Shades of Death: Royal Blood
Pretty Ordinary, Which Does NOT Mean Bad
This game is good on most levels, it just isn't extraordinary on any.
The graphics are good, bit grainy on my 21", but not enough to gripe about. The music is good, and the ambient sounds are very good.
The storyline is okay, fairly familiar though. I was disappointed that we didn't get to see more of the bad guys, and the ending was somewhat anticlimactic.
Some critics say it's too easy, but to me, it was nice to play a game where the puzzles were as easy as the HO. I do agree with the others that the game was too short. But it came neatly packaged in 3 chapters and didn't include any time wasters, such as repeating HO scenes.
One thing I really did like about this game is the way they did the HO scenes so that they fit into an enclosed bordered area that was separate from the task/list/hint bar. Was nice to have clearly delineated search areas.
Good game for a low key change from the real puzzlers, but nothing unique.
January 14, 2012
Not worth the money.
Whilst the story line is interesting I found the level of challenge way too easy.
I was also really disappointed to find that after the 60 minute trial ran out and I paid for the full game, that there was only 10 minutes of game play left, so I feel a bit ripped off. There are a lot of excellent, more challenging games on this site.
Sadly this is not one of them.
November 12, 2011
Easy to Play Beat-the-Vampires Game
PLUS SIDE = Sometimes you just want something easy-to-play, and this game fills the bill. I bought it a few months ago, and just replayed today because I wanted something non-intense to play. This game has an interesting storyline (help save the town from the return of the evil-spirit king) with a nice mix of Hidden Object scenes and fairly easy-to-do puzzles. The action for each chapter takes place within a limited area, so there is not a huge amount of back-and-forth trekking. The visuals (except for some of the Hidden Object scenes) were very well done, and the story has a satisfying ending.
MINUS SIDE = The colors are a very monochromic brown and blue in some of the Hidden Object scenes, which makes it hard to find the objects. The game is fairly short, I finished it the first time I played in under three hours. There are no voiceovers, just script dialog (which can be skipped). For those concerned about occult themes, the story does deal with the supernatural (vampires and spirits).
December 27, 2011
Fun Hidden Object Game
I enjoyed this game, the last chapter seemed a little rushed, making the game a little short, but still fun to play.
The game is fairly linear, so there isn't a lot of brain work involved in figuring out what to do next. The game is a straightforward interactive hidden object game, well drawn, with nice music, a pleasant way to while away a few hours.
November 29, 2011
Short and bland
Completely in agreement with Ptollemy.
Not much worse than finding out you paid to play the last 10 minutes of a game.
It's quite short, and rather bland as Hidden Object games go. There are far better.
November 22, 2011
Shades of Death: Royal Blood is a fantastic, spooky game without being overly morbid with a happier-type ending. The graphics are excellent, story well plotted and gameplay varied and fun.
December 17, 2011
Good for beginners
While I'm no fan of puzzles spread over three levels, this game is far too obvious. The solutions to most puzzles are fairly clear and limited to the level they're on, which is good, but there aren't enough of them, they aren't complex enough and/or they don't interlock. This is a good beginner game but anyone with any experience will race through it.
November 27, 2011
It was kinda sad at first,but don't give up on this great game!
As I played it, it just got better and better, and was wondering, after seeing all the ratings, if I was on the right game! HAHAHA!
I loved it and ,the hint button is all you need to play a long and relaxing HOG game with a great story line. I got it at a super price ( sure love Big Fish !) but would have paid the full price for sure!
March 18, 2012
It's a fun game
We purchased this game some time ago before games could be reviewed, so we started it over to see what it was like.
There are volume controls for sound effects and music.
The music was not annoying.
There were no voice overs and minimal text to read.
You can choose full or wide screen and custom cursor.
The game modes are casual or advanced.
There is a journal that keeps track of info found in letters and papers in your travels. There is also a task list.
The graphics were good. Some of the hidden object scenes were a bit challenging <not because of clutter or poor graphics...the items were well hidden> and we did use the hints. The hints filled quickly in casual play mode.
There was quite a bit of back & forth to play puzzles after finding inventory items you needed.
The puzzles were fairly simple and fun.
Rarely do we finish a game in one sitting so we have not made it to the end to know how many chapters there are.
We have played for a bit over an hour and are in chapter 2.
The story line is about finding parts of an amulet to keep "evil" from being released after it has been locked up for hundreds of years.
There are some ghosts flying about, although we haven't encountered any scenes that are overly creepy or demonic.
All in all this is a fun game with a bit of a challenge.
We are glad we purchased it, even though it wasn't at a Daily Deal price.
March 17, 2012
A bit short
The story is interesting. The HOS are a bit grainy but the objects are not tiny so it's ok. The mini-games are not too hard. The game is rather short, I'd say about 2-3 hours, but otherwise it's a good game.
December 10, 2011