Nightfall Mysteries: Black Heart
This was a very good addition to the series. Another adventure with the characters we know and love. What always impressed me in these games was the length and this one is no exception. Lots of rooms, inventory objects and HO scenes. A good storyline throughout and probobly the best voice acting you'll hear. A lot of work went into this and it shows. Really enjoyed it. Loved the creepy family, the exploding helicopters and some very intracate puzzles. Good job
March 16, 2012
Game for fun
Enjoyed this challenging and fun game.
March 9, 2012
Good game but a little gross !!
I found this game to be of long length and good graphics with a fun mix of things to do and find. There are a lot of locations to visit. That said some of the HO'S scenes were somewhat gross and disgusting. This is the only game in the series I've played and have played it a few times.
All in all I think it's a good game worth your time.
January 12, 2013
it is a good game
the story line is ok and the game is long enough! there are many scenes to explose but need a lot of backwards/forwards. the HOS are quite clear, the mini games are challenge but possible to be solved by yourself without walkthrough.
July 7, 2012
Nice little surprise......
This game really surprised me. I was quite happy with the graphics, story line and level of difficulty. This is one of the best that I have played lately. I certainly recommend!
March 10, 2012
Hidden object adventure
Pretty good, a little chalange
March 4, 2012
I like the map lots of place to visit.
March 10, 2012
Enjoyed the game
This game had a good story and was long in length.
Good sounds and graphics.
A lot of running back and forth. The HOG?s were re-visited.
Worth a try.
July 14, 2013
Weak Entry In A Great Series
Consider this the Back to the Future II in the Nightfall Mysteries series. The first game was fantastic, the second very good, but it unfortunately seems that the developers are content to leave it there. The problem with setting a really high standard is that you have to continue to up the ante. I'd like to say that this does, but it ends up being very average.
The story will make sense if you've played the previous games, but is essentially a rather blatant ripoff of Frankenstein. I actually enjoyed it for the most part, but the ending is completely anticlimactic and way too simple for such a complex backstory. You can gather cassette tapes to fill in even more of the narrative, but they don't unlock any bonus features in the standard edition so there's little point.
Voice acting is plentiful (a welcome touch) and not bad at all with the exception of the evil countess who sounds like she's auditioning for Young Frankenstein. Music is inoffensive and largely not memorable. I found the graphics to be below par. The first two games were much better in that area and this looked thrown together. The estate is huge, but the poor visual quality doesn't make it stand out at all.
Challenge level can be set at the beginning. Even at the hardest level, it's nothing too challenging. Puzzles are a myriad of things you've seen before, though there were one or two that I found creative and enjoyable. Hints will point you in the right direction or tell you there's nothing to do in the room you're in at that time. Hidden object scenes will be repeated, and you'll do some minor "open the drawer" type things to find items, but there's far too much obvious deliberate backtracking.
At the end of the day, had this been a stand-alone HO game I wouldn't be so harsh on it. The game is lengthy enough, and you get your money's worth on hidden object scenes. But the earlier entries are far superior (particularly the first game, which is a must play) and I think they've exhausted this storyline by now. It unfortunately shows with the lack of attention to detail.
March 26, 2012
Not as good as the previous two
The series that started with exploring a small town moves to a fairly standard creepy mansion, which as usual is full of doors that open when you insert some object you picked up four rooms away. How the people who live in the mansion get around the place every day is hard to figure. Maybe that's why you only see them in occasional cut scenes, even though the place isn't that large and you are backtracking through it constantly for a few hours.
There's a fair amount of that sort of absurd adventure game logic, here, in general. Sometimes you need a special tool for a job that you could obviously do with your bare hands, but then in the next moment you'll be such a Macgyver you can fix something just by throwing a dirty old chain at it. The plot has some serious hiccups, including a spectacular crash that happens right in front of you and yet injures no-one. (Your character actually expresses urgent concern for the victims, but then forgets all about them after the crash scene turns out to be a hidden object jumble.) The characters who periodically appear in cut scenes are tolerably voiced and add some interest, but they appear and vanish abruptly and are otherwise nowhere to be seen, even though they are supposed to be around doing stuff just like you.
The bottom line is that this is an unusually non-immersive game even for a HOG adventure, despite its quite good production values. It looks good, but it reminds you again and again that the plot and setting are really just excuses for a series of mildly challenging puzzles. Otherwise it's a decent enough game, and may be worth getting if you liked the two predecessors and want to see the story continue.
March 17, 2012