Gaia’s Quest brings an interesting experience where I’m not sure if I should label it as an “adventure object game” or an “interactive piece of art”. Nonetheless you’ll find yourself traveling through a handful of worlds (earth’s four realms) and solving puzzles that are made up of still oil paintings.
In each stage you’re given two problems. One is simple and the other is a bit more complex. How you solve each picture-puzzle is the interesting part. In each picture there are objects that can be moved around and it’s these objects that’ll be used to solve each picture (there’s also a handy “Hint” feature if you get stumped). Blending “art” into a “game” experience in this manner is a unique idea.
The overall experience of Gaia’s Quest is mixed. On the plus side of things, the puzzles are logical. This does’t necessarily mean “easy” but most puzzles can be solved relatively fast. On the bitter side of things is the interaction. There were many puzzles that wouldn’t recognize that I was placing a piece in the correct spot. After awhile I realized that some puzzle pieces had a very precise placement for it to work and that position is not always clear (like we’re talking less than a pinky toenail clipping).Sometimes, pieces would stop responding to being moved. This is rather irksome and unfortunately hurts the experience.
The Bottom Line: 6/10 (Fair)
Gaia’s Quest is an interesting game with equally interesting puzzles that’s sometimes handicapped by uncooperative puzzle pieces.