Entwined: Strings of Deception
HOS Happy! Fun Not!
This review is based on game play in hard mode.
Out of consideration for the talented folks who developed this game, it pains me not to be able to give a thumbs up.
The reviews had me set to absolutely love this game but unfortunately the tedium was almost immediate.
The M.O. was random schlepping from scene to scene and back again. --Not unlike a day at the mall shopping until you drop.
The gamer has the "bonus job" of locating items of jewelry and fingerprints in each scene. The way this was implemented made game play became formulaic -
1) Enter a scene,
2) play the HOS,
3) locate the fingerprint,
4) find the jewelry,
5) move on,
6) Not sure what to do next? Meander from room to room, find a random HOS that will yield some Gizmo for later use.
Map: There was a map but it did not allow movement from location to location so was of limited use.
Case File: A case file took the place of a journal. It's clear a lot of effort went in to putting it together but it was rarely of use. A couple of times I wound up writing things down that weren't captured anywhere else.
Strategy Guide/HINTS: The HINT system was very well put together and like a strategy guide. Very nicely done.
Mini-Games: These were the usual fair, few and far between, and shamelessly easy.
Storyline: The gamer is kept on a tight leash and herded in a single direction to close the case.
This one is just not my cup of tea.
Again, thanks to the developers for their hard work, but I cannot recommend this game.
June 22, 2012
The year 2005 called, and it wants it's game back......
Wow. I really wanted to like this game - it had some of my favorite elements in it. I like detecting, puzzles, figuring out whodunit....exploring a mansion. Questioning suspects.
This game could have been really good, but a combination of graphics and game play that are reminiscent of games YEARS old really spoiled it. The graphics could have been forgiven if the game play had risen above mediocre, as fun game play will trump pretty graphics any day...but there were neither of those things here.
The voice acting left something to be desired as well; most of it was ok, but the main protagonist - your character, the one you have to listen to the most - was downright terrible. She sounded as if she were reading straight from the script, rather monotone and even bored sounding.
There were also some out of time objects - this was supposed to have taken place in 1970, but things like a razor scooter were in the hidden object scenes. That's just lazy!
This is a no buy for me, not even if it were a daily deal.
March 14, 2012
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
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
Could be better
As someone who loves whodunnits I think this could have been so much better. Sound and graphics were ok although a little dated. The story about a murder mystery in a mansion was excellent and there was a helpful casefile with all the information. However the game did have its' flaws. Firstly there were too many HO scenes, would have preferred more puzzles. The inventory sometimes displayed the objectives instead of items as they were both very near each other. Finally, areas where problems had been solved were still highlighted with a magnifying glass, making you think that there was more to do in that scene. It did get rather tedious towards the end so for those factors I am not recommending this.
May 1, 2014
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
would never have bought this game if I had read some of the reviews stating there was no blog or forum for it thru Big Fish. If you try through google you will find some elsewhere, but none from the company your paying your money to!! If there were a CE version or some sort of help on BF it would be a decent game. Right now I am totally stuck and no help at all. If BF ever gets the help I would recommend this game but not now.
December 12, 2012