Haunted Legends: The Queen of Spades Collector's Edition
Overall, Haunted Legends: The Queen of Spades CE was barely worth the price. Some parts were good, some not so good. While I didn't particularly enjoy HEQS, I don't think I would recommend the SE for those who rely on hints or a map during game play. Neither exist in this game (after further review, hints are available during HOS...and that's it). I tend to have large gaps in between playings, so I often forget where a particular puzzle is located when I find the piece for it, so I like maps or hints that help refresh my memory.
The game play was very linear. When I would check in on the strategy guide during game play, I was usually right where I needed to be with little to no back tracking needed. The strategy guide was built in, so the lack of a map or hints weren't required.
The strategy guide reset every time you exit it. No, not just the game, the guide. When you take three minutes to scroll through to find where you are, if you need to click out and click back in again, you have to find that same spot. It was a little aggravating.
Some things were mislabeled in the HOS. For example a hammer and a butcher knife were labeled as '2 axes'. Really? Do you not know the difference between the primary usage for a hammer and an axe?
The story lines for both the main game and the bonus material was flimsy at best in major parts. You initial role in the game is fuzzy and grey until you read on your own.
While I would not recommend this game to beginners, I would suggest that all others give the demo a try and see if you like it. What you get in the beginning is what you get in the end.
July 4, 2012
Too much running around
The HINT button doesn't work during gameplay and there isn't a map. I found this to be OK at first until the number of scenes multiplied. Then, unless you have a great memory or take copius notes, it's difficult to figure out what to do next which is usually many scenes away from where you are and then it's many scenes away from where you find an object to where it's needed. Placement of objects needed is not intuitive either - half an oar in a birdcage! To avoid clicking around, I had to use the SG.
The HOS are good, the artwork is good and the music has a catchy tune that I liked but grew tired of hearing after the 1000th time. The story is poor and confusing. The extra chapter is OK but not worth the CE price. The SG isn't the best, telling you where to go but not how the get there at times. There are so many scenes that remembering where everything is is difficult especially if you don't finish the game in one sitting.
I don't recommend paying for the CE version, but maybe the SE.
June 12, 2012
slow--no hints except in hidden object scenes
Did not care for this game--could not use strategy guide, and no hints available except in hidden objects scenes--got stuck and had to quit !!
February 21, 2012