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The graphics were okay and the sprites in general were well-drawn, though probably could have done with a little more animation when the characters were actually moving. The artwork could probably have been a little better but they're fine as they are and fit with the gameplay pretty well. Programming-wise, it got a little irritating that you HAD to stick to the path to get from one frame to the next if a path was there, and there are also two tiny glitches; once you've collected a coconut from a frame, every time you go BACK to that frame, the coconut will still be there for a second before disappearing again. Also, when you go into the houses it'll show you in the house, and then move into the little 'entering the house' transition. I probably explained that very badly. But anyway, both glitches are pretty negligible and don't mess with gameplay at all, I just thought I'd point them out for perfectionism's sake.
To be a grammar pedant for a second, in the opening scene where it says "And the statue has lost it's gem again", the 'it's' shouldn't have an apostrophe. That pickiness aside, the storyline is nicely done. I think a little more could have been made of the backstory, but I haven't seen your other two games so perhaps I'm just looking at it out of context. It's pretty simplistic, and that makes it easy to follow. Which can be a good thing, but I think you'd do yourself no harm if you made the storyline or gameplay a little trickier. Like, having to find pieces of the pencil-cutting machine or having to do more complex trades. Speaking of the pencil-cutting machine, the explanation of it's purpose could have done with being a little more subtle than "Ah, this machine looks like it can only cut pencils!"...but that being said, it's a pretty harmless thing and doesn't mess with the game any.
All in all, the game was incredibly simple. I think you'd add a lot more to this game if you hadn't made it so straightforward, but that being said, 'tis a merry little way to spend a few minutes of the day, definitely. Nicely done.
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