Voodoo Whisperer: Curse of a Legend
Fun Hidden Object Advenure Game
I have owned this game for a while but just found the time to play it. The graphics and artwork are good and the story is OK. I had the sound down so I can comment on the soundtrack.
For the most part the navigation is logical, but I did have to consult a walkthrough a few times when I just couldn?t figure out what to do next.
I also found some the HOScenes difficult. Many times only a small part of the item needed is visible. Thankfully, the hint feature pointed out the item needed, rather than just circling an area the way it does in some games, and the hint button refilled quickly.
The vexing part of the game for me was when you think you are going to need a certain item you come across in a location in the future, but you are not allowed to pick it up until you reach a certain point further in the story line. Perhaps the dev?s felt that this was better than having a large inventory, but I would rather have a lot of inventory items than have to backtrack for items that I was forced to pass over.
I word of warning to potential buyers, the ending is a cliffhanger. So, if you are the type that needs a definite ending you may want to wait until the sequel is available. I?m not a fan of cliffhangers, but didn?t feel cheated by the ending.
Keep your dorsal fin up
December 18, 2011
This one almost received one star
Review after finishing the game:
+ good graphics
+ quite good videos
+ hidden objects true to time period
+ a sizeable number of locations in each, ahem, location
+ magic powers (although they aren't used much, "Smash" in only 2 occurrences)
+ "Area clear"
o voiceovers only during the intro
o only four locations
o big map could have been filled better (read: additional locations, please)
o "Area clear" sign delayed in many screens
- BRUTAL ENDING!!!!
- objects that you will need later on can sometimes not be picked up the first time you visit a location
- BRUTAL ENDING!!!!
- some dark objects hidden in dark corners of a hidden object scene, some items are very small
- did I already mention that the ending was brutal?
Bottom Line: Quite enjoyable until the cliffhanger end. Grab it up in a Daily Deal when the sequel is out, can not recommend it before that.
December 10, 2011
New Orleans Hit again by Evil Curse !
Delving once more in BFG's treasure trove, I bumped into this game which I hadn't noticed before.
I spent a very pleasant hour playing the demo and particularly appreciated the HO Scenes because they are neat, very easy and can be quickly completed. I admit it, I am not a HOG fan, but I don't mind such scenes when theyr'e not junk piles and the HOs are not microscopic.
Furthermore the number of HO Scenes is not exaggerated thus leaving plenty of room for the adventure. Like in other games, you encounter the traditional type of useful items: ladder, plank, scissors, etc.. But you also have to find other kinds, more specific to the story, as several tasks involve making magical mixtures to remove the curse. Four abilities also enable you to cast spells.
All HOs fit in the 19th C context: no cell phone, no high-tech wristwatch to seach for, but and old bicycle, an antique jewel box as two examples.
Of course it is an eerie adventure, with curses, magic and ghosts. Nothing frightening though, but the spookyish atmosphere is well rendered.
I liked the visuals, they're gorgeous. The soundtrack is great with a music that wouldn't disparage a war movie, fits in quite well, and the voice-overs are quite good.
Not many puzzles, but plenty of things to do, a variety of tasks, clear objectives and many beautiful locations to explore, which entails a fair amount of navigation, but as you don't need to travel too far remembering where things are is no problem. Besides, the game tells you when an area is clear. Always a plus.
Minigames/puzzles are fairly standard on the whole, easy, with a some originality here and there, and can be skipped.
The Hint System doesn't refill fast and sometimes will even hightlight something useless or point to a location where there's nothing to do. But the adventure is easy enough for you to find your way and figure out what to do next without using hints.
The game apparently ends with a huge cliffhanger. I suppose the developers intend to release a sequel. But even if they don't, this Voodoo Whisperer is interesting enough to provide a few hours of enjoyment, especially if you like magic.
January 10, 2012
Reasons why I disliked this game so much...
*All my reviews are on 100% completion of the game (bar one TM game)*
I bought this undemoed as a DD and about the only good thing I can say is that cancer research will get $1! I am shocked this was ever a CE as the quality isn?t there.
I never play on casual but after trying variations of ?GUI tool tips? on and off I had to as the navigation on this was so bad. Every time I tried to find where to back out the inventory bar came up and the side screens you had to be spot on where you clicked. So on casual mode at least I got ?sneakers? telling me where to click to move around.
I did get rid of the black bars on my non widescreen laptop by changing my resolution to 1280 x 700 and uncheck full screen but changed it back due to hard to find some items but it didn?t make any difference.
The graphics were actually quite good in some indoor scenes but in HOS and outside it was grainy really hard to see and a lot of time I was pixel hunting.
