a story.

With its title giving a strong clue as to its form of game play, Stories in Glass sets you the challenge of solving puzzles based on the concept of building up stained glass windows.  Developed by Tiny Little Lion and subtitled Winter, this puzzle game brings together a variety of picturesque scenes formed from glass elements and with a Winter based theme.  You just need to correctly position the coloured glass elements in various shapes to produce completed scenic images.

Prior to gaining access to the raw material of this window building process offered by Tiny Little Lion, you can create profiles to record the progress and achievements of individual players plus adjust the volume levels used for background music and sound effects.  There is also an option to view the game in full screen mode or select from a choice of various resolutions.  While there appears to be a choice of languages, the actual choice is limited to just one option of English.

The game’s content is spread over five books of images.  Each book contains a series of eight images that need to be completed using the supplied glass element pieces.  Each of the five books, which are numbered for easy recognition, comes with an appropriate title as you make a choice from “The Fir Tree”, “The Stone Queen”, “Elves and Shoemaker”, “Visit St. Nicholas” or “The Nutcracker”.  As mentioned earlier, a book will contain eight scenes connected to the Winter theme and its story line that will need to be completed by the correct positioning of coloured glass shapes to create appropriate scenes.

 The eight windows displayed in the book, from which you make your selection, will be portrayed in an arched format shape.  However when you come to work on your choice this shape will have change to that of a more modern rectangular shaped window.   While hardly a major discrepancy, it is one that I found off-putting but it might not bother you.

Each window comes with a few pieces already in place to help you get started.  The remaining available pieces will be then be displayed, ready for selection, on a scrollable panel positioned at the base of the screen.  A selected piece will automatically adjust its size to see if it can fit within available space in the window. When completing the different stained-glass window scenes, I found that I had more success when looking for required shapes rather than looking for colour matching.

You are provided with a rechargeable Hint feature in case you get stuck or need assistance.  This feature will place a random piece in its correct position in the window.  Whether carried out by the Hint feature or as all your own work, the placement of a correct piece will be accompanied by a shimmering effect as the piece is melded into the window. 

At the completion of each window you are given the choice of moving to the next window in the book or accessing a Paint facility.  With this latter option you are presented with a colour palette.  This palette can be used to change the colours of the individual windows pieces.  The resulting window can then be saved to show off your artistic capability.

I downloaded my copy of this title from Gamehouse.com where it is available priced at $9.99.  The game is also available on Big Fish Games priced at £8.08.  The game requires a 2.0 GHz processor with 4096MB of RAM and 1.15GB of hard disk space running Windows 7 and later.

Stories in Glass - Winter | Big Finish Games

Stories in Glass - Winter | GameHouse

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