Final Cut: Death on the Silver Screen
This is a decent game, but nothing to rave about.
Fun Factor: Somewhat fun. There are plenty of HOGs and unique puzzles to keep players from getting easily bored. Games don't repeat themselves like they do in others. The only annoying part was that there was no map, so there was a lot of backtracking between scenes, which gets tiresome after awhile.
Visuals/Sounds: The artwork is absolutely gorgeous in an art deco style. My only gripe is that some scenes are too/unnecessarily dark and it's hard to pick out objects.
The sounds may be considered monotonous, but if you listen carefully, they change between scenes, so the music isn't on a continuous loop.
The live actors do nothing for me--the creators of this game could've used 2-d characters and it'd be fine. I think many of these games feel forced to use live actors, but it's too jarring between the 2-d scenery and the real people. Also, it's weird to see the live actors talk, then morph into stationary characters. The live actors take away from the beautiful mansion and grounds of the game.
Challenge Level: Satisfactory. Some games are easier than others. HOGs are pretty standard, with a couple of fragmented objects you have to put together. I didn't struggle with the game like I have with others. There was no huge challenge finding the projector pieces, either.
Story: The story, once you find out "who did it" almost by the end of the demo, is pretty dull. The rest of the game is discovering the culprit's back story. There are no surprise twists. I think the plot could've been more interesting, but there wasn't much of a story to solve besides the paper fragments left around. This was a big disappointment in the game.
Overall, while the game is gorgeously built, the story falls flat. While the puzzles are interesting and somewhat novel, nothing really defines this as one of the best games I've ever played. It's worth buying if not for the artwork alone, but the kind of game you play when you're bored or have some time to kill.
August 12, 2012
Sigh- Occult Elements not Mentioned in Description
I read the reviews and downloaded the trial version of the game before purchasing and didn't see anything I might find objectionable. If you have no objection to occult elements you should enjoy the game. It is everything the other reviewers stated, but part way in these elements start popping up. If you prefer to avoid games that have occult elements you won't want to buy this one.
July 8, 2012
Too much running around
I just couldn't get into this game. In the beginning it was good, really nice graphics, storyline seemed promising....but then there was so much running around that I lost interest in what I was looking for or where I needed to use the item. Mind you, it's ok to find something and know to remember where that clue goes, but every frickin' frame of this game? And you had to go back 6 miles each time. Ugh! And I was so looking forward to this game from the reviews, most were 5 stars....I don't get it.
November 27, 2012
Good... but wow, those are a lot of stars
I enjoyed the game, however I don't understand the 5 star rating. The combination of real actors and computer generated graphics was odd. Most of the graphics were good, realistic, but the HO scenes were terrible! There were only a handful that weren't completely washed out. The map was very helpful in determining the next task, an ability to jump from scene to scene would have been helpful though. The storyline was exceptional for an HO/adventure game, I highly recommend it for that alone.
February 16, 2013
Two Things Drove Me Crazy
Loved everything about this game except for two things. Yes, the graphics were great, sound effects were perfect, voice overs were well done, puzzles were super challenging and the story line kept me interested.
HOWEVER, I found two issues with the game that bothered me the entire time I played. First, there was no transport map. Yes, there was a map but it didn't allow me to jump to the area I wanted to visit. I still had to run back and forth many, many times to get to the same places over and over again.
The other bothersome issue was that the Inventory didn't lock and was extremely sensitive. Every time I got anywhere near it, the stupid thing kept popping up and down. I would attempt to back out of a location and the Inventory bar would pop up instead. It was very distracting and frustrating.
Others may not find these two points as negatives, but to me, they brought down my rating of the game.
September 7, 2013
Got tired of it real fast !
Did not like the live characters, I liked the puzzles, but it never took me in. I got really bored.
October 21, 2012
Sorry guys, I found it tiring and boring
I could not focus on the game, because of the graphics.... I thought they were tiring.
The story line was ok. But the most annoying thing of all was that there was a map that you could only see things and not interact. For example I had to go back 4 or 5 screens just to complete a scene, or use the annoying slow elevator...
Why not make a interactive map where someone would just click and be on the next screen?
September 22, 2013
Major Snoozefest without Popcorn
I bought this game based on everyone else's reviews but boy, was I disappointed. I played the game in expert level without hints and was still mind numbingly bored. The cutscenes are amateurish and flat, the story line left me uninterested and the games were very easy. The graphics, though clear, were basically a mishmash of greens and browns with a little yellow thrown in. I get that it's a theater, but the lack of color bored me to the point that I couldn't wait for the game to end. I like a game like Phantasmat, Enigmatis or the Shadow Wolf series. Those games make you feel as if you are living the game. I like drama for goodness' sake, and I expected to find it in Final Cut because of it's theater setting.......but all it did was put me to sleep. I wish I hadn't spent the money!
April 22, 2013
Very Boring after a While
The Story line was ok, sort of, but then it had you running in sooooo many circles each time to go to a place you could uncover something useful...I felt it got REALLY tedious.
I am not into spending all my time with my mouse (I get hand cramps) going back and forth ad nauseum, just to find one thing you need to progress in the game....becames boring.
September 4, 2012
Game does not work
This game is full of glitches, some of which mean the game cannot be completed, please do not waste money buying it, it is clearly not ready to be sold
June 27, 2013