Voodoo Chronicles: The First Sign Collector's Edition
Better Than I Expected, But Not Worth CE
I never buy CEs, and when I bought this by mistake I was quite cross. I didn't think I'd like this much from the trial, so I was doubly doubtful. Then I was surprised how much I enjoyed it.
Set in the era of speakeasies and flappers, it is very much a period piece in style, right down to the music and the way people talk. The actor who plays Voodoo is great, he's a real ham, but it suits the game's era to a tee. I also like the fact that he fed his cat before leaving for his big assignment. :)
This game, despite the name, is not really about voodoo, that's just the guy's name. But it does involve magical and sinister beings - who are wonderfully creepy. But in a light-hearted way
The graphics are excellent and the gameplay good. Plenty of HO scenes, usually visited twice. They are pretty static, and occasionally some objects are given strange names, but none of that interferes with the fun factor. Not much in the way of puzzles.
The ending was cool, and satisfying. Then, being a CE, there followed extra gameplay. This really didn't do much for me, and THAT ending was really annoying, it just... stopped. I certainly was disappointed with the CE, I think the story played better without it. But having the strategy guide was very helpful.
Basically, I think it a better than average game that was far more enjoyable than I expected, but I see no reason for buying the CE.
January 24, 2012
Work of Genius for Collectors!
What fun to enter such creative gameplay. Like stepping into a "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" animated-type movie. An old Curse rendered by a Shaman for revenge against senseless greed is unfolding. The much-sought English (of course!) Detective James Voodoo is hired to solve and interacts with others! Gotta Love it! Puzzles, HO's, are fun--not mind bending. Played Hard Level. Waiting for 2nd credit to purchase CE. I consider other over-inflated entertainment costs and how much wiser and safer an investment to add another "gem" to my BFG forever collection. Looking forward to sequel. Thank you BFG!
January 22, 2012
A HOAG with many qualities and one major flaw: too many HOS
What a shame! This game has so many qualites:
- beautiful graphics, coming right out of artfully drawn comics - I especially like the art deco scenes.
- beautiful soundtracks: orchestra and big band jazz
- a funny storyline with commentaries and VO's that come right out of an old marlowe-style detective movie
- hints that you have to earn by finding "spies" and by succesfully succeeding puzzles
And then, everything must be spoiled by one HOS after another. Time and time again, you find yourself mindlessly clicking away in the same scene - yes, every HOS is repeated twice - to find an object that you need. It seems that the dev's spent all their inspiration on the good stuff in the game and that none was left to develop the adventure and puzzle side of it... what a shame!
And last but not least, the bonus game of the CE doesn't mount up to much. Just a few scenes with some actions to perform and once again, a lot of HOS, which the game really not worth the price of a CE.
Still, I will recommend the game for its qualities... but those among you who don't like HOS, please be forwarned. And if you buy it, buy the SE.
July 13, 2012
"Who Do Voodoo!"
"Give a round of applause," to the developers of this game. You have been nominated by the Academy for 'Best Screen Play', yes! it's true. Oh, you say it's not a movie, well you could have fooled me. The scenes are magnificant and the animation is outstanding. "Superb!" "Bravo!"
February 10, 2012
What a noir mystery!
I love the characters in this but really do need the "collectors edition" as sometimes I am not exactly sure where to go - but it is fun with great graphics. It is like an old fashioned detective novel but you participate. As an avid mystery buff this was right up my alley.
April 2, 2012
Good hidden object
Good balance hidden obj/puzzle
April 23, 2012
I played the trial, and decided to buy the game. As the game progressed, I found it to be tedious, and there were too many HOS to play where things were hard to click on. The mini games were ok,, but the story line was not very interesting. The occasional appearance of the mystery woman was annoying, as were some of the flashes of light in the scenes. The ending was not very climactic, and I was left with saying "Is that it?" when the story ended. I don't use sound so I can.t judge it, but I can only imagine that the voice overs would be annoying. One of the few games I really regret buying!
July 5, 2012