Red Crow Mysteries: Legion
Lots to do in this game
I loved The Strix & Kaptain Brawe but in this new game from Cateia Games, the storyline is very confusing. Initially you wake up in your bedroom, which you mention doesn?t look like yours & have to find your way to the garden to talk to your mother who seems to be a ghost. After speaking to her I am none the wiser; if there was a journal giving a little more explanation that would help, it could also show you any clues you find for use later.
You are given an inventory & a find item list (which as it says shows things to find) & a task list. There are three modes of play; casual with sparkles & a 60 second hint recharge, easy with no sparkles & what seemed to be a 3 minute hint recharge or adventure with no sparkles & no ?find item? list. The hint was not very useful as it just highlighted areas that I already knew needed something, a key for a lock for instance.
This is not a conventional hidden object, instead you find objects scattered around the scenes as you play so it is more of a light adventure. In fact I found so many items that my inventory filled up very quickly before I had an idea of what to do with most of the things I found. A bit of a clue on the mini games would be useful as I had to skip a couple simply because I did not know how to solve them.
There are lots of achievements to get & also 21 roses to find, I am always a sucker for this type of thing. In addition I loved the artwork, I got used their style in earlier games, the background sounds & the music, they really suited the game. This is a game that is not too easy & will require some brainwork, excellent.
November 27, 2011
Fun Adventure Game
Red Crow Mysteries: Legion is precisely my kind of game. Because adventure games are my first love, I was thrilled that Cateia Games offered an adventure mode along with Easy and Casual options. As with many adventure games, in the beginning the main character finds herself in a confusing and frightening situation. I was immediately drawn in and the story line held my interest throughout. Puzzles vary from those on the easy side to those that take some real brain power. True to the adventure game genre, the game provides little hand-holding. Figuring out what to do next is part of the fun.
Graphics are in keeping with the game's theme. There are voice overs and they are very nicely done. Music was quite nice in places and generally unobtrusive.
Just a couple of things would have made the game even more immersive. A journal would have helped to both develop the character and keep track of information. I also would have enjoyed the opportunity to view close-ups of photos the character came across and learn more about her background during the course of the game. For example, when in her aunt's house, we see several photos laying on a desk. It would have been nice to view a close-up of one or two and read or hear a description, such as "This is a picture of me and Aunt Mildred." Small touches like this help to flesh out a character, particularly when it looks like she will be having another adventure in the future. I hope she does, because I am very much looking forward to the next Red Crow Mystery.
November 16, 2011
Introduction to a new series?
This was a fun game to spend a few hours with. It is more adventure than hidden object. Yes, objects are hidden, but within the scenes you are exploring, not some junk pile that you have to clear out in order to receive an item. I thought the game play was fairly straight forward; there were a few times I got stuck, but what was so great was that you could adjust the difficulty of the game while in the game, so in those cases, I just changed my settings and used the hint button a few times until I put the peices together.
I loved the music, it was mysterious and changed with each chapter, so it didn't get redundant. The settings were fairly well done, nothing special, but the plot moved forward quickly enough to keep my attention. I also enjoyed the mini games.
The only things I found BEYOND ANNOYING were the voiceovers (no wonder they give an "achievement" at the end if you listen without skipping - these were full minutes of yadda yadda yadda) and, to a lesser extent, the fact that it was often hard to navigate between set peices because the "walk" icon was so generic.
However, that was nothing to keep me from not enjoying my time. If you have a few hours, are a little tired of your same ol' same ol' HOG, then I'd recommend.
Plus, while this is a fully realized, if somewhat vague, adventure, it looks like it may be intended to be beginning of a new series, which I am always on board with.
January 19, 2012
I like this game because I dislike adventure games that tell you exactly what to do and where to go; it just takes the adventure out of it. The game played almost like Hotel, but with a decidedly less imaginative story that's taken straight out of the bible.
February 28, 2012
Adventure Hidden Object
The storyline was excellent and very dramatic. The voiceovers were very good and very ghostly, eerie and creepy. Hidden objects were okay. There was a bonus and reward for finding all the flowers and roses. All in all not bad.
The soundtrack was interesting, a little repetitive at times.
February 4, 2012
Like others have said,
vague hint system
You don't fight the baddie.
This is a training story where one gains their power. This is like one chapter of an entire saga and we are waiting for the next adventure.
Great detailed graphics and haunting music, but it was cut short.
I would recommend this game ONLY if players are patient to wait for the next one, if there ever is one.
Actually I would NOT recommend this game unless the future second one is released and Big Fish customers would buy BOTH TOGETHER.
January 6, 2013
Great challenge and graphics
Nice graphics and steady play dont move you too far from scenes to complete them
November 11, 2011
Good level of challenge
At first glance, this game reminded me of Tales from the Dragon Mountain: The Strix (a game I liked) and it is in fact by the same developer.
This is not really a HOG. In casual mode you do get a few screens with a list of inventory items that can be found there, but those are locations, not separate hidden objects scenes, and there are very few items to find (although you get to keep them all).
Instead, it's an adventure game that's easier than the mainstream adventure games of the '80s and '90s, but tougher than the typical HOPA casual game. Active areas do sparkle (on lower difficulty levels) but they only do so after a delay of about a minute. The puzzles require a little more thought than typical for this genre and sometimes not everything is spelled out for you (although it never gets frustrating).
The graphics are simple-looking with what appear to be 3D-modeled objects populating the locations. I generally find this ugly, but it didn't bother me in this game.
The story premise is interesting but ultimately the game ended up feeling like a prologue to the real action. Because this isn't a true HOG, the game length is on the short side.
Try this game out if you like puzzles/minigames and don't mind the graphics and lack of hidden object scenes.
January 5, 2013
Adventure lite style game
Altho this game is listed as a "Hidden Object" it is more of an adventure lite/puzzle game. there are no junkpile h.o. scenes to deal with, you find objects in the various scenes as needed - some of which are pretty obvious.
Controls - quite a few options in there, including different difficulty levels, volume controls (including a master, music, voice and effects) sparkles on or off, full screen, & custom cursor
The story line is intriguing - at least it was to me, and kept me fairly interested. However, I would have liked to have seen a "next" button for the dialogue (i read pretty fast) as i felt it was dragging a bit. your only options during these scenes is to skip completely (which causes you to miss out on more of the story) or sit thru it - however long it takes.
a bit of going to an fro to complete various tasks (there is a task list) and at times it is not real clear what it is you are supposed to be doing or you have an idea of what you need to do, but you dont have a specific item needed, and no earthly idea of where to go to get the item...
the hint system is not all that helpful - in fact, it can be down right misleading at times giving a "sparkle" in an area you have already cleared
the ending of this game is a bit of a letdown as well - I felt like there should have been more to the story
the game does have acheivements, but in all honesty - those dont do anything for me unless they actually unlock a bonus of some kind - such as being able to replay various puzzles or something similar.
overall, I feel the game was ok - but not a prize winner.
November 22, 2011
At the beginning it seems interesting, so I bought! But it gets confused and I felt lost. I love challenging puzzles, adventure and HOG games, but this is discouraging... hints are not helpful, the inventory gets full and I don't know where or how to use. I regretted purchasing.
January 2, 2012