Death Under Tuscan Skies: A Dana Knightstone Novel
Review has more detail about the puzzles
I really enjoyed the first game so wanted to buy this. The main story/plot concluded 100% in this SE version (will put at very end what the CE story is - it was just a sideline about the writer)
It had no sparkles at all in the advanced mode I played (great!)
When I first started playing it was one easy puzzle straight after each other and thought it was going to be a very easy game (I prefer harder puzzles). While this isn?t a hard HOPA it does slowly get a bit harder so some puzzles are more medium by the time you are half way through to the end. But at least the adventure side kept it more interesting and there was not a lot of backtracking in this game.
Hint button very helpful as it told you what you could do, so you don't need the walkthrough.
Those who love HO scenes this game isn?t for you. If you love loads of mini games and puzzles but not on the hard side, this is so for you.
SPOILER for type of puzzles and H O scenes -
Hidden object scenes ? 5 ? one true junk scene (shown in screenshot). And one frog scene. 2 outline scene. One find 15 of ?x? type scene. A couple of scenes of zoomed in clipped shots of place it in the large photo.
PUZZLES a good mix -
There was a fit the shapes in an area (and there was a outline on some of the background which told you where to put them, which made it easier which I didn?t like). There was a machine arcade game of match 3. A lot of drag and put things in the right place type minigame. There were a few ? find the pictures that relate to each other.? Loads of different variation of Swap tiles or put in right order and rotate.
Mechanical arm to get prize wasn?t logical and pure guess and still didn?t show in the cut sequence what order you pressed the buttons.
There were some that were medium hardness games ? it would have been helpful to know the greek alphabet, I don?t but you can easily work that puzzle by process of elimination and there were some clues.
Cooking ? find the recipe and ingredients in the minigame
OVERALL? I loved the number of puzzles and minigames, storyline, and no sparkles. It would have been good if there were more harder puzzles.
If there were some morphs, a bit harder puzzles I would give this game an A+. As is I would give it a good B+.
5hrs 21mins main (SE) and 6hr 34 min including bonus I played the CE.
spoiler for CE story
It followed her and the professor in a side story. Story plot wise it wasn't involved but at least the SE ending was complete!
December 30, 2011
Another Bestseller For Dana Knightstone
Each time I play this game I am surprised at how really good it is. As a sequel to the first Knightstone game, this is magic. Another ghostly love story in breathtaking locations, marvellous puzzles (55 of them according to the game) of all sorts, gentle soothing music. It has everything you need.
Even the whodunit aspect is done well. I was genuinely unsure of who was the guilty party in both these games.
One major change (for better or for worse depending on your inclinations) is that there are many more HOS in this game than the last. They are beautifully drawn and offered in a variety of different formats, so I enjoyed every one of them, and I think that only a hardcore HO hater would baulk at them.
It should be noted too that the game is quite easy ? I even earned most of the achievements! So again, not for the hardcore group.
But if flirting with handsome Italian professors while solving a genuine mystery and working out the plot for your next book sounds like fun, then Tuscan Skies is definitely for you!
March 27, 2013
In this game, the puzzle are a little easy. It is entertaining.
December 3, 2011
Good change of pace game
Game quality is good. This is a Boom Zap game and they usually put out great games. The hint button works well and no need to have a walkthrough. There are under 5 HO scenes. Wish this would happen in more CE games. In place of HO's there are several mini games that are not too bad. I had to turn the sound way down because it is all piano music and it just about drove me nuts.
If you need a break from fast paced games and CE's this is a good options.
December 8, 2011
Good first game
This is the first HOG that I've played, and I found it challenging but not overly hard. Games were easy to understand what to do, but sometimes hard to figure out. Good flow through the scenes and good variety of games.
June 9, 2012
Relaxing game with great graphics
It is refreshing to play a game with such gorgeous scenes. The developer did not resort to the all too frequent horror stories that are found in many games. This game was a pleasure to play with an interesting mystery and a variety of puzzles. I look forward to more games like this.
February 7, 2012
relaxing and fun
This one was bright, colorful and very enjoyable. Even though the story did try to solve a murder, there were no dark rooms or creepiness. Thank you. Nice change. The artwork was really beautiful, the storyline engaging and the game filled with a variety of puzzles. It is set up in six chapters with achievements to achieve in each. I played the SE version and even so it was fairly long. This one was bright and quite entertaining. I would buy another in the series in a flash.
December 14, 2011
Not my favourite game
I loved the first game in this series so could not wait to buy this one. On the plus side the graphics are good as is the music. The storyline did not appeal as much as the first story but it was interesting enough. The puzzles were not over challenging. The minus is the difficulty with the cursor. It is sometimes hard enough to find where to use an inventory item but when the game rejects it when you are correct it is downright irritating. I had to try some items four or more times to get them to work. I will think twice before buying another in this series although I will recommend this game at least as a try before you buy.
December 13, 2011
Death Under Tuscan Skies: A Dana Knightstone Novel SE
After playing several of the newer Dana Knightstone games I decided to check out some of the older versions because they are really entertaining games. I just completed the Collectors Edition of Death Under Tuscan Skies and found that this Standard Edition still has Achievements available which are generally only found in Collectors Editions. The following is a recap of my review for the Collectors Edition:
Dana Knightstone has the unique ability to "see" the dearly departed and has written several books about her experiences helping them move on. When Professor Romano invites her to give a lecture at the University of Tuscany, she is delighted and looks forward to a vacation in Italy. As soon as Dana enters the library she is contacted by a ghost named Eva who died in the 19th century from a mysterious illness. Eva asks Dana to find her lover Giovanni who left to find a cure but never returned. The lecture will have to wait for now, we have to reunite these two lovers so they can live happily ever after.
I didn't like this game as well as the other games in the Knightstone series, mostly because of the locations that I just didn't connect with. There aren't very many Hidden Object Scenes either, but the first HO required you to match small sections of pictures to the exact area it matches up to in a medical book with different medical sketches, some of them weren't easy either. Now, if you are a mini game geek like myself you are in for a treat because there is one mini game after another, they are fun and definitely not frustrating. Just to name a few, you swap shields between 6 statues so that the picture on the shield correlates with the symbol above the statue such as paw print = dog, then you swap their crowns until the crowns color matches the color of the gem under each statue. Another game had several groups of codes sketched into a breaker panel with 10 levers, you had to try each combination of positioning each lever either up or down until you found the correct code. My favorite game was looking at a diagram of human organs that were color coded and labeled A-E, then you had to place bottles with those same colors on the correct shelf for example A was purple, each bottles label was numbered 1-6 and you had to put the color coded bottles in numerical order, some of the numbers were roman numerals, some represented dice, some were fingers held up and some were geometrical shapes with a specific amount of sides.
This game is from 2011 so the Collectors Edition goodies aren't all that impressive, there are 20 different Achievements to earn, Cutscenes, Soundtracks, Wallpapers, an available Strategy Guide (accessed only through the menu button) and an Epilogue, enjoy!
November 4, 2014
A nice, romantic story!
Aaw... Such a cute story! Helping two lovers to find each other again. The music is good. The graphics are crisp. The HOS are clear. The puzzles are quite easy. There is no map, but the locations are well described. The hint system is good. It took me 3 hours to finish. I spent a nice time playing this game, which is a good break from darker games.
June 24, 2012