Margrave: The Curse of the Severed Heart Collector's Edition
I thought this game was simply OK. The graphics weren't as crisp as other games I've played recently, and the storyline was lacking. The bonus game play was very short, almost like it was an after thought.
The HOS were numerous and a bit challenging (I like mini games more than HOS so take it for what it's worth). The mini games were not complicated except for several that were the same premise, but changed; for example same game each time, but different shapes had to be formed...kind of hard to explain.
Not sure I would recommend this game or not. I only completed it so I could say I completed it.
August 8, 2012
Not what I expected
The game started w/ great potential but went downhill quick imo. Storyline was bland and wasn't fun to explore. The upside was the HO areas, which were done great...not tiny objects but well blended into place making it a challenge. Overall all, game was short (about 3 hrs for me), puzzles were boring and I wasn't thrilled w/ the card game. I wouldn't recommend at full price but perhaps a DD.
July 31, 2012
A great game, good storylinefine bright grafic most off the time
November 20, 2011
witchcraft and spirits
I do not like games with witchcraft and demon spirits, therefore this game is not for me.
If you wonder - then check out the trial version before buying. I am thankful I played the trial version first.
I will not buy it.
July 30, 2012
hidden object game that keeps you guessing
I lover this game, but wish that the game was less expensive
December 22, 2011
Short and dull
Very short game with repetitive puzzles and corny voice acting
December 26, 2011
Trite! Nothing about the game was very challenging. Disliked the awful music and pretentious soundtrack.
January 1, 2012
Hurray, more Margrave!
While this story seems to antedate the events in Margrave: The Blacksmith's Daughter, the bonus material that came with the Collector's Edition definitely follows and concludes the storyline of The Blacksmith's Daughter -- a lovely, bittersweet ending. Like The Blacksmith's Daughter, the setting is wonderfully, creatively magical, filled with moments of marvel and revelation, heart-breaking sorrow, and a few of bizarre creepiness. The acting is, by and large, a great deal more realistic than is found in most games, with believable character reactions, which lends the storyline unexpected potency. The level of challenge is good, with creative and interesting (rather than annoying) mini-puzzles and a really good number of difficult hidden object puzzles. I also absolutely love the creative system of divination used in the game -- what a marvelous invention! (I'm half-tempted to make a set of dream cards for myself!) While I didn't care for the setting of this game nearly as much as I did that of Blacksmith's Daughter (it didn't possess the same lost, magical, halcyon beauty, and it was set at night, requiring me to turn up my screen brightness as far as it would go -- with some hidden object items STILL too dark to see), the scenes were quite interesting, with some items tying directly to the storyline of Blacksmith's Daughter (I enjoyed the sense of continuity). The music wasn't quite as hypnotic as in Blacksmith's Daughter (I'm trying to find a way to get the music from that game), but it definitely contributed positively to the ambience; the sound effects were also pleasing. I'm looking forward to more Margrave stories -- I can't wait to find out what happens to Edwina and Tom next!
A technical note: while this game is stated to be compatible with OS 10.4 (Tiger, released 2005), which is why I didn't buy the game immediately after finishing Blacksmith's Daughter, I was delighted to find that this Collector's Edition works perfectly with OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion). Not usually the case -- pleasant surprise!
May 18, 2013
Interesting storyline...I had not played any of the other Margraves prior to this one, so certain things were unexpected. The graphics were good, stunning in parts. One drawback...the voices. Ugh! Edwina was fine, but some of the others were seriously lacking...actually took away from the enjoyability of the game. Once you get past those, fun game.
April 28, 2013
This is surely one of my favorites now! Gorgeous graphics, the kind that you wish you could actually explore physically. They provide a truly great aura for the playing experience.
Love the story line, the multitude of great puzzles, and there is not a plethora of HOS, but still just enough for me. I love the challenge of the puzzles more than the HOS. The voice overs are really good and your inventory is separate from your info, such as flyers, pieces of newspaper etc. Those info sheets carry some major clues. I am looking forward to the next Margrave!
I had so much fun doing this one!
March 3, 2013