Macabre Mysteries: Curse of the Nightingale
To many hidden objects. Could use more puzzles.
Otherwise great game.
March 13, 2013
A Visual Feast
Another absolutely beautiful game by Blue Tea. The graphics are intricate and colorful, the music is unobtrusive and often quite lovely. The characters in the story--and there is a pretty good story--become more complex and interesting as the game progresses.
This is largely an adventure game with fragmented object scenes that construct lavishly beautiful items. There are a few hidden object scenes as well.
I loved the morphing objects, but be warned, they don't always appear the first time you visit a scene. You may have to return to a location later in the game to find them.
Although the game world is limited to one old theater, it's a big complex with lots of hallways, rooms, different levels, etc. so feels like a pretty big world.
I'm very experienced but not necessarily an expert and it took me four and a half hours of solid play, and it felt like I really got my money's worth and then some.
Kudos to the folks at Blue Tea Games. I can't wait for more games like this one, perhaps even a true adventure type?
January 28, 2013
Excellent Hidden Object game
My wife and I both think this game is great fun to play. Other than a few hidden objects being basically invisible in a darkened area, this is one neat game. Everything about it is top notch. We found it very interesting and a fun way to spend time indoors in cold weather.
January 22, 2013
LOTS AND LOTS OF FRAGS AS YOU MOVE FORWARD
Adventure with a lot of FRAGs. [The last third especially seemed to have FRAG after FRAG as you?re looking to complete sets of inventory items.] Book has a map which shows where you are and supposedly other areas of interest (though I never had one show up on my map), list of objectives and information about the characters. Beautiful detail with gorgeous colors. Lots of locations for a theater. Your inventory tray gets quite full and there is a lot of backtracking in the last half of the game. It was a challenge to remember what locations had objects needing which inventory items. Puzzles are unique; some mildly challenging. Short interesting cutscenes tell the story. One of the characters had a very surprising development. About 6 hours.
December 18, 2012
I Loved It!!
This was just a perfect game (I thought). If you don't rush through the game, there are a lot of 'extra' interactions which was fun. Not to give out an 'spoilers', see if you can spot the 'mouse'. I had to lol at that. The Music in the 'Parlor Room' was a nice touch as well. The game has a 'great' Story line and doesn't wonder all over where you loose the Story as in some other games. There aren't a lot of puzzles but 'tons' of HO's that will actually take you a few minutes!
December 2, 2012
OMG SO COOL!!
I really love this. Nice story and everything is just SO AWESOME. the puzzles are not really hard. I love the story. I've played this about 5 times start to end AND I DIDN'T EVEN GET BORED! *maybe for finding some stuff like bleh*
I didn't regret at all that I bought this game.
Overall I love it, but I didn't really like the ending. Like, why (Spoiler alert) Abigail and Andreas died?? It should be a happy ending.
November 3, 2012
Really enjoyed this
I found the HOG scenes fun and challenging and I too liked the fact you are assembling a needed item rather than just hunting for miscellaneous ones. The hint feature is new and adds a bit of a challenge. When you drop an inventory item on the hint "eye" you get a "vision" of where to use it. But the vision is limited so you have to remember where things are. The map is useful but only shows where the next HOG (or HOGs) are located. As noted, you have to use the hint eye if you want help with inventory items. The length was great. I enjoyed the story line, even though I figured the main ideas out about 1/3 of the way through. Thank you Blue Tea for a great time!
September 11, 2012
Mystery, Danger, and Ghosts...what's not to love?
You're grandfather once was in charge of the Nightingale Theater. He was blamed for the fire that burned that occured 40 years ago that ended up ruining and taking lives. You run into some interesting characters, even a ghost! You also discover you have a 'special gift'.
I enjoyed this game! My only complaints are: The moving around we had to do...had to run all over the theater several times. And then the identity of the mastermind...I thought it was too easy figuring out who was really responsible for the disaster 40 years ago.
The controls, graphics, characters, and voice overs are all great! The character bios are very useful.
Another great game from Blue Tea!
August 31, 2012
Macabre, but Fun Mystery FrOG
As a big fan of Blue Tea Games and the "Dark Parables" series, I was surprised when I came across this title. And, like the "Dark Parables" games, this is a truly wonderful FrOG.
Truly, I found this game to be highly enjoyable. The puzzles are unique and not too repetitive that it gets boring. If you're familiar with BTG's FrOG method, the FrOGs may be a bit easy, but it's still a refreshing change from the "pile of junk" model that most HOGs use. One of the best parts of this game is when you have a "vision" to go back in time to the exact place you were in but decades before. You can click on people and hear dialogue, and it was just magnificently done. Never throughout the entire game did I feel bored; I had to play the entire game in one sitting as I went from room to room in the theater.
Like all HOGs that come from BTG, the visuals and sound are top-notch. Each scene is exquisite and is worth taking a moment to pause and take in. The music is ambient and not overwhelming or tedious to listen to overall. I really felt as if I was exploring an abandoned theater built decades ago in an art-deco-ish style.
Level of Challenge:
The game was challenging, mostly in a good way. FrOGs and other puzzles weren't overwhelmingly difficult, and the hint button loads quickly with a small lock when skipping puzzles. The only problem I have with the game is the interactive map, which is helpful, but very confusing as it's displayed not as one page but several pages, and to find the right page you have to click through the different wings.
This game's story is mesmerizing. The characters are well-rounded and goes beyond the typical "beautiful ballerina/jealous dark ballerina" story. Each character is developed, and hints are carefully placed in scenes so if you're observant, you'll get clues to the plot. While the game has a satisfying conclusion, I didn't care for the tacked-on ending, but it's still so good of a story that I could disregard it.
Overall, with a compelling storyline, gorgeous visuals/sounds, fun puzzles and FrOGS, and a relatively challenging story, this is a great game that's worth your money. Plan on spending a full afternoon playing this, as you won't want to put it down! I really hope that there are more "Macabre Mysteries" games in the future (and that it doesn't take a back seat to the "Dark Parables" games).
August 16, 2012
Loved this one
A long game with beautiful graphics and a good storyline.
August 7, 2012