Grim Facade: Mystery of Venice Collector?s Edition
It had the... rustic... graphics that, while beautiful and effective, don't feel right in darker plot lines. That said, that story was enjoyable and mysterious. A great way to kill some time!
February 24, 2012
Really enjoyed this game
I test drove the CE but really only needed the strategy a few times to verify things only to find I was way ahead of where the strategy guide was and had to backtrack a bit to get an item or use an item I already had.The storyline line was, the HOGs not too hard (make sure you pick up those fans) and pick up all the gold ducats along the way - you'll find out why later (smile). The individual who hired the detective wasn't some rich bourgeois person but someone who turned over his last 2 coins for his wife and daughter to be found and the guilt he must be feeling over their loss (pay attention to the beginning storyline and you'll find out why). The sound quality was great too. Can't wait to get the full version of this one. Glam-ma says this is a must have.
May 8, 2013
Pretty good game, fun, but the music was annoying
The game was pretty fun. The HO scenes were fairly easy (there are unlimited hints). The puzzles were a mix of easy, medium, and hard (and they can be skipped). The graphics were lovely and the story, while predictable, was fun and still held me slightly in suspense. It might get boring after you play it 10 times, but it is good for all ages, and I found it a nice diversion from the very creepy games I had been playing.
I have two complaints: one is that the music was period appropriate and fit the game theme, but it was super repetitive and annoying. The second complaint is that the game wasn't that long. I got to the end and I was sure there must be more (maybe there is more in the collector's edition, as I only got the regular edition).
I recommend this game!
January 24, 2012
I didn't care for the game, but you might like it.
I bought the CE on sale and was really looking forward to playing it. I did not like it at all, but forced myself to finish. There are some really good parts to the game, so let?s start there.
You play a detective in 18th (?) century Venice, during a plague. A man?s wife and daughter have been kidnapped and you need to find and rescue them. The story is good and the setting is great. There are lots of interesting places to explore: in the buildings, underground and along the canals. As you proceed, you find out that a secret society sacrifices sinners, when there is an outbreak of plague. Along the way, you will need to find seven masks representing the seven deadly sins, as well as the mother and grown daughter.
Despite being set during a plague, there are no really gruesome scenes in the game (lots of rats and one wrapped dead body). There are a number of skeletons in the bonus part of the game.
Besides finding the normal items scattered around, you also need to find fans in the HOS, which provide you with additional hints, and gold coins that allow you to buy things at the small shop. I liked the idea of buying things at the shop. Nice twist.
The things I didn?t like heavily outweighed the good, IMHO. First, there are A LOT of HOS--far too many for me. Expect to visit each twice. There is very minor interaction required for one or two items in each scene. There was a good variety of HOS, but most were dark, junk-piles. One or two had so many items in them that I cringed when I saw them. I found three items that I don?t think were properly labeled. A ?purse,? a ?paperweight,? and a ?crowbar.?
Almost all of the mini-games were ridiculously easy. I could not figure out how to finish the painting one and when I clicked on the Hint, it just gave me the reward item. So, during mini-games, the Hint must be the Skip. There are one or two really challenging mini-games, so watch for them. Also, you will find items before you need them and wonder, why am I picking THIS up?
The voice-overs were well done and you could sort-of click through them. You can skip them. The cut scenes were good and the graphics were pretty good. Think well done graphic novel. But, the music got annoying after a while.
Quite a few of the actions you need to take weren?t very intuitive, IMHO. There was a good bit of walking back and forth, but it wasn?t excessive. NO MAP! Maybe, I am spoiled, but I now want a map (preferably interactive) with my HOS/Adventure games now.
The bonus chapter involved some already-seen locations, but mostly new sites. It had a few new HOS and pretty linear problem solving. It didn?t take that long to play and I am not sure it would be worth the extra money. I didn?t look at the other Bonus Material.
In summary, this game has a great concept and a great location (Venice), but no map and far too many HOS for me.
June 29, 2012
A dull game for entry level players
This game was developed in a big rush. The environment is very small, puzzles are simple, you do not get a feeling of being in Venice. Everything is squeezed, minor and annoying.
April 5, 2012
I have ambivalent feelings about this game!
ERS has created some great games in their time and especially with this series, but Grim Facade: Mystery of Venice CE was okay but not great. Again, it's just a matter of taste. No map, two modes, regular and expert and I played the expert mode. You have a diary which, to me, is always a must. You collect lots of fans but I had no use for them as I didn't use the hint button at all, although I must add that the puzzles were very clever indeed. I skipped a few to be honest, which makes me wonder if I really am an expert. But there are loads of HOS for those who love them. I like balance and I felt this game had far too many. There are 4 tracks of music and I particularly liked the 2nd track but everytime you enter another area the music changes and, too, the music is redundant. The bonus game solves the mystery, which is a good thing! Good art, grainy in some areas and very clear and crisp in others, some repetitive scenes but nicely done. There are some HOS items that are right there in front of your eyes and others that are sketched in wood or walls and a few that were hard to find. I would still recommend this game because judging by others' reviews they really liked it, and I did, too, as it really wasn't all that bad to me, but not that great either. Go ahead buy it and try the CE version.
August 24, 2013