Whispered Stories: Sandman
Good but way too short!
This game is interesting. It's on the easy side. The HOS are easy, as well as the mini-games.
There is a journal, and no map, but you don't need one since there aren't many locations.
The problem is that, without skipping, I only needed 1 1/2 hours to finish.... This is really too short!
So I would recommend the game for beginners, as a DD or with a coupon.
June 14, 2013
A fun little game for your weekend entertainment
I was glad i finally got this little gem of a game, acquired more out of curiosity than anything else. Yes, it's rather short compared to the norm, but it's fun, engaging, & pretty well done, tho' not intense with special fx like we're seeing more often these days. Graphix in most places are quite nice, while the few cutscenes are not spectacular. Voice overs & narration are pretty good. This HOPA is heavier on the adventure end, & there's no walkthru & little help via hints, so you're engaging the little gray cells to get you through, which makes it more fun & challenging than i thought it would be. HOscenes are easy to do & to see, & the game isn't overloaded with them. The story is nice, barely stepping over the boundary into spooky, with no witches, demons, or occult influence - just the Sandman gone bad, & you're the little boy who will save your friend & save the day. It's a fun little game to while away a bit of time, relaxing to play, & worth a buy if that's what you're in the mood for. Happy gaming!
August 11, 2012
Interesting little game
Having played the demo, I bought the game with a bonus credit as I wanted to see how it progressed.
It appears quite simplistic when you start playing but the level of challenge in figuring out what to do next and some of the puzzles was surprisingly good. I played on 'dreamer' level so no sparkles but still have the hint button. The HOS are standard but some good interactive stuff which is not immediately obvious.
I found the game quite short overall, but entertaining nonetheless if you want something a little different from the games we usually play.
May 25, 2012
this was about one of the shortest games i have ever played from big fish,,very disappointed.
May 26, 2012
Could have been better
The game was entertaining but not as much fun as i thought it would be. Hints are not always clear and the game was too short..
May 22, 2012
GREAT ADVENTURE BUT MAYBE SHORT FOR SOME
Completed game in 3 hours. If you're a fast player, you may complete most of it during the demo. It?s the 19th century. Your friend Mary was taken by the Sandman. He will drain her of her energy and soul unless you save her in time.
Voice overs ? very good
HOS ? easy, mildly crowded, detailed
Puzzles ? very unique, interesting and varying degrees of challenge. Last puzzle I found rather hard.
Good ratio of HOS to puzzles
Adventure ? lots of it
Music ? nonintrusive
Sense of humor ? the cat in the hat was very amusing; the sick raccoon was amusing and he sure was demanding
Monsters ? appear after Mary was taken a second time
Graphics ? very good, colorful where appropriate
Animation - excellent
November 4, 2013
It was okay
Judging by the 2 reviews of this game, I expected a much better game. It was slow to get going at first, as there was not a lot of *direction* as to what to do next, but once I got the hang of it, it wasn't too bad. There are 3 levels of play, and I played on the easiest level, which still had a decent amount of challenge. One thing I found to be annoying was that when you were picking up pieces of an item, it didn't tell you how many pieces were needed, so you would start to put something together only to find that it wouldn't work because you didn't have all the pieces. Also, and this is a personal preference, when I play HOG I like my HOS to remain accurate to the time period in which the game is set - this game does not do that. One scene has you looking for a pin - which to me would be a pin used either in dressmaking, or a pin for a pin board, but no, it was a bowling pin! The graphics were reasonable, but I've seen much better. The music and sound effects were okay, and you have the option of muting all. You also have the option of a system cursor, which does take a little away from the game, but was necessary on my computer, as some games can cause my mouse to be sluggish. I played the demo right to the end, but this isn't an immediate purchase for me - possibly for a Daily Deal sometime.
May 21, 2012
Maybe it's just me but this game just did not 'flow'. The interactive indicators #boot for moving to another area and spyglass for zoom-in# seemed cumbersome and imprecise. The game did not follow a discernable line of logic to me and I spent a lot of time figuring out where to go next. Many times, after I found out, I thought, "now how was I supposed to know that?" So I began to use the hint button more and more which kind of ruins the experience. Guessing at random doesn't reward skill and for me, it's not really fun either. Lastly, all that was so distracting that I couldn't tell you what the story was about...Mini-games seemed either very easy or had inadequate instructions. Sorry..I just didn't get it..so I guess just try it out and see...viva la demo!
May 21, 2012
Decent game - good combo of many likeable features, good story + graphics + clear HO scenes. Don't know about voice-overs. No map, hints point/flash to the next step + recharge quickly. The low rating is for all the sand thrown in my eyes for no rhyme or reason!
A can opener to cut a rainwater pipe....huh?? A pipe dream, indeed! Try that in reality and you'll need a visit to the ER. Being vague when accuracy is reqd. - how many pieces of wood need to be found? Using the hint button too often to just make sense of the next step takes the fun + challenge out and makes me lose interest.
Not nitpicking - it's a game, yeah, I get artistic freedom. But, by doing this, the Devs ended up actually reducing what could have been an excellent and refreshingly different game to a below-the-par one. I truly wanted to like it and buy it but am quite discouraged with what I've played (6 mins left on trial).
As always - do try it for yourself to decide & hope this helps.
May 21, 2012
Not worth a credit
I liked everything except it could have been more of a challenge and much longer. It was way too short for me. It's a good beginner's game. Pretty simple.
May 21, 2012