F.A.C.E.S. MISSED THE 5 STAR MARK
First, the storyline was gripping enough to keep me riveted to the game. However, the ridiculous amount of hidden object scenes drove me crazy. They popped up constantly, and were often the same scene and the same objects to find. There were many times I quit playing just to get away from the hidden object scenes. So, for me, this was the foremost reason for not giving this game five stars.
Secondly, there were supposed to be workers in the asylum but I never ran across anyone else except for the few "patients like me" who were there. You'd think since I spent the whole game traveling up and down in an elevator that I would have run into someone else.
Also, the ending was a major disappointment, especially since the developer has not come up with the sequel yet.
But here's what was great about the game:
* It was lengthy -- I definitely got my money's worth.
* Music & sound effects were perfect
* Graphics and the creepiness of the asylum were top-notch
* My particular "gift" was transporting myself using photos, which was an interesting concept.
* Storyline was almost believable and the dialogue was well written -- it was not too excessive
* Minigames were enjoyable and the Hint & Skip buttons recharged quickly.
If you can put up with an excessive amount of hidden object scenes, I highly recommend this game.
September 8, 2012
Not as scary as it should be
I liked the storyline ok but its just not as scary as it should be.
Graphics are good but not great and music is a bit boring.
There are lots of hidden object scenes and there's a bit of backtracking. You play the same hidden object scene at times which is annoying.
Overall: game does not live up the hyped reviews.
December 18, 2011
Just ok for me
When I played the trial 60 min. I thought this was going to be really scary and a GREAT game! But after I bought the game, it's pretty much the same ol' thing...running from room to room, everything in the asylum is gray and ugly, really bad junkpile HOG's, annoying music that you have to turn off... Maybe it's just me, but this was not what I was looking forward to!
September 8, 2012
HINT BUTTON AT TIMES -- USELESS
First of all, I did NOT like the filthiness of the scenes whatsoever; there was no purpose of it except to make you feel nauseous.
Second of all, I would've liked for the hint button (it's supposed to also guide you if you get stuck but rarely did) to have kept up with me and had recognized what was in my inventory; it either was telling me to do things that I'd ALREADY done or it was telling me to do things that was IMPOSSIBLE TO DO until 2-5 scenes later.
For me, it made for a nauseating and frustrating and oh please, let's-get-this-game-done-and-over-with feeling
While the storyline was (for me) quite different than from what I've been playing (ghosts, vampires, etc.), the ugly scenes and unhelpful hint button just made this game become a task rather than a joy to play and accomplish.
The ending leads you to believe that there's an upcoming sequel to this storyline; if so, I hope that the game developers provide much healthier and cleaner-looking scenes and a more helpful hint button.
January 30, 2012
Exhausted after playing.
I was mentally exhausted when I finished this game, and not in a good way. Although the story seemed interesting, there was just too much travelling around and I kept losing track of the story. I ended up checking the walkthrough, not to find out what to do next, but to see just how much I had left to do. After a while, the game just seemed to be dragging on. If I hadn't been curious about how the story ended, I think I would have quit half way through the game.
The scenes were very grimy looking- appropriate to the story, but rather depressing. The screaming got on my nerves after a while so I finished with the sound off. There were a lot of hidden object scenes with some repetition and I found myself hitting the hint button just so I could move on. There are a number of different puzzles which were interesting to do. A list of tasks that need to be completed is helpful.
There are some games that I know I will replay in the future, but this is not likely to be one of them. I don't regret buying it, but I have found other games more enjoyable.
December 20, 2012
Could not get into it
I played only 25 min of the trial and just could not get into it. Lots of crazy things to do and was not enjoyable for me. But try it and see what you think.
October 8, 2012
Best Game to Date
This game was a little creepy and I loved it! I'm looking for something similar but haven't found it. Escape fro Ravenhurst was equally great. This game might be a little too creepy for younger players.
February 20, 2012
i was expecting a lot more due to the excited nature of the reviews, but you visit the same places over and over, go up and down the elevator, and the "hint" button doesn't actually give out hints - it either tells you something like "the underdeveloped photo is on the pipes in your room" or "the object is in three pieces found in the trash, next to the xray, and out of the window" but nothing more specific or even close to what i'm currently trying to accomplish....
basically you jump around a lot and there seems to be no sequential reason in this game. i stopped playing after becoming frustrated enough to need to use the walk through&found out i missed more than half of what i was supposed to do in earlier "chapters".
September 4, 2012
This was such an excellent game. The storyline was unoriginal, but I like all the twists the made to it. It actually took me a few minutes to get into this game, as I hadn't played the demo in months, and had to re-trace my steps after buying it months later. Once I got going though, it was very easy to become immersed in the game.
I did get frustrated at times, as there is a lot of backtracking, and the hints sometimes would give you clues to tasks you've already completed. That they could've worked on. Puzzles were fairly easy, but you pretty much spent most of the game looking for ways to free the angel and light up the asylum. That part I liked - that you had to light up a room before moving on to the next scene/chapter.
Overall, very good concept, good amount of playing time, music was fitting, and hidden object searches were plentiful. I highly enjoyed this game.
July 2, 2012
LOVE LOVE LOVE!
This game is SO fun and gripping! Just the right level of challenge. Storyline is awesome. One of my faves! I highly recommend this game if you enjoy puzzle games!
October 9, 2012