is a series of Hidden Object Games
published by Boomzap Entertainment. You play as Sophia, a beautiful princess who wakes up from a century of magical sleep to find herself in a mostly empty castle. Your goal is to help Sophia discover who she is, where her family and people are, and what extraordinary destiny lies before her.
There have been five games released in the series so far.
- Awakening: The Dreamless Castle
- Awakening: Moonfell Wood
- Awakening: The Goblin Kingdom
- Awakening: The Skyward Castle
- Awakening: The Sunhook Spire
Tropes found in this game series include:
- 100% Adoration Rating: Sophia (like her parents before her) clearly enjoys this from her subjects, all of whom have been waiting patiently for a hundred years for her to come and save them from Dreadmyre.
- The Archer: Artwork of Sophia's childhood shows her learning to use a bow and arrows under the tutelage of her father, a skill which becomes vital in Skyward Castle.
- Art Evolution: Sophia is given a slightly older appearance in Sunhook Spire.
- Badass Princess: Princess Sophia, naturally. After she defeats Dreadmyre, she becomes Badass Queen Sophia, though at the cost of her parents remaining comatose.
- Baleful Polymorph: The cute hamster Nibbles that you help the mysterious peddler with? He's really King Crookshanks, the Goblin King. His brother Grimble turned him into a hamster in order to usurp the throne. The peddler is actually Cyrus, the Goblin court wizard who went into hiding with the king until Sophia arrived.
- Bittersweet Ending: In Skyward Castle, Sophia defeats Dreadmyre and ascends to the throne, but her parents have become bedridden and comatose because their battle with Dreadmyre sapped their spirits.
- In Sunhook Spire, she manages to save the Spire from Grimble's attack and while the Enchantress is able to save her parents' spirits from their prison, the moment is fleeting as the King and Queen fade away, but not before promising Sophia that they'll see her again and that they are proud of her. This only strengthens her resolve to truly defeat Grimble and Dreadmyre once and for all.
- Brainwashed: Captain Ironhook, the sky pirate who captured Sophia at the end of Skyward Castle's epilogue, was actually under the influence of a curse that Grimble cast over him. The captain apologizes and thanks Sophia for freeing him when she destroys the amulet casting the curse.
- The Enchantress herself fell under Grimble's curse as Sophia waking her from the coma had left her extremely weakened and susceptible to attack. She gets better.
- The clockwork dragon that Grimble comes to possess was also under his magic. When freed, he provides Sophia with a ride to the Redleaf Forest in the epilogue.
- Breath Weapon: Sunhook Spire introduces special dragon altars that give the pocket dragon new powers through its breath, changing its color in the process.
- The Chosen One: It was prophesied that a human born without magic is the one to defeat the evil Dreadmyre. When Sophia was a child, the decision was made to put her in a magical sleep until it was time for her to defeat Dreadmyre.
- Dark Is Evil: Dreadmyre, obviously.
- Dark Is Not Evil: The Witch of the Woods is dressed in dark robes, but she is definitely on the side of good.
- The dark-robed and shady looking peddler is actually the Goblin Kingdom's Court Mage and he's been subtly aiding Sophia because he's in hiding from Grimble with the real king.
- Digital Distribution: Via Big Fish Games, among others.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: In Skyward Castle, Sophia learns that every year on the Winter Solstice, the people of the Skyward Kingdom release enchanted lanterns. Her parents devised this celebration to help the princess find her way back to them, much like another king and queen used lanterns to commemorate their missing daughter.
- Dressing as the Enemy: Goblin!Sophia drugs a guard and steals his armor so she can sneak into the Goblin court.
- Everything's Better with Princesses
- Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: Some of the puzzles and scenes, particularly in Dreamless Castle, feature gemstones quite prominently.
- Evil Sorcerer: Dreadmyre. His attack on the human kingdom when Sophia was a child is what prompted the humans to leave the magical realm. Turns out he's an evil spirit who killed and possessed the human kingdom's court wizard, Thomas Dreadmyre. The ghost of the real Thomas appears to Sophia and reveals the way to defeat Dreadmyre.
- Fairy Companion: Mira is assigned by the Fairy Queen to guide Sophia through Dreamless Castle and Moonfell Wood. Ran the fairy owl then takes her place in subsequent games.
- Feathered Fiend: Averted by the cockatrice, which is needed to defeat the basilisk.
