Mystery Legends: The Phantom of the Opera
Great Detail, Good Challenge
What I liked: tremendous amount of detail in the scenes and production; creative characters and atmosphere; interesting, fun and thoughtful puzzles; very long - even for an SE; challenging hidden object puzzles - some of the best I've ever played; a very beautiful game.
What I didn't: Too much wandering back and forth - and because it's such a big opera house, it made me a little crazy. Also, the ending kind of didn't feel satisfying after all that hard work! Perhaps bonus content found in the collector's edition helps wrap things up a bit better.
January 1, 2012
almost as good as the mystery case files. the only down fall is you need the sound on to hear the clues
December 17, 2011
Too much and too little
I found the ending disappointing.
The map shows the bonus level, but in this edition there's no way to get there. I can only hope the girl escapes but there's no way I can know.
I had to turn the sound off, since there's so much random organ music and repetitious threats from the Phantom, so I missed vital clues voiced by the heroine that don't otherwise appear anywhere.
The story should be fairly straightforward, but the puzzles are spread all over the landscape, and the inside of the opera house is a big landscape! Puzzles on level 1 have pieces on level 3!
November 27, 2011
Challenging hidden object, puzzle game with sound problems for me.
The graphics are fantastic and the map is very helpful to locate something to work on next. Although overall I did like the game okay I was disappointed in the lack of text for all spoken comments, which I only found out about when my daughter told me. I was told there are lots of comments throughout the game and knowing I was missing them took some of the fun of the game away. The story did keep my interest but I didn't care for the ending. I also prefer that directions be given for puzzles but they didn't exist here.
November 26, 2011
This HO game would have been fun if they had not made you go from one level to another constantly. Also, in some that I have played there is a map that you can click on the room you need to go to. That would have helped tremendously because the map they furnish is quite confusing. All in all, I will probably uninstall it and call it a lesson learned.
October 7, 2012
This game was fun but there were some drawbacks. The voice of the Phantom repeats randomly throughout, which gets tedious and annoying. You can't turn off the sound because you will miss vital clues if you do. You are provided with a map of the opera house and grounds which has an area on it that can't be accessed by this game. Only after you get to the end do you find out that you will have to buy the collector's edition and play the game all over to reach the final area. The game ends in the middle of the story.
December 26, 2011
Quick ride, no finish.
Had fun while it lasted. Took me under two hours to complete the whole game including the bonus quest. I was also upset that there was no real resolution to the game.
March 4, 2013
The ending is a bummer
Yes, the graphics is exceptional, and yes, the puzzles are tough. But its scattered throughout the opera that you could get so easily lost and don't know what to do next. It annoys me when I have to rely on hint button A LOT to know where to go next. And, since I bought the SD, it bothers me when the ending is kinda hanging, and that's why I gave it 3 stars. It could have been 4. But, if you are only play for the puzzles, then I say go for it.
April 7, 2012
Take that black rose and shove it!
I'm not quite sure why I didn't like this game. It has a lot of the elements that make a great game. Nevertheless, it somehow lost my interest about half way through and dragged out to an ending that couldn't come fast enough. (I hate leaving games unfinished) It's not a bad game, I just got bored with it and the phantom. I'd pass on this one, and purchased Beauty and the Beast instead, which is hands down the best game out of the Mystery Legends Series.
April 2, 2012
So close to being excellent
I think this is a good game--not very good, or excellent. If you like HO/Adventure games and you don't have anything else to do, this might be a good game for you.
The story is just what you would expect. You are travelling with you parents to the city where your mother was once a great opera star. The Phantom kidnaps you and takes you to the old theatre. Etc. The ending is a bit weak, but sets up for the sequel.
The graphics are wonderful, as are the voice overs (not skippable# and sound effects.
The play area is very large. Many, many rooms to explore. Mini games are generally easy enough--they just take time. One #finding the constellation# was impossible for me, even when I figured out what I was looking for. I finally lucked into the correct solution. Fortunately, some minigames are skippable.
Here are the problems. There are a lot of difficult HO scenes #not interactive#. They are very cluttered and, while not impossible, not much fun, for me.
For most of the game, I didn't have much trouble finding my way around, but things changed towards the end. You will wear out a few pairs of shoes back-tracking and returning.
There is a map #not interactive# that lets you know where actions are still needed. Without that, I don't think I would have ever finished.
Pay attention to the notes that get put into your journal. You will need that information to solve some problems.
Also, it will help if you know more about music than I do. I didn't know what some of the HO items were. Also, there are a few obscure items #involving math and ancient history) to find.
I think it took me about 3.5 hours of game play to complete. It felt like it took a lot longer. I am going to recommend this game because it had some good points and others might not find the HO scenes as tedious as I did.
March 25, 2012