Oddly Enough: Pied Piper
Graphics good and cartoony characters are funny. This one has fragmented objects to find which I dislike. I'd rather be given a word or phrase and look for an object that way. I hate looking for a silhouette or a wee bit of something only to put it altogether anyway.
And it is way too easy perhaps better for beginners. But
having said that give it a go. You might enjoy it.
November 10, 2012
Fantastic, imaginative artwork
The graphics in this game look like something out of a Tim Burton movie. There are asymmetric walls at angles and anthropomorphized furnaces and cash registers and fun, bristly characters. The transitions between locations are animated, a bit like a zooming out/in effect which is really fun.
This is not a traditional HOG in that you don't have a list of words; instead you get a list of silhouette images that are parts of an object that will be assembled when you find them all. Almost all of these objects are creatively designed. A simple pair of tongs is shaped a dragon's head, etc.
The game is divided into four sections with about 5-10 locations in each one so there is minimal backtracking. You go through the town, a circus and finally the Pied Piper's castle.
Puzzles were fun and a decent challenge, but I thought what stood out in the gameplay was that you had to use many of the inventory items in more creative ways than most HOGs (not just putting keys in locks, although there's a bit of that).
The only thing I didn't like was that the "active" cursor didn't look different enough from the regular cursor, so I ended up missing some items or active locations. And not all active locations would cause the cursor to change when moused over. Small complaint though, overall a very creative game that I loved. :)
September 1, 2012
Fun take on old story
I bought a Mystery Masters pack and this was on there, it's quite a bit of fun. The Graphics are pretty and the music is nice.
I dislike the HO scenes a bit since instead of a word they give you a silhouette of the object, and then the objects are made into a contraption.
They do have extras, including some of the music and several wallpapers for your desktop.
April 5, 2012
Oddly Enough - A Unique Experience
This game is a hoot and a half! Despite its shortcomings, there were enough unique features to tip my scale in favor of a four star review. The story is broken up into several chapters with different areas to explore within each chapter. Searching the sites gave me a pretty good idea where to go, what to do, and what to find, but a task list is available. I really enjoyed the way all the areas within the chapter interact with one another. Pick up a random item here, use it over there, assemble components in one scene and use it in another, that sort of gameplay is fun for me. The hint system is subtle and forces you to figure out things on your own. Once you've got it and had your moment in the sun, you continue on to another chapter of the game. Each area is a delight with refreshing, bright graphics and clever situations to resolve. What I did not like were the puzzles. For the most part they were random or so simple that they practically solved themselves. The rest of the game is so clever and challenging I felt the puzzles were just an annoying distraction. I didn't have an issue with the length of the game. For me it was a full evening of delightful entertainment with a chapter left over for breakfast.
April 1, 2012
Fun and different HOG
I loved the graphics. I liked the story line and the characters. It wasn't a suspenseful drama with death and gore. It was a very fun and entertaining game. It was vague on what to do exactly, so there was a lot of going back and forth. The hint button helped finding the pieces but not where to go next, but if you followed each arrow to a scene a little light would blink telling you you had something to do with that item. I thought the game was a little short but it was fun none the less. I like when games are different from the norm.
February 27, 2012
A solid, fun game
The pros: colorful graphics, engaging story, nice sound (except for the footsteps, that got annoying)
The cons: I found the controls a bit clunky for moving around, the game is on the shortish side - about 5 hours for me.
All in all, I really enjoyed this game. The controls weren't clunky enough for me to stop playing, just made me roll my eyes a few times is all. ;o)
February 15, 2012
Pretty good with a few problems
Overall, this is a fun and quirky game. I recommend it. I would describe it as a mostly adventure (find objects, use them elsewhere), sometimes Hidden Object game (by shape, not item name).
The game is based on the Pied Piper story. You must find the Pied Piper and pay him to get the children back. Graphics are cartoon-like, but well done. Great atmosphere. There are a good number of cool places to explore and interesting things to do. The funny characters are enjoyable. I liked the Gargoyle best.
Some say it is short, but the length seemed 'ok' to me.
There are some not-so-great aspects. First, there is a LOT of going back and forth within each location and each has, maybe, 8 to 10 places to visit.
Some of the actions required, like making coffee, require a high number of not-very-intuitive steps. I had to use the hint button more than I like to.
At one point, something just wouldn't work and neither the in-game dialogue, nor the hints were helpful. Extremely frustrating! A long time later, I figured it out, but it was just luck.
There were other things I had problems with. Here is a hint: If you can still examine something, like a table, that means there is still something to do there, just not right now. Also, look around carefully. A few of the things you need are not obviously placed.
The ending was a bit weird. Some reviewers are calling it sudden. I think dumb is a better description. My guess is the developer's wanted to keep it PG and set up for a sequel.
Despite all this, I enjoyed the game! It is different and that, in itself, is refreshing.
February 12, 2012
Finished it in 40 minutes of the demo.
This one was WAAAAAY too short. It's a little fun while it lasts and has some original and funny ideas, but why buy something that you can finish this fast?! I generaly look for games that I can play for at least 5-6 hours so this game doens't have what it takes for me.
February 6, 2012
Oddly Enough: Pied Piper
"Yes!" I agree this is a superb game. I love the artistry, graphics, music, interactive play, and fable. I am very impressed "Cheers" and "5 stars" for the developers of this game. Thanks Big Fish.
January 18, 2012