Film Fatale: Lights, Camera, Madness!
?because I was having fun and wanted more!
It probably will only take you around 3 hours in expert mode. You could ignore the map, which points out where you can accomplish objectives, but it's interactive and very tempting to be transported exactly where you need to be.
From the villain's voice acting, to the eccentric setting, this is just campy fun. Kudos for the story -- up to the end, I did not anticipate the villain's final confrontation.
Thematically presented but fairly familiar puzzles, static H0G scenes, some clever tasks -- no great level of challenge, but no matter. This is just an entertaining activity that will take about as much time as going to a movie. Just that movies aren't made with V W. Vernon's approach.
May 20, 2012
Fun and unique
This is a short game that last about 2 1/2 hours. The level of challenge is minimal when it comes to puzzles and hidden objects but it makes up for those shortcomings in entertainment. Unique game that was a lot of fun to play. The best feature was ease of play in regard to the map that you could hop around on once you get your sneakers. Areas of interest on the map light up as well, so you never get lost and always know where to go.
April 16, 2012
I really enjoyed playing this game. It was a refreshing change from the creepy HOG that are so prevalent lately. The voice overs were very good - well acted. This particular game reminded me of the Nancy Drew Dossier series. A sequel would be very welcome.
April 12, 2012
Just A Run of The Mill HOG
Only played the demo of this game.
Introduction good with VO the text.
Storyline pretty simple - save your mother from a mad film director.
Graphics and music good.
HOS not cluttered, well drawn with the objects relatively easy to find (some of the smaller objects required a couple of clicks). Not too many either.
The usual mini-games (rotate tiles, pattern matching etc) not too challenging.
You needed to find a lot of objects to use later - the advent of the red sneakers so you can zap back and forth on your map a good idea (once you found them).
Map also useful to show areas with tasks still to complete.
Journal entries are good and useful - especially the instructions on the film developing.
There are unlimited hints but the button fills slowly.
The tutorial at the beginning was useful.
I enjoyed the demo but this is just a run of the mill HOS game.
Not enough to hold my attention longer - so I won't be buying this one.
For that reason I'm not recommending this one - too many far better HOS games to choose from.
February 15, 2012
Just another HOG like any other HOG
At first I thought it was a pale copy of Nancy Drew: Lights Camera, Curses. It is up to a point as the action takes place in a movie studio, but with the difference that Nancy Drew was much much better, didn't have any HOS and was a pure adventure full of suspense.
I found the visuals interesting though messy since they depict a derelict studio and also very dark.
HO Scenes are the usual stuff and present no interest whatsoever save the fact you have to play them in order to get one useful object.
Goals are not that clear but the hint system helps a bit.
There are many locales to visit which means a lot of bouncing to and fro, though you get help from a map.
Tasks and puzzles are basic.
So is the storyline.
Good voice-overs though.
All in all a game that won't set the earth on fire and that I won't recommend unless you have nothing better to play
February 15, 2012
The big problem with this game is too much talking. The HOS are easy and so are the puzzles. Lots going on with having to be right on the item to get it. Also lots of hitting the back button to keep going. The hint button only tell you there is nothing to do here. The map I did not thing helped at all.
May 8, 2013
Not so bad
Loved the new take on the storyline - something different. As was mentioned by another reviewer, the skip and hint buttons do take a very long time to refresh, even in the regular playing mode. One thing that absolutely annoyed me - when you enter a new scene, the instinct is to look around at everything to see if there is something there that you need. The button that will send you back to the previous scene takes up more than half of the bottom of each scene, so it is easy to click, thinking you are going to check out something new, but you've ended up at the previous place. Wasted time before I figured out not to do that. In other words, there is a lot of scenery that you don't even need to pay attention to, because it isn't going to help you out at all.
On the other hand, the red sneakers, as has been previously mentioned, are an absolutely awesome tool, and very helpful.
Although this is not a buy for me, for someone that is new to the genre, this would be a good game, therefore, it does get a recommendation from me.
