Hallowed Legends: Samhain
What in the name of all that's holy was THAT?!
It has been over three weeks since I completed this and I am STILL finding it hard to find the words to adequtly describe this game (and how bad it is) because there is literally no way to get this across to the reader so here goes my best attempt........oh and it was out of sheer morbid curiosity that I went to the bitter end with this monster.
Ok so we start out with a game that begins as a dark tale of black magic and pagan sacrifice and ends as a romantic situation comedy. Here is the journey. It makes no sense at all. There is no plot. There is no story. There is no narative. There is no logic, understanding or reason to do anything in this game at all.
This...erm...experience... starts with an animation of a Celtic Demon looking over the brow of a hill and thus it begins. We are on a mission to meet a distinguished scientist at a recent dig near Glastonbury Tor. Three or Four screens into the game we get locked in a ruined church in the English countryside and can't escape - even though their is a giant gaping hole in the wall at ground level, right next to the locked gate in fact, we are stuck there for some reason. From there we find a group of people frozen on a sort of pond inside the church. Why they are there is not explained and they are forgotten about for the rest of this awful experience. We do some...erm...stuff... that takes us to an underground cavern in which the player needs to find a way to get to an elevator in said cavern that comes out at........
............the top of a snow covered mountain somewhere in the Swiss Alps. I kid you not! Here we meet a butler who asks the player to find his kidnapped daughter. We need to find new clothes to cross a bridge over the mountains wherby we find ourselves............
......in a warm Steampunk type engine room (on the top of a mountain) where somehow the butler has managed to make it there before us without any explanation at all. At this point we need to fix the Steampunk Engine that lowers a drawbridge to another peak on the mountain where we find............
..........an archelogical dig revealing an underground forrest and a small weather research station where we need to search for objects to open a trap door leading us to.......
..........a James Bond type underground base where we need to find parts of a Lazer Gun to shoot a Wolf who gives up a fuse device to open a security door where we find.........
.....a gas burner to a hot air baloon that we take and fix to the baloon. From there we are taken to........
.......a lake where we need to find objects to repair another elivator to obtain a code key and a scuba diving outfit. We use the code key to open an underground security airlock door where.......
.......we discover it it isnt a lake anymore but the open ocean. Here we find a trapped scuba diver who has become lodged under a treasure chest he is trying to salvage who once rescued gives us the key to his submarine where we find locks for an inflatable globe which we climb into and are taken to the surface and discover....
.....that the ocean has changed back into a lake again and que an animation of the player falling over a waterfall in the afor mentioned inflateble globe to land in.....
....a forrest back in the English Countryside. This level is the standard find and repair a cannoo with a hole in it using a convinently place log cabin with a metal refinary to melt pitch, find nails for wood planks - blah blah blah, etc etc etc. You know the drill and once the canoo is repaired we find ourselves.....
......in an inner city that has buildings on fire. This is where we get some classic Scooby Doo one liners such as "Hmm I think I'm beginning to figure out what's really been going on here" and "This is all beginning to make sense". The object in this level is to find the key to a hotel room hidden in a train station. Yes Friends in 2012 London they still use Steam Locamotives - yes you read that right STEAM TRAINS!!! In 2012. Again I kid you not. Somewhere in this we come face to face with the Butler we left on the mountain top in the Alps (remember him?) who tells us that after we left he found a car. I promise his exact words.......he " FOUND A CAR" all the way up there, on the mountain top, in Swizerland. Anyway once we have jumped through the various hoops to find the hotel key we then find.......
......the old proffesor we were going to meet at the begining (remember him too?) who is slowly being digested by a carniverous plant in his hotel room. We free the Professor from the plant and come upon another Scooby Doo classic - he makes a full confession that it wasnt really the Demon Samhain it was him in disguise all along! Then he askes you the player to marry him. O yes he does, he tells you how beautiful you are and how he has always loved you and would you marry him.....
Game ends with snapshots of your wedding day.
Dear reader by now you are probably frozen to the spot, mouth open, glazed look wondering what on earth you have just read. That has been my state since completeing this monstrosity, mouth open, glazed eyes wondering what just happened. If anyone is aware of a rehab programme available to people who survived this - Experience - to the end please let me know.
March 13, 2013
Not as good as expected
I really wanted to get into this game and found the storyline compelling. Unfortunately, most of the minigames had poor or vague directions and this spoiled the fun for me. I don't mind a challenging puzzle if I understand what the outcome is supposed to be but these were just not clear and most of the time I had to struggle on until the Skip sign appeared.
Only played the free hour game. Not compelled to purchase this one.
August 24, 2012
Sick, sad, lonely game, just as I like it.
Good plot, good graphics, lots of traveling around in the fog,I enjoyed it very much. It's one of the good ones !
August 4, 2012
Great ,challenging game!
One of the best games I have played! It is a long game,and keeps you entertained for days. The HO are clear,and the puzzles are tricky,so there is a lot to do and keep your interest..
May 19, 2012
I did so Enjoy this game
excellent graphics and fun scenes
no tedium like some HO games can get
puzzles good too..
really liked the effort they put into making scenes unique!
April 7, 2012
Liked this game and the graphics were quite good but the mini games were quite challenging so thankfully the skip button filled quite quickly. Enjoyed the hos but thought the story could of been a bit better really, not a bad game at all and quite enjoyable but nothing compared to ERS games which take a lot of beating in my book.
March 29, 2012
halloed legends samhain
when you have to buy stragity guide it should go w/game now i have to close one to see other
December 1, 2011
I really loved this game. It was interesting and kept my attention. Scenes were great to. Great Job!!
June 7, 2012
this game. graphics were superb. hidden object scenes and mini-games were very well done.
Have enjoyed each of the Hallowed Legends games.
April 8, 2012
I wasn't too thrilled with the game. It was fun, but not great. The Hidden Object segments seemed sometimes trite and there only to be there.
April 14, 2012