A Vampire Romance: Paris Stories
Tries your patience!
Overall the game has an interesting plot: a woman is going to a university in Paris to study art, and falls for a vampire in her art class. It begins well and at first the pacing seems excellent. You arrive in the city, track down the man who is renting you the apartment, clean the apartment up, buy groceries, and tour the city. The hidden objects are relevant, but sometimes very difficult to find. Some of them are so small you actually have to strain your eyes. I guess that's good if you really like a challenge, but I found it to be an eyestrain and too difficult to be enjoyable.
I must warn you, some scenes are out of sequence, so the story seems to make little sense at times. For example, there is a scene where the woman meets the vampire at a park and he refuses to have a picnic with her. The player is left wondering how the heck they ended up there together without prelude, and why he is being so rude. But in the next scene she runs into him at the riverbank, asks to make sure she remembers his name, and THEN decides to make a picnic lunch and goes shopping for items to put in a basket. The scenes are jumbled and it wasn't done on purpose.
At first I thought the game might be British due to some unfamiliar word choices (I'm America), but it could actually be a foreign game that is poorly translated. Or maybe the writing is just that bad! I thought the pacing was good at first (find your landlord, check out your new apartment, go to class) but then it started jumbling scenes and rushing the story. They had barely met before "falling in love" and the game doesn't always make clear where you should go next.
You travel between city locations via the subway. That was very difficult to figure out and get used to, because as in real life you have to make connections and make sure you're getting on the right lines. The subway images all look exactly alike so you have to pay careful attention to the small direction signs and follow your map. You spend the majority of the game on the subway, not even searching for hidden objects or solving puzzles most of the time, and it's beyond irritating.
I think the graphics are attractive. The dialogue might have been better if voice-acted or if it had been written (or translated) better. I'd recommend it to someone who likes a challenging hidden objects game, but it's not much fun and the writing quality is very poor.
May 26, 2014
The whole experience was awful.
July 7, 2013
Well I tried; I managed to last a full hour & I almost fell asleep. The story has no joy or horror or romance; it is a sort of teen girl?s idea of love in Paris, except that you have to keep taking the most boring trips around subways to find your train. After half a dozen or so journeys going nowhere in particular & doing nothing in particular when I got there I really never wanted to see these trains again.
There are precious few hidden objects and even fewer mini-games; just endless travelling from one station to another to spend a minute or two looking at scenes of Paris & picking up a few hidden objects, some are lists of items & some are shadow pictures. The scenes are not even really good drawings, these would not want to make me visit this beautiful city; better graphics would have helped.
You start off with a few hints, I really cannot remember how many but you have to find a star in a scene & click on it to gain more.
I finally met ?the boy? in the art studio & got to travel with him to a cemetery where his family are interred; the oldest in Paris apparently. It looked more like a concrete jungle that is met at the bottom of an underpass.
The girl draws his picture & he is overwhelmed, presumably because as a vampire who cannot look in a mirror he can?t remember what he looks like by which point I really don?t care for her or him or the game; thus ended my demo.
January 28, 2012
Possibly one of the worst hidden object games
Right at the start of the game there are no directions so you are just randomly clicling trying to link " metro lines" to each other and find places that are written in French. i played it for 6mins and quit because you go around in circles trying to figure out what you are even supposed to do, Definitly one of the worse games on this site i've played!!!
December 25, 2011
Not even Faint Praise
Slow. Confusing. Irritating.
I have it on good authority that, even in Paris with a good map, the Metro is not for the faint of heart.
That said, I wish I could have found a story in the short time I devoted to this piece of dreck. Not having found one, and irritated beyond belief by the puzzles and small items needing to be found, I gave it up.
Bad. Very, very bad.
January 8, 2012
What? I wasted a credit on this?
I expected the game to last a lot longer than it actually did. What a waste of a game credit. I wish I could get it back. The story did not live up to its potential at all.
January 31, 2012
The Game that went nowhere!!!
Seems as if you can only get in the subway and go in a circle to where you started!!!!! I don't like being stuck under ground and no hint on how to get to the line you want!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
February 14, 2012
A frustrating game
I was looking forward to seeing Paris, but spent the time in the subway. No directions, The mini games had a little fun to them. Do not buy this game.
April 21, 2012
Another "Extended Edition" Failure From This Developer
I have seen only one awesome game series from this developer and that was the classic epic Syberia, which I own on CD. After that, it's almost as if their budget or resources were cut and they started putting out cheap, cookie cutter rubbish. So, whenever you see an "Extended Edition" game by Mzone/Solilab . . . RUN!! Run far, far away. They are the only developer I know who can take potentially great storylines, or timeless tales like Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, and turn them into horribly tedious games. I tried to play this particular game for an hour because I saw some promise in the vampire storyline. But, I didn't make it. Graphics are flat, and some characters don't even have faces -- they're just black silhouettes.. The dialogue is silly and juvenile. Instructions for gameplay and minigames are sketchy. I agree with all the other reviewers who hated the subway to get around. There were two minigames I ran into that I wasn't allowed to skip. Once I figured out how to solve the second minigame, my "drawing" wasn't deemed correct and I was forced to start over. After the third time of starting over, I decided I'd had enough. Seriously, don't waste your time on this one.
August 29, 2012
I bought the game without the free trial, because of the hype and graphics advertised seemed worth while. I could not glean what was expected of me. I never got out of the train station. I really love hidden object games, but never got to a hidden object scene. I'm sorry I didn't use the free trial. I won't make that mistake again. I may go back some day after my feathers get unruffled, and try again. Right now I have nothing good to say about the game. I would not recommend this game. I would warn away instead.
August 28, 2012