February 19, 2012
Too short, not worth the money
This game is a lot of fun to play. The puzzles are interesting, and there is a nice mix of HOS with puzzles. The problem is the game takes 3 hours to complete, which is way too short for the price. I expect at least twice that for it to feel like I have gotten my money's worth.
I see why a blog walkthrough is not available. It would give away how short the game is. I do not recommend it for purchase as it is too short to make it worth the money. It's a shame because it could have been an excellent game.
February 17, 2012
Totally Zany HO Game
BASED ON COMPLETED GAME
This sure is a LONG game. According to the GAME TIMER, it took me 5 hr 45 min to complete. This did not surprise me really; there?s an awful lot to do and a lot of ground to cover in this crazy HO GAME.
The evil dude, a once-famous movie director of the black and white era, has kidnapped your mother, his leading lady in his last, unfinished, film. Now he wants to finish his masterpiece.
This bad guy is as CREEPY as, with his sudden appearances out of nowhere, but also LAUGHABLE at times so it?s hard to take him seriously.
I?ve never been on a studio lot, but I imagine that it would indeed look a lot like the way this game portrays it. There are sets, behind which is accumulated equipment and paraphernalia, and rips in the canvas revealing that the beautiful sunset is a lie. It certainly allows lots of leeway for VARIED LOCATIONS.
This is primarily a HO GAME, there are relatively FEW PUZZLES and an obscene number of HO SCENES of the LIST type.
There is a fair amount of ADVENTURE GAMEPLAY, and without the JOURNAL & TASK LIST and the INTERACTIVE JUMP MAP, this game would be virtually unplayable, because there is just too much to REMEMBER and heck of a lot of TOING & FROING.
The GRAPHICS were OKAY. Not good, not awful. The HO SCENES were CLEAR and the HO ITEMS were easily seen. HINT & SKIP were FAST.
The AMBIENT noise was good, changing to suit the set. The VOICEOVERS were another aspect of this game?s APPEAL. Very well done, with melodrama from him and a sane pleasant voice for us.
The things I DIDN?T LIKE in this game were the number of ?EMPTY SCENES?, where one or two actions were all that happened there, and then they were just passageways to get elsewhere. Also I found the LOOK OF THE PLACE lacking in any beauty. Although there were many different types of location ? car chase, war, tropical village, science fiction ? none of them qualified as eye candy.
The thing I liked best? The humour.
May 18, 2013
Almost worth the $6.99...almost
Overall, the game was fun. There are the usual options of sound, music, and cursor, and the not-so-usual options for brightness and mouse speed. There is a choice of game play and I played the "easy" mode. The music almost wasn't there. In a nightclub scene, there was appropriate nightclub music, that sort of thing, but the overall music was a series of notes, more than music..just the slightly creepy stuff you'd hear in a b-movie while the hero is exploring an eerie place..not unpleasant, just unnoticeable. The graphics are wonderful - clear and crisp and the hidden object scenes were clear and most objects were easy to find. The hint button worked within the hidden object scenes by clicking on an item in the list so you could see where it was. There is a journal and a map that will allow you to "jump" to different places, but you won't have that until you've played a little of the game. It's the kind of map I really enjoy, but there were a couple of times during the game where it could have given me a tiny bit more information, as I get turned around easily...geographically challenged..lol. The games and puzzles were interesting and a couple were quite different than I've seen in other games...not mind-bending, just unique and enjoyable. The voice-overs were well done.
The reason I say it's almost worth the $6.99 is I consider the game rather short. At the end, the game told me I had finished in two hours and thirty-three minutes, and I only skipped one "revolve the tiles " puzzle. I am also a slow player...not that kind of slow...the "I take my time" kind of slow":)
If you are looking for a game that provides a couple of hours of fun without the dark and spooky stuff (although the bad guy is a bit spooky), this is the game for you, but you might want to wait until there is a sale on or the game becomes a daily deal or catch-of-the-week. With a slightly lower price, this game would be just great. I do, however, because of the good gameplay, the great graphics, and the interesting puzzles, recommend the game.
February 15, 2012