Grim Facade: Mystery of Venice
Venice, Masks and Fans to Find - Loved It!
PLUSSES = I loved this game, it is set in Venice and you find lovely fans and beautiful masks ? that makes this girl?s heart so happy! The game is set in Venice at the time of a plague. The story begins with a missing mother and daughter, who disappear from a gondola after leaving a masked ball. You, as the detective, are asked by the husband/father to find them. You receive 2 gold ducats as payment. After leaving the father, you will travel to 5 major locations in the game, with multiple rooms/areas on and off of the main site to explore. On your journey to find the missing females, you will need to look closely in all areas, as multiple objects are hidden throughout the game, and you will need this inventory of items to complete the game and rescue both mother and daughter. You will also collect more gold ducats and use them to purchase needed items. There are prices on the items that you buy, and you have limited amounts of gold, so shop wisely and think of what is needed at this moment in the game. The graphics were clear and non-fuzzy, and the scenes of Venice are lovely. The music and voiceovers were okay. Items in the Hidden Object scenes were fairly easy to find, but I had to use some thought processes to figure out how to get some of the interactive items. A new twist to this game is that you will also look for fans in the HOG scenes, and they will add to your Hint system. (However, I used the hints several times and never ran out of them).
MINUSSES = The hidden object scenes have various colored shadings, so some corners are slightly harder to see. There are multiple HOG scenes in this game, and you will revisit each one. The cursor will explode if you click excessively. The storyline of finding the missing relatives may feel familiar. The story is NOT dark and eerie, and there are no witches, werewolves, vampires or devils, just some bad people. There are some small spiders in the HOG scenes, there are an occasional bug, and there are rats (Well, it is plague time in Venice). I would recommend this game for those who like Hidden Object games, want to have some fun, and are not looking for a sophisticated, complex adventure game.
November 29, 2011
Not to easy for a beginner. You have to remember to get the coins during the game. The HO and puzzles can be difficult for some. You do have to move around to get clues to use. Still a good game and fun.
August 13, 2012
A nice journey in Venice!
The storyline is interesting: you have to save a mother and a daughter from a baaad guy.
I played in expert mode.
- The graphics are crisp.
- The HOS are clear. You receive hints for fans that you'll find in these scenes.
- The puzzles are quite easy, but some are really challenging.
- There is no map, but no need to travel the whole way back after completing a part.
- There are ducats to find, so you can buy things you'll need at some locations.
The game length is good, it took me 3 hours to finish.
All in all, again a great ERS game.
July 7, 2012
COINS ARE VERY IMPORTANT
There are certain items that need to be purchased and it'll be important for you to keep an eye out for all the coins and to not use them randomly as I did. Fortunately for me, what I had purchased from the shopkeeper I was able to use to gain more coins to purchase what I REALLY needed at that moment. The items that the shopkeeper displays (they highlight when you click on them# will provide you with not only the cost of said items but also give you a heads up as to what you WILL NEED to buy; I will say, that the cat is the LAST item to be bought.
I found 1 puzzle to be quite confusing because the tiles were not clearly indented with their markings and once completed, I hadn't realized that it had been solved #until I read the walkthrough# because of the fact that the needed item did NOT #as in the other mini-games# automatically go into the inventory -- it had to be clicked into it.
Overall, this was a good game and demonstrated the false belief of the reason behind the plague and other's ignorance #based on that belief) on how to save their beloved city of Venice.
January 26, 2012
Grim Facade: Mystery of Venice
Totally loved this game! It contained all of the features I enjoy - animation, VOs, adventure, HOs and puzzles. The storyline was wonderful. You had to collect ducats along the way to purchase items. HOs were good, not dark and some items were small but I've seen worse. In the HOs, be sure to colllect two fans to add to the hints. HOs are repeated but with different items to find. The fans will only appear in the first HO. There's a journal but no map. The hint button refilled quickly but offered no help in going from scene to scene. The only answer I received was there's nothing to do here now. Got to look for other Grim Facade games. The music was relaxing in some areas and peppy in others. I was able to complete this game without using the walkthrough. That's saying a lot for me! LOL
July 31, 2012
Spectacular! The artistry is incredibly breathtaking. The mystery and characters fetching. The adventure you encounter while pursuing the villain shows the imagination of the creative team. The HOS are bright, crisp, clear and pleasing to the eye. Although the HOS are replayed, anything that is changed the first time it?s played remains changed in the subsequent scene. So you aren?t looking for the same objects.
And the music is easily the best I?ve heard in any game. Two main scores (with at least one minor track): one for HOGs and one for the adventure portion - both are top-notch, apparently composed for Mystery of Venice, and fit the story perfectly. A couple HOGs have no music and I so wanted to shake my computer and blame it for not playing any.
Puzzles are innovative with difficulty ranging from intermediate to more challenging. Animation is fantastic and clearly reflects what the character is saying. Voice acting is the weakest point but, for the most part, is very good (though it sounds like one actor plays the distraught husband, as well as the villain). Don?t forget to collect all coins because you will need everyone of them to buy needed tools. This is one of the most beautiful games I?ve ever played ? but then it is from ERS!
September 28, 2012
I really enjoyed this game. It is set in Venice, the music was very nice, the story line was fun and the graphics were great. A couple of the mini games seemed almost impossible. I really liked the hidden objects scenes. All the objects were there, just nicely hidden instead of obscured by shadows. Plus you had to look for fans and ducats. I also liked the cursor changing depending on where you were in the game. This is one of the most enjoyable games I've played.
June 10, 2012
Great graphics and voice overs. Good length. HOS mostly clear, some interactive. Save your doucats and only buy when you really have to. Interesting characters, very life like. A fair number of creepy crawlies.
March 15, 2012
This game is visually moderately challenging as well as visually beautiful.
November 13, 2011
Lots of fun in Venice.
Good plots, good puzzles, exiting landscapes, I enjoyed it. Lots of drama....
August 4, 2012