Love Chronicles: The Sword and the Rose Collector's Edition
Extremely Enjoyable Hidden Object Game
A really enjoyable game. Gorgeous graphics & music, an interesting story with good plot twists. Good hint feature, fun mini puzzles which were challenging at times, with the ability to skip if needed. The game also has 2 modes for those that like a challenge.
Also, very happy with the additional content, it is a little adventure in itself that is long enough to be worth the price, & was a colourful follow-on from the game.
December 4, 2011
No more fractured objects, still a very good game!
Review based upon finishing the game and the bonus content.
This is the second game in the series that pits you against an evil witch who causes mayhem in peaceful kingdoms. In the first installment you uncursed a sleeping kingdom, and now you run into her again on an island that has a beast on it and lots of frozen roses.
+ game length
+ lots of devices to construct
+ helpful hint system that tells you where you have to go next
+ diverse mini games (had to skip only one slider that trampled my nerves, the rest was fairly straightforward)
+ journal provided hints
o no more fractured objects! (I like those games)
o journal leaves pages blank that you fill up later, which can become confusing
o Spider Warning! The strangest one I have ever seen in the main game (giant!) and a big one (that you have to shrink) in the bonus content
- walkthrough not really good (list, does not bookmark your game progress)
- no direct interaction with evil things
- not always clear what do to next if you are not using a hint
- good sized bonus adventure (find a kidnapped inventor), 1-2 hours duration, 13 walkthrough pages
- Wallpapers in 5 different sizes, rotating, thus difficult to select
- some concept art, sliding, not bad to select
Bottom Line: If you can get over the fact that there are no more fractured objects and don't mind spideys too much I definitely recommend this game.
February 29, 2012
Fantastic Attention to Details
This game is like reading a well-planned, well-executed fantasy. The story is decent and logical (and not soppily sacchrine); an event line is finished without having to trek all over the countryside, and the puzzles really do connect to the story line and move the action logically.
But what really makes this game stand out for me is the meticulous care and thought that went into the graphics. All the HOGs are well-drawn, of a decent-size, and wonder of wonders, almost all the items in them are true to the time period as well as their place in the story.
The inventions are extremely creative--every one is put together from objects that would be found in the area where the prince is. I'd love for the game's creators to illustrate some of my favorite fantasy/sci fi novels.
I like to play this game just to enjoy the illustrations/graphhics: it's like paging through a richly-concieved graphic novel. Every time I go through it, I notice another detail I missed previously.
****MAYBE SPOILER ALERT***
Certainly hope there's a third in the works--trilogies are all the rage--and --SPOILER--it would be nice for the prince to find his true love--or at the very least--blow the witch away. That's always good. . .and with the imagination the creators have shown so far, they have the potential to come up with an ending that's unexpected.
June 13, 2012
Completed Game Review
It started out slow and I thought I got a lemon but as I got addicted to the game it became lemonade. I really enjoyed the game and the unique puzzles. Very challenging it is not for anyone that wants to find things easily. I have to say that I even enjoyed the bonus game and most times I am exhausted from the game and they bore me. Everything about this game screams buy me.
Good Luck Brave Fishes!
March 30, 2013
Misleading title but excellent game.
I thought "Love Chronicles" would contain some romance, but didn't find the slightest hint of it in the demo version that I played. In fact, the visual tones of brown and grey, together with the emphasis on tools and practicality, gave it a distinctly masculine appeal. However I was very impressed by the overall quality of the game, especially its uniqueness.
The style may be masculine, but smart girls should not be put off (I'm a girl myself!) as the game appeals to anyone who appreciates and enjoys the unusual and the challenging. Also, the visuals are extremely beautiful and satisfying to the eye, and the puzzles are not irritatingly difficult but require a bit of lateral thinking and imagination.
It doesn't have many of the usual cliches of the hidden object game genre, so if you want more of the same you won't like this.
For fans of mentally stimulating adventure games, it's totally worth every cent! :)
June 25, 2014
A Really Great Game!
It's the first real Hidden Objects Game I played and at first I wasn't sure I will like it.
But in fact, I simply loved it. The story is really pleasant, the challenges intertaining, differents and very clever.
I loved the visual quality too, the backgrounds and all the locations were amazing.
Having the Strategy Guide in it was furthermore great as I could find help when I got stuck.
The only thing I less enjoyed was the music; I found it repetitive and annoying at the end.
Else than that, everything is perfect! I'm sure I will play it again soon.
I must add that English is not my native language but despite that I understood everything and that part too was very enjoyable!
July 4, 2014
not great but good
I played the SV and got it for 1/2 price. I do not think I would have paid full price because there is better ones out there. It was not hard to play and the hint button is good if you need help. No voice over and the music is ok. The HOS are quite good, you really need to look hard for some of the items. Good game just not a great game.
March 26, 2013
SOLID ADVENTURE GAME
Mostly an adventure game. Wasn?t as exciting as I thought it would be, but still a very good game. Options include regular or expert mode and choosing snow ? don?t know what snow is supposed to do, but there is no difference with my screen whether or not I?ve opted for snow. You have a device for assembling interesting-looking inventions to use after collecting its components. Collect 33 rose petals ? rose glows whenever there are petals in the location; rose also unfreezes water. You?ll also need them for the end of the game.
Storyline flowed smoothly and didn?t rely on HOS and puzzles to fill gaps. Instructions for the interesting mix of puzzles weren?t always that informative ? were along the lines of ?put things in order.? Some puzzles made you feel smart if you solved them ? you might know what is needed to solve them, but then you actually had to figure out how to do it. Plenty of locations to explore and things to do to keep your interest. Ending was different than expected. Took a little over 6 hours casual.
May 13, 2013
I WILL BE CHECKING OUT OTHER GAMES IN THIS SERIES
This game was very good in lots of ways.
The hint button, outside the hidden object scenes, showed you exactly where to go next, which eliminated needing to access the strategy guide for that information.
Most of the puzzles were fairly easy, but some of them, like the ones where you need to do something in an exact sequence, could have used a reset button to allow another try at it.
The graphics were crisp and clear and not dark.
The bonus chapter fit well with the basic game and was a good length. It seemed to have more hidden object scenes than the basic game.
I'm a hard one to impress enough for a five rating, but this is a good, solid game and I will be checking out the other games in this series, at least the collector's editions.
May 27, 2014
Not as good as Salvation
I liked the Salvation edition much better. They included voice which always makes it fun. The puzzles were, once again, original, but the directions on a few of them were flat out bad.
June 27, 2013