Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek Collector's Edition
Wow what a belter!
This has to be one of the best games I?ve played for a while. That sums it up really but I guess I should say a bit more to do it justice.
This is a totally immersive one that had me from the start. This is a really well thought out game which kept me engaged all the way through. It's BIG with plenty of different areas, so the map does come in handy. I played in expert mode which means you don?t get objectives marked on the map, but I make notes as I go through just to keep track. Expert mode does still give you sparkles for **** scenes but unusually this wasn?t a problem for me here, no sparkles for anything else. You don?t get as many hints from the character apparently, and I didn?t use the skip but I?m guessing it takes longer to charge than in casual mode.
The linked notebook and evidence board are used in a way I?ve not seen before, there?s quite a bit of information gathering but at no point did I find it tedious, or lose track. There are clear objectives in the notebook should you need them, as well as notes and clues that you pick up along the way. You WILL need to refer to it for clues on puzzles. You can access the interactive evidence board from anywhere and return to your current position.
The artwork is lovely, and the music and sound effects are just right, you really feel like you?re in an abandoned ghost town. The **** scenes are clear and sensible, a few are interactive, and they are easy enough whilst still being challenging. The puzzles are interesting and vary in difficulty, all with good instructions. I managed them all without skipping or looking at a walkthrough for hints, hooray!
You can skip the cut scenes, but they are short and do give you parts of the story, I personally didn?t want to. You can also speed the conversation up by clicking anywhere.
So - Good balance of adventure/****/puzzles
Good **** scenes
Good artwork, sound effects and music
Hours of gameplay, I reckon 7 at my speed (pre bonus)
Big thumbs up for me, now what do I play that can match it?!
PS - here?s the negative, the bonus chapter was a bit of a letdown, just under an hour for me but felt like it had been tacked on the end, so if like me you buy the CEs mainly for the bonus, I?d get the SE and not worry about it. The game is long enough without it. The only reason I gave this CE 4 stars not 5
November 19, 2011
Best HOG... Ever?!?
Why this game has been overlooked and isn't in the Top 10 is beyond me. I'm a huge fan of eerily based HOGs such as the Mystery Trackers, Shiver, MCF, etc... and this one is right up there if not better. The graphics are great, the gameplay is top-notch, the puzzles aren't overly complicated (and NO sliders), the music sets a perfect mood and the "Evidence Board" is a stroke of genius! Maybe the title threw people off or maybe they've been burned too much in the past with these types of HOGs but you owe it to yourselves to check out this game! Play the demo for a few minutes and you'll see for yourselves. And I see that the CE is on sale now for $13.99. I don't regret paying the higher price one bit. The bonus chapter is fun too and you get to replay the hidden object scenes over and over. I don't normally review games, this is my first, but I had to express my absolute love for this game. Can't wait for the next one!
December 15, 2011
Be a Detective in a Ghost Town!
A game that does not let you stop until you reach the end .
Impossible not to purchase
-Background music is perfect!
-Great puzzles! (some of them brand new)
-Interactive HOS - possible to finish without using hints!
-Good level of challenging!
-Cutscenes worth to watch, which does not happen in all games!
And something useful and different: a board for evidences, that will help you solving cases.
Very good entertainment!
January 13, 2012
Enigmatis, The Ghosts of Maple Creek, this one is a keeper
I loved this game from day 1. What a great, creepy storyline, set in remote gorgeous Vermont. The cutscene for starters, also great. I'd buy this for all my devices. Andoid included if if was avail. I'm a real gaming junky and this is still one of my tops.
If you liked this, you will probably like: Hallowed Legends Samhain
November 26, 2011
Still a Good Game Anyway
I was a tad disappointed in the lack of ghosts. Also, based on some of the reviews, I had expected graphics to be more crisp. Maybe I was pushing my graphics card to the edge.
A useful tip: When I got stuck, I discovered that you have to organize the evidence wall in order to trigger events to happen. When the evidence icon sparkles, you go to the wall and sort the evidence. This also opens the casebook and provides you with prompts and objectives. When I had run all over town and couldn't find a single task, and the strategy guide was showing a different outcome, I saw the evidence icon sparkling.
I was worried that the field of play was going to be limited, but more areas to explore opened up and made things more interesting. It did keep me busy for several hours, and I enjoyed playing.
Regarding the story, I wish these smart cop characters actually carried a flashlight and decided to hang on to that knife/axe/crowbar that you know they're going to need later! Why do they think they're disposable? Or, if you have a sharp object like a screwdriver, I think I'd be able to punch a hole in a canvas and tear it with my hands without having to get a specific item. Just logic... Still, it was a good game.
July 4, 2012
No ghosts in Vermunt - but lots of missing people
Review based upon completion of the game and bonus content in regular mode.
You play a detective assigned to investigate the disappearance of a girl in a remote little town in Vermont. While you are there a storm hits and you are cut off from civilization. You find out that more people have disappeared in the past. Why are people running around like Zombies when the bell tolls? Can you save the girl?
+ very decent game length
+ very well done cutscenes
+ beautiful graphics
+ evidence board
+ tough HO scenes (for me, even though objects are mainly hidden in plain view)
+ map shows where to go next (only in regular mode), and you will need that feature!
+ the game managed to scare me twice
+ items are not put back into HO scenes
o sound effects do not update (the bell still tolls after it's destroyed)
- too much running back and forth (especially through the inn to the farm - a quick travel function really would have helped)
- culprit not very threatening (you actually only meet him once) - no trapping, no locking up somewhere
Bonus Content: The bonus chapter deals with the missing girl 30 years ago and is not necessary to understand the game. Compared to the regular game this seems very short in comparison. Other stuff: The usual wallpapers and concept art. You can also replay the cutscenes and all the HO scenes (changing object lists, no find all).
Bottom Line. See all the plusses? They more than weigh out the minusses, so go, play the game yourself!
May 11, 2012
BEST detective game i have found lately ... and i have been looking! ... the PLOT, MUSIC, INTERACTIVE play are GREAT! ... wish there were MORE like this ... i enjoyed the way it demands the DEDUCTIONS ... challenging and FUN!
November 24, 2011
it was great
after trying it for an hour i was hooked and whant to by it just to be able to finsh it. the store was great puzzels chalinging i would like to see more like this the fact that you have to figure out whats going itsnt enopgh you have to figure out whats going on with several things at a time.
November 18, 2011
Best Game Ever
This was by far the best game I have ever downloaded from BFG. Just the right amount of challenge and the fun lasted a long while. Would love to play another one by the same developers.
November 19, 2011
A lot going on
I liked that these games that have many layers. It wasn't over quickly and it wasn't too predictable. Graphics and games were good and challenging but nothing felt too difficult to overcome.
November 27, 2011