Secrets of the Seas: Flying Dutchman Collector's Edition
as a sailor, i wanted to like this game, but it was only a big "meh" for me. i wasn't impressed with anything about this game, really. i can see how others might enjoy this game, so this is the reason for my 3-star rating, even though i do not recommend purchasing this game.
storyline: i am trying to rescue a friend who lost everything, including his freedom, to an evil pirate captain, in a card game. for some reason, this story did not really resonate with me. possibly because i got to roam around the pirate ship without the captain interacting with me at all. wouldn't the captain want to at least threaten or scare me a little bit? further, my "friend" whom i was supposedly rescuing never acknowledged my presence on the ship, nor were there any other pirates to make my life (or object collecting) difficult.
graphics & animation: the graphics were nice in many scenes although i thought some scenes were rather primitive (getting water in the kettle, for example, was a bit annoying because the graphics were not that inspiring and the animation was slow and kind of klunky).
music was okay, not intrusive, appropriate, but again, not inspiring.
my interaction: one hour demo.
May 27, 2012
Not a very interesting game. Gets more and more boring.
At the beginning I was really into "Secrets of the Seas: Flying Dutchman", but then I lost my interest. I didn't play the game until the end since I got bored of it and so I can't comment on the extras. There is nothing original here nor great. A very average if not less than average game.
- Nice graphics, probably the most average I've ever seen, but cartoonish, so I liked them;
- Beautiful artwork;
- The Captain voice-over was good;
- The music was great, one of the best things, really. Not annoying, pleasant to hear;
- The whole game and the storyline is not original at all. Been there and done that a hundred times, so after a while of playing it, I started to get bored by the second and gave up on playing the game;
Overall, this game is nice to spend some leisure time, but nothing else. That's why I'll still recommend it.
May 7, 2013
T'was OKish me hearties!
Hmm...I was hoping for a bit more umph and swashbucking style!! Hey ho as it turns out it is just slooooowwwww.
Don't think I'll bother and wait for Nightmares of the Deep: Cursed Heart to get my pirate fix.
Might be worth it as a SE but does not cut the mustard as a CE I'm afraid.
April 22, 2012
Done to Death storyline brings down the rating
The game in general was a bore. A done to death storyline doesn't help either, Here are my thoughts.
Easy Hidden Object Scenes
Lots of places needed something to either enter or pass
The storyline- the pirate theme has been done to death and this one hasn't used it well. It failed to hook me
At approx. 55 seconds, the hint takes way to long to recharge, so yo just sit there waiting. Lucky there's a strategy guide.
The skip button recharged slightly faster, but also took forever to recharge.
The game in general wasn't fun. Nothing about it wanted to keep me playing.
If you want to play a pirate themed game, don't play this; play Nightmares From the Deep: The Cursed Heart.
June 2, 2012
Secrets of the Seas: Flying Dutchman CE
The Flying Dutchman moors once every seven years to gather fresh souls in his crews. The captain wanders around taverns, offering sailors a chance to play dice with him. If the sailor wins, he receives mountains of gold, but if he loses, he is doomed to spend eternity aboard the Flying Dutchman as a servant! Unfortunately, this is exactly what happened to your friend Michael. Michael blew his entire inheritance in a card game and out of desperation he chose to play the captain a high stakes game of dice....and lost! Your luck however, was just the opposite, you won! The captain made a bet with you, if you lose you will be his servant, if you win you may board the Flying Dutchman and be with your friend, nobody will harm you. Now you must figure out how to free Michael from his lifelong contract and then figure out how to leave a ship that has just set sail for another seven years!
The cutscene video was horrible, some of the worse graphics I have ever seen, yet the game itself had decent graphics especially if you take into consideration how long ago this game was released! There aren't any frills either, no map, no special effects, and the game is easy to play, yet enjoyable. Once aboard the ship you will collect pearls to fix the captains broken necklace which I suspect will be the bargaining chip for Michaels release.
The Hidden Object Scenes are slightly interactive list finds and they repeat the HOS at least once so if you get stuck be sure to check out one of the previous scenes. The mini games are very basic such as repeating a color sequence. The mini game I thought was the most interesting was the game of dice you play with the captain. You roll 5 dice and choose 3 of those dice that add up to one of the numbers written on a sheet of paper, your tally must equal 6 different numbers to win.
This Collectors Edition has Screensavers, Concept Art, Wallpapers, Game Music, Mini Games, a built in Strategy Guide and a Bonus Chapter, enjoy!
November 9, 2014
Slow graphics, ridiculous plot line, on the fence with this one
A hidden object game with the usual minigames. The length is well worth the CE price, and the bonus game is a decent length. The hidden object scenes are good and have interesting graphic touches. The minigames are mostly easy and other than the dreaded "repeat the sequence" fun. And if you play on advanced or expert you really don't get sparkles highlighting things to do!! Unfortunately the journal and comments lead you way too much so I stopped reading the journal.
The voice overs are awful, the main character sounds like a slow mo character like Homer Simpson's "noooooooooooooooo".
The plot: I have a hard time seeing anything related to Flying Dutchman/Davy Jones without seeing the SpongeBob character, and what's with the fangs? And how stupid is the girl: WARNING PLOT SPOILER "well you killed all my family/friends and chained me up and left me to die a horrible death but if you're sorry I'll forgive you". Really.
My recommendation: wait for the SE and buy it on sale or with a free game coupon.
April 26, 2012
When was this made 20 years ago ? At the dawn of games on computers ?
June 3, 2012
Not Quite BFG Quality!
With such different opinions, tried the demo myself so this review is based on demo gameplay. Possibly a good game for the younger set or as another reviewer stated--a newcomer!! Again, voice overs sound tinny,but okay for younger game players. Lots of vibrant colors! The Dutchman is a scary looking pirate, however, not worthy of CE price tag! Not for me, although I have previously purchased games for the younger set.
With that said, I do not recommend this game, however, "thanks" to Taba Games for a concerted effort.
April 24, 2012
VERY HIDDEN HO
The hidden objects on the pirate ship are so well hidden that half of them are invisible until you randomly click on the correct spot. I otherwise loved the game.
April 25, 2012
For a CE, not much of a challenge. The game moves quickly but that is because you find a tool then use the tool.Not much of a thought process. I played the demo in well under an hour at the expert level. I would suggest this game for a newbe to the hidden object type of game.
April 23, 2012