Hallowed Legends: Samhain Collector's Edition
Samhain just became a little bit more real than expected
Review after finishing the game:
+ adequate graphics
+ slight twist to some hidden object scenes, like having to find a dip net to get objects in a pond
+ length of game
o All riddles (safe for the very last one during the bonus adventure) very easy
o as usual an "area complete" would have been nice...
o the end came a bit abrupt
- ...which would have saved lots of useless running around...
- ...cause it was not always clear where to proceed next
- story was a bit hit and miss (where did that procession of people go to?)
The story leading up to the events through the eyes of the main character's husband. Good length. Story Hidden object scenes and riddles are needed for overall achievements.
Bottom Line: Good game, but the regular edition will do. The bonus content provides a bit of back story and the usual doodads but is not necessary to understand the whole game.
January 4, 2012
Hallowed Legends Samhain Coll Ed Still one of my all time Favorites.
This is still one of my all time favorites, and I'm an AVID casual gamer. The scenes are clear, and organized, just plain gorgeous. Great storyline too. Here is one I'd buy for all devices. Loved it start to finish. I really love hidden objects that are not hand drawn, and more clearly computer generated like this; for instance a battery really looks like a battery here. My only beef is I couldn't load/save the screensaver, and that was discouraging(running windows 7).Maybe that was just me, but I never had that happen, and I do prefer when the coll editions allow you to "download and keep" the wallpapers, etc. I was able to keep the wallpapers from this game though which was a plus.
If you like this game you will love the 2nd Hallowed Legends, and you will
also probably like Enigmatis, Ghosts of Maple Creek
November 26, 2011
(SE will get 3 stars and a recommendation) What a difference 18 months make...
This isn?t elephant?s first HOPA, I think that was MT: the void but this feels and plays like their first (the lost games I put in another category). Comparing it to their recent games what a difference! It doesn?t feel or plays like their other games.
While this would be a good enough straight SE (and I don?t recommend the CE as bonus wasn?t long and apart from achievements there are no extras and you get achievements in the SE) if you are expecting an ?elephant? game then I think you will be disappointed.
There is no transporter map, graphics are a weird mix of grainy to OKish, there are a lot of HOS and even more puzzles. Main story was OK you are off to try and find what happened to your ex, with of course twists to it.
Bonus story didn?t understand it but it was a bonus. The difference between this game and the hallowed legends templar is big but it shows how far elephant has come.
Here there are only two modes of play which is changeable during the game but advanced does still have faint sparkles sometimes and has sparkles on the HOS. There is also black bar tips. You can hide the inventory bar but hint button is in middle with diary to the right and inventory to the left.
Hint button isn?t their usual mini guide just shows you in a scene and if it?s not in the scene just one back button won?t keep going back to show you where you should go. There is no voiceover just dialogue boxes.
It?s hard to describe but something you have to see for yourself why the quality isn?t here compared to their other games. Apart from graphics, plot isn?t really there and I feel they put in a lot of HOS and puzzles to pad the game out without being part of a game. Here I felt like I was picking up one thing in one scene to use it in next and the backtracking is huge here. I know all HOPAs are like that but the really good ones don?t make you feel like you are doing that.
At least it?s their usual never repeat, and no random click penalty on their all list types. Most were junk pile or very nearly, some weren?t. Some were quite good in clarity and sharpness but others were more grainy. Some tiny items but not many. Don?t think any were interactive.
Quite a few were very easy so very quick to do. Others were all varied hardness and some hard ones. Most of them were really old school but a couple were new.
14 concept art
Screensaver 5 music
Most of it was in old area but there were a few scenes that were new (70/30?) The ending was very abrupt and so quick I didn?t know what happened and wasn?t really following the bonus plot.
I counted 3 HOS and 7 PUZZLES (in addition to above numbers). It wasn?t quite the hour but very nearly but I skipped a puzzle (and didn?t spend much time on it).
The time is there for the main game - good bit over 5hrs and nearly another hour for the bonus. But I skipped about 3 puzzles in main game (was bored didn?t want to do them) and another in the bonus. But as this has a lot of puzzles if you are going to skip quite a few then I think it will be a short game.
This so isn?t worth it for a CE. If you are looking for a good enough game with length and a lot of HOS as well as puzzles then get the SE.
October 19, 2012
Wow! Excellent Game!
Unbelievable game! Great storyline and blend of different puzzles. Was long enough where I felt I got my time and money's worth.
Loved it so much I bought the SE and CE....by mistake!
