Shattered Minds: Masquerade
Expected better from developers of Nightfall Mysteries
The only reason I gave it two stars is because it had some good puzzles. Parts of HO scenes were so muddied at times. Like an amateur painted them, then smudged over with gray to blur them. I used the hint button repeatedly just to get past. I loved the Nightfall Mystery series done by these developers and felt this was far inferior to those. I usually play my favorites many times, but think I may put this one in the trash.
January 31, 2012
Really dumb game
I only played the demo, but that was more than enough for me. The story is really bad! The production is mediocre at best. Gameplay is OK. There isn't a penalty for random clicking in the HOS, but the list refreshes as you go. The HINT button is slow to recharge and only presents info regarding the current scene during gameplay. If you are considering buying this game, I highly recommend that you try it first.
August 6, 2012
I'm not buying it.
boring. Played less then 30 minutes.
December 28, 2011
Leaves a lot to be desired
Not a bad game for the casual player but somewhat boring and not much of a challenge for the accomplished player. The puzzles are fairly simple with a couple of exceptions. In general, the actions are closely tied to the current or very recently visited scenes diminishing the challenge of the game. A couple of the scene 'actions' are not based on reality. A few of the scenes were just pass thru without any action while the scenes that did have action components only had 1-3 actions resulting in a somewhat simple and minimally challenging run thru. Some of the dialog is missing some of the spoken words and in a few cases, the wording is misspelled which is more nuisance than anything. No map for overall progress aid and none of the scenes have identifying location names. The best feature of the game is the HOGs where there are numerous objects (18) for each challenge, some of which are interactive. Plus, the HOGs seem to get more difficult to solve the further you progress in the game with some of the objects cleverly concealed or blended into the background. IMO, the storyline lacked any real substance and the ending was abrupt and disappointing.
March 6, 2014
The game play was incredibly easy. The mini puzzles were quite easy. The hidden object scenes were difficult, though. Some of the items were very hard to see.
During the other parts of the game, I felt as though I did not have to find anything on my own. If I needed an object to complete a task, I was sure to find it almost immediately, with little effort. There was no challenge.
The artwork and scenery was really great, but that isn't enough to make the game worth the time.
The theme of the game is really neat and interesting, as well as incredibly creepy. I liked the creepiness, but I would not recommend anyone under 16 years of age play this game. There was some very macabre subject matter, which I liked, but I would recommend young or susceptible people avoid it.
The music consisted of a several minute loop that played every once in a while. I found large portions of the game were silent. I like the ambiance of the music, so that was a big deal breaker for me. The music was fitting to the story and theme, and very unique and interesting, but it was the same short piece over and over with lengthy bits of nothing in between. I felt like the game went on for a long time, but I think that was because I was forcing myself to finish the game.
I suggest you play the trial version for an hour and see what you think. I ended up paying for the game before playing it because I downloaded the trial and then paused it and my trial time ran out.
April 5, 2013
Strictly for Hidden Object Beginners
I am afraid this game did not live up to its promise, as the trial was ok, but it progressively got worse. You play the detective trying to stop the dastardly magician Visage, who has unleashed a fog depriving all citizens of their faces. There are also the devious Bourdeaux family to contend with, who had supposedly burned in their mansion fire years ago .Soon however, the promising start descends into a farce with a comic book cast of characters, who act and talk just so, not serious enough for an investigation, just silly really. The graphics are just barely ok, and unfortunately there is only one mode of play, which I found to be very easy. There were too many HO's and too few puzzles, and even they were too easy to do, with the exception of the very last puzzle which was of medium difficulty. On top of that, items found were used too quickly sucking all the fun out of this game.
January 6, 2013
If you're just starting to play HOG's, this game is good for learning the basics. But for more experienced players, it's way too simple. Each area is segregated so that all the objects you find only apply to that one area. And the skill level required in finding and using objects is low. The only nice thing I can say is that the puzzles are decent.
January 29, 2012