9: The Dark Side Collector's Edition
A good game!
'9' has one of those basic story line which pretty much works every time: you're the person who has to save the world -- or in this case a town. Called Prague here but it could be a lot of places really.
I found the introduction a bit confusing but it doesn't affect the game and the story then develops well. My slight problem was with the title. Al the emphasis about defeating the 'dark side' has too many overtones of Star Wars! But there are no light sabres.
The visuals are very good. I liked the way that the HO scenes blend into the general scene when completed. Also, that they include objects you have to perform another action to get. However there are plenty of other things to find which help you on your way, so it's not just HO -- each of which you get to play just once.
One thing I didn't like was the background music. There was one particular extremely irritating theme with rising notes which eventually made me turn the music off. That's a pity, because one of the strengths of the game is that all the different people you meet (funny, there are 9 of them), have excellent voices, all different and appropriate to their characters.
The minigames are nicely placed and you don't have to wander round for ever looking for things (although I did go through the wrong doors of the hall several times).
I played on the 'advanced' mode (there are three but I can't be bothered with really hardcore, I want to have fun). All in all, a good game and fun to play. And, from the ending, this will be a good CE version too -- the extra is really extra and doesn't detract from the main game. I don't give it 5 stars because of the music and because a game has to be brilliant for me to love it.
January 13, 2012
Very Enjoyable HOG!
Good graphics, good audio and lots to do. The mini games were either hot or cold for me. Some were fun and very challenging, but some made me glad I could skip them. Overall, it's a pretty good game, but not for the novice or easily frustrated as I found even the strategy guide could be very vague, especially about locations.
December 6, 2011
fun hidden object game great puzzles
very good game and great puzzles and graphics
December 4, 2011
I have never heard of the game dev, Play Favorite Games, but I see many positive reviews for their second game in the series, so I decided to buy both. This game takes place in the medieval era, which I like. There are knights everywhere, occassional demons (and they're scary too!), some HOG scenes, more adventure. If only they make the screen wide automatically, they will get another star, but the music itself gets on my nerves after a while, it doesn't seem they have many variety of background music. The hint and skip buttons refill quickly, which I like. Length of game is good although a bit short in my opinion, there're only 4 chapters plus one bonus chapter. Now I have finished this game, I can't wait to play the second one.
March 15, 2013
Way, Way, WAAAAAAYYY TOO MANY PUZZLES!!
You wouldn't think this is a collectors' edition HOG. Art and storyline are first rate, though. I look forward to whatever comes next in the series.
August 7, 2013
not for beginners
a little confusing at times, but still a challenge
June 27, 2013
Great sound and graphics
I enjoyed this game, though I wish that some of the hints were clearer and less general. I needed to find a walkthrough because I got stumped taking up valuable time.
Overall it looked interesting to me and I liked the combo of HOG and trying adventure.
December 20, 2011
Random, but in a nice way
I enjoyed playing this HOG. There were a few scenes which I found a bit random, like the buried armour with no hands but that just added to the atmosphere.
The storyline was engaging and the bonus chapter was worth playing for (if a bit short).
All in all I recommend it to any HOG lover.
December 17, 2011
Fun hidden object game, good puzzles.
This is a good CE, good length, including the bonus section. I can't comment on music or voices as I always turn them off. Most of the games were challenging, a couple could have used a little more instruction. Hidden object scenes maybe a little easy. I love a game where you keep a tool even if you used it once, it doesn't just disappear.
December 8, 2011
play favorite games
I PLAYED THE DEMO AND FOR ME IT WAS HARD BUT I LIKED THAT IN HO GAMES. ITS A GOOD GAME TO HAVE
December 5, 2011