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The controls for Fuzion: Age of Wordcraft are fairly simple. Menu navigation is straightforward, and all user input is handled via the touchscreen interface. There are however, some areas of the game which might seem a little confusing without a little explanation, such as the map interface. The world map is the starting point for everything you do in Fuzion, and learning to navigate it efficiently will make gameplay more enjoyable.
The map works similarly to Google Maps and can be zoomed in and out a couple of different ways. The first method is to press the magnifying glass icon on the top right side of the screen, which toggles between the default zoomed in/out views. The second method is to double tap a location on the map, which has the added benefit of centering the screen to that location. Double tapping again will zoom the map back out. A third method is to use the pinch gesture, which allows a sort of in between zoom.
Once the map is zoomed in, you can move it around by flicking the screen, or simply dragging it. Unlocked areas will show greater detail in the zoomed in view, and the main story (yellow jewels), side quests (multicolored jewels), and city of Baelnfor (access to Coliseum and Embassies), are all selectable by touching the appropriate icon on the map.
…to be continued in Part 2 (quests)
Although the world map starts out vague with only a few areas unlocked, as you play through the game, new areas will be revealed and become available to explore. One of the first things you’ll notice are the brightly colored gems sprinkled throughout the map. The yellow jewels denote the name of the current location, as well as advance the main story line, which follows a linear progression. The remaining 4 colors represent different areas of the map, and clicking on these jewels will bring up a side quest dialogue screen. The text for the side quests can be scrolled using your finger, and give a little diversion from the main story line.
Once you begin a quest, the screen is divided into 2 sections. The top half displays an aged parchment while the bottom half shows the letters you can use to create words. Letters can only be used once, and if you need to correct a misspelled word, just tap the backspace button on the bottom right side of the screen. Once you have created a valid word, tap the submit button. The definition will display on the top portion of the screen on the aged parchment, and can be scrolled if necessary using your finger. The exit button on the bottom left of the screen will take you back to the map, but you can always resume where you left off without having to worry about starting over.
Successfully completing a quest will bring up a victory screen where you can choose to submit your score, retry (or repeat) the same quest, or proceed, which will take you back to the map. When a quest is completed, the jewel for that quest appears black on the map.
…to be continued in Part 3 (city)