Spirit Soup: The Queensbury Curse
Short But Fun Adventure Game
I started playing this game at 10:30pm and I finished it at 12:30am so its a rather short game but I had fun playing it so thats all that matters. This plays like a hidden object game but its mostly an adventure game. I say mostly because there are a few things that people need you to find and so it becomes like a hidden object game in a sense but there are only 2 of these scenes that I remember so its way more adventure. You are trying to save Queensbury, your beloved town that you just moved to. Since your grandma owns a soup restaurant well more like soup carnival booth lol you are in charge of finding the ingredients needed to make this spirit soup that will put the spirits to rest. Not all that exciting but it moves along well and I like making potions.
There are bonus features in this game, like once you play it, you get to play all the mini games over again and they aren't identical to the ones in the game so thats a nice feature. Even though I liked the game, I didn't really want to play them again. The puzzle you do 3 times to end the curse was pretty hard. In fact I could only get the 3rd one which you'd think would be the hardest based on what characters tell you but the others were mind bending which I loved. The hint button directs you in this game if you are in the room you need to be however if you aren't, it will tell you "There's nothing to do here". This didn't bother me because it didn't have a lot of locations so it wasn't a lot of wandering around not to mention you have a map where it stars the objectives you have. You cannot use the map to jump but that didn't bother me either.
There is only ONE difficulty level and glints do appear if you take too long to do something but they weren't overly intrusive so they didn't bother me. There are no voiceovers but this is an old style game so I didn't expect there to be.
My only criticism is how short it is because it could have taken you to lots of places for the ingredients instead of around in a circle. My other criticism is the lack of tasks because it often felt like there was nothing to do. However, since I have never heard of Twilight Games, I give them kudos for an adventure game that kept my interest and made me want to dig out my large file games to get the real deal.
I recommend this to casual gamers, people new to adventure games and want to challenge themselves and those who like indie games. This is not very mainstream at all.
When I demoed this a couple years ago, I remember thinking it was sooo hard. When I played it now however, I found it to be a sort of a cakewalk although enjoyable. Oh how times change.
January 9, 2014
Okay, low budget game. No bells or whistles here.
This is a small-house production, as evidenced by the half-page of credits. The computer graphics are crude, the characters have no depth at all. The story is cobbled together. Gameplay is okay, kind of fun. I had a lot of trouble with the sailor's puzzle, which unfortunately is repeated three times. Not sure it's a reasonable puzzle, or if my mind just doesn't bend that way. Decent but not great game play. In short: if you get it, get it on sale.
December 8, 2011
A little fun, but very short game!
I liked the game, but it was too short for me to spend so much money on it :(
November 28, 2011
Expections Not Met!
I found the story line confusing; hints quickly recharged;
game not challenging -- just relaxing to play.
August 24, 2012
Dead end and no help in sight
This game was fun until about 2 hours into it I reached a dead end and there is not walkthrough or forum available for help. Every available scene's hint said there is no more I can do in this scene; search elsewhere. I spent another hour searching for a breakthrough but ended up stumpted and clueless. I wasted my money on this game.
November 30, 2011
Fun, Too Short
This is a good game that I'll keep for my kids, but I found it to be so short that the story didn't make sense. I won't be looking for the sequel.
January 21, 2012
A trial sized game
I played the trial and liked it enough to buy it. After that hour though, the rest of the game was practically one type of puzzle in a few different places and then done. They knew just how far you could get in your hour trial and after that there is no more effort put into this game. Enjoy the trial but don't buy it.
July 11, 2013