Nightfall Mysteries: Black Heart
Proves games don't have to be CE to be good!
I don't get to just sit and play a game through (lots of stops and starts) but when I would come back it was easy to pick up and move forward at a pretty good pace. The graphics were good, but not as detailed as some. The story was okay, but actually I don't pay too much attention to voices unless I think I might need a clue. Loved the cassettes, of course there are always those HOS that you see something you really need, but that's not what you get....keeps you interested, not too much backtracking but I bought the SE, didn't need a strategy guide, walkthroughs are fine except for having to get out of the game (all my games on my desktop so if I'm somewhere where there isn't any WIFI I can still play my games). Didn't find the hint button all that helpful....you get tired of seeing "nothing to do here"....well then tell us where there is something to do! HA. I always read these reviews, but always watch the trial version then make up my mind. There is always something that appeals to everyone. I think it is an enjoyable game!
April 18, 2012
Out There Story but Fun Game
I played the first two in this series; liked the first, didn't so much like the second, but really enjoyed the third. It had more of the creepy factor of the first game, like something will jump out at you at any given moment.
The family tree can get confusing, so thank goodness there's a puzzle laying it out for you. The story is kinda weird, bringing souls back from the dead, crazy experiments, etc, but the game is still a lot of fun to play.
Graphics: Really nice and clear. I didn't struggle with any of the HO scenes.
Music: I really liked it. Added the right ambiance and I enjoyed listening to it during game play.
Options: There are 3 levels of play and I chose the moderate one, not knowing what to expect and just in case I wanted to skip some puzzles.
Challenge: Most of the puzzles and HO scenes are not overly challenging. I used the hint button 3 or 4 times during the entire game for the HO scenes. I do admit to skipping a couple of the puzzles, the blood vial one and another one, just because I didn't want to take the tedious time to figure them out; I wanted to get on with the game.
Length: A pretty long game. Quite a few hours. Worth the money for sure.
Play Again: Yes, definitely. And I'll probably take the time to solve those two puzzles I originally skipped.
Cons: The ending. It's all wrapped up pretty quick but I wasn't a fan of the detective giving a "free pass" to the lovers. He must be from Florida.
Overall Grade: A-
March 22, 2012
I loved it.
We used the advanced mode because of the sparkles issue. It was great because when you had trouble with the puzzles, you were able to change the difficulty of your profile without having to enter a new profile. You were able to revert back to the advanced mode.
April 1, 2012
The graphics and storyline in this game are very good - The puzzles are very entertaining. There are as usual far too many Hidden object scenes, which I find boring and feel they detract from the game itself - but it is difficult to find a decent adventure game without them. - Overall this is a great game and I would recommend it to my friends.
April 30, 2012
The music and visual arts were very good. The hint key was okay. It filled quickly but did not help a lot in regards of what to do next or what you missed and needed to pick up. The hos scenes were well done, but one or two of the items were difficult to find in each scene.The storyline was good, but needed to play the other nightfall mysteries first as this was a continuation of a prior game. Overall I enjoyed the game and will probably purchase it soon.
March 4, 2012
Good solid game would buy again
This game had good puzzles that were doable in one sitting. I prefer games that don't repeat the same puzzles. This game was a success for the most part in that aspect.
I play in hardcore so that I am not tempted to hint or move the game along too fast.
The HOS were fun and required more that a basic repetive find the same old things.HOS were repeated so I did memorize some objects. The HOS included a list of words some of them required an extra click to find the object. I prefer this type over the HOS that show you pieces of an object to find. Good work on the HOS.
The SE did not have an interactive map but the map did hint to where areas of interest were.
The story line was the biggest drawback for me. I did not enjoy the detective and the other interruptions while playing but I am very hard to please in this aspect. I hink I detected a familiar very well know voice which made me give it an excellent on sound quality. The visuals were fun too.
One other thing that was slightly irritating was the reward box that popped up when I found an object. It was big, red and always cheery.... "Congratulations you found the Chain." I had to click on the box and again to get back to game play.
