Oddly Enough: Pied Piper
Problems with this game
I tried 3 times to play this game. Each time the game locked up when I clicked too quickly before it opened a window. I never finished the game, so I don't know if clicking very slowly in the scenes will let you get through it.
There were some nice puzzles. It is a shame that it has this programming error.
November 16, 2011
Short but plesant!
When I first started this game and viewed the intro I was very worried that I had made a mistake in buying it without trialling it first. The graphics were grainy and amateur, the storyline a bit vague and the voiceover was very annoying. Thankfully once the actual game started my initial concerns were put to rest. The game is relatively short compared to other similar games; I completed it in around 2 hours but did enjoy playing it and would recommend its purchase.
The scenes were drawn in cartoon style which I found to be a refreshing change from the majority of HO / Adventure games, but they still had with tons of detail to keep the game play interesting. The music and sound effects were perfect giving life to the game and creating drama without interfering with the game play, so much so that I hardly noticed them when playing.
Once the game had started there were no voiceover for any of the characters, however if the voice actor from the intro is anything to go by this may have been a blessing. The dialog was very easy to read and did not interfere with the game itself.
I did not find the majority of the game very challenging although it was still fun to play. The hint button refills very quickly and if you play in casual mode bright stars shine on the next object you need to use, almost walking you through the game play. This is perhaps a perfect game for beginners to HO/ Adventure games or maybe for younger people.
The Hidden Object scenes themselves were different to most H/O games in that you had a collection of shadow parts for which you needed to find the corresponding image within the scene and then all these parts joined together to form an object you required in the Adventure. This may be disappointing for H/O lovers as they were not very challenging.
The storyline was poor; it was mainly predictable but in parts did not make any sense. If the villagers all had their share of the money spare why would they not have paid the piper in the first place and why isn?t at least one of them smart enough to realise that is what will resolve the situation and they did not need to hire my character at all.
The character of the piper himself was not very consistent going from reasonably offended (although kidnapping the children may have been a bit of an overreaction), to kind (willing to be reasonable once he had been paid) to evil (I?ll control you all!) and then ultimately giving up at the slightest of challenges.
The ending was disappointing and did not seem realistic but I suppose that the makers will want to leave the story open for a sequel.
February 9, 2012
I'm torned between good and boring, much the same in every challings, and a very short game
November 20, 2011
Hmm, this game - I like to dislike it... or maybe Im to OLD for it..most a kids game
July 14, 2012
Sounded Great But..........
This game was just OK to me. I found myself losing interest in it too many times. Although I finally finished it I could have easily passed on it.
December 6, 2011
A Nice Enjoyable Game ...
Good Graphics, Sound & Style Of Game Play ...
Game Length Was A Little Shorter Than Hoped, But Still A Good Level Of Enjoyment ...
The Hogs Were Simple (Find All The Parts To Make The Needed Items) ... But This Did Help Keep The Feel Of The Game And Purpose ...
June 1, 2013
good for me
I truly enjoy playing this game 'til end! It's fun for me. That's why I give five stars.
Thanks dev and good job!
May 18, 2013
Colorful graphics and characters made me want to play longer
This game is somewhat on the shortish side but makes a perfect filler game in between those longer and harder ones. There are four areas to explore with about a half dozen locations within each area, so your movement is contained in only that area until all tasks are completed. This makes the adventuring part easy enough to navigate and remember since you'll only be going back and forth within a limited amount of scenes, which I like. You can't go back to previous areas once you're done with them so the movement is very logical and linear. The cartoonish graphics are lovely and wonderfully skewed at odd angles (oddly enough?) using rich, bright colors and very creative animations especially regarding the mechanical devices.
I took one star away because the story could have been padded with more to do in order to make the story better and the gameplay longer. The story is lame at best and as one reviewer already said, if the townspeople had just paid the piper, none of the children would have been kidnapped. There are only three kids to save and the piper isn't actually mentioned again anywhere in the game until the final minutes. And then, there is really no climax. You get a little conversation with him where he goes back and forth with his opinions but there's really no climactic confrontation with him, which was a disappointment to me. I still had fun playing this game because it looked so darned pretty with its excellent artwork and animations and was easy enough where tasks were still challenging but not frustrating to complete. The hints refilled quickly and puzzles were easy and skippable so experts looking for brain twisters and tough challenges should look elsewhere. The hidden object items are all in silhouette but they keep the same orientation as those in the scenes themselves, and they combine to form tools that you need elsewhere in the game. The characters with whom you interact are quirky and fun and the game could have been better had voiceovers been provided for them. I experienced some glitches with freezeups a couple times on my eight year old computer, but clicking out and into the game again let me back in where I left off and saved everything I had done, so I still liked the game enough to keep it at four stars. I just wish it had lasted longer.
April 14, 2013
good game, overall
The graphics were nice, as well as the game play. Some parts were hard to figure out (I had to use a walk thru several times). There were some unique parts - the magic hat was inventive.
I did find it annoyingly easy to accidentally move between screens.
Overall, this game is worth playing, although it is a tad on the short side.
April 5, 2013
Love a Legend.....good game
This game offered a bit of a different twist on HOS. Each scene has you finding parts that create an object needed in the game. It was different and a nice change.
If you are looking for challenging puzzles, forget it. These puzzles are super simple.....you won't need a walkthrough. There were times when I became dizzy with the wondering back and forth between rooms, but that seems to be in all games of this genre. Music is pretty.....harp.....and not at all intrusive. The graphics and visual art reminded me a bit of Hodgepodge Hollow which is another simple but visually beautiful game.
I found the ending to be quite entertaining as well. There was enough game play to entertain for several hours without becoming long and tedious. I enjoyed the game.
March 17, 2013