Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek Collector's Edition
Good "mood" music
challenging without tedious
hint recharges quickly
I bought it!
and I hardly ever buy CE's
February 11, 2012
Good for hours of fun
I am only part of the way through the CE version of this game, and I am loving it. I was searching high and low for a traditional point-and-click/adventure that had minimal HO scenes, and this one fits the bill! The logic of using items from your inventory is challenging without being infuriating. The story line is a little convoluted but there is an "evidence log" that helps you draw the connections and follow along. The graphics quality is average (not the best, not the worst); same for the cut scenes. The voiceovers are unobtrusive and the ambient sound effects are decent (except for the really annoying, incessantly ringing church bell - which is actually part of the story line). I would strongly recommend this game; even without having finished it, it probably deserves a place in my top 10 list.
January 27, 2012
I play a lot of games here and lately have been a little disappointed in one aspect or another. This game satisfied me on all counts.. great storyline, excellent bonus game, music, sound effects and thank you, thank you for a great ending which so many games lack. One of the few to deserve 5 stars in my book!
January 5, 2012
Hours of Fun
I don't know why this game is not in the top 10. I played the CE and found this game to have great graphics, challenging puzzles and a mind boggling series of places and events to follow and figure out. There is a map to help you see the various locations and a crazy but fun story line. This is a very involved game and the CE has an extra hour of play. I did not want this game to end!
December 25, 2011
Wow what a belter!
This has to be one of the best games I?ve played for a while. That sums it up really but I guess I should say a bit more to do it justice.
This is a totally immersive one that had me from the start. This is a really well thought out game which kept me engaged all the way through. It's BIG with plenty of different areas, so the map does come in handy. I played in expert mode which means you don?t get objectives marked on the map, but I make notes as I go through just to keep track. Expert mode does still give you sparkles for **** scenes but unusually this wasn?t a problem for me here, no sparkles for anything else. You don?t get as many hints from the character apparently, and I didn?t use the skip but I?m guessing it takes longer to charge than in casual mode.
The linked notebook and evidence board are used in a way I?ve not seen before, there?s quite a bit of information gathering but at no point did I find it tedious, or lose track. There are clear objectives in the notebook should you need them, as well as notes and clues that you pick up along the way. You WILL need to refer to it for clues on puzzles. You can access the interactive evidence board from anywhere and return to your current position.
The artwork is lovely, and the music and sound effects are just right, you really feel like you?re in an abandoned ghost town. The **** scenes are clear and sensible, a few are interactive, and they are easy enough whilst still being challenging. The puzzles are interesting and vary in difficulty, all with good instructions. I managed them all without skipping or looking at a walkthrough for hints, hooray!
You can skip the cut scenes, but they are short and do give you parts of the story, I personally didn?t want to. You can also speed the conversation up by clicking anywhere.
So - Good balance of adventure/****/puzzles
Good **** scenes
Good artwork, sound effects and music
Hours of gameplay, I reckon 7 at my speed (pre bonus)
Big thumbs up for me, now what do I play that can match it?!
PS - here?s the negative, the bonus chapter was a bit of a letdown, just under an hour for me but felt like it had been tacked on the end, so if like me you buy the CEs mainly for the bonus, I?d get the SE and not worry about it. The game is long enough without it. The only reason I gave this CE 4 stars not 5
November 19, 2011
Still a Good Game Anyway
I was a tad disappointed in the lack of ghosts. Also, based on some of the reviews, I had expected graphics to be more crisp. Maybe I was pushing my graphics card to the edge.
A useful tip: When I got stuck, I discovered that you have to organize the evidence wall in order to trigger events to happen. When the evidence icon sparkles, you go to the wall and sort the evidence. This also opens the casebook and provides you with prompts and objectives. When I had run all over town and couldn't find a single task, and the strategy guide was showing a different outcome, I saw the evidence icon sparkling.
I was worried that the field of play was going to be limited, but more areas to explore opened up and made things more interesting. It did keep me busy for several hours, and I enjoyed playing.
Regarding the story, I wish these smart cop characters actually carried a flashlight and decided to hang on to that knife/axe/crowbar that you know they're going to need later! Why do they think they're disposable? Or, if you have a sharp object like a screwdriver, I think I'd be able to punch a hole in a canvas and tear it with my hands without having to get a specific item. Just logic... Still, it was a good game.
July 4, 2012
If you buy this, you better love HOS scenes!
I'm not a fan of the HOS scenes, I prefer the puzzle solving, but I know most of these games are going to have some HOS. This one has it about every 2 seconds. and usually I click and get it over as soon as possible, but it was hard to do that in this game. some of the items were small and very hard to see. other than that, i was an ok game. not too many puzzles and they were pretty easy. good graphics and stuff. oh, also a looot of running around, would be nice if they'd had a clickable map.
August 19, 2012
Basically you are a detective investigating a missing person's case when you're caught in a bad storm and then can't remember a lot of details of where you are, why and what happened - so you are redoing your research, etc. I played both the SE and CE and did not need the strategy guide so I will most likely purchase the SE - an economics thing for me. The HOGs are easy to middling for difficulty, the mini-games gave me no problem and the hint button recharges very, very quickly and can take you thru the game when necessary. The graphics are ok for location and creepiness, as is the background music which I tend to tune out anyway. What voice-overs there are, are clear. I hated when the FT ended and this is on my list of games to get. Great for beginners but maybe not so much for the hardcore gamers. Glam-ma says give this a go. I finished the SE demo with 18 minutes left.
June 21, 2013
Very good game!
Challenging and interesting game. The HO scenes, puzzles, evidence board and cut scenes make this game what it is. Well worth the purchase and hope to see more games like this.
March 10, 2013
Absolutely love this game!
I'm not sure why but as of lately I have been getting into point and click adventure games. In fact this was the game that got me started on the kick. I enjoyed the gameplay, the music, the effects, the journal to evidence wall accessibility and the main character's voice.
HOWEVER, the bell tolls even after you destroy it. I noticed it happening directly after it is destroyed and then again at the car and back road hidden scenes. The older detective's voice was monotone and had me skipping through the dialouge because I was just to annoyed. The preacher was the same. The missing girl and her boyfriend's voices could have been different as well. I felt as if they just droned on and on.
I must admit I have played through the main game at least eight or so times and I find how easy it is to finish now unlike when I first started. I just wish that you could keep some of the items for later on instead of dropping them and having to collect them later from another scene.
I cannot wait for number two to come! I will be ready to play that any time!
October 24, 2012