Surface: The Noise She Couldn't Make
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My two cents...
I got this game because of all the great reviews. While it certainly isn't bad, it's not as great as I thought it should be.
I found it repetitive, not challenging enough, and most of all I really disliked the graphic layouts.
Some scenes literally looked like someone tossed a narrative in a blender and threw it on a page. There's a car on a tree next to a scarecrow--huh? They didn't integrate the elements with the story very well. Felt tossed together and lazy, like they couldn't be bothered to make it more coherent.
The storyline is good, but the cut scenes are so hammy and slow they got on my nerves.
SOME of it is great and gorgeous, but then it will switch to another "blender" scene lol.
Definately worth 3 stars but I won't want to play it again.
December 2, 2012
Nice game. Don't expect a follow on or tie in with Surface: Mysteries of another world.
An easygoing good looking HO adventure, with an uncomplicated storyline. Excellent use of real life actors in the game, which fits in naturally compared to other games I've seen.
Game play and mini games: I likey!
- I very much liked the variation in mini-game puzzles that I had not played before to align crystals into patterns with magnets, and finding arrangements of star constellations, and fit to match skeleton keys. Definitely refreshing.
- Game wise it is sectioned up into 5 nice chapters, and you don't get inventory overload either.
- You can collect flowers during the game, in order to decorate an office in the game. It doesn't seem to enhance or change game play in any way, so I found it a bit pointless, confusing, and distracted from the main story line.
Interesting dubbing: Funny
- Thank heavens the nurse in the game is wearing a mask. Otherwise I would have spent even more time laughing at serious moments because of the dubbing. Absolutely sheer comedy PLUS ! I nearly fell off my chair at the serious parts in the final chapter with giggles. It is a bit distracting.
I was expecting something following on from Surface: Mysteries of another world. But only saw flowers which were the same from both games. So I thought 'Ok it's not based on that other world story, but let's see where this takes us.' But I didn't really feel like I went anywhere. It just didn't have the same same level of drama and fantastical epic-ness of consequences that SMOAW had. For that reason I can't give it 4 stars. The core storyline just was not imaginative enough for me, after having been happily blown away by SMOAW.
It is really a very nice game, especially if you want something to relax to. Just don't expect to be scared, overly excited, or absorbed completely by the storyline.
October 2, 2012
fun but basic
fun game. played advanced in about 5 hours. Good puzzles; not the ususal ones either.
January 31, 2013
Wait, What Kind of Ending Was That?
This is a strange game!
There are some Extremely easy HO's, and a good mix of easy to difficult puzzles.
The scenes are intriguingly well done and the game length is quite decent.
You'd think it was a worthwhile game, so why did I score it so low. Well...
Most of the storyline is junk, that appears to be written for the really young because no adult would be able to sit through too many of those stupid "letter scenes" without skipping forward. But, but, but, if this is designed for a younger player why did they end it in such a creepy, unresolved manner?
I'm not sure what they were thinking. If they wanted an edgy, creepy psycho storyline, why downplay the language and treat the player like a 5 year old?
This game doesn't know where it's going. I think they got lost in E.G.'s mind, and should have stayed there.
Also, the acting is, well to be nice, sub-par.
January 20, 2013
2 stars, at the most
since i was reading the reviews of this game and since ALL of them were positive, i decided to try it. it saddens me to say that i'm not even satisfied. i only played it for 18 minutes. the game lacked tension, excitement, and my eyes are drooping at 7 pm, that's just sad. but graphics wise, it was very detailed!
December 30, 2012
I must be playing a different game
I found this dull and formulaic. The graphics are lovely but the gameplay is slow, not enough puzzles and no interest to the hidden object scenes. I didnt even finish the free trial I got so bored. Simply cant understand the other excellent reviews. Maybe the CE is A LOT better?
April 19, 2013
Not happy with this one...
I was disappointed with this game overall. The puzzles were challenging, great graphics but the story line was awful.
December 7, 2012
Thrown Together Game
Bought this game after reading all the positive reviews. Pushed through the purple lake and caves, but uninstalled when game reached the desert. Must agree with another player/ reviewer--this game plays like it is thrown together from leftover game parts. But, some of the puzzles were fun and somewhat challenging. Won't go on and on as the game has been much reviewed. In general,quality casual games are not being produced.
April 8, 2013
A simplistic, romanticized version of mental disorders
I have no qualms on the game's visual graphics and overall playability. Those aspects were respectable, even if some of the motion acting was over-the-top theatrical. The HOs were decent and the overall vivid imagery was easy on the eyes.
It was the storyline that bothered me. "Jane Doe", as we meet her, is a troubled teenager suffering from a series of temporary mental disorders that we eventually realize can be magically cured with some hand-waving and elementary school metaphors. In fact, it's almost offensive how easily the game designers compartmentalized her problems. The game presents a blatantly idealized version of 'teenage with problems' as if "Jane's" amnesia, dissociative identity disorder, and depression are things that can simply be erased from existence, never to bother her again. Man, if only it were that easy in real life then the professions of psychiatrists, social workers, and mental health counselors would cease to exist!
I don't regret purchasing BFG games all that often, but this is one game I can't believe I spent money on. I purchased the game based on the high rating, but spurned it within 15 minutes of play.
Overall, I have to say that this game has an uninspired, shallow, poor execution of plot. The title "Surface" is more than just for show -- it's exactly what the plot is. It barely scrapes the surface of a much deeper topic.
August 13, 2014