Shades of Death: Royal Blood
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
The game was very short. I think I finished in 3 hours. I finished the 1st chapter within my hour demo. There are only 3 chapters and chapter 3 is very short.
The puzzles are easy and it is not to hard to figure out what to do next. The locations are not large, so if you are confused there is not much to get lost in. This might be a good game for beginners.
I recommend purchasing on sale or with a free credit. Not really worth the full price since it is such a quick game.
March 17, 2012
LIVING VS. UNDEAD
Nice balance of HOS and puzzles. Two modes of play. Three locations: castle, cursed island and evacuated village. Travel between the world of the dead and the undead. You enter the different realms through mirrors. Hint system is fairly decent ? tells you when there?s nothing left to do at the location or showing you where you can do something. Linear play, so it?s hard to get lost. Nicely developed gameplay.
Graphics are rather gloomy in the land of the living; a little brighter in the land of the undead. HOS may be a little dark for some screen resolutions. You have to find missing pieces before puzzles can be completed. Little spirits are frequently floating about. You?ll find quite a bit of material strewn throughout the locations (newspapers, notes, journal entries) that you'll want to read. Interesting cutscenes.
November 13, 2012
Not a bad game but very short! only took me an hour and a half to play, the HOS are dark in places but still very easy and the puzzles are nothing new I'm afraid. It's a good game and a nice storyline to spend an afternoon on.
June 28, 2012
Overall a good HOG.
Shades of Death is a solid HOG worth buying. It is good but not great, but it is an entertaining play. Most of the HO scenes are good, although some of the hidden objects are concealed to the point that one must click on the area highlighted by the hint and then watch what goes away to see what it could have been while others are perfectly visible but well blended. Oddly, the HOS in the netherworld are brighter and those in the real world are darker. The plot is interesting enough to follow. The continuity of play is pretty good, but I did have to look at the walkthrough a couple of times for hints. I am a puzzle hater and several of these puzzles immediately fell into the skip category. There are no hints for puzzles. You have to guess what it is that you are supposed to do. Skipping is easier with no goal given. Overall, I think you will like this game.
March 18, 2012
Awesome!! Well Structured!! Five Stars!!
The only bad thing about this game are the undeserved negative reviews. This is one of those "diamonds in the rough" with the rough being inaccurate game descriptions.
I say that with a lot of love for BFG and BFG Members as I rely on your reviews and recommendations.
Totally agree with nicedoggie and wondered if this is the same game based on reviews. Only gamers who skip everywhere they can, might end up with a short game here.
And still don't see how that is possible based on the numerous HO scenes that increase in complexity.
The awesome graphics and artwork deserve closer attention and are downright mesmerizing.
If gamers make short work of this game, they are missing the bigger picture and I suspect may have been expecting more gore than this "horror-themed" game offered. Developers artfully presented those gruesome scenes and so I did not turn off the game, but rather, was intrigued to continue. On the same hand, did not rush forward in fear of what was around the next corner. lol
Story and HO scenes develop from easy-going, then increases in complexity and intensity. HO scenes straight forward and not interactive, thank goodness! No long-distance running throughout. Journal keeps you informed without being over-helpful and not so much reading.
A bit of a maverick myself who speaks the truth, I believe most gamers prefer this type of playtime--not too long, not too short; very interesting plot, great artwork and makes you want to come back for more!
Enjoy! -Mama Mia-
September 25, 2012
I don't recommend wasting money on this game
Game was too easy, finished it in 2 hours. Can't believe I wasted money on this game. This game is for first time gamers. Not advanced players.
June 9, 2012
My first review after three years as a customer. I am glad I only paid $2.99. If you are fairly fast you could do this game in the 60 minute trial period.
Had fun with it but it is way too short.
March 18, 2012
Ok For Beginers
I was fortunate enough to have this game as part of a multi-pack because I certainly wouldn't have bought it alone.
Overall it is fun but WAAAAY to short so it is a good introduction for people new to HO Adventure games.
The mood is inappropriately mild considering it is about a series of brutal murders and after a promising start the game quickly becomes "cartoonish" and camp so it is impossible to take it seriously.
The graphics are generally high quality but inconsistent at times and there are also inconsistencies between stages as to the actual time period the game is set in.
As stated elsewhere advance players would easily complete this in the time allotted for a free trial so its worth a whirl if you want a game for nothing.
December 3, 2012
Great game but VERY SHORT. By the time you really get into it, its over and you dont even see it coming.....I was playing along them boom ending credits. For that reason, it wasnt worth the money:-(
September 16, 2012