Secrets of the Seas: Flying Dutchman
If you can play this game without a map,and with lame hints that take forever to recharge, my hat's off to you.
It's a good looking game but there's so much nonsensical backing and forthing that I don't understand it's high rating.
I finished it with the help of a walk-through but it was painful all the way.
If you're the person who can finish this game without hints and a walk-through, I bow to your superior skills and infinite patience.
I won't be back for a sequel.
December 15, 2012
BASED ON COMPLETED GAME
I enjoy this game every time I play it. At first it seems pretty simple. Your friend has lost a bet with an evil PIRATE CAPTAIN, and is forced to join the crew of the FLYING DUTCHMAN, a legendary ghost ship that can never make port, doomed to sail the oceans forever.
However, throwing your lot in with him in the hopes of rescuing him, you find yourself HELPING the CAPTAIN, AGAINST HIS WILL, to UNDO the curse. Plenty of land-based action as well as on the ?briny waters?.
I like the GRAPHICS on this one. They?re not the best you?ve ever seen, but they are BRIGHT, COLOURFUL & RICHLY TEXTURED.
MUSIC was TYPICAL swashbuckling stuff, but I really liked the AMBIENT sound in much of the game. VOICEOVER was limited to the opening.
The GAMEPLAY was a good mix of 2 parts ADVENTURE, 2 parts (INTERACTIVE LIST) HO SCENES ? visited twice, 1 part PUZZLES. None of it was hard. But...
HINT outside HOS was useless, and there was NO MAP. There was a JOURNAL, with essential details.
You have COLLECTIBLES in the form of PEARLS, which offer backstory, and are a NECESSARY part of the game.
A surprising amount of story was included in this game, making far more interesting than a standard pirate game.
No underwater locations, however, to my sorrow. Still, solid entertainment.
May 24, 2013
Well worth the money.
Fun game to play. Graphics were good and I like the music. Once you get into the game it's hard to stop. Good job Big Fish on this one.
May 18, 2012
Fly With the Dutchman!
I loved this game since the trial version and I finally bought it recently. It is super fun and intuitive, yet challenging.
I am really glad I got it and I am sure I will play it over and over as time goes on.
The atmosphere changes. It's another one that has its share of diabolical characters but at the same time has some very sweet elements which are refreshing.
May 17, 2012
animal lovers beware
I admit I avoid the horror genre games unless they have especially appealing locations, graphics and stories. I love the nautical theme and graphics and liked the story to this game at first.
Then the game deteriorated for me. His friend disappeared from the action and there was no human interaction except with the villain. The story pretty much got lost and was replaced by the legend of the Flying Dutchman.
What caused me to delete the game about half-way through was that out of 7 animals he encountered all the animals or interactions were unfriendly except one neutral.
If you don't like people or animals and just like things interacting with each other, this is the game for you.
May 21, 2012
Way too much backing tracking from scene to scene for 1 clue. Most puzzles were easy. Bored with it 1/2to 3/4 way through.
I would not recommend this!
July 30, 2012
Yep, thar she "blows"...
Don't waste the time nor the money on this one. Too many games are rated 4 stars that should be only three at best. Poor story line and development. back and forth and just not a good game. Ho's are good but that is it. I rated three but was generous.
May 28, 2012
adventure and hidden object, beautiful blend of fun. beautiful music
July 12, 2012
Good Game, but Not Exciting
After your ship is sunk by the Flying Dutchman, you find out your friend has lost everything, even his freedom, and has become a slave on the Flying Dutchman. So, you decide to find a way to free him. The graphics are wonderful and the music is good. The pirate captain looks creepy, but he isn't scary. In fact, he talks like Captain Flint in Walt Disney's Treasure Island, a movie I watched many years ago. Tasks make sense, and the puzzles are good ones. The strategy guide is very helpful, and the hints are moderately helpful. HOS is clutter, but not dirty junk, and I appreciate that. Objects you find are useful. There is a good journal, to give you the feeling of the game. The level of challenge is moderately difficult, but the hints are only helpful if you are in an area with a task or HOS. Several "Flying Dutchman" games have been released by other developers recently, but only three for Mac's. I bought two of those, and love them! But Secrets of the Seas, Flying Dutchman, just didn't "grab" me like the others did.
June 22, 2012
Walk the plank
That is what the developers of this game should do - walk the plank. I must have played a different game than some of the other reviewers did who rated it highly. The story is a real stinker, and it seems at times as if there isn't a real story at all, just blobs of stuff to fill in during game play. Gameplay is OK with IA HOSs. No map, but you don't need one since action is limited. I think this is one of the worst games out there. Try it before you buy it.
August 6, 2012