Voodoo Whisperer: Curse of a Legend
Based on the finished game.
Well, I was going to give this 3 stars until I got to the ending. The ending is so bad, I almost gave it 1 star.
I was ambivalent about the game play throughout. The visuals for this game are just gorgeous. Everything is almost like old sepia photographs but with more detail. Each scene is a beautiful picture with lovely details in soft light. This game has some of the best HOS I've seen. They are extremely difficult, crowded locations, but there is almost nothing in each scene that should not be there. So a lady's dressing table is crowded with cosmetics, perfumes, jewelry. A man's desk has writing implements, cigars, playing cards. A trash can has - trash! There is a magnifying glass for these scenes which is sometimes helpful and sometimes not.
The game play is slow and not intuitive and the hint very slow to recharge. And then the walk-through (for which there is no link) is also not very helpful, particularly for the HOS. So you had better like those beautiful scenes A LOT, because you're going to be looking at the wrong one forever.
The music is often inappropriate to the setting, so I just shut it off. There is also lots of dialog for those who don't like dialog. Given the ending, this game gets no recommendation.
August 6, 2014
Frustrating at times; HOS not easy to see, often items didn't show up well and difficult to find. Unhappy with ending; it hints that now if you want to find out how it ends you have to purchase part II! It was a waste of money, in my opinion.
November 5, 2012
Reasons why I disliked this game so much...
*All my reviews are on 100% completion of the game (bar one TM game)*
I bought this undemoed as a DD and about the only good thing I can say is that cancer research will get $1! I am shocked this was ever a CE as the quality isn?t there.
I never play on casual but after trying variations of ?GUI tool tips? on and off I had to as the navigation on this was so bad. Every time I tried to find where to back out the inventory bar came up and the side screens you had to be spot on where you clicked. So on casual mode at least I got ?sneakers? telling me where to click to move around.
I did get rid of the black bars on my non widescreen laptop by changing my resolution to 1280 x 700 and uncheck full screen but changed it back due to hard to find some items but it didn?t make any difference.
The graphics were actually quite good in some indoor scenes but in HOS and outside it was grainy really hard to see and a lot of time I was pixel hunting.
I don?t normally use hint buttons but here due to navigation and hard to see things I did and found it to be the most useless hint button! If there was nothing in a scene it went to the back button but then disappeared not keeping showing you where to go!
The couple of good things about this game were it showed ?area clear? when you were finished in it, and there was a spell book where you put inventory items and made spells. You also had ?powers? which you find during the game which you can use on items.
26 HOS (numbers are roughly, I do try my best)
They were all list type, junk piles, hard to see, some tiny items. On the left hand side of the inventory bar there is a built in magnifying glass you can use but I found it annoying.
A few of the scenes were all the same grey colour. All of them were covered in this cobweb and if you mis-clicked it slowly the web slowly got thicker and harder to see but you still could click and find items. You repeated most of them but didn?t have to play any more than twice. I do hate when you have to replay HOS and you?ve just played the scene 2 mins earlier! I really hated the HOS due to all above.
Type and how many times you have to play them -
pipe 2, rotating rings 2, match pair x 4, billiard puzzle need to write down hard to see combination elsewhere, safe, jigsaw, combination,
There weren?t many and you had to repeat them and boring. Some I wouldn?t even class as a puzzle but an interaction and most were so easy apart from the billiard puzzle. This is a pet peeve as I don?t like writing down things and feel the combination should have been in the game (in a journal or document etc that I could look at) so I didn?t have to record it.
This wasn?t a long game (thankfully for me) but you don?t even get a long game even if it?s not a quality game. I was playing casual so timing will be off compared to my other games ? 3hrs 30mins.
The ending was dreadful - a literal ?to be continued? but I read that the ending was the same in the CE so it?s not a ?to be continued? in the bonus in the CE version but more a sequel.
I don?t have many one star games as my reviews are on bought finished gameplay but due to navigation, hard to see items, some bad graphics, boring puzzles, repeating dreadful looking HOS and there is a lot of them in a 3hr 30min period (26!) and poor gameplay this game gets it.
Couldn?t even recommend it for a DD or if you got it free.
October 16, 2012
This was too quick to finish.And the story line was awful. Waste of time and money.
March 6, 2013