Paranormal Crime Investigations: Brotherhood of the Crescent Snake Collector's Edition
A game worth considering
Not a bad game at all which, I am surprised to see, didn't arouse more enthusiasm.
The only thing which really got on my nerves is the screen turning green after every 3 misclicks. I do not like games which penalize you. Yet I will make an exception for this one because it has a lot of things I did like.
The artwork is not as exuberant as in other recent games, but it is quite pleasant and conveys quite well the creepy atmosphere of the "voodooistic" side of New Orleans which is the essence of this journey into the paranormal.
The music is good and plays only at certain times, reinforcing the climax without ever being intrusive.
In spite of their general clearness the HOS's are cluttered, some items are easy to find, others not; try and spot a dental floss or a roach in all that junk....duh !!! But thank Goodness, hints are illimited and recharge fast.
I also liked the minigames for their originality if not for their difficulty, since they all can be solved with ease.
Unfortunately, the demo only lets you have access to Chapter 1, hence many unknowns. I would have appreciated taking a look at the rest to see how long the game lasts, what the unplayed minigames look like, assess the overall difficulty, and whether the bonus chapter -if there is one-, that is the CE, is worth the extra expense.
This game could have been easily polished: the intro is utterly unsophisticated, the voice-overs totally absent, the challenge level seems standard, and there is only one Mode.
In spite of this, it is true the game has something special, something compelling, almost impossible to define. I guess it is the atmosphere which slowly creeps on you without your being aware of it. The end of chapter 1, beginning of Chapter 2 conveys this climax even more and truly left me wanting for more. Very clever. And I like that.
Overall, a rather interesting adventure, uncomplicated, of medium difficulty, which has its place in any collection.... in mine at least.
December 21, 2011
- good length
- fun mini-games
- items you search for a re well identifiable
- although the art is good enough to find the items, the graphics aren't one of the best
- didnt really like the setting and the atmosphere. Others may like it better, but there was something about it that I didn't like. Kind of hard to put my finger on it.
November 25, 2011
Creepy Crescent City Fun!
Beautifully made, runs glitch free, compelling story line and good characters! This one has it all! Also good level of challenge both in H0 scenes, tasks and games. This game gives you a great sense of satisfaction when you complete it - not just because you've beaten the games and such, but because you've made the world (or at least New Orleans) a better place to live!
Story really draws you in & the tasks make sense to the case - there is lots of back and forth - but not to excess & case file sure helps you keep track of what you need to be doing!
Lose yourself in New Orleans and happy gaming!
April 23, 2012
Playing the demo? Just try not to buy it!
This game opens with a murder on the streets of New Orleans and you on the scene as a paranormal crime investigator to get to the bottom of it. Navigation is easy enough but if you get stuck, hints are plentiful. HOS took some searching but nothing was too difficult to find; in the demo I resorted to using a hint once because I was anxious to move along in the game. A bit of back & forth needed to progress through, but everything made sense. Mini-games were simple but a refreshing change from the ordinary. Creepy music & sound effects lend themselves to the story quite well without being annoying or intrusive. I would've thought in a game of this caliber that there would've been voice-overs; maybe that was a blessing in disguise (nothing's worse than bad actors with lame Cajun accents!). The demo ends suddenly with a cliffhanger that makes it VERY difficult to pass on buying the full version; give it a look & see for yourself! Since I'm reviewing only the demo portion, I'll edit this to include the entire game once I finish it -- which you can bet will be soon; I can't wait to dive back in! Enjoy!!
August 8, 2012
Good, but short for a CE
Interesting storyline: as a paranormal investigator you have to discover how to find and stop the Brotherhood of the Crescent Snake that killed a young man in New Orleans. Great graphics. No VOS, only text. Voodooish, but not scary. HOS partially interactive. Puzzles difficult, especially the ones where you have to create different potions from your kit. Some were too confusing for me. Nice music. Short game, only 5 hours on casual play, and that includes over an hour on the bonus chapter, which rounded out the story. Not worth a CE price: buy it on sale or wait for the SE.
August 19, 2012
Just not for me
I only played for 30 min. and gave up. Lots of going all over the place with not much help from the hint button. The HOS were not that clear on finding all the items, very hard to see them. Better games for the price out there.
January 29, 2013
maybe its me, but I cant se the fun in this game. For me, its a very slow game. after just 15 min. playing I delede it..
I guess other would like to play it - go ahead, try it
August 8, 2012
long name but exellent fun!
I just love this game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
October 20, 2012
Was not captivated with the trial
I agree with lotusdk. I didn't find the game grabbed my attention. Lately, I have been playing the trials and bought immediately. I knew within a short span of time that this wasn't one of them.
The storyline, graphics were OK. Somehow with the more sophisticated games having real characters with audio, speaking "bubbles' just aren't the same. The HOGs were difficult enough- objects hidden under others. For some this might be the perfect game. Just doesn't do it for me, this time.
August 8, 2012
Thought it was clumsy. Story could have been good, but found it very slow. Every time it started to grab my interest, it was lost, just as fast.
August 8, 2012