Curse at Twilight: Thief of Souls
An Average Game with Nice Graphics
The storyline is simple and traditional. Your mission: escape a manor in which an evil spirit has trapped you and take Sarah [a ghost] with you.
Just as unsophisticated is the intro, although the voice-over isn't bad and sounds fairly natural.
The in-game music is soft and not unpleasant.
The graphics, though not exactly outstanding, are well drawn and nicely colored.
The game is more an adventure than a HOG as the emphasis is placed on tasks. These are all simple, unimaginative, similar to those you see in many other games such as.... fixing a broken bridge.
Most useful objects come in fragments scattered all over a scene; you need to find them and assemble them. There are not that many per scene and none present any real difficulty.
HO Scenes are few and far between, something much to my liking. They are a bit cluttered but neat enough for you to be able to spot the objects without trouble.
You can collect gold coins [which actually look like copper coins !], 4 per scene. Their purpose ? each set of coins gives you a photo of the location which is then stored on the map. The advantage is that this avoids backtracking as you can navigate from one locale to another just by clicking on the photos. However, collecting them is not compulsory as you can backtrack if you wish.
There is a total number of 28 locations to explore.
Hints recharge fast on the easier Mode and show you what to do next. However indications are a bit blurry so I had to keep my eyes peeled to see where I was being directed.
Puzzles and minigames are unimaginative, too, and not particularly challenging. There's no instruction but they can be skipped. I didn't see a Reset button.
Playtime is fairly long without rushing or skipping anything.
I also noted that gameplay was not fluid, even jerky at times, which is astonishing for a 125 MB game running on my Quad Core.
And something weird: in order to access the dungeon cell and then the grotto you have to go through....the first floor of the manor ! Huuuuh ???
This easy game is well suited to younger players or beginners, but may not satisfy seasoned players. In my opinion it is only worth between 3 and 3.5 stars. I suggest you try the demo and see how you like it. As for me, Curse at Twilight is not enthralling enough to be on my shopping list.
February 4, 2012
I was looking at the reviews for this game and was suprised that it was well liked. I did not care for this HOG and rate it as average. The music is fine, the graphics are fine, the game is so-so. During the game play, you have to find coins to earn the map location. This was great so that you didn't have to backtrack. The puzzle games were easy and nothing new. I did like the capturing of the mouse and then using him to power up a generator. This is not really a give away, as the generator does state that. I thought the finding pieces of an item in each scene was a great feature and fun, the object you are searching for is displayed on the screen until you find all the pieces, and it is annoying that it blocks the scene (but not the pieces). There are about 7-8 pieces that make up the item, and they are radomly placed about the scene, and not very well hidden. So it is not a challenging game, but might be fun for some. I was able to complete 2 rooms in the demo. Maybe the rest of the game gets better?
February 5, 2012
I really wanted to like this game because I'm tried of all the grim games and this one looked a little lighter but didn't even make it through the demo - too slow plus I hate games where you have to keep finding all of these little pieces of things. I did like that you had the option of lightening the areas.
February 9, 2012
This game really did not do a whole lot for me. Just a bit boring really. Not too impressive. I'd choose a different one if I were you.
April 22, 2012
Good game for kids!
Very slow, a great game for kids to play!
Visually pleasing, but very simplistic. The challenge would be perfect for a younger person. Not really meant, I don't think, for older, or more advanced players.
February 8, 2012
Great If you like HOG's
I can only give a review on the hour demo i played, i will not purchase this game myself, as i am abit over the whole hidden object scenes and finding parts of a key item before i can use it. the graphics were good, but nothing fantastic. I read someone compare it to Dire Grove...unfortunately i can see no comparison. If you are a fan of HOG's then you will probably really enjoy this game. one thing people may find helpful is the ability to brighton the screen, since this is quite a dark game.
February 24, 2012
could be better
this game is lacking communication when it comes to the mini games it is either guess or skip. i play hog's all the time and have never been so disappointed. the music and so on i can't rate cause i don't listen to it. the graphics are great. to purchase this game to me is a waste of time.
February 13, 2012
Like most games but not overloaded with HOG puzzles are decent but not too challenging. Has a map which is a plus in my opinion, I did not buy this because I was bored with it before my trial was over. Might be ok for a beginner, I mean it isn't the worst but I've seen a lot better
September 16, 2014
Good game for some but not for everyone
I actual found this game rather annoying. The story line was broken and confusing for starters. You're fighting against this guy name Grim and after having finished the game, I still don't know who he is or why we were fighting him. I have no idea who the people I was talking to were for the most part. There really was no story. It was choppy and pieced together. Almost like they made a bunch of random levels and then said oh lets put all this together and make it a game. The music was going well except for one door you go through, it was the same 10 second song on repeat the whole time which was a complete mood killer for that level. Also its really annoying to find the item you finally need and when you click on it it breaks in down into 5-8 pieces scattered throughout the scene, so I have to find it again. If this is how all their games are I'd rather NEVER play them again as they are not challenging but make me want to flip my computer because it got on my nerves. So no I would not recommend this game.
September 24, 2013
really need to be a collectors edition
June 27, 2013