- Five Races: Only four of the standard fantasy races are shown: Humans, Fairies, Gnomes, and Goblins. Fauns, centaurs, and other fantastical creatures are also shown to live in this world.
- Floating Continent: After Dreadmyre's attack, the humans retreated to Skyward Kingdom in the clouds. The bonus chapter of Goblin Kingdom shows Sophia gaining a winged unicorn to access the Skyward Kingdom.
- Flower Motif: Dreamless Castle incorporates flowers into many of its puzzles as well as its decor. Sophia is even shown holding a flower in her hands when sleeping.
- Friend to All Living Things: Sophia. She befriends and adopts the little pocket dragon in Moonfell Wood by feeding her. The griffin and the winged unicorn who allow Sophia to travel to the other kingdoms also take a liking to her after she feeds them, and in the unicorn's case, she heals his injured wing.
- Ghost Kingdom: The original human kingdom, where Sophia awakens in Dreamless Castle, is this in the sense that she is the only human left in it. It's been so long since humans were seen there that some of the goblins she encounters don't even believe in her existence anymore.
- Girl in the Tower: Dreamless Castle opens with Sophia waking up in her room, located inside a tower in the castle.
- The Good King: The Goblin King. Unfortunately, King Crookshanks' weaselly brother Grimble turned him into a hamster in order to usurp the throne.
- Good Morning, Crono: Dreamless Castle begins with Sophia waking up from her enchanted sleep.
- In-Series Nickname: Princess Sophia is sometimes called "the light in the dark." As seen in the playable epilogue of Skyward Castle, she later is known as "the Skyward Queen."
- Lady of Black Magic: The Witch of the Woods in Moonfell Wood is said to be fearsome and powerful, which is true - but she's firmly on the side of good. She held off Dreadmyre's attack long enough for the humans to flee the kingdom, and then she and the other forest guardians kept an eye on the sleeping Sophia until she woke.
- Lady of War: The Sequel Hook of Skyward Castle reveals that Sophia has become this. Now Queen Sophia, she commands a huge army as she searches for a cure for her parents when her ship is attacked by sky pirates.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: When Sophia first awakens, she has no memory whatsoever - she doesn't even know her own name. The memory loss is an apparent side effect of the magic spell which put her in the enchanted dreamless sleep. As she progresses through the castle to make her way out into the world, she slowly starts to remember things as she finds pictures, statuary, and other hints about her remarkable past.
- Light Is Good: Sophia is referred to as "the light in the dark," while Dreadmyre is "the dark in the light."
- Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: The first two games are available in Vanilla Edition versions only, but starting with Goblin Kingdom, the games have also been released as these. They contain bonus gameplay and other assorted goodies.
- Magical Negro: The Enchantress in Sunhook Spire is literally a powerful enchantress who happens to be black. Played with in that her race is not mentioned at all and while she is a powerful being in her own right, she does not guide Sophia along her journey in the game as she is trapped in a magical coma. She had put herself in that state in order to use her magic to protect the spire and only provides help in the very last chapter of the game.
- Magitek: The world of the games runs on a combination of magic, energy crystals, and basic industrial-age technology.
- Meaningful Name: Sophia means "wisdom." There are repeated references to her being expected to rule over her people with wisdom and kindness; a final magical message left by her parents explicitly states this.
- Missing Mom/Disappeared Dad: Sophia finally finds her parents in Skyward Castle. Unfortunately, they're trapped in a magical coma and have no idea she's there.
- Muggle Born of Mages: The King and Queen are extremely strong and powerful magic users, and it's implied from the narration that most of the human villagers have the ability to wield magic as well. Sophia does not have any magic of her own and has to rely on her brains and wits.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: You know that magical coma that the Enchantress was in? She had put herself in that state in order to enact the Spire's barrier. Sophia waking her up broke the barrier, allowing Grimble to attack. The Enchantress was also extremely weakened from her coma, which left her susceptible to being possessed by Grimble's curse.
- Non-Human Sidekick: Ran the owl and the pocket dragon are Sophia's constant companions.
- No Name Given: The pocket dragon's name has yet to be revealed, although one of the devs hinted on the forums at Big Fish Games that she may receive a name in future installments.
- Also, Sophia's parents' names have not been given.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Ran's actual name is Randolph.
