Ghost Towns: The Cats of Ulthar
HIDDEN OBJECTS - FUN
Artistry was a little too dark for my tastes, but enjoyed the challenge and twists
March 23, 2012
good hidden object game
found this one thoroughly enjoyable.
March 11, 2012
If not for the cats, I'd not have liked it as much
I did not like to see such a young looking child in a cage...I guess that is just me, though. But I did enjoy the cats. I think if you have a free credit coming to you, then use it on this game. I don't know if I would have bought it unless it was through a free credit, even with the cats.
I think this is a game that I am on the fence about, but it was indeed the cats that interested me most.
June 3, 2012
I played this game when the CE came out, and at that time I was a little undecided about it, so when the SE came out, I downloaded the demo, and it's been sitting there waiting for me to play it. Tonight I decided to give it another look, and I enjoyed it so much I purchased it and am in the process of downloading it. The graphics in this game are delightful. The cut scenes look like roughly drawn illustrations, but when you get to the real gameplay the scenes are extremely well done and are very realistic. I also love that there are interactive areas that you can click on that don't affect the game, but are fun just the same. I got quite a fright when I moved a box and bugs went scurrying in all directions! There's an extra element of finding 24 hidden cats throughout the game, which adds to the gameplay. There is a fair bit of going back and forth, without a map, so if you don't like doing this, then you may find that tiresome. There are quite a few HOS, but I enjoy those, and they aren't too difficult. Each time you are left with an object that is useful to you in another area of the game. I enjoyed the demo of this game, and like a lot of other games, the demo isn't the full 60 minutes, but ends at a certain point in the game - enticing you to purchase the game. I, for one, am looking forward to getting back to the game to continue with the story!
May 23, 2012
More fun that it looked!
This games looked a little cheesy to me but after downloading the trial I was pleasantly surprised.
The graphics and story line were great. I enjoyed playing a HOG that didn't have a bunch of blood and gore at the heart of the story. I will say that it wasn't as long as I would have liked and some of the puzzles were too easy but otherwise both time and money well spent.
April 1, 2012
The Cats of Ulthar
After reading some discouraging reviews, I downloaded the demo of the game expecting to be disappointed. After my hour was up I was hooked on the story and could hardly wait to upgrade to the full version! Yes, the artwork for the animated scenes are rough and unfinished. However, the rest of the graphics are terrific, with detailed, well drawn environments and clear, interesting hidden object scenes. You collect useful objects far and wide and some do not turn up in a timely manner which was a little frustrating until I just decided to relax and roll with it. There is quite a bit of trotting back and forth between scenes, but once I got my hands on a key object I could hardly wait to see what would happen next. My cats and I got a kick out of the hint sound effects. I look forward to seeing more Ghost Towns games!
March 18, 2012
Hidden option game.
I decided after reading other reviews to try the collectors edition. I was pleased with the trial game. Graphics are good
Plenty of help for an oldie like me. The cat does go on a bit, but there is an option to turn it down. I never have music playing anyway. I have now bought the game and enjoy it so far.
March 11, 2012
Not exactly enthralling
The story is somewhat original, based on hordes of cats turning into bloodthirsty beasts, except that the only cat you see is the one that meows every 10 seconds and is in charge of the hints.
Most of the game revolves around two components:
- many HO Scenes, which are the usual mess
- a lot of backtracking
A few puzzles here and there, pretty simple and totally standard.
And a few basic and boring tasks that make up the adventure... always the same stuff: find a key, use a crowbar, an axe, etc...
The visuals are not great; the locations are satisfactorily drawn and colored though often blurry, but the intro and the custscenes are terrible.
The music is soft, you have 3 Modes of difficulty, and plenty of hints on Casual which help you find the hidden objects and direct you through the different locales.
On the basis of the demo, it is hardly worth more than 3 stars due to some of the graphics, the absence of challenge, the too many HO Scenes and the overall lack of originality.
Definitely not a game for my collection.
March 10, 2012
Based on Demo
I found the initial cutscene poorly done graphics, cartoonish.
Then I get into more of the game & the graphics are crisp & clear, then the puzzles are back to cartoonish. Confusing back & forth like that
The plot is intriguing & you need to collect 24 extra cats, that's good distraction.
There is alot of HOS-Hidden Object Scenes, which I like.
The hint cat can be tiring, but you can opt out of his noise. Hint recharge quickly & the cat can give directional help if needed.
Easy mini games, no map but "sneaker" alert! you'll be traveling back & forth ALOT.
Overall, interesting plot, bizarre graphics, mellow music, meowing cat every few second, easy HOS, Easy Mini Games-
It's an OK buy.
March 11, 2012
Such a shame
Except for the storyline (which IS new and interesting) you could play any of a hundred other games and not miss a thing when playing this one. The graphics are either terrible or just not my style. I suspect it's somewhere in the middle. Without voice overs it's way to quiet, except of course for the annoying cat meow every few seconds. And how about that. If these cats are suppose to be mean, then why are they meowing so sweetly? Just a thought. Anyway, there just isn't anything remarkable about this game. Replay an old one that you liked, you'll have more fun!
March 10, 2012