Shattered Minds: Masquerade Collector's Edition
Challenging but like most hidden object games the story line is very similar
November 27, 2011
Same ol', same ol'
Nothing new here. Run of the mill story, music and game play. I suppose you can give it a try, but you won't remember it after a week. Only played 15 minutes or so and uninstalled. Looks good and it's a good pass-time if you have nothing better to do.
November 28, 2011
I seldom write negative reviews but I found this game a great disappointment. Not only was it really short, took less than 4 hours including bonus game but the music was horrible...or well the sound, cannot call it music at all. I had looked forward to some nice New Orleans jazz, butt the game mostly contained some kind of eerie sounds that didn't fit the environment. The story felt thin and the characters as well.
If you want a good HOG there are many other much better games!
January 31, 2013
Over all I enjoyed this one.
The graphics are good, the HOSs are tricky sometimes, which is fine by me. The over all challenge of the game was good, the mini games were exceptional on some of them. My only regret is not having a choice of game play. I usually play the "hard" mode because I like less hints. This has only one play mode. Other than that this game held my attention very well and I throughly enjoyed it.
January 13, 2013
Great bonus content
The main game was very good but to me it was 4 and not quite 5 stars. The bonus content had great puzzles that pushed it up to five stars for me.
I love anything set in New Orleans so that was a big draw for me. The mysterious masked villain, though cliched, was interesting and I really liked the spooky visuals and varied settings, although I wouldn't rank the artwork among the best I've seen.
The hidden object scenes are typically my least favourite part of HOPAs, but I really enjoyed the ones in this game. Most of the objects are fairly easy to find (like most HOGs), but a few are very well camouflaged along the natural shape of other objects in the scene. A bit like the early MCF games but with much better graphics. Would have liked it if objects weren't repeated when playing the same scene again though.
The main game is divided into five distinct zones that each have a few locations; this means there is minimal backtracking. The puzzles were fun and provided a decent challenge; nothing unique though.
The real strength of the game is in the bonus content. There are a few really great logical puzzles that require some thought and while the main game is a self-contained story with a satisfying ending, the bonus content added a new dimension to the story that I would like to see explored further (perhaps it is in the sequel).
There are also morphing/beyond objects (which I love) in some of the scenes. Finding these will unlock extras like wallpaper and concept art. A nice extra in the bonus content is that you get to play several bonus puzzles of the same type as puzzles from the game with increasing levels of difficulty.
November 22, 2012
HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS GAME!!
Story was creative, eerie, full of surprises, and compelling. Very interactive hidden object scenes. Had a very helpful strategy guide that followed alomg with the game play.
October 11, 2012
Awful bonus game
I loved the actual game itself and if I had just bought the SE of this game, I would have given it 4.5 stars but the CE was not up to par. The actual game had beautiful graphics, an engaging plot line for the most part and I loved the new orleans theme. I would have preferred a choice of difficulty but I love this developer so I didn't mind. The hidden object scenes were a little too frequent for me and but easy so it made it okay and I didn't really dread them except in the bonus game.
The bonus game was just a bonus and had no affect on the plot if you don't buy the CE. Basically it was just a lot of hidden object scenes and the same mini game (which I HATED) 4 times. The mini game was a heart monitor and I couldn't figure it out since the directions were vague. I had 4 puzzles to figure it out and I finally got to what they wanted me to do but it was boring. I would have liked some variety. The bonus game was in a different area though and not reusing the same scenes
I had bought this back in november when mac users didn't get Escape from Ravenhurst as promised and I loved this developer so much and hadn't seen them in so long, I didn't test drive this long enough to really see what it was about. I would advise playing the entire demo, reading other reviews about the bonus game and I am so very thankful the follow up to this series is just a standard edition as I did like it more than this one and they must have realized their bonus game was not up to par in the last game.
I recommend the standard edition, not the collectors.
August 26, 2012
Great, entertaining game!
I liked the storyline. Find a crazy guy... There is only one game mode.
- The sounds and music are good, not annoying.
- The graphics are clear.
- The objects in the HOS are easy to find.
- The puzzles are really interesting, some are unique. They go from easy to quite challenging.
- The journal is helpful, since it contains the clues you have found so far.
- There is no map, but the game is linear, so no chance to get lost.
- There are 20 morphing objects to find. You'll need 10 to unlock the wallpapers, 15 to unlock the artwork. I found only 13...
This is the kind of game, where you don't want to make a break! It took me 2 1/2 hours for the main part.
The bonus chapter is really worth it. Some of the puzzles are really challenging! It took me 1 hour for this part, so for me, it was worth the money.
July 23, 2012
I really liked the uniqueness of this game. It's great.
The game has very good graphics.
The theme of the game is unique. It's a kidnapping set at a casino.
The storyline is great. It's simillar to Dark Strokes: Sins of the Fathers
The Hidden Object scenes were great. They were challengng and included interactive objects.
I came across one puzzle in this game, and I really liked it. This gave me the indications the puzzles would be easy.
Speedy Hint Recharge
While the strategy guide was useful, I had to rely on it a bit too much.
The game's missing that one thing that would take it from great to excellent.
Wished there had've been a few more puzzles.
I really liked this game, and I recommend it for anyone.
June 27, 2012
Man of a thousand faces
Good story & graphics, good characters and a beautiful setting for each personality in the game. The Collector's Edition is well done, unraveling the mystery behind the Bordeaux family.
I loved the main character, but I wished he could do more to stop me ruining his plans. I'm not the kind of game character that fears words. Maybe a bit more interactivity with the mastermind would have been a plus to the tense atmosphere, which really becomes interesting at times.
The hidden object scenes were sometimes confusing, because some objects tend to be very tricky, leaving space to lots of interpretation. For example, I found several objects of the same type when only one was required.
The good part is that mini-games are mostly original and have the potential to make Shattered Minds a classic which will hopefully be an inspiration to other puzzle/HO/adventure games.
December 29, 2011