Maestro: Notes of Life Collector's Edition
ERS!!! Way to go
I love ERS games, they have some of the best challenges around. I love the graphics, the sounds, and especially the story lines....they actually make sense!!
GO ERS....always looking for more!
January 12, 2012
Challenging Hidden Object Game
A good game, fun and slightly challenging, but not quite up to Maestro: Music of Death.
January 12, 2012
I liked this game but I did have a lot of difficulty remembering where the locations were. A map would have been very nice. I didn't like the part of the little boy getting consumed by evil and being destroyed. I did love the beautiful music; it was so soothing. I liked a lot of the mini-games because they were not extremely difficult as some are. I recommend this game.
April 25, 2013
Based on Demo
Overall I really enjoyed this game. I only gave it 4 stars because there are times where I felt there was no logical reason why some objects were needed to complete a task. Most were logical but there was one specifically that annoyed me. The HO scenes seem to get more difficult as you play. I am definately considering buying this game (as well as the first Maestro game). Enjoy!
December 27, 2012
A GOOD FOLLOWING TO PART 1
Good puzzles, good graphics, I enjoyed it...
May 25, 2012
Good (CE vs. SE at the bottom)
I bought this because it was a CE for the price of an SE and had good reviews.
HOS - good. Nothing too blurry or small to see. Some basic interaction. There were a couple of situations where there were multiples of a single item on the list which is a little frustrating (What? I already found a hat! *random angry clicking* oh, you want me to find THAT hat). However, there is no penalty for imprecise clicking. I love that. No clicking penalty covers over a multitude of HO sins.
Story line - pretty good, if a little predictable. It is highly similar to the first maestro.
sound - the score is, necessarily, quite beautiful. I'm no music aficionado but I really enjoyed the violin solo. The voice acting left a little to be desired, but I thought the actor they got to voice Francois did a very good job at sounding both naive/childish and evil at the same time.
game play - again, very similar to the first maestro. It is quite linear but you would hardly notice. There is so much to explore! I felt like I had "been to" quite a few locations by the end of the game. There is very little back tracking, and scenes load quickly. Hints are location specific but helpful otherwise. I never needed the strategy guide, so I can't comment on that.
The bonus gameplay is of a descent length similar to the other chapters in the regular game, and the quality of game play is also on the same level. Overall, if you enjoy the gaming aspect, I would recommend the CE, but I felt it added very little to the story. Note: if you buy CE's for anything other than the bonus game play (personally that's all I'm interested in), you must complete the bonus game before you can access any of the rest of the bonus content.
SPOILER ALERT The CE adds a chapter in which Eva dies and the boy violinist takes over as the villain. If you are a story person, the SE would probably be sufficient.
May 22, 2012
Annoying Inventory Box
This is a decent Hidden Object Game, but the inventory items box is inconveniently too close to setting off the Menu screen. If you are not very careful going to the inventory items list, you will trigger the menu items screen. VERY ANNOYING!
May 21, 2012
Just A So-So CE
(Based on the demo)--(Re-posted from "Reviews" thread#
There was a time when I would staunchly defend ERS games--the storylines, the sounds, the graphics, the voice acting, the puzzles. I'm afraid I can't do that with this one, although it's still a good production.
The premise--a little girl disappears, and the "Maestro's" music may be the culprit. So we're a detective, on the hunt, to solve something that the Army can't.
The intro is attention-getting, and the Options Menu has the things we'd expect from a CE #sorry for those of you who can't enjoy widescreen#. The music is indeed haunting, and the voice acting is good, and in sync with lip movements and the dialogue subtitles. No complaints about the graphics/color #this is an ERS game, after all#. The hidden objects are, for the most part, easy enough to find, but this developer still insists on one or two items that require pixel-hunting 'cuz they're small, well-blended silhouettes or etchings on an indescript piece of woodwork. There is some interaction in the H0 scenes.
The hint system, while "pretty," #a glowing violin#, takes a painstakingly-long time to re-up; puzzles are skippable. A handy journal, but no map. The integrated SG offers the first three chapters with the demo--some other developers give us the whole "shebang." I can't really speak to length, but most of the "Try It" portion moved at a pretty rapid pace #even for me#.
My backlog of unplayed CEs is long enough without adding this one--I can't put my finger on it, but, to paraphrase Valdy, "I just didn't fall off my chair with excitement"! This is kind of an anemic sequel to the first "Maestro." Sorry, ERS--3 stars. #I'll "recommend" it, but only if this is your first ERS game--disclaimer#.
January 12, 2012
Beautiful but Frustrating
I am a very experienced HOG player, and found this game--while beautifully created--to be clunky. Unless an item was placed EXACTLY in the perfect position, it would not create the desired action. Some of the puzzles seemed very strange to me, and the poorly-written puzzle HELP instructions confused me even more. Last, I think the wait time for a hint refill in CASUAL mode was obnoxious... I could go do some random, quick chore around the house instead of sitting there watching "paint dry." I would not recommend this game to a friend at full-price.
January 30, 2012
Looks Good, Sounds Good, Storyline is Great, So why did this not hold my attention?
Three modes of play to choose from, I played adventure and still had sparkles, hints did take a while to reload, but by the time it did I had figured out what needed to be done. There is a journal, no map and yes you can get lost (I took a break overnight and started up the next day?I lost where I was supposed to go or what I was to do).
HO scenes were clear, crowed but not cluttered, easily payable and never had to hit the hint button. I never had a click penalty until bonus round?I started clicking too fast; this tells me if you click slower you will get no penalty..so don?t be speedy.
Music was appropriate, and very good, graphics exceptional, story fascinating. So why did this not hold my attention? The game play gets good; the story pulls you in then a HO scene. The game play gets interrupted too often with ample HO scenes. I found myself checking out other games and trying demos?this game started to bore me. . Every 4-5 scenes there is an HO.
It was a good game, and I did somewhat enjoy it in the beginning. I was surprised it ended so quickly. I was grateful it was a CE so I could play more. While the ending would have been fine for a SE, the length of play would have been disappointing. So, the CE gives you a little more play time?but it still felt short to me.
Since there was nothing devastatingly disappointing I will recommend it, but???..
May 22, 2012