Nightfall Mysteries: Black Heart
This review is based on the demo only. I have played NM Black Heart and Curse Of the O. and the games are really ok. But this game: No hints explanation, no fantastic storyline, just an average game. The sound - I have never heard such a boring sound. No game for beginners. I was very disappointed.
March 9, 2012
Liked It Well Enough To Buy it!
Overall, I liked this game. I took advantage of the BOGO free deal Christmas weekend. So it was worth it. I didn't play the prequel to this game. And from how the reviews look, I'm not going to waste my time with it - not even for free. But this one was cool. The visuals were good, not great. I'm guessing the storyline is ok. But I can't say for certain because I didn't play the first game. However, it provided me with enough information to know that it was a continuation of the first game. I liked the fact that it did have a map. However, it wasn't interactive. I thought the ending was a little weak. It does provide enough mystery whereas there may be another installment to this game. I would say definitely play the trial first. Then decide. But I do recommend it.
December 22, 2012
Not as good as the last game
I thought this game was just OK. The hints fill very quickly,and the skip of the puzzles fill quickly as well. These are the good points.
I was disappointed in this game after Asylum Conspiracy, which I thought was just excellent. I didn't think the story flowed very well.
March 5, 2012
just couldn't get into it
I played through the trial and it was an ok game, the HO scenes weren't bad and the storyline was ok. But the whole game was just ok, there was nothing about it that inspired me to buy it.
If you have extra money and time I'd recommend it, otherwise pass.
August 1, 2012
2.5 - good for a DD
REVIEW OF FINISHED GAME - I don't do like or love but out of 5 for each aspect, so I didn't dislike this game.
I'm surprised this is less than a year old as it looks so much older with the graphics. It is typical fare, darkish storyline (at end) nothing new re plot, or gameplay and this game I will not remember. It's not bad at all and I liked most of it, it's just about average but the graphics let it down. I love the type of graphics they are trying to do - clear and sharp but it just looks old.
There are three modes of play which thankfully you can change midgame. I thought the choices were weird as if you don't want sparkles you have to play with no skip or hint button which is hardcore and that's daft, you should be able to play with no sparkles in middle mode. The hardcore still has auto tips on puzzles and black bar tips which is bad.
There is no transporter map, just a map in the journal which annoying sparkles when it's updated. The map does have "i" on it when you can do something in an area. More at the end there is a fair bit of backtracking but it's about medium and not excessive.
There is voiceover but the characters are static in the dialogue scenes but move in the cutscenes.
There are 15 tapes you find in the game (like the last game in the series) but these are obvious and not collectables like how you think collectables are as they are obvious, you can play them in your diary and can do things while you are listening which is good. I do like them as it is a bit different.
All list, mildly interactive. There is a random click penalty. I thought they were bad purely because of the very faint or hard to see with some items and most of this is due to the graphics. About half of them I'd put in the junk pile realm.
You have to replay most of them - so most HOS you have to play twice. There are no sparkles on the HOS which is good but it's annoying that on hardcore you have to keep checking on the HOS to see if you have to replay them. If they didn't repeat them it would solve the problem!
Most were easy a couple weren't but one was just pure fiddly to do. Most were well known - pieces on rings to make a picture, move things up and down - get a green light when in right position, slide to exit.
I did like most of them but it all got a bit boring.
It's not a bad game, but for today I feel it's just slightly below average but it's certainly worthwhile playing for a DD and I think most would enjoy it. I know I play too many of these games as it's just melding in with the crowd, plot at end been done so many times. I am going back to being a bit harder on games to try and make it clearer what games are standouts.
I do prefer less HOS and at least the same amount of puzzles but if you like quite a few HOS and not so much the puzzles then it's a good enough same old game and I got about 4hrs 30mins out of it on hardcore so do recommend it for a DD.
January 17, 2013
I don't understand the hype...
For me the graphics of the game were just terrible. So bad that it made the hidden object scenes very very challenging. The look of the game is very fuzzy. I have played many other games that looked better than this one and I know that it is not my computer. I was so dissapointed with the graphics that I could not even stand to play the game for more than 10 minuets. It is a shame because I was really hoping to enjoy the game since the story seemed interesting enough.
March 16, 2012
Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen
Before writing this review I paged through the previous reviews. Reading those reviews help me identify just what is so aggravating and ultimately distasteful to people that play many games of this genre.
Its as if the developers let anyone and everyone work on this project. There is no overall sense of purpose or direction here. Its a little this, a little that, a dash of something else and other extraneous ingredients.
It is neither one thing or an other. It is a failure. It is also vaguely insulting to those who play these games. Did they believe no one would notice the lack of integrity in this production?
Where was the chef de cuisine while the other cooks were making hash out of his creation?
I would be deeply embarrassed if this "dish" came out of my kitchen.
March 24, 2012
A little too dark for me
But thats a personal preference, so others may not care. I didnt have problems with graphics they were ok. Story was very long by many standards so you do get your moneys worth for that. I never played the previous games but have no desire to do so just because, over all, i really tired of this game by the end and was just skipping thru mini's just to get on with it. Ending was not very satisfying. 2 stars cause I personally just didnt like the game, but i will recommend it for those who like blood and gore, decent storyline and long game length.
April 11, 2012
Might be nice but SO ugly
I just played 5 minutes of the demo and could not stand it. Such awful graphics! So raw, unfinished, like it was made in the '80s or something.
Having played the most wonderful games, like Fantastic Creations: House of Brass for example, this is a major let down.
It's a pity really, the story might be interesting, but I don't enjoy these graphics.
March 31, 2012
Now I may need glasses for life.....
The low rez font and graphics gave me a headache minutes into the game. At this level of HOG's I do expect more than a return to Pac Man screen resolutions. I have no idea how good the game may have been because I could not play for more than 45 minutes.
April 9, 2012