PuppetShow: Lost Town
Highly recommend all the PuppetShow games. great HO, great visuals, great sound effects. Just an all around enjoyable game.
December 27, 2011
This is one of my favourite games. The story is interesting, the graphics are great. The HOS are clear, the mini-games are challenging. And if you like this game, you'll love the other two "PuppetShow" as well.
December 10, 2011
missing a lot of features
This game has good graphics, storyline ok. But it's missing important features, the result is you are just running around trying to figure out what to do next. There are a lot of HOS which I would describe as 'junkpile' - not what I consider to be a feature of an excellent game. I can see it has good points, but am surprised people seem to like it so much.
There is no map, no hint button (except in the HOS), no journal, and tools are tucked away in a device you have to constantly open up to see what you have. I found all of this very tedious and agree with the other reviewer that said it is a 'memory game', ie trying to remember what goes where, what tools you have etc.
I just want to relax into it, not have to rack my brain or run around trying to remember what interactive scenes there are or which tools I have. There is a strategy guide, but I see no point in just getting all the info from that, a hint button or map to indicate where the interactive scenes are would have made this game a good one. A journal helps to build the story and gives you ideas of what is needed as well. As it is I can't be bothered finishing it.
May 20, 2012
fun hidden object game
what can I say about this game - one word (brilliant, fantastic - oops that's two).
January 2, 2012
meet the jovyille spelunkers
the residents of Joyville discovered a new system of caves near their little town. unfortunately, little susie is kidnapped by a mechanical puppet-creature, which hides in these caves, also causing part of the caves to collapse so no one can follow. in this hidden object thriller, it is your task to find and rescue susie from this puppet-monster.
i believe this is the third part of the PuppetShow trilogy. after playing the demo version of "the mysteries of Joyville" on my iPhone (and not being able to get that game out of my head for literally months afterwards), i came to Big Fish, specifically seeking that game for my laptop. i found it, along with its sequels, and so much more!
graphics: lovely graphics. there is no click penalty, which is nice since the hidden object scenes are a bit cluttered. the puzzles are detailed and often intricate, but not excessively difficult. you can skip them, too (but why?).
music: same old, same old. it can get a bit repetitious (and thus, annoying) at times, so just turn the sound down so it doesn't assault your senses too much.
storyline: if you can go along with the other puppetshow storylines, then this one is no more fantastical than those.
complaints: the lack of a map was frustrating when you add a new item to your tools inventory but cannot remember exactly how to return to where that tool should be used. also no diary/journal and no hint button (except in the hidden object scenes), so there is plenty of wandering around, wondering what to do next. i also found the "tools" fan to be annoying.
my interaction: one hour demo, in casual mode (this game has two modes).
i was surprised to find i was creeped out when the puppet/robot creature kidnapped little susie, but after i got over that, i began to enjoy the game. i purchased the other two PuppetShow games many months ago and plan to add this to my games library soon.
June 4, 2012
This is the first of the Puppet series I've tried, because it came highly recommended. The different type of characters (the puppets) in this game are interesting, due to them being unique. I thought there would be more of a storline with more speaking characters involved, but it was actually a nice change not to be interuppeted by all of that.
As usual, there's a great deal of running back and forth to find the necessary items to complete the puzzels and solve the crime. A few of the puzzles are more challenging than the rest, so it does give you a little variety. There's not that many different interactive HOG scenes in this one, so be prepared to enter the same area more than once. However, the graphics are high-end, so they're easy to spot and what you find for tools makes sense to be used elsewhere. There's some common sense thinking that needs to come into play, which is challenging within itself to solve the case.
The options do give basic and expert mode, which is always a nice feature for the gamer to choose. Since I chose expert, a few times I missed an item and needed the walkthrough to get me started up again. LOL! Otherwise, it wasn't too difficult or aggravating to not be able to complete. The music was nice up to a point, then I couldn't listen to it any longer. However, that's normal for me with games like this!
This was a really enjoyable relaxing game and I'll probably purchase the entire series. All-in-all, very nice quality gaming experience!
January 30, 2012
Game 3: some people never learn
This is the third of the excellent PuppetShow games. The graphics continue to be above par, and the storyline is suitably creepy ? if you think crazy puppets and a sorceress looking for eternal youth and beauty is creepy, I guess. The music, by the way, is rather catchy even though it must necessarily repeat sequences. But it all blends very nicely. A big shout out to the composer for a job well done. I really like the boppy march music from the string basses. It just works and is never annoying. Some of it was used in SotI, but it's back like an old friend.
Like Souls of the Innocent, the HOS are challenging, and the puzzles are clever. I really like the PuppetShow series, and now I'm off to Return to Joyville.
By the way, here are the games in order of release:
2009 - PuppetShow: Mystery of Joyville
2010 - PuppetShow: Souls of the Innocent
2011 - PuppetShow: Lost Town
2012 - PuppetShow: Return to Joyville
October 27, 2012
Lives up to expectations
The third in the Puppet Show series, Lost Town not only meets the standards of those before it, it exceeds them easily.
To start with, this is the first PuppetShow game where they've worked in motion graphics in their cutscenes and they have voice-overs for the story text. While not something I find necessary in a game, it does add something to the feel of the production value.
Like its predecessor, Lost Town has two difficulty levels which add or remove helpful sparklies and determine the recharge timer for your hints. It uses the same backing track music, so if you didn't like it, you'll want to turn on some music.
Once again the artwork in the scenery is fantastic and the imagination that has gone into the puppet creations is admirable. Lots to look at in this one, and you'll even get to fool around with some machinery and have a puppet or two do your bidding!
Plot-wise, this one heads in the same direction that we've been seeing in the series, getting more detailed and involved. You start out looking for little Susie who's been dragged off by a puppet and slowly learn just how deep this particular mystery, and mine, goes. And that mystical crystal will make another appearance.
HOs are more intricate, in that you'll have to interact with some objects. No click and drag here though, just opening some cupboards and the like. The mini-puzzles range from easy to head-scratcher difficult, but are all very logical and workable.
Overall, this one is a definite recommend. If you haven't played the previous two, don't worry, you haven't missed out on so much plot that you won't be able to enjoy Lost Town. Crazy fun, and about the right length - roughly two hours on a speed run for me which is quite good. Pleasantly for those with younger computer-sharers, this one's also not as dark and macabre as we've seen before. There won't be many who'd regret trying it out.
May 20, 2012
An Outstanding Game
This is one of the best, if not *the* best game of this type that I have played. There was nothing cheap or shoddy about it. The locations were nicely done, the human characters were very lifelike and the puppets were a hoot. It was challenging without being frustratingly difficult. The hidden object scenes were very good and did not seem repetitious, even though they were used several times with different objects to find. It was also a satisfyingly long game which kept me entertained for several days.
February 1, 2012
I'm sorry that I have to disagree with some of the reviews here, this is my least favorite of all the PuppetShow games that I have. I am no fan of mechanical stuff (except the automatons in Syberia series!), they're not very much 'puppetry' to me. As always, there's someone you have to rescue and why is it always little kids? I found this a bit disturbing after playing all the three games in the series. I am getting rather bored with the interface (same fan like inventory feature) which cannot automatically open up until you click it, very frustrating if you need to try using the items to unlock/ fix something.
Overall, my least favorite of all the PS series. They're still great, but after awhile, I get tired of the same interface, over and over repeated.
June 28, 2012