9: The Dark Side Collector's Edition
Not a fan
I was probably a bit jaded by the poor quality CG in the opening sequence, and the 20-second loop of music in the first room, but this was really not of the quality I was expecting, given the amount of advertising it received. The Hidden Object Scenes were interesting, but I ended up skipping the majority of the puzzles, simply because the hints on how to solve them were completely unclear. For example, one hint was, "Find the correct sequence." What sequence? How will I know if it's correct?
The story was also quite fragmented, so it loses a star just for that. People were talking about characters I hadn't met yet, doing deeds I didn't know about, for reasons that were unclear. Overall a disappointing title.
December 31, 2011
I wanted to like this game, but in the end, just didn't enjoy it that much. Played on advanced. Graphics were great. Voiceovers suited the story and were done reasonably well. HOS were really nice. No clutter. Detailed images. Only knock on HOS were found items were not completely marked off the list. They were just grayed out, which blended with the white open items. The storyline was pretty good until about 2/3 of the way through and I began losing interest. The biggest drawback was the difficulty of the puzzles. Unless those who have reviewed this game already are members of Mensa, these puzzles are "hard". Hint system was borderline worthless in some instances. Bonus chapter was long enough, but given my annoyance with the puzzles by that time, I just wanted to get through this and go onto something else. May try it again on the first level and see if that makes any difference. I do recommend it with reservations.
December 31, 2011
For Those Who Like Puzzles
If puzzles are your thing
This game has many
and More than a few are Quite Challanging
I prefer Great Adventure Games
and this just did not do it for me
I don't like Any HO scenes to begin with
but the ones in this game were more often than not
I could not see a large number of hidden items
and found that
I had to click on dark spots
just to know if an item was there
The story did not excite me at all
Many of the mini games were challanging
and I do appreciate them
but outside of that...
I found the game a Disappointment
The extra game play was nothing special
If I had known I would have not purchased the CE
February 19, 2013
Storyline was good initially, but nothing new as far as graphics or puzzles. Didn't purchase.
December 5, 2011
A war between ex-Crusader Guardians and Clan of Nine Priests - Not for Me
I played the full hour demo and here is what I liked from that game play:
The graphics are very crisp and clear, both in the game play environment and in the HOSchenes.
The mini-puzzles are challenging, but not incomprehensible.
The Hint button works well in the HOScenes, clearly pointing out an object rather than giving a big circle like some of the MCF and other games.
The Strategy Guide is in a convenient place and provides clear, detailed instructions.
Now what I disliked:
The soundtrack. I have a very low tolerance for repetitive and indistinct background sounds. The music is basically an unclear chant slowly running up and down a scale. Years of choral practice taught me to enunciate and years of piano practice taught me to hate scales. So, the music was annoying pretty much from the start. It?s a shame too, because at one point I turned it back on to see if it had improved and was treated to a wolf howling. I probably missed other fun sounds because I couldn?t stand the main theme.
The game logic. I had a hard time figuring out what to do next at certain times. Granted the Strategy Guide was convenient and well done, but I feel the story and game elements should have given me more direction. I don?t want to be led by my nose, but I do need a bit more clarity in the game logic.
Before I mention this last issue, please be assured that I mean no disrespect to anyone?s chosen spiritual path. But, by the same token, I don?t like a game to include overtly religious content. This game starts out with the quote ?In the year of our lord?, indicates that the Guardians were ex-Crusaders and the 9 were priests.
I understand that the medieval setting may have prompted some of this but prefer that the game characters be non-religious and the story be about the fight against good and evil without bringing in deity or overt religious content.
So, while I found the artwork fantastic and certain aspects of the game fun this is a no buy for me.
Keep your dorsal fin up
December 4, 2011