I don?t normally use hint buttons but here due to navigation and hard to see things I did and found it to be the most useless hint button! If there was nothing in a scene it went to the back button but then disappeared not keeping showing you where to go!
The couple of good things about this game were it showed ?area clear? when you were finished in it, and there was a spell book where you put inventory items and made spells. You also had ?powers? which you find during the game which you can use on items.
26 HOS (numbers are roughly, I do try my best)
They were all list type, junk piles, hard to see, some tiny items. On the left hand side of the inventory bar there is a built in magnifying glass you can use but I found it annoying.
A few of the scenes were all the same grey colour. All of them were covered in this cobweb and if you mis-clicked it slowly the web slowly got thicker and harder to see but you still could click and find items. You repeated most of them but didn?t have to play any more than twice. I do hate when you have to replay HOS and you?ve just played the scene 2 mins earlier! I really hated the HOS due to all above.
Type and how many times you have to play them -
pipe 2, rotating rings 2, match pair x 4, billiard puzzle need to write down hard to see combination elsewhere, safe, jigsaw, combination,
There weren?t many and you had to repeat them and boring. Some I wouldn?t even class as a puzzle but an interaction and most were so easy apart from the billiard puzzle. This is a pet peeve as I don?t like writing down things and feel the combination should have been in the game (in a journal or document etc that I could look at) so I didn?t have to record it.
This wasn?t a long game (thankfully for me) but you don?t even get a long game even if it?s not a quality game. I was playing casual so timing will be off compared to my other games ? 3hrs 30mins.
The ending was dreadful - a literal ?to be continued? but I read that the ending was the same in the CE so it?s not a ?to be continued? in the bonus in the CE version but more a sequel.
I don?t have many one star games as my reviews are on bought finished gameplay but due to navigation, hard to see items, some bad graphics, boring puzzles, repeating dreadful looking HOS and there is a lot of them in a 3hr 30min period (26!) and poor gameplay this game gets it.
Couldn?t even recommend it for a DD or if you got it free.
October 16, 2012
Shame about the ending
The game is set in 19th century New Orleans & you have to save your family when the town is overcome by a curse.
The hidden object scenes are relatively easy and the items within them are in keeping with the era & the mini puzzles are not too difficult. There is a lot of back tracking through scenes already visited but this is no hardship as the graphics & artwork are quite stupendous; very clear & very beautiful. I enjoyed having to collect items for recipes to create potions.
I love the voiceovers in the cut scene & as for the background sounds & music, they are some of the best I have found in a game of this type.
but...............the moving inventory at the bottom of the screen is really annoying. When I want to back out of a scene the inventory pops up & I have to move my mouse around to find the exit.
The hint button is not very useful unless you are in a H0 scene, within the H0 scene there is a magnifying glass but as the area it shows is not large it is not very helpful.
Unfortunately the ending is a cliff-hanger which is a shame as by the time a sequel comes out (if it does) I will have forgotten the story
March 4, 2012
I expected more
The first chapter/location was really good. Good HOS, though sometimes the dark scene made it difficult to find an object. Overall good graphics and sound. But afterwards, I got quickly bored, it was always the same procedure... And I was disappointed by the end of the game "... to be continued" ??? and IMHO the gamelength is on the short side!
January 6, 2012
Great Game... My First... Now I'm Hooked!
This was more than I could have expected... Suspenseful & fun & I had a great time. Still waiting for a sequel... I hope more people review this game (It came out quite some time before review feature, so no wonder there aren't more reviews here for it). That said, if you love mystery and adventure games, too, this one is sure to excite and delight! As someone who used to make films, I really appreciate the filmic quality in games. This was a really fun one, and like I said... It was my first and got me hooked!
December 9, 2011
Great game, bad ending!
Loved this game when i played it on my iPad last year so bought it again for the Mac and still a wonderful game though could of done with a map or a hint button that gives a little more of a clue. Loved the HOS which were crisp and clear and the storyline is great. The only downside is the ending! will people remember what happened by the time the second one is released? i'm not sure but i was not expecting that cliff hanger that's for sure. Good thing is that with such an abrupt cliff hanger it assures the developers that people will rush to buy it to find out what happens next! :-)
May 1, 2012
Ok Game but very short
This game was ok to play, but only 4 locations. I finished the whole game in 2 hours. More suited to beginners, not for expert players.
January 7, 2012
Good game and fun
This game was good. Not much for any voice over once the game started. Lots of reading. Graphics were ok and so was the music. Had a good flow with some going all over the place. You get lots of items to use and no place to use them for awhile. The HOS are quit easy and the puzzles are not that bad. No real map. The hint button works good BUT very slow to recharge. It would recharge even it it told you to go to another room.
May 20, 2013