Mountain Crime: Requital
It's A Game - It Doesn't Have To Make Sense
While "Mountain Crime" has great visuals and an interesting concept, the holes in the story line were distracting even to my 9 year old. He likes to help with the Hidden Object screens. Both of us were disappointed in these when they turned out to be the kind where you find the fragments of objects by their shapes instead of searching for objects by names. This might be good for players who are tired of looking for the same objects in junk piles in every game, but if you don't like finding broken bits, it's a bore. The main character, a doctor, begins by forgetting to take his medical bag when he hears a cry of pain. The victim is then left lying on the floor.
Everything, from minigames to locks, is missing parts, and apparently they must be solved in order. I like being able to leave one path or area to solve others, and to find pieces in different areas and then later to come back, but this game seems to be mostly linear.
All in all, this might present a welcome challenge to a super expert game player, but I found the story mistakes annoying, the Hidden Bits, instead of hidden objects, disappointing, and the inability to play minigames when found, instead of in a certain order, frustrating.
December 12, 2011
What a lousy ending...
...for such a good game. My main complaint was the confusion of the story writers. I felt many things were just left hanging or lacked any sort of logical thought. Plus the game play is extremely linear; you see a clue you know you will need but cannot pick it up until you read some document or visit another locale, etc.
The game play is wonderful. All items are clear in hidden object portions. A bit of running to and fro but the puzzles and mini-games are very entertaining. Graphics are very good and add a lot of enjoyment to the game. Sound and voice effects were quite good until the end of the game when the voices quit synching with the action and characters. It wasn't a technical problem but a programming problem.
This had the basis of a great game. But I don't think the plot writers did justice to the sound/graphics/gaming editors. I bought the game with a free coupon so I am not really out any money. I might be rather biffed if I had paid full price.
December 23, 2011
Bad, Bad Ending
I really enjoyed this game. Pretty good games a neat plot, things were going great then.....BAM! It was over! It's almost like the people who made the game either ran out of ideas, money, or time. The ending comes out of the blue, fizzles and you are left with the credits. Great premise, very poor ending...which is sad, because the ending had GREAT potential.
December 16, 2011
Something A Little Different
BASED ON DEMO/COMPLETED GAME
It was only on my third attempt that I was able to get into this game. It is slow to start, and I found the early adventure gameplay not at all obvious and generally confusing. Well, there is a little bit of that throughout, but eventually it doesn?t seem to matter much.
SIGHTS & SOUNDS
The cut scenes, of which there are many, use the 3D technique of adventure games, which I personally don?t like. They did a better job with this game than with most, but you have to laugh. The main character?s chest and waist have been exaggerated so much, he looks more feminine than manly. The game locations themselves are all clear and well done.
The soundtrack is good. You may find your character?s voice acting a little over the top, but again, it is well done. The music is very good in that it offers lots of variety and is very exciting at times.
You are a doctor who receives an emergency call from the White Wolf Hotel. Rushing to get to the hotel, you barely escape a car wreck. Your patient has disappeared, the hotel staff are AWOL, and another guest is dead.
Other guests behave suspiciously, there is an escaped lunatic out there, and now the weather has washed away the roads and you are stranded. The more you explore the hotel, the more bodies you find. How are they all connected? That question is never sufficiently answered for my taste.
This is more an adventure lite game, with HOPs and puzzles that punctuate the struggle to find out what?s going on. The HOPs are a little different, in a scene, you will trigger a ring that depicts 6-8 items in greyscale. These make up the necessary components of whatever is needed. For example, a vacuum cleaner, or the items needed to clean an area. They are an interesting variant, but I don?t think I?d want too much of it. The HOPs get harder as the game progresses, with objects in the circle being less obviously a specific thing, so it starts to be more like a fragmented object puzzle.
One weird thing I noticed in this game. If you need, say, a screwdriver, there will be several identical screwdrivers within the scene. And it doesn?t matter which one you click on, it will be accepted. I can think of no reason other than to make the puzzle a little easier, for why the developers did this.
There are quite a few puzzles, not heaps but some, and they are interesting and quite different from the norm. Hint is directional and you have an interactive map that tells you where you have active tasks. It doesn?t let you jump, though, so there is a fair amount of back and forth in a moderately complex geography.
Not a bad game. I did finally enjoy it. I dislike the fact that I am still not entirely sure of the back story and how everything ties together. Still, as a DD or for a punchcard coupon, I think it is okay.
January 22, 2014
Not for me totally confused.
I found this game totally confusing. Backwards and forwards continuously needing the hint as to where I should be going next. Story disjointed. Puzzles OK. Hidden objects disappointing.
January 17, 2012
First off, I would like to state that while I don't regret buying the game I am glad I only spent the $6.99 and not the CE price. While the game is not bad, it is not great, either. The puzzles were a little too easy, the hardest part was finding the missing piece that would allow you to solve the puzzle in the first place. There were a few instances where I literally had no idea where I was supposed to go or what I was supposed to do but this was easily solved by referring to the map. It's a different type of HOG where you don't search for items in a pile but you have to find each individual piece to make up an object that you need. In my opinion, this was the best part of the game and more challenging than the "puzzles".And I have to agree with other reviews, in that the ending was disappointing and in a word -- cheesy! All in all, I would suggest trying the demo before purchasing the game.
December 28, 2011
Not for me
The story was hard to follow and too much searching around for items. The puzzles okay, but not enough Hidden Object sections for me.
January 6, 2012
sorry but i just couldn't get into this game. the story is great but to much running back and forth to place pieces. i did like the hidden object scenes. something different than what you usually find. i bought it but wish i hadn't.......
December 14, 2011
great game if the sound worked
I really liked the graphics and mystery of the game. The sound never worked with Lion nor Mt Lion. Oh well. If you are using snow leopard this would be a 4 or 5 star game. Clues work well and they are not so hidden to make you have to run to a walk through.
April 26, 2013
for those of you who like a challenge this is not the game for you. puzzels were way to simple. the entire game was very obvious.
December 16, 2011