Haunting Mysteries: The Island of Lost Souls
What a Great Game!
I think the game started off a little slow but the supense builds as you move into the story. I just finished the game and wanted to pass on how much I enjoyed the story and game play. There has already been many reviews on this game and it is a great game. I loved the story of Lillian and Angus and their sad love story. The ghost were so much fun to listen to with their scottish accent. Even in death Lord Neville will not release Lillian. You just have to keep playing to help her and the other ghosts that are trapped. I really liked the errie mood and ghostly atmosphere. The graphics, the music and the voices were so right for this type of game. This is my first 5 rating. I hope others enjoy it as much as I did!
July 17, 2012
POOR LOST SOUL
From the demo this one started out slow for me then grabbed me as I went along..the voice overs were outstanding the visuals are great..this is one that i will definenly buy..ive got to see what happens with lillian ... her crying got to me the most
June 20, 2012
Gets progressively more difficult! Awards & achievements in SE
TITLE?Haunting Mysteries: The Island of Lost Souls
VERSION?Standard Edition (full game)
DEVELOPER?Fuzzy Bug Interactive
GENRE?Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure (supernatural)
STORYLINE?You're flying north of Scotland when an unnaturally strong storm suddenly forms and forces you to crash land on an uncharted island. You soon discover the island is uninhabited as well, with the exception of a myriad of spirits trapped by an evil ghost bent on fulfilling an unrequited love. In order to escape the island, you must free the spirits and banish the ghost, presumably to you-know-where.
OVERVIEW?I bought this on a whim when it was offered to me at discount after acquiring another game. Many Fishies who reviewed it indicated they thought it should have been a CE. That, plus the attention to detail I noticed in the graphics shown in the screen shots intrigued me. I was pleasantly surprised to find a familiar storyline extremely well done, brilliant graphics, and a game that became progressively more difficult.
GAMEPLAY?Point 'n' click adventure with HO scenes and puzzles. The HO scenes start out relatively simply?zoomed in views with larger objects?and progress to incredibly difficult?full rooms with small, well-hidden objects. Similarly, the "haunted souls" are, in the beginning" easy to spot. Near the end, there were several scenes where I couldn't find the soul to save my own life. Puzzles were mostly familiar, but saved by the gorgeous graphics and level of difficulty.
INTERFACE?Journal: None. Map: None, and while there is some backtracking, it's not onerous. Hints: You'll need them! See the rest of my review. Specials: 32 awards to be won, and 40 "haunted souls" to be found. The "haunted souls," while remaining in one place, tend to morph in and out as shadows move, candles flicker, etc. Strategy Guide: N/A.
TECHNICAL?Didn't accept my trackpad's tap setting; I had to actually click.
GRAPHICS?Incredible use of color, texture, and light and shadow to accent the mood of each scene, to aid in hiding items in the HOs, and to add to the player's immersion into the game.
CUTSCENES?The "storytelling" cutscenes were mainly each spirit just shimmering while the voiceover filled you in. There was good in-game action animation (when putting a key into a lock, for example).
MUSIC?I heard two themes repeated ad nauseum, and often abruptly cutting off to dead silence. This is an area where the devs could use improvement. And, really, you don't have to have a melody playing all the time. But at least give us some ambient sounds, some moodiness. Go back and play Myst to see how it's done really well.
SOUND?Same complaint as "music." Other than waves crashing onto shore when you were near ocean, there was often dead silence. Ambient sounds add a LOT to player immersion.
VOICEOVER?Absolutely perfect. Other devs should play this game just to see how voiceovers should be done.
SUMMARY?If the music and sound had been on point, I could have given this game 5 stars. The devs took an old story and retold it beautifully with the help of brilliant voice acting, excelled in the graphics department, and developed a game that grew progressively more difficult from beginning to end. If they step it up in the music/sound area and give us some unique storytelling, I can't wait to see what they do next.
March 20, 2013
A Must Buy For Me!
I love that the hint button loads quickly, that your are able to click when most spirits are talking to speed it up and not wait until they are done and you have already read what they are saying. I'ts fun, adventerous, challenging also there are hidden object spots that are great! There is some back tacking but it's not that bad so far. I just completed the trial and this game will be my next buy!
July 21, 2012
This one is addicting
I like HOGs that have special items to search for within the game. The extra challenge of hunting for the lost souls was terrific. Very good HOG, quick hint refills, great graphics, good music. The other puzzles were challenging and fun but not impossible to figure out. It also has both the creep and fear factor because you don't know what to expect.
July 14, 2012
This game is a real treat. I felt it was very user-friendly in its mini games and object/ghost interaction. Not too many hidden object games, and the back and forth wasn't obsessive.
July 10, 2012
Just creepy enough
Liked this game very much. Enjoyed the traveling to Scotland.
Loved the voices of the characters. Help Lillian get free from the hands of evil. Hints not of much use. Graphics beautifully done. I did not find all the lost souls, hidden too well. Would have liked the story to last a bit longer, not many places to explore. But for an afternoon of fun try this game.
June 23, 2012
I loved this game from the moment I hit Play. No hints except for HO's and no journal or map. Lots of locations, but they keep your activity to one area at a time so you aren't running too far. The puzzles were fun, maybe a little easy....but I was having a good time. I don't use sound so no idea there. When there is dialog you can hit the space bar to go at your own pace of reading which I love. I thought it was a well put together game.
June 27, 2012
The graphics are great and game play progresses logically. I played on the difficult level and the puzzles were interesting, but not too difficult, although I did check the walk through for one of the puzzles because I could not decipher the object of the game from the instructions. I enjoyed the format for the HOS.
June 24, 2012
very good but short
the graphic and the story were good but overall lenght of the game wasn't long enough. I'm finding that the games nowadays are only allowing you to complete one task at a time. The inventory you carry is mininal and that makes it the overall game too easy. imho ('12)
October 1, 2012