Enigmatis: The Ghosts of Maple Creek
A Good, Solid Game
This was a good, solid hidden object game. The puzzles were challenging, the story was interesting, and I liked how, in the hidden object scenes, once you found an object, it was gone from the scene permanently.
What kept it from being a 5 star game though, in my opinion, was a lack of attention to detail. The game could have benefited from some more proofreading and fact checking. While occasionally the typos were merely funny, they occasionally interfered with gameplay (I was asked to find a "spectre" when the object was "sceptre"). The most egregious incident I came across, however, was when I was asked to find an ear of corn: when I finally gave up in frustration after clicking the actual ear of corn in the scene to no avail, the hint button directed me to some heads of wheat.
That aside, I do recommend this game, and I hope they develop a series from it.
October 18, 2012
A bit repetitive gameplay but good long story
In this game you can really be a detective collecting clues and deciding next steps. I always play with expert/hard mode without hints as long as possible, and in this game I decided to use some hints for the right location just to avoid running around searching for the next step where to proceed. As the game is long, in the end some of the hidden object games started to feel too much "I have seen this same now too many times". Also the map would have been better with shortcut/link option to locations, as without them there was some amount of meaningless time spent travelling between locations.
However, the story was well built having several cases to solve before the final closing, there were enough locations to keep the game interesting, visual appearance was good and there were nice minigames included along the way. On the fun factor scale this style of game with dark story is not my favorite, therefore a bit lower rating there.
August 10, 2012
Good story and interesting game!
I liked the storyline and all the things there are to do.
- The graphics are good. There are not too much dialogues.
- The HOS are clear.
- The puzzles are easy.
- You have an evidence board, summarizing what you discovered.
- There is a good journal.
- There is a map, but it's not interactive. There is a looot of walking back and forth, and sometimes I had to use the good hint system, to know where to go next.
There are a lot of HOS, the pace is quick. But I still needed 4 hours to finish.
All in all, a really good HOS/adventure game! I can't wait for the sequel!
July 2, 2012
Storyline and actions hang together
I really enjoy games in which the puzzles are logical, and not too difficult to handle. I play games for relaxation, not frustration. This game was well done, just enough challenge to keep my interest piqued, but not so off-base with the actions you have to take to be annoying. It was a bit short, but not so much as to be annoying.
June 11, 2012
I would have given this game five out five stars but it was let down by heaps of backtracking.
This game is not easy, which is a plus because I cannot stand HOGs which are too easy. There are plenty of HOG scenes,
The storyline is ok and the voice overs could have been better..
The graphics are great though.
I am eagerly waiting for a sequel.
December 6, 2011
Graphics are great, music is good, a little difficult to find items needed at times.
November 16, 2011
Can You Guess Whodunnit? Surprise!
Based on completed game.
You are a detective sent to Maple Creek to solve the mystery of the missing teenage girl, Kate. But the mysteries only grow deeper and more unbelievable as you find more and more evidence. Find your way through the miasma of clues to get the final answer - or will you?
Very dark. Like the entire game took place either at night or under dark stormy clouds.
The music was appropros to the situations. Lip-syncing great. Voices clear and easily heard. Ambient music not annoying.
Not too plentiful at first but as the game progresses they turn up much more frequently, until you almost get tired of them.
None too terribly difficult.
I would have given this game 5 stars except for the ending. It was a bit abrupt and I totally HATED the way it ended. Although, I do admit that could just be me --- or is it? I guess the only way to find out is by trying the free hour-long demo and liking it so much that you, too, want to find out what is going on in Maple Creek.
July 7, 2014
An absorbing game
I really liked playing this game. You're playing the part of a detective who is trying to find a missing girl. The town of Maple Creek is very spooky. You occasionally run into people who can help you. It's a little tricky to remember how to get back to certain objects that you found but couldn't use right away. It's even trickier to remember all of the objects. There's quite a bit of backtracking involved in this game. I didn't mind that though. There is a good hint system if you want to use that to figure out where to go. Or you can take notes to remind yourself of all the tasks. There is also a journal that has clues and a map (not interactive) which shows areas that need action. There is also an area where you assemble all your clues to make a diagram that helps you to solve the case. The game takes quite a while to complete, so you really get your money's worth on this one! I definitely recommend it!
June 27, 2014
Good story and many Hidden Object scenes
I liked this game very much, the story kept me going despite two smaller things that put me off a little. The first is that there is a lot of running to and fro, especially towards the later part of the game. You are constantly running around between very many scenes and it is not always that clear where you must go. This last ties into the second thing, namely that towards the later part of the game most objects you need to use are rewards from hidden object scenes. I like hidden object scenes, but I prefer finding the objects and figuring out what to do with them in between some hidden object scenes. This was not helped by the fact that the scenes reappear in older areas without you realising. Although I have to admit, I played it on the difficult setting so perhaps the game does give you hints on the easier setting. Still, the story is great and I am looking forward to the next installment!
December 5, 2013
Good game, but too many HOS.
This was a really good game. It was nice and long with an intriguing story line. However, there was one major annoyance for me - too many HOS. I did like that you could revisit the same area for a different game, but it seemed that every time I turned around there was another HO! And they weren't all that interesting, plus the visuals were dark and hard to see. I am hoping that the sequel has more puzzles or at least clearer, more interesting HOS.
November 23, 2013