Tales From The Dragon Mountain: The Strix
A difficult hidden object adventure that I found very frustrating. On the plus side, nice art, interesting story, and the HOG scenes, when you find them, are good. On the neg side, clunky movement, no map, and the trick of putting things in your inventory together seems totally random. Worst of all, the in-game hints are useless. Like you're stuck on an in-game puzzle and the hint points to the puzzle piece you're stuck on, you can't figure out how to get the talisman out of the fire, and the hint points to the talisman in the fire!
January 3, 2012
More task oriented than hidden object
The graphics are lovely & the artwork is very European; it reminds me of some old fairy tale books I used to read. A couple of times I went into a scene & thought 'wow this is really dark' but of course I hadn't lit the candles or performed some other task
The music is unobtrusive & fits well with the story, I also liked the voiceover dialogues although they are not clickable. I read much faster than I listen & was ready to move on before the character was halfway through a sentence but did not want to skip in case I missed an important clue.
This is definitely more adventure than hidden object game & the puzzles gave my brain a good workout, it took me hours to play & I spent quite a lot of time wandering about trying to find out what to do next. The hint button only worked in the H0 scenes so I did resort to a walkthrough a couple of times. The cursor was very large & clunky; something a little more elegant would fit in better with the artwork
April 15, 2012
Different from the usual HOG
Instead of getting a separate scene that you zoom into with hidden objects, the objects are in the locations themselves. And if you play in Advanced mode, you don't get word lists at all.
Visually, the game is also pretty different from the usual look of HOGs. The scenes seem to be composed of 3D models, or possibly a mix of 2D and 3D. The game also seems to partially be in TRUE widescreen. Most games that fill a widescreen monitor merely stretch the image horizontally, resulting in ugly distortion. This one actually fills the screen without distorting the image. I usually dislike the 3D look in these types of games, but it looked pretty good here, especially because some of the settings looked good, like the institution, which looks like a floating castle in the sky.
I really liked the story and there are a lot of voice overs throughout the game that were of high quality and really enhanced everything, although there were a few translation mistakes in the text displayed to accompany the voice overs.
The puzzles were of a pretty good level of challenge and variety. Game length seemed on the short side, but I was satisfied with it anyway.
April 22, 2012
I think this could have been a very enjoyable and different HOGA game!
Lot's of choices in the menu which was a good sign but it didn't flow at all ! To find items (with no help from the hint.....no map, no anything) made it more frustration than anything. As the other reviewer stated. "A lot of going around".....getting nowhere I found.
So, although a story that had great potential, mystic etc. etc. I didn't even manage to get the stove lit.
My first bad review but ........that's just the way I found it.
March 31, 2012
A cute, funny game
The storyline is good. The dialogues are sometimes funny. I played in Adventure mode (no sparkles). The graphics are somewhat "old stylish".
This game is not really a HOG, more puzzle. The objects are scattered in the location. Some objects need to interact to use them. There are 5 chapters. The puzzles are mostly easy, some challenging.
There is no journal. The hint system (in adventure mode) is useless, making it more challenging.
It took me 2 hours to finish. Could have been longer.
June 30, 2012
fun, and pretty
A fun, atmospheric game that will entertain you.
It isn't the most challenging game, but it does require you to think a bit. If, like me, you like the harder games, go with the "Adventure" mode.
The music is beautiful, and the art work is simply lovely.
The voice overs are a bit hit and miss, but the main character does fairly well.
There is some humour, some scary-ish bits, and lots of charm.
Puzzles were a mixture of all kinds, and were bright, fun and creative.
If you want a fun romp for a rainy Saturday, get this and enjoy yourself.
February 9, 2013
VERY FEW HOS
This game was too short, had too much dialog, the hint button didn't work, and there were very few HOS with only a few items to pick out. I had to refer to the Strategy Guide, which wasn't built in, to try to figure out what needed to be done, since the hint button didn't work. Very poor game.
December 28, 2012
A true adventure game...
The only reason it doesn't earn 5 stars from me is that it's a tad short and the mini-puzzles are way, way easy.... I played the game on the most challenging level and really enjoyed it. The items are (usually) easy to find without resorting to the sparkles and item list. I loved that there were no HO scenes -- all the items were a part of your adventure and found as you went along.
The gameplay was mostly linear and logical... very little backtracking... The voice-over is good (not great) and the music (which I always turn way down anyway) is unobtrusive.
I feel the developers missed some great opportunities in the game for those of us who love puzzles.... for instance, most items in the inventory combined themselves and, again, the puzzles were extremely easy....
The game was very enjoyable for me.... not sure why others rated it so low....
So give it a try!
June 30, 2012
OK for a first HO game
I got this on a 'special' deal of the day. I played an hour and though I knew it was going to be easy (as a seasoned HO'er) I did find the storyline quirky and interesting.
This would be an ok game for a younger player or someone who is not used to HO games as for me easy was to generous a word for the mini-games, while a distraction they were like doing a 'dot-to-dot' puzzle (easy to follow) either that or it was just random guesses but it was over in a matter of seconds.
So whilst I found it easy I think this game would be a good introduction to someone who is new to this type of genre.
At the bottom the question 'would you recommend' I would but only to as stated above! :)
August 5, 2012
Don't know exactly why some games grab you and others not, but with this games I think it's the mysterious atmosphere.
I rated 5 stars in details but 4 stars in general cause it was a bit on the short side. There are no HO scenes but HOs all over the place. A bit on the easy side.
The dialogue is great, humorous, loved the helper character.
I just read on the developper's website Cateia Games there's a second one coming out Tales of the Dragon Mountain 2 - The Lair. It says 2013 I hope it's soon.
May 11, 2013