Great voice acting!
This was a fun game. The thing that stood out to me was the exceptional voice acting. The voices gave the characters a lot more depth than some other, similar titles. If you like the Mystery Case Files series, I think you will like this game.
July 4, 2013
A very satisfying game
A great game. I played in the hard mode with timed HO and loved it. The HO was fun and not hard to find objects plus you have a match 3 option if you get stuck. I loved the fact that the puzzles were fairly logical and there was not too much wandering around to get the required items (as you find in some other games.)
A really great game only let down slightly by the fact that the story is a bit predictable. We've seen a lot of crashed/ broken down vehicles and creepy forgotten houses in HO games - but this its one of the best!
January 6, 2012
PHANTASMAT - With a different view on HOS!
This is a game that anyone can enjoy, from young to mature -
The story is about a car crash in the middle of nowhere and in a strange town you have to uncover secrets.
You also get to search left to right of the scene in areas giving you a panoramic view so don't miss out any clues on the way, remember to check everything!
They also give you options during game play so those that get a little bored with HOS, finally a game that gives you 2 options within the HOS you are in.
I thought they put it together well, giving you many options before and during the game,
OPTIONS - Casual mode, easy play, clearer hints and no penalties at all
Challenge mode - More challenges, fewer/vague hints, mildly penalized for rapid clicking
Extreme mode - No hints, No skipping, object search is timed, clicking penalty is severe.
HOS - With a difference! Here you get to choose HOS or Match 3 while you are within this HOS game. You can switch as many times as you like, so if you get bored with HOS, just click the switch option, and also a power button within the match 3 to speed things up for you,
Voice over?s - Yes their mouths move when talking
Characters, more computers animated but well done
Music - is themed very well for the game
Graphics, are done very well, clear and easy to see
Overall - As this was my 1 hr trial I rather enjoyed it and for the options within the game I give this a 4!
If you liked search the scene mode simular to panoramic then you will also love "Stroke of Midnight" that is totally Panoramic and does not get you dizzy, I highly recommend you also check that one out!
I give this game my (((Raww)) of approval to purchase!
January 7, 2012
Good, but not PHANTASTIC - A guy's review
*Review based on completing the full game in "challenge" mode*
Well, this game is probably a guaranteed favorite among fans of games with a lot of hidden object scenes. There are tons of them to be found here. Luckily, for the ones who does not care for them, or get tired of the constant appearing ones in the game, there is an option to do a match-3 game instead to recover the objects. But, what this game is lacking is more puzzles and adventuring elements. There are a few, but they are all rather easily solved.
The game seems hand drawn all the way, and it feels like you are inside a grand painting or something. I quite liked the art-style, but it also offers some challenges within some of the HO scenes. As items are drawn and not always very crisp, and the scenes are rather dark and grey, it can be hard for people without perfect vision, and even eye-straining for most. It is still beautifully drawn and the level of detail is high.
The music is mostly well done, and the way I like it in games. A bit dramatic to underline the setting and atmosphere of the game. But sometimes it is a bit much. The more annoying part is some of the background sound effects. And several of those get quite repetitive, and offers little else than discomfort. There are voice-overs throughout the game, and they are all well done. I do however miss a voice-over on the main character, as the characters you meet often responds to you, yet you never actually say anything. It is in no way too confusing as you pretty much understand what is going on. Another thing, which seems to be an issue with several games in this genre, developers need to be better at leaving some pauses/breaks during the voice-overs to make it sound a bit more realistic. It does not feel natural without them. It is not an apparent flaw all the time but you will notice it clearly when it is.
The story is more or less told through visual glimpses from time to time when you progress through the game, at the same time as you get some clues through talking with the characters. It is nicely done and keeps you interested, but the story isn't very creative and feels rather short and straight forward.
Game mechanics are good for the most part, though it does seem that you need to be very precise at times. Does not pose any frustration though. There is one technical thing you should be aware of though. I played this game on a rather big screen and in Windows 7 and do not know if it applies for everyone. The original setting is set to full screen, but it didn't actually work. I got a smaller screen within the full screen. This is because of another function within the settings called "detect panoramic screen" which does not seem to work correctly. Unhooking this function will make the game play in full screen. Very easily fixed.
The game play is pretty straight forward and what you'll encounter the most is HO scenes. They are not interactive and, as mentioned earlier, are a bit dark and grey on the most part. You will be returning to the most of them, and items already picked will return as well. There are a few simple puzzles and some adventure elements, but leaves much more to be desired for the ones of us that appreciate the adventure aspect of these games. The game also felt a bit on the easy side, so to get some challenge at all one should not play on the easiest setting. A nice extra is that there are trophies to be earned which adds to the fun. It also might motivate for a second play through.
There are 3 levels of difficulty to choose from:
Casual: Frequent hints/tips and no penalties in the HO's
Challenge: Fewer and vague hints/tips and mild penalties
Extreme: No hints, no skip, timed HO scenes and severe penalties for misclicking.
All in all a good game, especially for the ones who appreciates a lot of HO scenes. If you are more into the puzzle/adventure part you might want to try out this game before buying. Also, this game is more suited for the players who feels comfortable in a beginner/intermediate level of difficulty. It is dark and gloomy but not very scary.
For the guys:
I feel this game was aimed more towards the ladies, but am not sure why. There is nothing very apparent that should give grounds for it. I think both genders would enjoy this game.
June 12, 2012
Beautiful game, nice story
Really liked the game and the story, just thought that the puzzles and HOS are too easy to solve
December 5, 2011
Loved it !
graphics were great ,story kept me wanting more
December 9, 2012
The artwork/graphics are not good though. Challenging game and fun to play.
June 27, 2012
I am not a HOG player as a general rule, this game I won playing big fish slots *tyvm bigfish. It was a great game for a HOG. lots of things to do beside find hidden objects, great storyline and really nice artwork. It is not too short nor too long as far as time goes, I enjoyed it
November 18, 2013
one of the harder games
this game was one of the harder ones i have played. the HO scenes can be toggled back and forth with M3 games. hints take as long as 3 minutes to charge but seldom was that a problem because you can always look elsewhere and come back. did have to go to the walkthrough more than i would have liked. most actions were logical and there wasn't a map so make sure you remember where things are.
February 4, 2013
Review of completed SE version
All around a good game. I did the game in the most difficult setting (choice of 3 levels).
Voice overs were interesting and I usually will not leave them on past the first 30 min.
Nice combination of puzzles and HOS/match 3. Some were repeated so you did get to know where things were.
I enjoyed being able to switch from HOS to match3 when I wanted variety or was stuck. NICE option to switch.
The HOS are timed which I like.
No map interactive or otherwise (I think this is an older game so no surprise) I don't have to have a map but I tend to give another star if the devs make the effort to incorporate a map.
Although I like the voice overs( the sound of the voices), I felt the characters talked way too much. I HAD to use the skip dialog.
Be aware the menu option while playing the game is darkened in the upper right hand corner. Took me a few to figure that out. Of course that means the rest of the screen is saved for game related video.
The game was short and predictable but it was enjoyable.
You the gamer has visions which were more of an annoyance taking time away from game play.
I felt this game was not developed to its full potential. Certain scenes could have been more deeply entrenched with items to find or more than one HOS in a room.
3.5-3.75 stars Game fun and made me want to come back and finish it. It was too short and the "People" talked too much but the sound was good and the challenge was fun especially with the Match3 option.
January 17, 2013