Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek Collector's Edition
One of the best - and one of the worst
I must admit to a soft spot for this one because it was in actual fact my first ever HO game! With that in mind maybe I won't be as objective as most.
I gave this another whirl after a year to see if it measured up to what I have experienced since and I was surprised to find that it actually has.
This is what I would call a "Page Turner", the story is immediately engaging with just the right balance in the progression, pretty much straight forward and logical but also giving the player the freedom to roam around to stave off boredom.
The cut scenes and animations have been well crafted but are not to intrusive or too often and have obviously had some serious time spent on them.
BUT - Ughhh those graphics!!
The actual game scenes seem like very bad concept art from the bonus content of premium editions, rather like hastily done chalk or pastel sketches. I think that Artifex Mundi are trying to make these games "Artistic" looking but failing badly.
and DOUBLE UGH!!! - the HO scenes (yes they are many here) with blurry, badly described items these are a chore to get through which will lead many to keep pressing the Hint Button just to get them out of the way.
For me though it was a nice couple of days of nostalgia so I will no doubt be making this one of my yearly "must do" games along with Dorian Grey Syndrome and perhaps Cursed Heart.
December 20, 2013
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
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
Enigmatis.The ghost of maple creek. A good game
Enigmatis always give good games. So about that one I enjoyed it very much but HOS were more than a lot!! and personally I believe that many Hidden objects means that there is no much imagination.Hint was very helpful but it was also a continuous going and come back from place to place.In spite my negative comments the game was interesting and finally I recommend it.
October 19, 2014
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
Good hidden objects, lacking in puzzles
Good storyline and graphics. Way too much going back and forth from scenes. Puzzles aren't challenging. If you like HO's then you will enjoy this one.
May 8, 2012
Great hidden object adventure!
Overall I enjoyed this game. It is one of the better hidden object/adventure games I've played. The atmosphere was suitably creepy and I even jumped a time or two. The hidden object scenes and the mini-games were well-balanced between easy and challenging. I played in expert mode and did find that I had to use hints occassionally.
If I have one complaint it was the voice acting. I generally like voice acting in a game because for me it helps with immersion. For this game it did just the opposite. In some cases it was so bad it sounded computer generated. In fact had they not had the voice actors listed in the credits I would've sworn it actually was computer generated.
However, I will grant that that one complaint is a personal preference thing and for many players it will be a minor issue at best.
March 29, 2012
Overall: Love it!
It is a good game actually. I had only a little problem with that: most of scenes are "undersaturated". HO's are OK, nothing special.
March 16, 2012
Apparently I'm the only person who felt this game was worth only 3 stars. I found it to be tedious. Too much going backwards and forwards. There were far too many hidden object scenes and the graphics were a bit poor. Some of the items to be found were misnamed or given obscure names. For example, a crescent wrench was called a french key. Which is technically the correct name... if you live in Hungary, Poland or various other eastern european countries! (I had to look it up). The bonus game was incredibly short and ended abruptly and unsatisfactorily.
My suggestion would be not to buy the CE.
January 10, 2012