Fierce Tales: The Dog's Heart
Nothing to write home about, really
Intrigued by the astonishing amount of 4 and 5 stars already awarded for the CE I decided to try the demo, since so many high ratings led me to presuppose this dog story was exceptional.
Well, sorry to say, the game is just average, doesn't shine by the least bit of originality or anything outstanding, and left me totally unimpressed.
In fact I started to get bored half way through.
Set aside the well-crafted artwork of most outdoor scenes [not all though], the rest of the visuals is ordinary: the HO Scenes are confused with a blatant lack of sharpness, but the characters are the worst; the kids for instance look like woodden puppets. The 3 nasty dogs look sweeter than a pitbull.
The animations, intro and cutscenes are similar to what could only be done 15 years ago when processors were desperately slow and graphic cards had limited memory.
Let's face it ! There is no reason, today, why casual games couldn't offer high quality graphics similar to, say, ARMA II, Operation Flashpoint Dragon Rising and many other like hardcore games.
Anyway, back to our doggies.
The music is best turned off, but the voice-over is okay.
There is no difficulty in the HO Scenes; I completed them in about 2 mns each without a hint, and believe me, I am not a HOG fan.
My preference goes to Adventure games; I was hoping Fierce Tales would provide me with a thrilling experience in that respect. Another disillusion. Visiting the locales was enjoyable but the useful items to be found and the tasks were very ordinary, even improbable: get a can opener, matches, a drill, a key....well, that's what we do in all casual games, isn't it ? ...remove a huge snowdrift with a broom [uuhh ? what no shovel ?], cut a tree with a small handsaw in order to cross over a chasm after the bridge has been destroyed [in winter, on a slippery trunk...??? LOL], get rid of snakes in... a sewer..... [the rats probably emigrated to a warmer place]... heal a small wound on a dog with morphine .... [morphine only, no disinfectant ? Geez !}... as just a few examples.
Could we please have some logic, some realism and novelty instead ?
I placed my last hopes in the puzzles and minigames. Hard luck. The rare ones I encountered could be easily solved by a 10 year old.
I also noted a number of funny things. One example: at the beginning you see two kids playing in the snow. A caption pops up, saying, I quote: "The kids are getting along. They must be ill". No other comment... !
That said, Pippa is a cute pup, though I couldn't figure out what breed he was, the wounded dog looks true to life [photos ??], the snowy landscapes and the little town have been nicely rendered, you have a map even though I can't say there is any excessive bactracking, quite a few locales to explore and re-explore, 3 Modes if you want to up the antes a bit and probably a decent gamelength.
So is this game really worth it ? As far as I am concerned the answer is "no"; Fierce Tales will never be part of my collection. Beginners and dog-lovers may like it, but if you're looking for a real challenge, for a much scarier thriller, for a much more realistic adventure that involves dogs, I suggest you try Nancy Drew: Ghost Dogs of Moonlake.
July 27, 2012
Why the Hype
This is a normal HOG with HOs of the usual find by name. Storyline only different because the dogs appear to have the lead. Sorry!!
Nothing new so why all the 4 and 5 stars. Graphics, scenery and puzzles of normal standard. Maybe I am missing something as I only played the Demo. I will not be buying this game as too much of the same thing. No originality.
October 18, 2012
I thought the graphics stunk and found myself hitting the hint button too many times. Near the end I was hitting it just to end the game sooner. I can't recommend this and I'm sorry I purchased it. (2012)
August 28, 2012
not for me
too many snakes...!! just could not get past them!! Thanks but no thanks
July 31, 2012
Irritating, ugly and no interactive map
I'm a dog lover/professional trainer, so I was thrilled to see this dog themed game. I tried very hard to like it, but it annoyed me to the extreme. By the time I saved the bulldog only to find out I had to backtrack for the slingshot band, I was beyond angry at myself for buying this game.
Why I hated it:
Jerky movement of characters
Poorly drawn animals
Dark, dark, dark tones
No interactive map
Lots of backtracking to find needed objects
Finding keys only to have them break in the locks
The music lulled me into zombieland
The story was silly
The games were too easy
The HOS although not junk piles, were also too easy
Minimal character interaction, very short story sequences which left me not caring about why the dogs were attacking everyone
Did I mention the back and forth, back and forth, wasting of my time?
I'm really sorry I disliked this game, but I did. Made me want to growl.
June 15, 2013
I hate snakes
This game is not for those of us that hate snakes, gore, or just down right silly storylines. Because of this, I just couldn't play the whole first hour of free game time play. I'm sorry, but there it is.
July 30, 2012
Bordering on cruelty
I was going to purchase this on the BOGOF offer bigfish have this weekend. I am so glad I didn't 'rush in' and purchase the game. The opening scene put me off (when the man was chased and then killed by the dogs, but what put the final death knell of for me was when they took the 'family pet'. I am not a big lover of dogs, but I did feel that the opening for me was just a tad cruel and put me of what I am sure is really good game with a good story and a 'meaning' behind it all (and I sure as so often is the case all things sort themselves out). I just found though these first scenes a tad to realistic and upsetting.
Sorry I know it is only a game, but even so!!
August 18, 2012
If you have a widescreen monitor, don't bother
In today's day and age to have a game that will not resize to full screen for a widescreen monitor is just silly.
I'm not going to change my screen resolution just to play a game and then have to move all my icons around once I change back. I also won't play in a window.
I run into this with some older games I demo and that might be expected. But not with a new game.
July 27, 2012