Written Legends: Nightmare at Sea
Pirates of the Caribbean galore!
Prepare for battle against the infamous Davy Jones, captain of the Flying Dutchman... you'll love it, except for a few regrettable flaws in the game.
Likes: graphics, storyline, soundtrack, length of the game, number of scenes to be explored, challenge...
Dislikes: repetition of HOS - even with the same objects to find - and some puzzles that keep coming back...
And then there are the dialogues... I know that some people are hard of hearing or understanding, but there really is no need for repeating every sentence twice or even thrice. Once is enough, and if you really need to be told again what you should do, just click on your interlocutor... or take a look a the tasks page in your journal.
Apart from these flaws, nothing but praise for the dev's ... I especially liked the map, which isn't a spoiler at all, but boy, believe me, do you ever need it to find your way around with all the objects that you carry around - at one moment, I had 25 of them in my inventory - and have to use one way or another to complete all your tasks.
All in all a very good game, which I thorougly enjoyed playing... honestly, I regretted feeling the end drawing near ... so, I may have some seconds, in a while...
July 22, 2012
Written Legends, Nightmare at Sea
This was a fun game. Not overly complicated, but enough of a challendge to make it interesting.
January 21, 2012
I enjoyed it...but
I really liked this game...but when it came time for the mini games (and I finished them) I wasn't given credit for finishing it...I was forced to hit the solve button. Not much of a story line...but I liked the music and the graphics. All in all...a real cool game.
February 18, 2012
nightmare at sea
I bought this game on sale for 2.99 and it was a fun game for the price. I did have to use walk through several times but I played 4 to 5 days to get to the end. Well worth the money and my time. Would buy another one like this. And Big Fish is the best place to buy games, they stand behind their games and are quick to answer if u have a problem.
October 3, 2012
I didn't know
While trying the trial It seemed familiar. I discovered I had bought the game a while back, but apparently never finished it.
I finished it this time and enjoyed it.
I found the hint button wasn't too much help, but the map was a big help.
All in all it is a good game.
September 30, 2012
Mostly HOG. lots of them, but clear and quick. Story kind of all over the place. Long skip button for the puzzles, which were kind of hard. No VOS, just text. Not a great game, but not bad, either. I played casual, just a little over 4 hours.
July 11, 2012
Really Enjoyed This One
What a fun game! The balance between HO scenes and figuring out what to do next/mini-games was perfect. The HO scenes weren't too difficult (I hate it when they're so hard they give me a headache from trying to see things that aren't really there), and the puzzles were great, too.
There IS a hint button for HO scenes, and while there is also a hint button for figuring out what to do next, I found it wasn't very useful at all.
March 5, 2012
Not in the running for my favorite
Played entire game. An OK HOG. Puzzles and artwork were okay ? nothing outstanding. HOS were good ? no tiny objects or looking for gray or black objects in a dark and cluttered background. Storyline flowed.
There is a book containing clues, a map, and tasks to complete, but it was slow to open (I was wondering if my cursor was working). At times, it was difficult to pick up inventory without it sliding back into the inventory tray. Found myself clicking harder than in other games in order to alleviate the issues. My hand is now annoyed with the rest of me.
The hint system wasn?t helpful the few times that I needed it. Example: I needed a handle for a trapdoor. Didn?t have one and couldn?t find it in the scene. The hint system just circled the trapdoor. Useless, because I already knew that I needed to do something with the trapdoor. And the map didn?t highlight the area where I could find the handle. Had to check the walkthrough to find out where the handle was. There is a lot of back and forth, but the map helped a lot.
May 13, 2012
Good straight enjoyable SE
When I first played it, the first 2 minutes, I thought the graphics were awful (halo all around the characters), and the hidden object scenes were bad - junk pile. Then I stuck with it, and found there was a lot to do, a lot of stuff to pick up and use and I got into it.
I am glad I bought it as I enjoyed playing this more than a lot of the CEs ( which I must have played to many as they were all getting 'the same old' and was getting bored with them). This reminded me of a couple of years ago type games - the graphics, a lot of interaction, less 'adventure', some puzzles, with slightly different storylines. But in a good way!
There ended up being not that many hidden object scenes which I am thankful for (there was a mixture of photo objects and graphics which I couldn't get used to). This is a decent length game, for once (for a SE)! There is an option to turn the 'glints' off (sparkles) but there were still sparkles for **** scenes. It wasn't too hard to figure out what to do, this is quite an easy game.
There is a map that is available a short while into it but it's not a transporter map.
The story was a bit different and the graphics turned out to be good, once I looked past how some of the characters were 'placed' in a scene and some of the hidden object scenes. Which was weird as some of the characters were quite good, and the cutscenes (the 'captains' deckhand, upstairs outside door was really good). I don't know why you can breathe underwater but you can, I really liked the setting and the story as it was a bit different.
For those wanting a decent length (for a straight SE)- loads of picking up stuff and lots of "doing stuff", this is really good game. I ended up really enjoying it. And I really appreciate it being a straight SE .
B+ for enjoyment factor. Original review, reposted from August 8 2011.
September 24, 2012
Okay for a Catch of the Week
Not bad for a Catch of the Week Special but not a game I would want to invest higher $'s into. I, admittedly, am hard on pirate movies and games and your opinion may differ markedly from mine.
I had some technical issues as mentioned by other's. Also found the hint button to be frustrating and a lot of senseless running around. Dialogue without vo's seemed rather flat. One of the musical scores I heard over and over jangled on my nerves after awhile. I played the first 3 chapters in an hour. Per the walk-through that's halfway through the game, so is short.
The artwork is lovely and some of the music is quite relaxing and beautiful. The whale swimming was just enchanting to watch though it went by too quickly. The puzzles I encountered were not hard.
I think it's a good value at the COTW special and I did get enjoyment out of the 3 chapters I played. Even though I don't have a need to see how it ends and won't be purchasing it, I would recommend it at the sale price for those who like pirate/ocean games.
September 25, 2012