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Great Adventure Game
Played the demo, and I was hooked. So I bought it just to find out what happened next, and didn't stop playing the game until it was over. Just finished the game, and I am glad that I bought it. It's a long game, with quite a few HOS, but there is a great story built in, plus other puzzles. The game is fairly challenging, but I only had to look at the walk-through a couple of times. The graphics are good. The characters in the game are a down-to-earth couple who do detective work. So, when they are victimized, they use their detective skills to solve the problem, and get to safety.
March 17, 2012
Fun & Unique Game Play!!!!
First I love the company who made this game as they show when an area is complete so time isn't wasted wandering back and forth between scenes and, in general, their games don't require a lot of back and forth.
The storyline about a man who wakes up with a mysterious tattoo, then travels the world with his girlfriend to solve the mystery was refreshingly unique. He and his girlfriend maintain banter throughout the game which I liked.
The graphics were outstanding with beautiful scenes and great sound effects. The music was fine and at times kicked up the intensity a bit. I did not find a need to turn it down.
There is no map and the journal was no help as it narrates events after they occurred, and there was no objectives list or strategy guide. The hint system worked well which is good because with the variety of methods used for HOS sometimes it was not clear how to obtain an object.
The variety of types of mini-games was narrow but they were fun and creative, beautiful, and very enjoyable.
The HOS were a lot of fun, integral to the game, and, once complete, allowed access to pick up objects that the player had seen earlier but was not allowed to pick up.
There was a wide variety in how each of the HOS worked which I very much liked. Sometimes it was finding a certain number of something, or pieces of items, or actions to take.
Now, for the least favorite part of the game - could be because I played in casual mode.
The game was kind serial with a single mission at a time and the player being led by the hand each step of the way which became a tad annoying. Perhaps I will go back and play in expert mode to see the difference..
The game did a good job balancing humor, mystery, suspense, and drama making it a blast to play.
I highly recommend this unique, fun, beautiful game.
April 7, 2012
EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT!!!
I found this game to be very challenging. The storyline was excellent and kept me wanting to know more. It's the type of game that once you get into it it's very difficult to stop playing. Once or twice I had to look at the walkthrough but that certainly didn't take away from the game play. It's a game that will keep you thinking through the challenges and wishing there were more games made like this. HOS are not too difficult and I thought the written story in the book was brilliant. It's a must try! Enjoy.
December 4, 2011
I am in the middle of playing this game again. I played it when it first came out in May 2011 and enjoyed it then, but never wrote a review. I am enjoying playing it again. The graphics are beautiful. The story is superb. It isn't as challenging as some games I have played, but it is challenging. At times I was downright frustrated because I knew what I needed to find but couldn't figure out how to get what I needed. Had to use the hint button in these instances. The hint button does not take forever to recharge. Overall, I am really enjoying this game the second time as much as the first time. I think you will too.
January 15, 2013
Wow! Had to play all the way through in one sitting!
This is a great example of what you get when you combine a really good story with nice graphics and sound, in a game that runs just the way it should. I can't believe some reviewers criticized the writing, because this is one of the few hidden object games that had a story that just sucked me right in.
The locations were interesting and sometimes beautiful. The sound always suited the visuals and was never annoying. I would have loved a well-acted voice-over, but the dialog was never overly long and was easy to read. The journal added a few details that you wouldn't necessarily pick up from the action and dialog, so it fleshed out the story a bit, but I agree with some others that it wasn't overly helpful.
I played in the more challenging mode and there were no sparkles anywhere to give anything away. I didn't bother much with the alternate "nightvision goggles" mode in the HO scenes as it seemed too easy, but it was interesting as an alternate way to get a hint.
I'm only an intermediate adventure game player, which translates to nearly expert in hidden object games. (True adventure games really don't give you much guidance and almost never supply you with in-game hints.) I often need to peek at a walkthrough but never did with this one.
I loved this game and couldn't wait to see what would happen next. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes more of an adventure aspect to a game rather than just a string of junk piles ot sort through.
May 8, 2012
One of the MOST Fascinating Games on BFG!!
Agree wholeheartedly with Gypsy! Read varied reviews and decided to give demo a try. Even after purchasing, had my doubts but I hung in there. Just a short while into the game, got the hang of Devs techniques and I stopped long enough to write this RAVE REVIEW!
Awesome artwork in terms of exploring different scenes from a dreary island to a Police scene, then travel around the world-- with unique methods of collecting needed items. Lots of items to pick up, but until objects are actually needed, they are not randomly picked up to be carried around.
I played Advanced and then went to Casual and back to Advanced. The "sparkled zones" are more confusing so it's better to play without them in my opinion--so play Advanced!
There are no mis-click penalties because this is more an Adventure Game with Hidden Objects than a Hidden Object Adventure Game.
Bonus for me is that only when a "question mark" appears, can an object be searched for and used. At least you know what is needed and where it goes instead of guess work! Took me a little while to get the hang of it as with all things new and I appreciated having that direction.
There is also "Area Cleared" which is quite helpful so as to avoid going in circles. Yes, there is going back and forth, however, the search areas are reasonable and quite fun.
The plot is interesting and unfolds in that good people get caught up in a sinister plan. Backgrounds change comfortably and fit into the plot very well as the story starts with a man awakens on a dreary, dark island with no memory of how he got there and then fast forward one month and he is in his apartment with no memory of the island and no memory of how, when or where he got the tattoo on his right arm. Sound familiar? lol Enjoy! -Mama Mia-
June 24, 2012
IT IS A MUST TO PLAY
I read the reviews, then played the hour. I found this game to be done by people whom have thought about what would be different. HOS and turning to puzzle. You have to go from screen to screen, but nothing you can forget.
For those that found it easy, were on casual mode, for sometimes they give hints you didn't ask for. I am on my way to purchase, but am going into Expert to have more time with this.
COMMENT: people need to start scoring on the game itself, and the thought that went into making it enjoyable.
February 22, 2013
BUY THIS GAME IMMEDIATELY
The thing that I loved the most about this game was the unique twist on the HOS. There is a "goggles" feature where you can switch from standard HOS to a mode that you match up pieces like a puzzle. Hard to explain. I get tired of games with too many HOS, Way too redundant. The goggles was such a refreshing twist.
The puzzle's are not too difficult, to my preference. I played in Hard mode, and found the game to be just right. Story was perfect I want more! I hope there is a sequel!
If you like a game that has a deep story, with a good balance of HOS and puzzles this is the game. Again, the unique twist on the HOS was awesome.
September 30, 2012
I love this game
I read the reviews to see if others thought this game was any good and there are a variety of answers. I decided to try the demo and I'm so glad I did. I love this game. I got sucked into it. Once I got the hang of how to gather objects it became a lot of fun. The story line is good, graphics are good/great. Music is good. I bought the game and can't wait to finish it.
March 3, 2012
Intriguing and just hard enough
I loved this game - graphics were beautiful. I like drawn people not photographs of people. I was able to move through it at the Easy level simply by following the clues. Great story, a little different from many.
March 27, 2012