Sister's Secrecy: Arcanum Bloodlines
Sister's Secrecy: Arcanum Bloodines
It was fairly good it made you think of what to do next and the story line was was good.
July 20, 2012
My secret about Sisters Secrecy
My 'secret' is more of a confession... based on the demo and because I was not initially impressed, I, admittedly, judged this game in a negative way as well as waaay too soon.
After playing a bit further I have changed my mind and have taken a complete 360 in opinion. Originally, having viewed the very beginning opening sequences, it appeared to me yet another, typical, very dark, evilescent game with no appeal to me... yet upon reading further into a couple astute reviewers' input and then giving it a 'real' go, I discovered it's content holds more of a folklore-ish, ie. celtic'ish# magic and charm that is seldom offered in today's typical 'same old' mind set themes. Once the game gets underway, it implodes us further into its appeal with intense graphics, an incredible change of pace to the 'as per usual', and impresses with outstanding creativity, unique characters, well rounded pertinent voice, cutscenes, and sheer imagination, all which are quite compelling. I am now LOVING THIS GAME.
Hope it remains on the same path as it has impacted me thus far; if so, I will be more than thrilled and be inclined to take this dev very seriously, ultimately purchasing more from this them in the future.... yay!! I feel as though I've 'found' a present I didn't know I had & opened it to find the perfect gift.
Thumbs up!!!! :)
July 31, 2012
Nice intermediate game
Played the trial. Graphics are clear and crisp. Really like the voice over. Hint button recharges quickly. Nice combo of HO amd Match 3. I also really liked the journal, as it actually helped throughout the game. The "store" idea- a little odd, as the items bought are not used for the game itself (????).
Relaxing game - not too hard.
I'm going to buy the full version, because it does have a good story line.
July 20, 2012
Just different enough
I like it! Previous reviews don't applaud anything about the game but I like the little blue flowers that give you money and the choice of match 3 or find the object. Nice change of pace. The story moves forward, the graphics are clear, the hints are helpful and the leads are conclusive. I didn't score it the best only because of the constant back and forth clicking that is the latest in all HOG games (UGH). This causes an overreliance on the hint and I like to figure everything out without any help. I'm buying.
July 20, 2012
I Love This Game
I was a little skeptical about this game at first, but then I got into it and loved it. While some people say its the same old, same old and I kind of agree, I thought it was great fun. I love these old games. The visual is awesome and the sound with voice overs is excellent, in my view. I would recommend this game to anyone who likes HOG's and Match 3 in the same game. I'd like to see more games incorporated like this!!
July 20, 2012
Very dark scenes & not very exciting gameplay
My advice is to play the full demo before purchasing as before I was halfway through this hidden object adventure I was fed up with playing & had to make myself finish. The gameplay felt quite disjointed & I couldn?t always figure out what to use the inventory items for so had to use the hint button as an aid. There are a lot of screens to open up & quite a bit of going back & forward to find other items to use.
There are 3 modes of play, casual with a 30 second hint recharge, lots of glints everywhere & bright blue butterflies to mark any H0 screens, adventure with 60 second hint or hard with 90 second hint; both that latter don?t have glints but the butterflies are there.
The few voiceovers are really good & I liked the music; it suited the story telling style. The graphics are average & the artwork the same, neither was as crisp & clear as I like & many of the scenes were very dark. In each scene there are one or two purple flowers to find for which you earn coins, you also earn them for completing H0s and mini puzzle and the coins can be used to buy the sketches used to create the artwork or the audio.
The hidden objects are not too difficult & you can switch to match 3 play if you prefer, the mini puzzles are also pretty easy & along the lines of picture tiles, simon says, slider, etc. You will collect a lot of inventory items & some are kept for ages before use, I had to scroll along to see some items as I had so many at points during the game.
It took me around 4 hours to play but that was because I had to keep leaving the game through boredom & come back later & try & remember what I was up to before shutting the game down.
July 23, 2012
it is very nice and wondeful the pictures, images colors and the puzzel inside this game is fantastic.
July 24, 2012
Not My Kind of Match 3...
I started doing HOG when I first was introduced to computer games, but after discovering Match 3, found them much more interesting, challenging and plausible.
This game is more solve the mystery/HOG than it is M3, and what I've found true about all HOGs is that if you have the Strategy Guide, you end up reading and following a set of instructions, not actually playing a game.
The music is wonderfully eerie and graphics are appropriately colored. I prefer to read the text than have it read to me, as the characters are too slow, so you can click by each screen as you as you are done reading the text.
I've become a true Match 3 (and Match 2) fan with added mini-games. This is not my kind of game, even though I do keep trying new ones when they come out, but continue to be just as frustrated as the last time I tried!!
This is not my kind of game!
July 23, 2012
There's a great game in here, somewhere...
I downloaded the one-hour sample, as it gave an extra punch-card stamp if bought today. The intro is a tad long, but the voice-over is good, and it set the stage well, although the storyline is nothing that we haven't seen before in other games. After that...
Good things about this game:
1) Some of the animation is excellent; most of it is at least decent. Over-all, the artwork is very good.
2) Nice music: atmospheric. Sound effects are generally good, although in a few places they are a bit out of sync with the action.
3) mini-games and puzzles, while standard fare, are well-designed, and the idea of having a choice between two different games to get certain objects is a very nice touch.
4) The coins idea is interesting, although I've not gotten far enough into the game to be able to use them.
Bad things about this game:
1) Most scene changes come with annoying little delays, where nothing happens, and you can't do anything until the game "catches up with itself."
2) The various cursors - arrow, hand, etc. - are not very precise. This is OK for most things, but some mini-games and puzzles take a lot of patience to get past. Often, this is because of a peculiar perspective chosen to present a game or puzzle.
3) There are several points in the game where you acquire an object, only to come to another point in the game where you acquire it again, even though you already have it.
4) At least one of the mini-games (so far) is pointless.
The above covers the salient points. Realize that I've only played for 57 minutes, on the easy level. Things could be a lot more interesting further in. Conversely, some of the difficulties that I mention might be maddening when playing on the Hard level.
I have not decided if I will buy this, yet. What I like about the game makes me think that it *might* be worth buying it, despite the problems. The closing little "ad/teaser" has some intriguing things in it, such that I am leaning slightly toward buying it, and taking the risk.
If you like a lot of variety and have patience enough to deal with a lot of quirks, this might be worth it. But for those who like clean game engines, you might be too frustrated to enjoy it.
Bottom Line: The producers of this game did a fine job on the new things and fancy little touches that they added. But they appear to have rushed the total package, and it shows. If they can clean up some of the bugginess, this could be an excellent game. As it is, it's merely one of many average efforts, which is too bad.
Final Note: we are asked if we recommend the game when we review it. I'm going to click "Yes", but let it be known that this is with reservations, as noted above.
July 20, 2012
Just what my weary eyes have been looking for!
Love the graphics and music, and REALLY appreciate the Match Game alternative to finding hidden objects. My eyesight's not great, so I try to find games with clear, crisp graphics. Dark and fuzzy just won't work. I've only played for about an hour so I can't comment on the length of the game. No matter; I am enjoying everything about this game! Not too taxing, just good plain fun.
July 25, 2012