Surface: The Noise She Couldn`t Make Collector`s Edition
I have to give this game 5 stars. Even though parts of it like the HOGs were super easy and needed items were easy to find. It is a great game. The storyline is unique. It really held my attention. I liked the use of real people in the cutscenes. The soundtrack was suited to each situation and did not become annoying. The mini games required thought not just speed and dexterity. Interactive map. Yes! and it is suitable for all age groups and skill levels. The bonus game was one of the longest I have played. I even enjoyed decorating my office. Well worth the price.
August 7, 2012
Buy it. Get the collectors edition. I have played hundreds of casual adventure games of this type, and this ranks very high. The character development is excellent, you grow to care a lot about the main character and helping her to overcome her intense inner pain. The artwork is excellent and well above what I have seen in other games, it has phantasmic air about it as you wander through worlds that cross the boarder between reality and nightmare. The game is well balanced in the "casual" category. That is, it's not too hard and not too easy, it strikes a nearly perfect midpoint which makes it entertaining to play without making it frustrating to complete. I never had to use a "hint". Some of the puzzles were refreshingly amusing and fun. Very original.
August 5, 2012
My favorite game this year!
Loved the story line and the different types of puzzles. The hidden objects weren't too much as some games are. I couldn't stop playing this game!
August 5, 2012
Again, another game that had all of my favorites: live actors, VOs, HOs, puzzles. The HOs were clear and for once I didn't have to strain my eyes to find them. The psychic delving into Jane's mind to release her from torment was a great storyline but it doesn't stop there. Besides the HOs, you have to collect blue flowers along the way to purchase items. Since this was the CE, this part didn't matter to me and I didn't do the bonus game play. I prefer SEs for the price :|) and the storyline, not the bells and whistles. There didn't seem to be many puzzles but you did have to interact with the entire scene to find items in addition to the HOs so keep scanning with that mouse. Didn't much pay attention to the music because I was concentrating on helping Jane. Bravo to the DEVS!!!
August 5, 2012
This game is visually stunning. The storyline is not an entirely new one, but the psychological component was not one which I recall seing done before. Collecting the blue flowers in order to decorate your office was a fun little feature, but I wish that I could have placed the items were I wanted them. The story revolves around the case of a girl who has a dual personality, and as new discoveries are made about her identity and her past, new symptoms arise. Most of us who are seasoned players have seen many games revolving around patients with things we must cure, but the psychological component was really fun for me, because I am a psychology master's student. Anyone who is interested in traumatic experiences that result in psychological disturbances could probably appreciate this fearture of the storyline.
There were not a lot of HO scenes, and the fact that they were not interactive was just slightly disappointing. HO scenes were colorful, clear, and pretty easy for me, which was nice because my eyesight is not the greatest. The map is interactive and can be used to teleport to different scenes, but it lacked objective lists, which would have been nice. The game filled my widescreen laptop monitor, which I really appreciated, as I am getting more and more frustrated with developers that do not take this into account.
The strategy guide does hold your place, although I did not really use it much. The hint system is great, hints charge relatively quickly, and clicking on a hint during adventure portions of the game will give you a clue as to what you need to do, and where you must go to achieve an objective. One of my very favorite scenes was a ship in the bonus game, that made me feel like I was at the ocean on a boat during sunset.
Overall, the game was very well done, which I found even better than the first Surface game, which I also enjoyed. The improvements over the first game are the beautiful burst of color throughout the game, a more interesting storyline, ease of game play that did not frustrate me, the great map and hint system, and the fun decorate your own office feature. Congratulations to the developers, who really made this a great, fun, beautiful, and relaxing game, that was extremely well done. I highly recommend!
August 4, 2012