Entwined: Strings of Deception
For Straight HOG Lovers Only....
I was really in the mood for a good murder mystery so I decided to try this game. I knew there would be a lot of H0 scenes, since it is hard to find mysteries on here that are without H0 scenes, but I thought that the story and the puzzles would keep it from being completely monotonous. I was wrong about that. I am not a Straight HOG lover, but can enjoy a game that has a lot of H0 scenes in it, if there are other elements to maintain my interest such as good puzzles, adventure and a gripping story. The demo makes it seem as if there are more puzzles in the game than there are, and that disappointed me. After the demo, puzzles are few and far between, and the few that you do come across aren't very unique. There is a need for finding inventory items and using them, but most are found through hidden object scenes. Instead of there being adventure, you pretty much wander from one H0 scene to another. When you do need to use an inventory object, it usually opens another hidden object scene instead of a puzzle. The demo makes the game seem more like a HOPA than a Straight HOG, but it is deceiving in that way, since most of the latter half of the game is one H0 scene after another. I am not complaining about the amount of H0 scenes, since I knew there would be a lot, I was just hoping there would be more puzzles, interactivity and adventure mixed in to break up the monotony.
The story isn't bad, but I was able to figure out who the murderer was pretty early on in the game, and my only reason for finishing it was to find out if I was right (which I was). It does seem as if the Dev put a lot of thought into the story and tried to make it good, but I don't understand why they set it in 1970. The game did not feel like the '70s to me at all, and there were some glaring anachronisms in some of the H0 scenes, one that particularly stood out to me being a computer disk. I don't understand why they didn't set the game in present day, since it would work just as well that way.
I enjoyed the demo enough to buy the game, but after the demo, I found the game to be pretty boring, and had to force myself to finish it. It is unfortunate that they did not add more puzzles, adventure and interactivity to the game. H0 scenes often repeated themselves, and were not interactive at all, which made them particularly snooze-worthy. The story and characters had the potential to be really interesting, and it's too bad that the rest of the game couldn't be.
November 21, 2012
I've played much better.
I downloaded this and played for about 40 minutes, and I was disappointed. The music was good, but the voice acting was terrible. The voices were wooden and reminded me of Microsoft Sam. There were also some syntax errors that gave the impression that the dialogue had been badly translated from another language. The story didn't grip me at all, and I found the introduction video frankly confusing. I'll be uninstalling this game and won't be buying it. If you want a good murder mystery game, play any of the James Patterson Women's Murder Club games instead.
March 12, 2012
Too dull, too plodding
I love detective mysteries but this was definitely way too boring to hold my attention & all I could do was plod through the game to get to the end as soon as possible. It was a classic murder but without any of the ingeniousness of an Agatha Christie or the enjoyment of a James Patterson.
The objectives are very clear & you will end up with a long task list; if you get stuck simply click on the task & you will get a list of actions to solve the puzzle, sort of like a built in walkthrough.
The voiceovers are excellent but unfortunately none of the dialogue is clickable so you have to sit through interminable speeches or skip the scene altogether. The graphics remind me of the old fashioned games, they are very flat & uninteresting.
The hidden object scenes are all junk piles, the puzzles are nothing new & you end up filling up your inventory with items & wondering what to do with half of them. You do get to collect 17 fingerprints & 20 pieces jewellery as an extra task during the game but even this extra did not warm me to the gameplay.
April 16, 2012
Not worth the credit
I burned a credit on this game. I found the graphics beautiful, and the sound was good. The game itself is tedious and lots of backtracking. You have stuff in your inventory you don't know what to do with. Hard to get objects to open doors and locks. No mini-puzzles to speak of. Characters are likeable. I really don't like to say negative things about any game, but I would not buy this game again. Map is worthless, does not tell you if there is an objective in the area. Story line is plausible, but I was determined to finish, when I really wanted to quit the game and go get another game.
Sorry Big Fish I can't reccommend this game.
March 16, 2012
Don't care for the graphics, sound, hints...the game.
March 12, 2012
Good for a 12 year old
Way too simple.......not challenging. Maybe good for a small person, but believe it or not I didn't get that until I bought it!!
March 12, 2012
not my cup of tea
this game is boring i usually do the demo first then wait for a holiday special but if this game comes out as dd i would not buy it
March 14, 2012
Entwined: Strings of Deception
Just could not get into this game. I loved the graphics but that was it. Did not hold my interest enough to play the whole demo.
March 15, 2012
I was disappointed. I went back and forth so many times. The map did not allow movement. Many items in HOS were obscured and dark - and this on a large screen. There were also somewhat odd items to search and no hints for HOS. The hints referred to objectives and those were very detailed.
Detective finds the criminal, of course, and for anyone who reads mysteries, the culprit was obvious. I finished it but can't see playing it again.
October 12, 2013
Tedious toward torment!
I read the positive reviews and really, really wanted to enjoy this game the same way. But I was so bored I couldn't finish. The story was not too bad, but the delivery is awful and dialogue soooo sloooow. The hints are ridiculous - highlighted scenes where you have completed all tasks still show a hovering magnifying glass. The hint button gives you a list of "objectives", and clicking one gives you instead detailed instructions on completing a scene! No fun!
I completed one minigame puzzle which I KNOW was right, but the door wouldn't open. I even used a walkthrough to find a screenshot of the minigame to make sure I had completed it! But I had to use the "skip" function before I could continue. Very, very frustrating.
I purchased this game and maybe I'll go back and try again, but YAWN I hope I'm never that bored!
March 16, 2013