Drawn?: Trail of Shadows Collector's Edition
Great Ending to a Great Game!
Absolutely loved it! Probably the most beautiful game series (visually and audio-wise) I've ever played. I can't wait for more of these kind of games from big fish!
January 31, 2012
on a budget? skip the CE and get the SE version
Overall I loved this game, really enjoyable lovely break from normal HOPAs. But I can't recommend the CE to others. I have never played as short a bonus extra gameplay as this. So I would recommend getting the SE version. An A game but let down in easier gameplay, shocking short bonus gameplay, no integrated SG which makes it an overall B game.
comparing between the original-
Original drawn was darker, and much longer and had amazing interactive paintings of different styles. This is more joyous, fun but WAY shorter and doesn't have any hanging paintings interactions. The 1st had the pop up interactive puzzles this had them all in a book - I loved the book and the finding items but missed the photos interactive and missed the hardness of the first.
With the feel and fairytale graphics this is trying to reinvent itself as it is a bit different to the previous 2 games. But is MUCH easier, making this ideal for gamers that haven't played the 1st drawn yet, and as this is a prequel makes sense doing this.
things I love
- pop up book interactions and the hidden objects
- achievements - they are fun and can replay them easily in sections
- hidden inventory bar - so was immersed in game (can lock it)
- amazing graphics (but lack of color at beginning)
- some harder puzzles
- fun lighter gameplay
things not so good
- Bonus play was so short (I did like the drawings in the bonus though)
- Overall game was way shorter than original drawn
- Way easier than original
- No SG, the hints worked well most of the time but gave me spoilers - would have prefered 'phantom of opera' progressive hints - choose what hint you want or even a "nothing to do in this scene, come back later" or circle to what to do.
- one puzzle (first bonus one) was dreadful in telling the objective and hints
bonus gameplay the shortest ever in a game - (after replaying as I had a glitch at beginning) was about 20 mins, the shortest chapter in the game.
overall gameplay time was about 4hrs including bonus (I did spend another 10 mins going back to get the last 3 hidden items) While this may sound fine, I am not a quick player the original took me over 7hrs. I play on hardest and for achievements.
November 19, 2011
Game with great graphics!
The graphics in this game is just extraordinary. You're drawn into this beautiful world of wonderful colours.
The puzzles are original, some fairly simple though.
The game itself is rather on the short side, even for a CE. And the bonus-content is played while playing the main-story, which might be confusing for some.
I would recommend others to wait for the SE, because this really didn't feel like a CE to me, length-wise.
All in all: 4/5 stars.
November 13, 2011
Good by short
Not my favorite of the series, but still fun. Graphics were great, story was intriguing, but the puzzles were pretty easy and the challenge just wasn't there. I was really frustrated with one puzzle in particular, regarding an amulet, which has many different solutions but only one will work. Still, I enjoy the environments of the Drawn series and it's all the reason to get this game. I loved solving the puzzles in the pages of the book - I wish there had been more.
My suggestion though, don't get the collector's edition. The bonus isn't really a bonus.
November 30, 2011
Not up to previous games
In the past, this was the only series for which I would purchase the collector edition automatically, without a "test drive." While Trail of Shadows was interesting, and followed the theme, it did not have the complexity and depth that previous games have had. The graphics were good, although it was difficult to find significant areas at times, and several of the puzzles were challenging. The ending was great! But the pace was plodding and the game did not have the diverse and interesting puzzles past games have had. I will definitely try the next one before buying it.
November 27, 2011
Drawn....over too soon
This 3rd installment of Drawn was a disappointment from the first two. For the money spent, I feel it should have lasted a lot longer than it did. However, the graphics are just as beautiful as they were in the first two games. I hope there will be a forth game....just please make it longer and more worth while!
November 19, 2011
I wish it was longer and that the puzzles were more challenging, but overall the game, like its predecessors, is a lovely escape.
The story seemed to diverge from the one in the other two in the series, but I still enjoyed it.
Recommended for long car trips and rainy days at home.
November 21, 2011
Good game but too short
The story line was good, but it didn't take me as long to play as the other Drawn series games. I like the 3D effect! I think I wish, though, I would have waited to purchase the regular version instead of the collector edition.
November 18, 2011
The Drawn series are interesting and difficult to stop once you start the game...so be ready to be Drawn in!
November 15, 2011
The Drawn series continues to delight!
Not quite as complex as the first Drawn games, but beautifully illustrated and full of original ideas.
November 13, 2011