Haunted Legends: The Bronze Horseman Collector's Edition
I really liked the story behind this game.
December 17, 2011
COULD HAVE USED A MAP
That is about the only thing I can say against this game, is that it could have benefited from a map. Other than that, this is an excellent game in all aspects; storyline, logical progression, graphics, mini games, HOS, built in strategy guide, great hints, everything. I plan on getting the other games in this series and hopefully they will be just as good as this one. I played the entire game and extra material at the Expert level.
December 28, 2012
The Bronze Horseman!A very nice and interesting game
A lovely story with atmosphere,mystery and suspense.Graphics were excellent and I enjoyed a lot the puzzles.Not very difficult but I had to think a lot to solve them trying to avoid strategy help.Only the HOS were a lot for me.I reccomend this game Everybody that likes mystery and strange stories will enjoy it.
September 2, 2012
A great game !
It last forever, the puzzles are really challenging, new stuff I had never seen, hidden objects well designed, very nice production values, great colors, old world, it was relaxing and a pleasure !
July 7, 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
Good game and not that hard
Not a bad game. The HOS are easy but you keep going to the same ones over and over. Music is ok. The graphics are good. There is lots of going back and forth to find items. I did not have a hint button on mine.
March 21, 2013
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
SUMMARY: Main game took me a little over 4 hours to play. Because there is no hint system outside of the HOS, this can be a very challenging game to play. You have only your diary and trial and error to figure out where to go and what to do. Note that you have to collect all 24 crystals of souls (skulls in colored crystal enclosures) in order to end the game). Lots of adventure.
HOS ? plenty of them; in fact, the majority of the game seems HOS-oriented. List based; some were a little challenging to find because of the color palette used and there were a few shadowy areas (where of course there were objects hidden).
PUZZLES ? plenty of them. Some were quite challenging. Instructions were not always as detailed as they could be, so you would spend time doing a trial and error before finally getting it (then you either feel smart for getting it or dumb for not getting it immediately).
Graphics ? a bit murky around the edges in the locations and the HOS. Since this is an ERS game, it was probably intended to be so.
Music - too much oboe ? music became a little intrusive (especially during HOS), but not enough to silence it.
NOT SO GOOD:
No map ? would have helped to have a map when more locations opened up so you wouldn?t have to wonder ?now, where did I need this object?? Once a new area is opened, most of your location work will be in or near that location, but you will still be doing some traveling to distant parts.
Hint system ? good in the HOS, but no hints on where to go or what to do outside of HOS.
Have to find all similar inventory items before you can use them (ex: 4 pieces of a lock require that all 4 pieces be found before using; you cannot place only the one or two you?ve found already).
December 1, 2013
Good game but all too familiar! Great puzzles though!
I did like this game, I must admit. I played the CE and it had a nice bonus feature, along with screensaver, wallpaper, music, etc. Lots to do but HOS at every corner it seems, but fun, nonetheless. Music was good but redundant (synthesized). ERS developers put a lot of thought into this game. That little man sure is a nuisance. The artwork was well done but dark and grainy in some spots. In one of the interactive HOS you even provide a fly for the toad! Oh, my! Very good VOS. Some etch n' sketch HOS--objects sketched in the walls or within another object. According to my monitor, a few of them were barely visible and hard to find. The game was not difficult though, but the puzzles were inventive and challenging. At one point, I saved the little girl and hid her but I had wished the storyline would have reunited her with her mother. Oh, well, such is the nature of the beast. I would recommend this game but it should have had a map.
September 12, 2013