April 7, 2012
Hallowed Legends: Samhain Collectors Edition is the best Big Fish purchase I've made
Samhain is the best Big Fish Games purchase I've made. This game has the most innovative and breathtaking graphics I have seen here. The story is unique and well crafted.The acting is excellent. The cut scenes are fascinating and move the story forward. They are clear, beautiful and true to the story - much like a real movie. Most games on this site have cut scenes where I roll my eyes at the unprofessional acting (standing around looking at the ground, weird gestures, mugging) obviously done by friends of the game developers in cheesy costumes, not real actors. Usually, I click past the cut scenes because they repeat story elements already known or they are too grainy and badly illustrated. But, Samhain breaks the mold and makes the benchmark that much higher for all game developers. This is a true joy to play and I look forward to buying more of these wonderful developers' outstanding work.
August 23, 2012
better than expected
I initially started playing this because I like celtic culture and myths. But I found a lot of changed and invented things between the actual celtic folclore and the game. Still, that's another story, the game was pretty good overal.
STORY: Pretty long detailed story, overused concept. Your ex boyfriend goes missing and you go to find him. On the way you save more people and fight against supernatural beings. The story and the place where everything takes place is a mix between reality and fantasy, the player having to use the modern technology and the ancient pagan rituals on its way.
GAMEPLAY: First of all, I advise you to use the journal in this game, otherwise the story will get very confusing. There are more details in the journal than the game gives you on the spot. I ended up reading everything from the beggining, because about 30 minutes in the game I couldn't understand anything. There's no instant map, still there's a strategy guide in case you get stuck. The game area is big, and you don't run all over the place for items. Once you're done with a part, you move on. There are plenty of achievements to obtain as well.
HOS&PUZZLES: If you're an expert and have a trained eye, the hidden object scenes are extremely easy. There's no interaction, between the items you have to find, but sometimes they're stacked over eachother, so you have to find one in order to see another one under or behind it. Puzzles are from easy to medim difficulty, decent variety.
GRAPHICS&SOUND: Pretty good graphics, painting mixed with 3D animation. There are plenty of cut scenes. Music is well chosen, but i prefered to turn in low because the abient effects were better. Everything has a creepy feeling that almost makes you cold.
EXTRAS: You get the bonus game in the CE. You play from Robert's perspective. You go back in the town where the main game ended, You don't get many new scenes, but the town looks changed because it's been rebuilt. The ending is very sudden and it doesn't leave room for anymore information, probably because it will be continued. As far as I know there's a part 2, but i dont know if it's related to this one yet.
Anyway, it was a nice overall experience. There's a lot happening in it, and i personally had to take a break from time to time. I will definately play the second one too.
August 16, 2012
I liked it
Now I originally picked this game up just to support Elephant games because I love so many of their games I'm willing to to just get them without a second thought and even though this one isn't up to par with any of the Grim Tales games it was still enjoyable. The story wasn't as interesting as I thought it was going to be in the beginning as I sort of got disconnected with it as I was playing since I was just having fun with the simple act of playing. It's a decent length or average depending on if you like playing through with no help. I did use the SG here and there when I didn't understand something and I actually wanted to get all the achievements in this game. The ending was good and felt wrapped up in comparison to other HO games. The bonus chapter was also just fun for extra game play. This game would be just as fun with the SE but if you love Elephant games or just plain love having CE then grab this game if the trial seems fun to you. I do recommend this game ^_^
July 21, 2012
This is entertainment!
Everything about this game is awesome. Lot's of different action here. The story doesn't even matter because you become so engrossed in the game, however a woman goes to a Celtic festival to search for her ex-husband whom she believes to be in trouble. This game has good graphics, good music, achievements and has some of the most clever Ho's and puzzles i've seen yet. The HO might make you find an object outside of the HO come back and use that item, or you might have to do a puzzle in order to even get to the HO! I think this game will hit the mark for adventure, hidden object, and puzzle gamers,
January 22, 2013
Too many glitches
I'm having trouble enjoying the game because there are just too many glitches on the puzzles. I'm not even totally finished with the game and I've had to skip 4 puzzles because they either froze up and would not do anything (weight puzzle and lion ball puzzle), they would not function correctly (gear puzzle would not allow me to put gears where they belonged), or didn't work right once solved (animal puzzle---had all the blocks in right place, but fish kept turning anyway). I know these issues belong in the forum according to Big Fish, but you should know you're buying a game that doesn't work right. Especially at $13.99 for a CE. If you overlook the tech issues, I still really didn't like the game. The storyline isn't making a whole lot of sense to me, and there's too much bouncing around from enviroment to environment----I HATED the blizzard environment.
January 17, 2013
I head a great time playing this game!! Some of rooms wear really scary with all those machines and sounds and also i found different and unexpected objects in HOS scenes.
It was a very nice experience ...thank you Big Fish !
September 25, 2012