Matches and Matrimony: A Pride and Prejudice Tale
Don't Think, Just Buy It!
One of the best games that I've ever bought from Big Fish. Basically a choose-your-own-adventure Jane Austen novel, with all of her best characters and most witty scenes. Guarantees HOURS of game play to achieve all nine endings. If you're a fan of Austen novels, I can't recommend it highly enough. The graphics are a bit basic, and there are no voice overs, but that didn't detract at all from the charm as far as I'm concerned. They also have a Hints section to help you get to the ending you want, and a Head-Start option, so the beginning doesn't get too tedious after repeated game play.
October 20, 2013
I like the story line, and u can skip after u have done it the first time, its fun and challenging to get all 9 quests :0)
July 3, 2013
write your own Jane Austen novel
this choose-your-ending strategy game is actually an amalgam of several novels by celebrated writer and social satirist, Jane Austen. in this graphic novel, you are the second-oldest Bennett sister, Elizabeth, from Jane Austen's famous novel, Pride and Prejudice. in this game, you make choices that affect whether or whom you marry, whether it is the gentle Mr. Bingley (whom your older sister is smitten with), or the aloof Mr. Darcy, or any one of a number of other suitors.
graphics: static comic-book style drawings. but this is not a graphics-driven game anyway.
music and sound effects: i liked the music, it was sweet and light and in fact, part of the musical score sounded like it came from the Harry Potter 7a movie ...
storyline: this is a story- and character-driven game, as you might expect. there are nine possible endings, with six potential husbands, all of which are protagonists in Jane Austen's novels. i enjoy that the option to remain single is also an outcome. the mechanics of which outcome your character ends up with are rather like a chess game where a seemingly small move now can have large consequences much later. of course, this game has plenty of replay value as you work your way through it again and again, trying to discover which choices or combination of choices give rise to each of the possible endings.
gameplay: there is a lot of reading in this game, and most of the dialogue comes directly from one or another of Austen's novels, so it can be quite witty. the story is designed so your weekly activities and social interactions cause the story to develop in particular directions, based on your gameplay choices.
this could be a five-star game, except for its disappointing graphics, thus, my four star rating. since this game makes good use of Jane Austen's novels and does quote dialogue from several of her novels, i wonder if the developer created this game as his master's thesis in English Lit? for this reason, this game will certainly be enjoyed by those who love Jane Austen's oeuvre. i also think this game is good fun for the family and can be quite thought-provoking for showing the potential far-reaching consequences that may result from daily choices.
June 19, 2012
Interactive novel...definitely not your standard game
If you enjoy reading and loved to read Jane Austen's novels particularly Pride and Prejudice, then you will definitely enjoy this interactive novel.
At first, it seemed like a bit too much reading to me and actually was helpful in getting me sleep (which some games do have their purpose now and then), but I did find enjoyment in trying to come up with the 9 different alternative endings depending on which characteristics I developed and which decisions I made in conversation. Overall an intriguing game, but I think with this one, people will either love or hate this game. I don't think there will be many people in-between.
February 19, 2012
Totally Love this Game!
i bought this game when it 1st came out and i am still playing it! i wish they would make more book games as lovely as this!
the only thing i wish they had done is change their outfits for ball scenes! and the characters r a bit cartoonish aka comic book like. they could have done a bit better on the drawings as well. but if u want a challenging non stressful game this is iit! a nice change of pace ^^. i gave it 4 starts instead of 5 because of the above mentioned :)
October 21, 2012
Disappointing - Nice concept, but didn't deliver.
After some playing some beautiful involved HO storyline games I thought I'd use my punch card credit for this 'off-piste' purchase, as I am quite partial to a bit of Austen.
I should have played the demo.
Graphics and sound - Very dull and unimaginative, and pushes a gamer away from feeling part of the world they are trying to buy into.
Two cut outs of characters bouncing from side to side on the screen, is not what I would call dancing, or particularly romantic. A few potential poignant moments spoiled. I spent most of the time speed reading the text and feeling a bit cheated.
I would have enjoyed the game more if it was just text in a DOS screen, and used my own imagination.
Most of the humorous moments were from Austen's cleverly written dialog, not from the game construct.
- You can 'save game' during play, in order to speed up figuring out what all the multiple options endings are (I did a few, then got bored).
- The game gives a good indication if your response or skill set will push the game in a specific direction - so helps identify branching points.
- Skip forwards options, and being able to move forwards and backwards through taken options in case you make a 'booboo', is a nice touch. Efficient.
- The concept of possibly ending up with a different partner, other than that originally intended tickled my humour indeed.
I am a little confused by the high number of positive reviews and high scoring, which prompted me to go for this game. Maybe these are from people who have not read the book and only watched the films? (A bit harsh I know, but I am really truly confused) But most likely it is just a gaming style and play-ablility preference. We can't all like the same things.
If you want to feel part of the Jane Austen experience, I suggest you skip this game and read the books.
June 4, 2012
more like an interactive book than a game
If you like Jane Austen or reading in general, then this is the game for you. If you actually like playing games, don't bother with this. I thought it would be like a Ciao Bella game (which i love) but I was very disappointed. The amount of dialogue is ridiculous and the "gameplay" is so minimal. After reading dialogue for 10 min, you basically get to click one choice of what your character should say or do next and then read for 10 more (and repeat for entire game). The art and design are nice, but that's about it. I was so bored. I was able to finish the game during the trial. The game is meant to be replayed multiple times in order to get all 9 different endings, but I wouldn't want to sit through that again.
August 11, 2012
Yep, this felt more like a book than a game. I downloaded the trial and spent like 95-99% of the time reading story lines and conversations between characters. We are not even indulged with seeing our planned weekly activities take place like other games of similar nature. After selecting what you want to do for the week, you just get a quick summary of points you gained or lost then it's back to more reading of story lines. I couldn't wait for it to be over while secretly hoping something cool will come out of the remainder of my hour but no such luck. I will not be purchasing. I would rather cozy up under a warm blanket to a Jane Austen novel than "play" this book called Matches and Matrimony, sorry.
December 25, 2012