Haunted Legends: The Bronze Horseman Collector's Edition
the bronze horseman
Good game. Good graphics. Interesting.
November 16, 2011
SUMMARY: Main game took me a little over 4 hours to play. Because there is no hint system outside of the HOS, this can be a very challenging game to play. You have only your diary and trial and error to figure out where to go and what to do. Note that you have to collect all 24 crystals of souls (skulls in colored crystal enclosures) in order to end the game). Lots of adventure.
HOS ? plenty of them; in fact, the majority of the game seems HOS-oriented. List based; some were a little challenging to find because of the color palette used and there were a few shadowy areas (where of course there were objects hidden).
PUZZLES ? plenty of them. Some were quite challenging. Instructions were not always as detailed as they could be, so you would spend time doing a trial and error before finally getting it (then you either feel smart for getting it or dumb for not getting it immediately).
Graphics ? a bit murky around the edges in the locations and the HOS. Since this is an ERS game, it was probably intended to be so.
Music - too much oboe ? music became a little intrusive (especially during HOS), but not enough to silence it.
NOT SO GOOD:
No map ? would have helped to have a map when more locations opened up so you wouldn?t have to wonder ?now, where did I need this object?? Once a new area is opened, most of your location work will be in or near that location, but you will still be doing some traveling to distant parts.
Hint system ? good in the HOS, but no hints on where to go or what to do outside of HOS.
Have to find all similar inventory items before you can use them (ex: 4 pieces of a lock require that all 4 pieces be found before using; you cannot place only the one or two you?ve found already).
December 1, 2013
Good game but all too familiar! Great puzzles though!
I did like this game, I must admit. I played the CE and it had a nice bonus feature, along with screensaver, wallpaper, music, etc. Lots to do but HOS at every corner it seems, but fun, nonetheless. Music was good but redundant (synthesized). ERS developers put a lot of thought into this game. That little man sure is a nuisance. The artwork was well done but dark and grainy in some spots. In one of the interactive HOS you even provide a fly for the toad! Oh, my! Very good VOS. Some etch n' sketch HOS--objects sketched in the walls or within another object. According to my monitor, a few of them were barely visible and hard to find. The game was not difficult though, but the puzzles were inventive and challenging. At one point, I saved the little girl and hid her but I had wished the storyline would have reunited her with her mother. Oh, well, such is the nature of the beast. I would recommend this game but it should have had a map.
September 12, 2013
Too man HO piles!
Loved the story, collecting items, the little demon... but it felt like every few steps I took there was an HO pile, chill out on those and start adding more interesting, artistic and different puzzles please and also do away with that annoying pop up every time I move my mouse too far to the bottom of the screen I have to select continue.
Otherwise great game.
June 24, 2012
It was OK.
If you loved "Queen of Spades" then you'll love this, but it just wasn't my cup of tea. Lots of to-ing and fro-ing and not very challenging. The graphics and music were actually quite beautiful but they lost serious points when the same tune played over and over and over again, especially towards the end (just like in QoS). And I don't know about anyone else but a tiny little man with a really big head as the bad guy just isn't all that scary to me. Not scary, eerie, exciting or stimulating and certainly doesn't make you think. Really quite boring and won't be playing again.
August 17, 2012
Spoiler Alert .. this is my first low scored game - and it's based on playing lots of games here. This game is okay - but lacks enough clues to keep the player moving forward .. once a puzzle has been completed and items found - there just weren't clear hints or visuals to keep moving. I had to rely on the strategy guide - completely. Frustrating not to figure out 'what next' based on items won or scenery. An example - there is a gear to be found in the water - however there is nothing to clue you to look even though the magnifying glass opens a small game - I felt like SO? I may not finish the game. I had stopped playing it right after purchase awhile back, but decided to go have another look. Still disappointed.
July 13, 2013
Too many HOS and not enough Hints
Should have read some reviews before purchase. Too many HOS and no Hints unless you were IN a HOS. I hate HOS as it is, but I put up with them for the puzzles and mini games. I wish Big Fish would feature more no HOS games in a separate category.
April 29, 2013
Easy puzzles and lots of boring HO screens
If you want way too many HO screens and easy puzzles, this is the game for you.
July 19, 2012
Not Quite For Me
There's a lot going for the game. It has really nice graphics and fairly long game play. One of the problems I did have with it was the mega HO mini games. Don't get me wrong I like them, but not to the point that you run into one of them almost every time you enter a new area. I prefer a bit more diversity with other puzzles.
If you love a lot of mini HO's then this is your game because there's plenty and they can be challenging. In fact that was part of the problem. They blend things in with the darker colors so well that my older eyes had trouble locating them now and again. I like a challenge, and I don't mind clever blends, but I'm not too crazy about shadow blends with not quite as sharp vision anymore.
Still it's not a bad game....Just not quite for me
September 15, 2014
Your average, ERS cookie-cutter creepy "except not creepy" game
I wasn't expecting much from this "Haunted Legends" sequel, and I was right. "Queen of Spades" was much better not only in storyline but in overall entertainment.
"The Bronze Horseman" lacks individuality and looks and feels like all the other ERS games I've ever played.
- The artwork, as always, is very beautiful, but unfortunately, is very blurry, thus making it less appealing;
- Overall, this is a nice game for you to spend some hours, both the main game and the bonus game. It entertains, nevertheless, and the hidden object scenes too;
- Blurry artwork. It takes the enchantment of the locations away and makes the hidden objects scenes a "pain in the eyes", literally, because some objects can be hard to spot;
- The music is terrible, I must say. It sounds like all the other tracks that played in previous ERS games and it's always the same one playing over and over and over again. There's a line, you know...;
- Severe lack of originality and individuality. You play an ERS studio game and deep down inside you know you're playing the same game over again. The only different thing is the story, the characters and the locations.
- The worst villain ever. Wait, can SG even be considered a villain? Anyways, he's only there to compromise your job of completing the game. That's just it. You're about to catch him, right? Maybe not, since he always closes the doors behind him. That little monster! So, you gotta open that door and you do. Oh, there he is again! Gotcha? Maybe not. Because now he closed that OTHER door. This is it. It goes on like this until you manage to catch him in the end. Except you don't. It's going on like this for 4 games already...;
If you want to spend some leisure time trying to catch a imp that can't be caught and doing a lot of hidden objects scenes in-between, this is the game for you.
Entertaining, but that's just it. I will not play it again.
Hey, I'm all for reciclying, ERS, but it just doesn't work very well with games.
June 30, 2013