Maestro: Music of Death Collector's Edition
Skulls'n'Roses - Awesome Game!
PLUS SIDE: I just replayed this game, and I enjoyed it as much as when I originally played it several months ago. The replay took me about 3 hours for the main game, and about 50 minutes for the bonus chapter. I did use the integrated Strategy Guide because I got stuck a few times. You play as a detective who is called to a town where a mysterious illness is killing the inhabitants, and you are asked by a mother to help find her missing daughter. From the opening moments of the game I was immersed in the storyline, the game play, and the eerie but beautiful music which is part of the theme of the story. There are lots of Hidden Object scenes, which you will visit twice. There are many interactive items in the Hidden Object scenes, which were fun to figure out. I liked the fact that there were more Hidden Object scenes than mini-games. However, this is one of the few games that I have been able to play all the mini-games without tearing my hair out (I am not a big puzzle fan). There are also lots of inventory items to find and use, although they are not always immediately available when needed. The graphics are wonderful, as are the cutscenes, and I really liked the music in this game. You will visit five major areas in the town, and you will revisit these areas in the bonus game, along with some new areas. The bonus content includes a chapter that introduces the sequel game, along with the usual extra bonus content - wallpapers/screensavers, concept art and music. I have liked almost all of the games from this developer (such as the PuppetShow series, Shadow Wolf series, and Grim Facade: Mystery of Venice, among others) and I am looking forward to the sequel for this game.
MINUS SIDE: The only minus for me was that as the game progressed, some of the Hidden Object scenes became darker in color and cluttered, so it took patience to find all the items.
January 10, 2012
Easy but nice game
I spent a good time playing this. The graphics and sound are good. The hint system is also good. The mini-games are quite easy; I skipped only one. The HOS are clear. The game a bit short but I didn't mind. All in all, it was fun and a nice break from all the dark games.
December 19, 2011
Great Game! An all-time favourite!
I thoroughly enjoyed playing this game! The storyline is captivating, the music is great, the artwork.. fantastic. It was really easy to follow the scenes and I did not have to check hints to find out what to do next. The HO are easy to find and the puzzles can be achieved without the need to skip them. I loved this game so much that without hesitation or preview I bought the next Maestro. The bonus game is quite long, thorough and is in line with the story. I highly recommend this game; it is amongst the best I played thus far, if not the best!
February 12, 2012
Deceptive cadence? *
This game was way less challenging than other ERS games, but it is beautifully drawn with some lovely animations. The story is well developed, but leaves you wondering if the sequel will bring you back to the same town.
I played in expert mode, so no sparkles. I think I had 3 head scratching moments and only because I had missed a magnifier spot in my pixel hunting. Just check all areas of a location and do not play when tired!
What to do with those inventory items is just too well defined in this game for my tastes. The puzzles were easy to tedious (all that work for a key?!) -- not much logic is required.
If not particularly challenged, I was entertained -- I must try to accept that sometimes the purpose of these games is to do just that, and appreciate I had something interesting to do with some free time!
The Collectors Edition extras:
Screen saver -- installation works well. Is it essential -- no.
Wall papers -- Well, it was a dark game, so they are too. I may have picked different scenes, however. Worth the CE -- not on their own, for sure.
Strategy Guide -- never opened it until I was done. It was well done. It reopens to the page you were on. Essential -- probably not for this game.
Concept Art -- it interests me, but should you pay extra for it alone -- no.
Music -- you can save the 4 tracts. Oddly, you can see closeups of the sheet music as you click the choices, but the audio doesn't change. I can't carry a tune. Humming the notes was really not a helpful option for me. Again -- if you are into music, you may find these haunting tunes nice company while you work on your Mac / PC. It never is a reason to buy the CE for me, though.
Bonus Chapter -- as well done as the rest of the game, and long enough. I never rush through these kind of games, I spend more time than most people, perhaps. I judge more on content. Overall, it certainly wasn't short and there was quite a bit to do. And, yes, it added to the story and gave more completion to it -- but is the drama complete??????????
CE vs. SE -- Spending more for these games profits the developer and we will see more games in the good to excellent range. Very few games are Great. This one had a lot going for it. Overall, very good approaching excellent.
* A chord progression that seems to lead to resolving itself on the final chord; but does not.
January 15, 2012
A good game for the money
I enjoyed the original game and very much enjoyed the extended version. The HO's are easier to see than in most games I've played. The puzzles are solve-able, some with a little time, but I think I only skipped one. The story line stays consistent into the Collector's Edition, which isn't true for all games. It opens up new areas, too, which is cool. Overall, relaxing and entertaining.
December 25, 2011
My Favorite Game
This game is a keeper! The music is haunting and sad, but keeps you wanting to hear more. This is my favorite game. It took me a few times thru it to not need to keep referring to the guide all the time. It will give you hours and hours of excellant game play. I just purchased the 2nd in the series w/out playing the trial based on the reviews and how much I enjoyed this one. Give it a spin. :)
February 2, 2012
Bonus game was lame
This game makes a good SE game, but don't waste your money on the collector's edition unless you really need to check the strategy guide frequently. But the bonus game is definitely not worth the extra bucks: little more than a series of HOS and almost no plot. I finished it in 45 minutes.
June 25, 2012
Another fantastic game from ERS!!
Absolutely brilliant! loved this game, the graphics are stunning and the storyline is just perfect and i couldn't wait to find out what happens next, love the interactive HOS and the hint system works perfectly so i didn't need the SG once! Will play this again but my only complaint is i think it was a lot shorter than other ERS games out there. Just perfect! :-)
April 25, 2012
Adventure, Suspense, Mystery
It really held my attention in the regular version, and so I am definitely am getting the CE!! I want to see what that old hag is going to do this time! Great game BFG keep up the great games like this one!!! This will be rough estimate of games i have bought. Around close to 100! Everyone will love this game!
December 19, 2011
This Game Has It All
I would have purchased this game for the soundtrack alone, or for the hidden object scenes, or for the dark storyline, or for the beautiful graphics, or for the original mini puzzles. But I got the whole package.
The music is haunting, eerie, beautiful. The Hidden Object scenes are fun and challenging. The mini puzzles are puzzlers and a lot of fun. The storyline is compelling, the player always wondering where the game will take him next.
Excellent top quality.
January 23, 2012