- Our Dragons Are Different: The only one we meet fits in Sophia's pocket!
- Our Genies Are Different: The Djinns that protect the spire while the Enchantess is comatose are actually her apprentices.
- Parental Abandonment: In order to save their people from Dreadmyre, the King and Queen of the human kingdom literally packed up all of their subjects and moved them to a realm in the sky - leaving behind their only child. It gets explained that they did this because Sophia was the prophesied Chosen One who could defeat Dreadmyre, so as long as she stayed in the original kingdom it was incorrectly believed that he wouldn't seek out the other humans. The princess would meanwhile be kept safe under the protection of the Fairy Queen, the Witch of the Woods, the goblins in the castle, and the other forest guardians until she was old enough to confront Dreadmyre.
- Pet Interface: Ran the owl helps provide exposition and hints, while the pocket dragon helps by lighting or melting things.
- Pocket-Sized Dragon: The little dragon in Moonfell Wood follows Sophia around. She's built into the inventory in following games.
- Princesses Prefer Pink: Throughout the games, Sophia wears either dark or light pink clothing.
- Proud Merchant Race: The Goblins. They are friendly and helpful to Sophia...but only for the right price or if Sophia helps them with a task. The Goblin Kingdom maximizes this to the hilt as Sophia needs to gather bolgins, the Goblin currency, in order to acquire needed items.
- Psychological Torment Zone: In the bonus chapter of Sunhook Spire, Dreadmyre inflicts this on Sophia by dragging her into a twisted version of her previous adventures in order to try to break her.
- Really 700 Years Old: Sophia and her parents are a full century older than they appear. In fact, this is true of all of the residents of the human kingdom, as they were trapped in stasis while the princess was in her magic slumber (see Time Stands Still, below).
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: The basilisk unleashed by Dreadmyre turns people into stone.
- Averted with the pocket dragon. She's mostly harmless and fiercely loyal to Sophia.
- Requisite Royal Regalia: One of the final puzzles in Dreamless Castle requires Sophia to "crown yourself." She has to put a tiara on a statue of herself.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Sophia's pet pocket dragon, Ran the owl, and Nibbles the hamster.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: The King and Queen of the human kingdom sealed themselves in a time bubble fighting Dreadmyre. Their daughter Sophia is likewise industrious, and the Goblin King (that is, the real one) is also highly regarded by his people for actively caring for their realm. The Fairy Queen also qualifies.
- Samus Is a Girl: Word of God states that the pocket dragon is female.
- Scenery Porn: These games are beautiful.
- Sequel Hook: Each game ends on one of these, hinting at what is to come in the next game.
- Shout-Out: The ship's captain in Skyward Castle is very, very obviously an Expy of Captain Jack Sparrow.
- Significant Anagram: More amusing than significant, really. The currency unit of the Goblin Kingdom is the bolgin, which is an anagram of the word goblin.
- Sky Pirate: Sophia's captain friend in Skyward Castle looks like one, but isn't really. However, in the playable epilogue of the collector's edition of the game, she's taken prisoner by a bunch of them.
- Captain Ironhook, their leader, was actually under a curse by Grimble, causing him to order Sophia's capture in the first place.
- Slipping a Mickey: The peddler sells Sophia a sleeping potion to sneak into a guard's drink so she can steal his armor.
- Suddenly Voiced: Beginning with Skyward Castle, voices are given to Ran and any of the characters that Sophia meets.
- Taken for Granite: The humans and the Faun in Skyward Castle were turned into stone by Dreadmyre unleashing a basilisk onto the kingdom prior to Sophia's arrival.
- Time Stands Still: Skyward Castle reveals that the human kingdom became stuck like this when Dreadmyre attacked, turning the people into stone and trapping the King and Queen in a time bubble with him.
- Transformation Sequence: A small one happens in a cutscene as Sophia's boat nears the Goblin Kingdom and she takes a disguise potion given to her by the Gnomes. It temporarily turns her into a Goblin so she can sneak back into the Goblin court and confront the King without problems. She reverts back to her normal form after getting inside the castle.
- Un-Sorcerer: Sophia's lack of magic in a world where all the humans have some degree magic allows her to be unaffected by magical attacks and bypass the magical barrier of the Sunhook Spire.
- Winged Unicorn: Sophia's feathered friend and means of transportation to the Skyward Kingdom.