Shadow Wolf Mysteries: Bane of the Family
Not enough directions
I did not understand the directions to the most of the puzzles. Skip time was very long. The hint button only helped you in the area that needed attention. If you were stuck you had to go to all areas before you could fiqure out what needed to be done next. Oh well! All in all it was ok.
January 31, 2012
Nice HO but More Suited to Beginners
Don't get me wrong, this follow up to the original is still a nice game, with beautiful graphics sounds and voiceovers as is usual with ERS. However I thought there were very few puzzles which were too easy, and too many HO scenes, the balance was not right. Although the storyline is nice and the game is fun to play, it is just too easy even on the hard level that I played. I would have liked to have seen more and harder puzzles by ERS like they had in Sinister Obsession.
January 31, 2013
Very Nice Game
I enjoyed everything about this game. Graphics were the type that I really like, not goofy, but kind of storybook, good story line, which is probably the most important thing in a game for me.
May 27, 2012
Loved this one! So exciting! Challenging but not so difficult that it's impossible to finish. Fantastic sequel! I recommend playing the first game in the series first, it makes for a very engrossing experience!
May 10, 2012
Another of my favourites
Thoroughly enjoyed this game. Personally, there was nothing that I didn't like. It was fun, good storyline, not too many H0 scenes and the level of challenge was good as there was a mixture of easy and hard mini-games. The game was also a good length, seemed to go on for quite a long time which I like because I feel like I've got my money's worth. Wish I'd bought the CE one now as I could have played for even longer.
Definitely one of my top favourites now.
May 8, 2012
A fabulous sequel!
I loved the first one and I absolutely enjoyed this game. The puzzles are challenging without being too hard. The storyline is enthralling and the graphics are beautiful.
March 13, 2012
No Sense to the Ending
This game started out fun, but by the end I was just playing to get it over with. In fact, I got so sick of it, I nearly quit before the end. Unfortunately, the ending seemed to have nothing to do with everything I thought I was trying to do in order to save the little girl.
It was too long and had too many HOS and puzzles. The HOS were dark junk piles with many objects very difficult to see. Mind you, I like HOS, but there were way too many, and way too many repeat HOS. Some of the instructions for puzzles were as enigmatic as the puzzles. The skip and hint buttons took too long to refill. The music was monotonous. There's too much wandering around with no map. There was very little continuity between chapters. Maybe if there had been more continuity between chapters, the game wouldn't have seemed so long. But at least you definitely get your money's worth, or in my case, game credit's worth.
June 3, 2013
Easy And Not Very Lengthy - A Guy's review
*review based on completing the full game in expert mode*
This is the second installment in the Shadow Wolf Mysteries series and plays much similar to the first one. This time you need to help to find a cure for a sick little girl.
To me the story in itself felt uninspired and thin. The characters you meet aren't interesting and there is little to no explanation why characters help you or work against you. Except for one that is, who you quickly understand has a real motive to work against you. All characters are voiced and the voice-over talent is varied. To sum it up in the easiest way I'll just call it mediocre. Don't get me wrong, the story isn't annoyingly bad in any way, but it just fails to excite.
Graphics are good, but as with most games most of it is played in rather dark and grey locations. They do break it up with some lighter locations too though. Everything is hand drawn, and is done so well. More could have been done with the animated parts, but I was happy to see that at least lip-syncing was well done.
The game music is quite nice most of the time, but has some annoying moments. Sound effects are much better than its predecessor, but still leaves a lot to be desired.
Game play has a typical mix of adventure elements, puzzles and HO scenes, with most of the focus on the HO scenes. If HO's is your main source of entertainment this game has a lot of promise. They are also all hand drawn and most of them are brighter than what is usual in similar games I've played so far. That is a big plus. There is on occasion the darker and grayer ones too, but as long as we at least get a variation I'm usually happy. Speaking of variation, or in this case lack of it, all the HO's where very similar to each other and you have to do them all twice. They are all clutter scenes with some of them being very cluttered. They all have some mild interactive elements but, what seems to be typical to this developer, some of them are just nonsense. You can tell they are trying to come up with some creative twists, but when it doesn't make sense it fails. Also typical to this developer is minor flaws and translation issues. In this game they are very minor though, and offers very little frustration.
All the puzzles seemed very easy. It was a good mix of different types, but none that offered much of a challenge. A couple seemed original though, at least to me. You have a pop-up "help" function to explain your goals and what you need to do. I don't mind easy puzzles, but they should have put in some more challenging ones too to make it more varied and interesting.
The adventure elements are typical ones. I tend to prefer the adventuring in these types of games, and it has a fair share to scratch my adventure itch. Adventuring usually means a lot of moving back and forth through locations, and even though there is some back and forth here too, they have limited it to sections, so you never have to move long distances. I still wish there was a map even though it never felt really necessary.
This game is not as clunky as some other of this developers games, but it still have a few light issues. Sometimes you have to be very exact to where you interact with certain objects and such. The game has smooth transitions.
You have three difficulty levels to choose from:
-Quick recharge of hint/skip
-Sparkles on active zones and object
-No sparkles except on HO scenes
-Very slow hint/skip
-No sparkles except on HO scenes
-Black bar tips are disabled
I played it in expert mode and still found it very easy. If you want any sort of challenge do not play it in regular mode.
The game never caught my attention and my main goal just ended in wanting to get to the end of it. It will still probably be perfectly OK for beginners and newcomers to the genre. It would suit the HO fans the most, but for the ones who are looking for a challenge, it offers very little. It also felt quite short, so I would be looking for this one at a discount price.
For the guys:
I didn't notice any gender bias and the story is equally interesting/uninteresting to both. Try before you buy.
December 4, 2012
The game had a few tough challenges but most were fairly easy to figure out. I skipped one mini game and had to use the hint once to find an object. It was a toy and NOT a pyramid - stacked colored baby rings - but other than that it was good.
February 2, 2012
I enjoyed this game quite a lot. The plot line is pretty solid - you have to help a werewolf! The graphics are good and the non talking animation is good. The quality sinks when people talk. The HO scenes are challenging (muted colors) but very doable and the games are the same. The music got to me and had to be turned down.
You have a notebook to help record important information/events. On the "regular" play mode the hint button recharges quickly.
All in all an enjoyable few hours.
October 22, 2012