I finished this in less than a week(not playing all of the time but would play a couple of hours at a time) The end seemed rushed to me as the puzzles and challenges got easier.
SUMMARY: Since I don't like distractions the storyline and pop up boxes hindered the game play for me but the visuals and memorable voice along with the HOS made this a keeper for me. A challenge but not too hard. As picky as a am I would buy again. I wonder if the CE would have helped me give it a better rating?
March 26, 2012
Decent Addition to Series
Just to clarify, this is the third game in the series even though storyline-wise it is the direct sequel to "Curse of the Opera" (the first game). If you want to play them in chronological order, play "Asylum Conspiracy" first then "Opera" then this one. However, I don't suggest doing it that way because if you play "Asylum" first, you will ruin the awesomeness that is "Opera" and spoil the surprises. So I suggest playing them in order that they were released: "Opera", "Asylum", "Black Heart".
"Curse of the Opera" is one of my favorite games ever on this site and was glad to see a direct sequel had come out. I didn't really care for "Asylum Conspiracy" since a lot of details just didn't add up to the way they were in "Opera". "Black Heart" doesn't worry about going back in the past though, it focuses on finishing up the storyline and that's how it should be. I liked that they brought some characters back and tied them into this game. The finale was pretty lame though if you ask me. There wasn't even a final puzzle, you just literally click something to put in your inventory and then place it somewhere else and then that's it, you get the final cut scene and it's game over. Could have been waaaay more exciting.
Anyway, the puzzles are relatively easy and there are thankfully not an overload of HOG's, you only revisit a few scenes maybe twice and they are spaced out pretty well. The journal contains your basic clues/storyline observations, and the audiotapes section like from "Asylum", and also a very handy map that lets you know when something of interest needs to be investigated in other rooms.
Overall, not a bad game, but seeing as how it's possibly the last game in the series I would have preferred to see it go out with more of a bang. The scenario we get as been done repeatedly (someone gets kidnapped, you have to save them, blah blah). But it's still not bad, if you like this series and want to know what happens to these people then check it out!
March 13, 2012
This was a nice way to wrap up the series. This game was more like the first (Asylum) and was much better than the second (Opera). The graphics were not the best, but were acceptable and the HOS were clear. The voice overs were excellent! The game was lengthy with lots of rooms to explore and items to find. Most of the mini games were fun. I skipped a couple of them because I wanted to get on with the game. The map was good and the hint button recharges quickly (although you really won't need it more than a couple of times). The journal provided assistance on some of the mini games.
There was one technical glitch that didn't affect the game, but made me keep revisiting one room because I thought there was something else to do.
The only thing I really disliked about this game was the ending. It was rushed and somewhat unsatisfying. You do find out what happens to the characters, but after such a lengthy game it seemed to end too abruptly.
I recommend this game, but would suggest you play the first game in the series (Asylum) before you play this one.
August 11, 2012
A very good Tale
An interesting story line but alot of back tracking. Voice overs were nice along with the graphics. Very colorfull and easy to see items some of which you have to carry for a while and others you look for in one HOS and have to return to another HOS to complete it's object list. Well worth the price.
March 21, 2012
Pretty Cool Game for all Levels
BASED ON COMPLETED GAME ON HARDCORE LEVEL
Puzzles, easy to challenging but all doable with thought
Music adds excitement
Voice overs are great
Map shows you where you are and where you need to go
Lots of places to go
Pace of game is pretty quick
Didn't see any pentagrams
Map keeps backtracking manageable
HOS are nice but are repeated and ask for the same items on occasion
Ending is a bit sudden, but its good
Map is not a jump map
Some items in the HOS are small or visually blend with surroundings making them difficult (not impossible) to find
For those with blood phobias, some blood and organs
Demon and demonology references
Lots of fun, some thinking involved, pretty good story, suitable for all levels of adult players.
September 24, 2013