Margrave: The Curse of the Severed Heart
Margrave: The Curse of the Severed Heart SE
I just finished my review for the Collectors Edition version of this game, and in my opinion, this Standard Edition is the much better choice. Here is a recap from that review so that you can decide which edition is right for you.
Edwina Margrave has returned to the cottage that claimed her fathers life when she was six years old, to find answers about his untimely death. She hopes that the landlady, Miss Thorn will be able to shed some light upon his death, instead she insists that Edwina disable the five Shadow Locks that are surrounding the village. The Shadow Locks were constructed with black magic and prevent souls from moving on, including animals.
The game itself isn't all that bad, but I absolutely hated the intro music that sounded like Hippie music of the 60's and 70's, and Edwina's constant narration annoyed me, not to mention the awful voices of the ghostly animals. The graphics aren't bad, in fact at times they are really good, but there is very little to do in each scene with the exception of collecting a random tool or an occasional mini game. You will toggle between the inventory list and the keepsake list which is similar to a journal, holding clues, observations and sketches that Edwina draws when she thinks something has meaning.
The Hidden Object Scenes are list finds with no interactions, but I must admit that some of the items were so well hidden that I had to use the hint button on more than one occasion. Most of the mini games are in the form of Dream Cards to determine the names of the dearly departed. You must choose which dream cards to use in order to recreate the symbols shown at the top, each card has half of a symbol, therefore when two cards are placed side by side, they will complete a symbol, but not necessarily the correct symbol. The Dream Cards became increasingly more difficult until they were sheer frustration and certainly not fun.
I understand this is an older game, but the Collectors Edition only has a built in Strategy Guide and a Bonus Chapter: The Blacksmith's Revenge. In my opinion the Standard Edition is the better value, enjoy!
November 19, 2014
I was hesitant to try this, i'm not a fan of creepy games with ghosts and bad spirits, etc.. i thought it wouldn't be that bad with reviews describing it as a cheesy love story. i found it to be both cheesy and creepy, i played some of the demo but decided not to buy.
July 9, 2012
Game was ok
Good: Challenging and different then a lot of other games. Easy to get lost in but the hint button will tell you what you are supposed to do next if you get stuck. Storyline was good.
Bad: Too much run around. Ended up feeling like I was doing the same thing over and over again. Game was shorter than I like. HOGs were hard and I had to use my hint button almost every time.
May 29, 2012
Perhaps Mac users would vote this low because the first 2 chapters weren't ported over.
With Mac only getting parts 3 and 4, perhaps this was an unclear following.
Still, even with great music, as a standalone adventure, there are better Collector Editions.
I will recommend the game because I know there are those who WOULD enjoy the softness of Edwina Margrave.
December 22, 2012
It was Disapointed
I enjoyed the first one a lot . This had no challenge the story was boring and it too short.
September 16, 2012
margrave the curse of the severed heart
Don't stop the game in the middle of the game. You will only start from the start every time! Tiring every time:-( :-(
August 8, 2012
After reading the glowing reviews I had such high hopes ...
The Upside -
Graphics and sound are good
HOS challenged a few times causing me to resort to hints
Music was non-intrusive
Instead of a journal there was a separate "discovery" section along side the inventory. The discoveries would disappear when no longer needed - that was handy
Sappy, sappy, sappy storyline that grew stickier as the game went on - Daughter revisits the place where she lost her parents as a child.
Lots of casting of spells and very silly "puzzles" - Non of the mini-games were challenging and there were plenty of hints - no strategy guide needed
Lots of traipsing back and forth revisiting the same places for multiple HOS
A young woman's British accented voice over would come with each click, like it or don't.
At one point little ghost animals sing a child like song about a cursed woman. Yeesh.
Guess it just wasn't my cup of tea. Choose the Macabre or the cutsie, but try to mix them, and...well...you get Margrave. Sticky, bizzare, and silly to the point of forgetting to be fun.
I do not recommend this game.
February 18, 2012
repeating boring puzzles, tiny items in Hidden object scenes loses any charm this game had
At the beginning I thought this was a different and charming type of a game then I was soon disillusioned. You make spells throughout the game and there was one puzzle you just kept repeating to do with this and the other puzzles you repeated but not as much. The plot was just plain weird to me (mixture of seemingly possesed person, witches and romance)and the cutscenes of still screenshots with voiceover seemed like it was a lot older game than it is.
The graphics are mostly not good especially as the game progresses but there were a couple of scenes that were lovely, (screenshots) so why couldn?t the rest of the game have as good and clear graphics?
There was a lot of backtracking and on the hardest of two choices of gameplay you had random click penalty and sparkles in hidden object scenes. The H O scenes were a pain as there were either tiny items or impossible to see blended in objects, and you repeated them.
The hint button did act as a mini SG but annoyingly if you were in an area it wouldn?t tell you if there was something you missed but told you what they wanted you to do next in another area.
The length was good about 4hrs.
I like different, quirky type of game but with the not great graphics, repeating of puzzles many times, tiny objects and weird cutscenes and the plot really lost me so I was just glad when I finished it.
May 28, 2012
slow and choppy
This game played VERY slow on my computer. way too many extra graphics not needed when discovering a clue, voice overs were excessive. HOS objects were sometimes too small or dark to see. No diary which i hated.
While i only played the demo, i quit before my time was up because it was so slow and annoying, i lost patience.
I knew the storyline but found it uninteresting, why was i doing the things i was doing??
I had to use the hint button to find out what to do next because places to click on were so small (like the chicken in the kitchen) and no sparkles (which i normally dislike because it doesn't give me time to find it myself).
March 28, 2012
What Can One Say
I have played many hidden object games and from reading some of the reviews, I was excited about this one. However, it was a disappointment to say the least.
The fun factor... it just didn't exist at least for me. It started out okay, but then it switched to the fantasy type play which is just not my cup of tea. Naming animals from Dream Cards, which is a mini game. Not hard but kind of silly.
For me, it was difficult to figure out what to do next. I hate using the hint so much just to figure out where to go next,, but it does recharge quickly.
The graphics are fantastic.The sound has it's ups and downs, but on the most part is really good. Not annoying and brings some excitement to the play.
I have mentioned the difficulty in where to go next, but I must say the HOGs are challenging. From what I played I had to use the hint button at least once. Even with the hint, it was difficult to see the object, so they are well hidden.
The story line was... interesting for the time I played, which was just the demo. I saw enough to know it was not keeping my attention.
I personally am not going to use my credit to get this one. I'll save it. I might buy this on sale, but not at this time. For the first time, I have to say I do not recommend this game, unless you are into fairy tales.
March 13, 2013