Princess Isabella: Return of the Curse Collector's Edition
ok not great
About the same as the other one. Not bad. Not that much for an adventure game but the HOS and puzzles are good.
May 9, 2013
Nice game with a good length
Although the beginning of the game can seem a bit strange, I recommend not to give up. It gets better and better. There are 2 game modes. The fairy and the nessie are cute and helpful. The HOS are clear. The puzzles are sometimes challenging. There is a good interactive map, useful because of all the locations. The music is also appropriate. I needed 2 hours for the main part, and a bit more than 1 hour for the bonus chapter, which is also real good.
October 26, 2012
It's a fairy tale... and a very good game
Frankly speaking, I don't understand why some people just play the demo and then send in a "review" based on nothing but that demo.
Return of the curse is a wonderful fairy tale, with lots and lots of interesting gameplay. Please, go back to the years of wonderment and immerse yourself in this story, full of creativity and inventiveness.
Of course, nothing is perfect and everybody will find something negative, a game should have the "merit of imperfection".
As for the rest: the graphics are superb, the puzzles are very challenging, the HOS are quite doable, the map comes in quite handy and helps you painlessly through the game.
There are lots and lots of scenes to discover and explore, lots and lots of things to do... no, this is definitely one of the better games I played lately, and it makes me want to replay the first installment.
August 10, 2012
I really enjoyed this game as I did the first. The drawing is really beautiful. The scenes are bright, colorful and detailed. I love the fairy and the new little baby dragon. I have fun with their abilities, especially the bonking and breaking of things. The mini games were quite original (coloring tatoos etc) and there was plenty to do. Loved the evil laughing puppets and just basically the whole game. For sure a good way to spend a few hours. I would buy the next installment in a flash. Compared to a lot of the game out there, in this series the creators have put a lot of thought, effort and time into making it detailed and engaging. I haven't played very many other games where you have animated companions and that are drawn this well. Good game and can't wait for the next one. I even bought the CEs of both these two which I almost never do. I gave it four stars only because I thought the only thing this game lacked was anything unexpected. Nothing made me jump in my chair and it followed a predictable pattern. But that pattern was quite good.
August 25, 2012
Fun, relaxing game!
I really enjoyed this edition. I always find these games relaxing, no matter at what level you are playing. The only downside to this game are the puzzle areas. I love the mini-games but it is better when you have some kind of initial instruction with them to know what they're after. This game, as far as I can see, does not give you instructions for the mini-games, which can be frustrating. Who wants to guess what they want you to accomplish.
The plus side is that you can skip any puzzles that you just cannot figure out.
Overall, I enjoyed this game a lot and would recommend all of the editions.
August 24, 2012
Cute and Fun
This is a really beautiful game. I became quite attached to my two little helpers, especially Nessie. I found some of the puzzled a bit tedious, but that's probably just me.
April 3, 2012
Not even close to some of the best...
I played the complete demo, and found this game to be very uninteresting. The storyline is boring, the artwork is good, but not great. There's not much in the way of hidden object games. I thought there would be mini games, but there's not.
I play a lot of hidden object adventure games, and I found this to be just mediocre compared to games like the Puppet Show series, Mystery Legends Phantom of the Opera, Weird Park, and even Mystery Case Files 'Madame Fate'. I love that game, even though it's not an adventure game.
I don't reccommend this game, because there are just too many others out there that are so much better.
April 4, 2012
Decent game but the CE is SOOO not worth the extra bucks.
I liked the game well enough but the helper characters often steered me to a puzzle I didn't have the necessary items or knowledge to solve, so as far as hints go, they weren't very helpful.
The CE had a built-in guide, but it was very poor, very general and missed steps here and there that you really needed to know about.
There were no morphing or secret collectables, no awards, the wallpapers were tinted a drab blue-gray rather than the bright colors in the actual game, so I would never use them. The five songs wouldn't play on my PC, and they were just Twinkle-Twinkle, Rock-a-bye Baby, etc. The concept art was interesting, and there was a teaser for a third installment, but those were the only extras I liked aside from the bonus chapter.
Speaking of... The bonus chapter did not advance the story whatsoever except to hint about the prince's odd behavior. The whole thing was unlocking some creatures from paintings and "cleansing" areas of the witch's castle.
The main game was fun, colorful, and long so I would definitely recommend the SE, but I can't say the CE was worth the extra money.
March 14, 2013
I bought this game because it was on sale, but I would be mad if I'd paid full price. There weren't really any mini-games or puzzles, some pretty snoozeworthy HOGs, and the "bonus" game really just finished the story instead of offering any real extras. The SE must feel like it ends very abruptly with no resolution. I felt like a lot of locations were just "click this one spot" and then bam, done. There are much better games for the same price, this one is a waste of time and money.
August 10, 2012
Two things I did not like about this game:
1. Easy. Very easy. My husband and I like to play HOGs together as our cheap date night. I have a stack waiting for us, but I really wanted to play one on my own. This was on sale. I ended up finishing the CE in a few hours. Keep in mind, I'm not that great at most of the mini-games and I managed to solve every one without thinking. If I had paid full price I'd have felt cheated.
2. Puppets. Clown puppets. Laugh all you want, but I'm phobic of dolls, puppets, and clowns. One scene you have to "Find all the evil." For some odd reason it would not accept the wooden, clown puppet as evil. It was obviously the most evil thing in the room! Then there's more puppets, including a dancing, cackling, game proclaimed "evil" puppet. Is there any other type of puppet? Just a warning.
Overall it's just an OK game. Nothing special, exciting, or challenging.
August 10, 2012