9: The Dark Side
9 the darkside
I regret purchasing this game! It is terrible! It only gave me 26 minof actuall demo play time so did not get to really see how awful it really was.
January 8, 2012
Not my7 cup of tea!
Every review I have read says what a fantastic game this is but I have to say, I actually deleted it before I completed it. I found myself desparately trying to find something else to do other than play it, so what was the point.
Ok, so why didn't I like it? The strange thing is I can't really put my finger on a specific reason. I found the puzzles way too hard (but then maybe I'm just thick!), I just found that the instructions were confusing or just too basic. I also didn't like the fact there was no map.
I'm not a novice to games by any means, think I have now played around 500 different ones but I am sorry to say this one did not grab me at all. Sorry to be so vague as to the reasons but if you're an avid gamer like me, then you'll know, it's right or it just isn't!!
April 24, 2013
What's a Reliquary?
I was asked to find one in a HOS. I had to look it up:
Reliquary - a receptacle or repository for relics, esp relics of saints - from Old French reliquaire
I was fascinated by this game. The story is tragic and held me spellbound for an hour. The graphics are beautiful. The sounds are subtle and unsettling. There was a good balance of HOS and puzzles, (5 of each in the first hour) and the secret revealing amulet was a unique feature. I enjoyed the interactions with the ghost characters and having items "bestowed" upon me.
and hey...I learned a new word. :P
January 20, 2013
It would be pretty difficult to make a game that is better in most ways. The only thing that would have made this game better is a map and less backtracking, but it was totally worth it. Not for beginners, this one has tons of challenge. Interesting and difficult mini games, for most..well done HOS (not too hard) and great story line. The game is above average length and very detailed. You just can't go wrong with this one and I will bet you need the walkthrough..:)
January 15, 2013
Enjoyable and Difficult
I really enjoyed this game even though I found many of the mini-games too difficult by which I mean either I just plain couldn't do them or I didn't feel like spending the time to do them when I wanted to get on with the game. The story was not ground-breaking but was better than average and held my interest throughout. One thing I thought was really outstanding was that the individual scenes were so well-done and so individually memorable that I had no trouble at all remembering how to get from one place to another even without a map. I play this type of game in spite of the HOS, not because of them, but I found that the HOS in this game were much better than average - one or two of the objects in each scene required some interaction (more toward the beginning) and they were sometimes pretty cute, especially the zebra and what happens after you find the zebra. That kind of whimsey really appeals to me. And the objects weren't too small or too dark to find. The voice-acting was a bit slow but I don't care about voice-acting that much. This game definitely has re-play value and I highly recommend it, especially to those who like difficult puzzles and don't want their hands held too much.
January 3, 2013
The GOOD will PREVAIL!!!
Eerie,foreboding,sinister & evil will describe this HOG.
It is your job to obtain all 9 amulets from the good guys to save the world by closing this portal of EVIL after defeating the demons from The Dark Side!
There are lots of deep, dank dungeons & caverns in this huge dark castle. You must maneuver the pitfalls & mini games along with relatively dark but easy to find items in the HOS to fullfill your goal.
At first I was a bit hesitant to go forward as I was not sure where this was headed & whether I would even like the game, but once started & with some help from our trusty walkthrough I soon found this game exciting & entertaining.
The music and ambient and good clean up to date graphics are well done in order to bring this game together and make it a favorite.
December 21, 2012
Thanks fishies for the reviews I gave this one a go. For quite some time I have been looking for HOPA with difficult puzzles..and here it is! Not too many HOS heaps and heaps of puzzles woohoo!!! Not a lot of hand holding which is awesome. For a change it's nice to figure out what to do instead of being guided or worse being told what to do next. So kudos to the devs for taking our feedbacks on board.
If there was a map I would have given it 5-stars. Hopefully other devs follow suit & give us more challenging puzzles. The story and voiceover was good. I must admit I ended up looking forward to the next challenge than focusing on the story.
If you like figuring things out for yourself and enjoy a great challenge this game is for you. If you like HO more than puzzles you might not like this. But give it a go,
November 9, 2012
This game is well worth every penny!
An excellent game well thought out with fantastic game play,
I normally take the headphones off after about 15 minuets of play, the sound on this was that good they never left my head.
The only downer of this game is it ends ... I just wanted to play forever LOL.
A MUST HAVE GAME!
September 5, 2012
Very cool game
I wish I had bought the CE if it comes with a map. That is my only complaint and led me to using walkthrough way more than I usually do. The hints would tell you to go someplace but none of the places were named anywhere so if it said grotto, you had to figure out what the grotto was etc. That was confusing. But the game is really challenging with harder than usual puzzles. I loved the number of puzzles vs hogs as I like puzzles more. very much worth the money though but as said before spend a little extra for the CE if it comes with a map or room description (don't actually know if it does.)
July 29, 2012
A Real Challenge
This is one of the best games from Big Fish I've ever played. The artwork and level design are excellent, the background music is beautiful and haunting, and the storyline is immersive. Most of the mini-games were a real challenge, and not the run-of-the-mill puzzles contained in other HOB games. This is a game that I can see myself replaying from time to time without tiring of it.
July 25, 2012