Rite of Passage: The Perfect Show
Pied Piper Has Met His Match
I actually wrote a review regarding the CE version for this game and although it carries many qualitites, I opted to wait for the SE version to come out mainly because it lacked the challenge. But Guess What? today there is a sale on CE Games so if you haven't bought it, go ahead, you will definitely like this one. Rite of Passage is your basic HOPA game that will appeal great to beginners and IHOG fans alike. The story revolves around the dissapearance of children, recently a young girl who just happens to be your student. (You are a music teacher), and so it is up to you to find the dark secret that lies ahead. Graphics are good, not outstanding but I really did like the artwork and best of all, the use of colors. There are voice-overs and I liked the music. Game features include 2 modes of game play and a journal. There is no map and trust me, you will be running around alot in this game, so bring along those extra pair of running shoes. Game mechanics include HO scenes that are junk-piled and interactive. This is where graphics tend to get blurry a bit. It seems that many people have different opinions on graphics; some complain and some dont. I always compare graphics and visuals to outstanding games like the MCF games and in my opinion, not many games can hold a candle to that. I liked the puzzles and mini-games, although not very challenging, some were quite interesting and unique. There are collectables, 55 masks are hidden throughout the game, I just wished that they had morphed. All in all, good story and good gameplay and a good time to be had.
July 6, 2012
great graphics, VOs, and all that, but i liked the fact that there werent TOO many hogs, but instead, interestig little mini games.
finding the objects to move forward with was more interesting also..not just "digging them up" lol
anyway...good game, go play :)
July 7, 2012
There are some clever new things in this game, which I liked, and there were some not so nice things.
-no map, and it really really needed one
-music needs to be turned down real low
-HO's are not fun, but are interactive
-VO are good
-Graphics are nice
-hint button works well
-bought the SE and played it in about 6 hours
July 29, 2012
Good game, but disappointing end
Just finished this and I enjoyed playing the game very much. It's challenging, the scenes are beautiful, the story somewhat spooky, I like that kind of thing.
But what came into the heads of game developers to design an ending in which you just have to match some symbols, the villain is roaring at you in a very unconvincing way, you actually have all the time in the world, and THAT's IT...? I've seen this kind of ending before. It doesn't fit with the rest of the story and gameplay.
So yes, I surely recommend this game - but don't expect too much from the "grand finale".
August 5, 2012
I purchased this game based on the positive reviews I read. The story basically revolves around missing children, and you, the town music teacher who sets out to find them. The artwork and visuals are very well done, as well as the voice overs. The music is rather non discript but at least not annoying. I have to say that the three clump stepping got on my nerves a bit, which is why i only gave the game 4 stars. The mini games are fun, and not too difficult. . The hint button fills quickly but that is based on casual play, so i don't know about the other levels. The HO's are clear and not so small as to make things impossible to find. I am still working on this game so can't say how long it is. Overall i recommend this game.
July 13, 2012
This was a solid game with good puzzles and graphics. The HOS were excellent with challenge. Thank Goodness for the hint button as some items were small. This game would have been a 5 star if it had a map. Some of the back and forth and use of inventory items was not intuitive. I enjoyed the game very much.
July 22, 2012
Above average, but disappointing; the next game in the series, Child of the Forest, is much better
The Perfect Show is a fun game and above average, but its current 4.5 rating and strong sequel had my expectations sky high, so I was let down.
The next game in this series, Rite of Passage: Child of the Forest is one of the most well-made HOPAs I've played. From the interface to the minigames to the animations, the design is thoughtful and attractive and high quality. So I don't want to badmouth these developers. They went on to make a really impressive game after this one. But The Perfect Show was disappointing.
Several of the Hidden Object scenes in this game looked pasted together from stock photos. Not all of them, but this is a major pet peeve for me. I think a Hidden Object game should have appealing Hidden Object scenes.
It was particularly jarring because most of the settings and characters are well illustrated, and the puzzles look good. But then a low quality HO scene would take me out of the story. The plot is a very typical HOPA missing persons mystery which has basically the same explanation behind it as the last three HOPA games I played.
The minigames are a little more original and challenging than most, but not too difficult for casual gaming. I did find it irritating, though, that puzzle instructions consisted of diagrams and one or two words rather than written instructions, which meant that sometimes figuring out how a minigame worked was tougher than actually solving it.
The era of the story was hard to get a sense for; the villain drives an old-fashioned car and there are rotary telephones around, but modern items appear in the HO scenes. That lack of clarity added to the feeling of carelessness created by the subpar HO scenes. There's also no map, but I didn't miss it.
I'd recommend playing the demo and deciding if this game meets your expectations before buying. And I do recommend the sequel highly.
December 4, 2013
Good game. I enjoyed it.
I really liked this game. It was rather sad as others have mentioned but it was interesting. The graphics are decent.
Gameplay was moderately challenging but I thought it could have been better entwined with the story. HOS were pretty typical but some of the puzzles were a little different. The puzzle instructions were basic diagrams rather than statements but they are easy enough to figure out. I like puzzles But I am not always very adept at doing them. I managed to get through almost all of them. There wasn't a bad balance but I think it was a little heavy on HOS. I also liked finding a mask in each scene. There is some travelling back and forth with no benefit of a map but the Hint is helpful. And it's a good length. Good game. I enjoyed it.
May 10, 2013
Overall, a pretty decent game.
The graphics were good, not fantastic, so it was a bit more difficult to find objects in the HOS (not so much because they were more cleverly hidden, it was just a little harder to distinguish them.)
The puzzles could definitely been more challenging. There was a lot of 'collections' that you needed to fill in order to complete specific tasks. The tasks werent too confusing, or having to go WAY back to the beginning. For the most part the items and tasks were located close, in the same 'section' of the game. There's no map, but you dont really need one.
My one real gripe is that in more than a few instances, you need to place the item EXACTLY where it needed to go. Not 'near' or 'close by'...exactly. So if you didnt get it exactly right, it makes you think that it isn't the corrct item. I hope I explained that well LOL
Anyway, overall a decent game. I only got the SE version, so it's worth the price. I dont see the CE being worth it, though.
November 28, 2012
VERY NICE GAME
I usually despise the games where you have to go from one location and back and on, and on, and on it goes. But this one was really quite fun. The music was very well done, not annoying as so many are. The graphics were fascinating and beautiful. There is alot of variety throughout the game. I'm not sure I'd buy the full version--just because for me, there's no real challenge in playing it more than once.
May 4, 2013