Haunted Legends: The Bronze Horseman Collector's Edition
Very good game with questionable puzzles
This game is very well done - there is no cons. Graphics is superb, the storyline is very good. One minor thing that made the challenge a bit frustrating is the puzzles. These were super easy and could have been completed in a matter of seconds.
I will recommend this game to all folks, pros as well as entry level heads.
April 3, 2012
Loved This Game
I really liked this game, it was fun, but challenging. I enjoyed the storyline and releasing it around Halloween was perfect.
Seems like there could easily be a sequel though because some of the questions weren't answered. I felt like there were more things to explore in the game.
November 11, 2011
Well Worth the BFG CE Price!! A Must for Collectors!!
Finished playing the CE with lots of Hidden Object scenes and other items to advance. Immersive storyline with a strange world to enter. Plentiful scenes and art work all around. You are the Detective who must try and save a town and it's surviving towns people from an evil "curse". Twenty-four towns people have already disppeared and you collect "Crystals" which has imprisoned their souls. Enjoyed many hours of gaming!! On to "Haunted Legends - The Queen of Spades." Enjoy! - Mama Mia -
May 12, 2012
This is my type of game, full of mystery, great graphics, love the music, the story was excellent and the timing of release could not have been better.
December 3, 2011
One of my favourite games to date, loved the dark tale and adventure with fantastic hidden object games thrown in..really good visuals, Queen Of Spades is just as brilliant as this wonderful game.
February 3, 2012
I enjoyed this game. The graphics were great as was the story.
Good combination of HO scenes and puzzles. The only reason I gave it 4 stars was because the bonus chapter was extremely short and ended abruptly. Other than that I would recommend this game.
December 26, 2011
Great Hidden Object Game
The hidden object games were good. Some were easy, but not all. The puzzles were not too difficult. Some of the best games go by so fast, but this one seemed to play longer. I really enjoyed playing The Bronze Horseman.
March 2, 2012
I am absolutely astonished that this game isn't at the top of the most popular list!
I enjoyed every minute playing it. I bought the Collector's editon, which includes the Strategy Guide and that helped at lot. But it is a great game. Buy it! Buy it!
June 30, 2012
Same Formula, A Bit Better - A Guy's Review
*review based on completing the full game + bonus content in expert mode*
The second installment in the Haunted Legends series plays very similar to the first one. Again you are chasing the mysterious character SG who is up to no good. This time in a town totally infatuated by a legend about a bronze horseman.
The graphics, as in the first game, are all hand drawn, and done so quite beautifully. Locations are colorful and fun. As before it is still quite dark, but at least it is broken off more often with lighter interior scenes. Animations are much better done here than in the original, and with more characters makes it feel more alive.
There is more voice-overs too this time around which definitely helps the series forwards, and lip-sync is actually not that bad either. The voice-over actors do a good job on the most part, and most of them feel believable. The music on the other hand is the same as in the first with a couple of added tunes. It's not that they are particularly bad, but they get in your head eventually and if you are like me, you'll end up turning them down/off eventually. Nothing bad to say about other sound effects though.
The first game was all about the HO scenes flavored with some adventure elements and rather easy puzzles. This game follows up doing exactly the same. If you are into HO's then this is right up your ally, but if you are more into adventure and/or puzzles it doesn't quite grab you.
The HO's are luckily better done in this one compared to the first. They are similar clutter scenes, but most of them are lighter and more colorful than before. I did not notice as many small objects to find either. It is still hand drawn though, and I still found some objects hard to identify. There are also some of the same flaws that plagued the first game, and the occasional translation issue. It is by no means game breaking in any way, but can lead to some frustration. They are more interactive this time around, and that is always good. You have to do all of them twice, but items already picked up does not return to the scene. A big plus.
There is a bit of adventure elements here, but mostly basic stuff and adds quite a bit to the back and forth traveling that some might find tedious. There is no map to help you around so one can end up getting a bit lost. Also, there are no hints outside of the HO scenes, so one might end up having to look through the strategy guide or something when stuck.
The puzzles are rather easy on the most part. I found a couple of them to be totally nonsensical too. I feel the developer could present something a bit better here. It is of course a personal opinion and luckily we have different preferences, so it might not apply to you. But, I will say this, if you are a seasoned player looking for a challenge, you will probably not be too satisfied with this game.
There are some nonsensical moments outside of the puzzles too, both in the main game and in the bonus chapter. Both story wise and in the way things needs to be done. I actually experienced a couple of LOL moments because of some rather "dumb" mistakes. Again, by all means, they aren't game breaking, but I feel the developer maybe rushed this one a bit and should have spent a bit more time thinking things through.
It was nice to see that the game wasn't so clumsy and clunky as the first one was, especially when it came to maneuvering. The game could still use a map, and preferably one that was interactive/transport able. The journal also had its use this time. Not much, but at least something. Often I find them totally useless.
As it was in the first game, you have two difficulty levels to choose from:
-Quick recharge of hint/skip function
-Sparkles on active zones and objects
-Slow recharge of hint/skip function
-No sparkles except on HO scenes
I played it in expert mode and found it rather easy, so if you want any type of challenge, expert is the way to go. There was a misclick penalty in the HO scenes in expert mode. I do not know if it is in Regular mode as well. I also felt that the recharge of hint/skip was rather quick in expert mode, and wish it was a bit slower.
As with most CE version games what comes extra does not grant the extra credit/price IMO. You get a nice extra chapter to play, but it doesn't last very long. Fortunately most if it is in new locations. Then there is the typical wallpapers, concept art, music and a screensaver. There are no achievements. If you are into the art extras then it might of course be worth it to you. I am not to interested in that part and would like to see more added to the game play.
When it comes down to it, it was a quite enjoyable game that looks and plays rather nice. It is better than its predecessor, but still needs some tuning to become great. It will be a good game for beginners and for the ones who look for a relaxing time, less so for the seasoned looking for a challenge. I bought the CE on a special offer so I feel like I got my money's worth. I'm not too sure I would feel the same if I paid full price. To each their own though, and I would still recommend the game for its entertaining value.
I am being nice with the 4 star rating, as I feel it is probably a 3.5. But the improvement from the previous game definitely is worth the extra star.
For the guys:
There is no gender bias and the story should fit both genders.
November 27, 2012
I decided to buy this game because I just replayed the original one, and enjoyed it just as much the second time! I figured it would be fun to continue with the story, and this will probably have great replay value also.
November 18, 2011