Angelica Weaver: Catch Me When You Can Collector?s Edition
The cut scenes were great and I really like seeing my characters reaction to things. The game was busy, but for some reason I felt like I could not feel more connection or interest in the whole thing. I would buy it even though I get mixed feeling about it.
Great collectable, Good Ho's and good story line.
July 9, 2013
You WANT to get caught!!
When I played Catch Me When You Can it was a revelation. It was the first, and to date, only game I've played which incorporated two different time lines, and, in what I consider a bonus, two different cities, with remarkable parallels drawn between the two.
Half the game was played in London of the late 19th century and half in present-day Chicago. The protagonist, Angelica Weaver is able to "mind-port" from one time and place to the other.
One of the things I most liked about this game was the presence of Angelica Weaver herself. Rather than a game where you get to pretend to be the detective, this game features a detective. This may not be rocket science, but I also really like that Angelica had a very discernible midwest accent. It added to the feel of the story.
OK: it's not believable, but it's fun. Where time travel is involved you kinda know that you're in a total fantasy. This was treated as realistically as possible. As a result, the game is believable and so, the story line is SUPERB: especially as it juggles the different time and place settings. I don't want to ruin the story so I'll just say what becomes obvious early on: there's a killer who has plied his trade in both times and places. OR, is it a copycat???? The game faithfully follows the storyline.
The game features HOGs, Puzzles and something I can only describe as "challenges," adventures that are not puzzles but require accomplishment. Already this game is better than most because of the breadth and depth of challenge. One particular challenge took me at least 30 minutes to accomplish. DON'T LET THAT DISSUADE YOU: I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT. Yeah, it was hard. Yeah, it was frustrating. The longer I tried to "do it" the more resolute I was to do it. I don't regret a minute spent on it. So, the HOGs were as good as, if not better than others which I've seen. The puzzles were better than most I've played. The "Other" category is something I've never seen before and it is special.
Finally, in the "to do" category, there are "collectibles." Not unlike others you've seen before, but, really well done.
As for the "feel" of the game: the "set design" as I like to call it, was superb. I felt like I was in a Chicago neighborhood and I felt like I was in last-century London. Every aspect of the game supported it. As a testament to how great the game is, the puzzles were "time-space" appropriate: you had to do things and solve puzzles which made sense for the era you were in at the time.
I'm finding it's hard to do this review without revealing anything....so this seems a little spacey, I know...but the game is SO FUN and SO EXCITING that I don't want to take away a minute of the pleasure. Sorry. JUST TRUST ME. YOU WANT THIS GAME. Having bought the CE, I can't tell you if it's "worth it." I always prefer to get a CE, though I think the extra cost is ridiculous for music, screensavers, etc. At least there is a bonus chapter here. It's not long. It's a surprise. I don't know if it really adds to the game.
The only negative I can say about this is that I had multiple hiccoughs and had to uninstall and reinstall about 10 times before I was able to get through the whole game. I'm still not sure if it was my computer or a glitch in the game. After about 3 re-installs I was informed that the file had been corrupted and I had to start at the very beginning again. Usually I'd have just chucked it, complained to BFG and moved on. This was different. The quality of the game itself was so high that I couldn't just "move on." I kept hoping it would finally work and it finally did and boy was I happy.
Other games have come along that I like and love...but this one will always stand out, especially because of the first person narrative of the the protagonist. Without reservation I urge you to get it. You will have loads of fun.
I WANT TO GIVE THIS A 5 BUT I FEEL LIKE I'VE BEEN DOING THAT TOO MUCH LATELY. BUT JUST BETWEEN YOU AND ME....IT'S A 5 STAR GAME.
April 22, 2013
A less than Exciting Game.....
A grusome series of Murders becomes a cat and mouse game between our dangerous Killer and our heroine, Angelica Weaver, who finds herself travelling through time in order to solve this mystery. I loved the opening cut scene, the graphics were incredibly sharp and it was a great intro into the game. There are three game modes to choose from and suprisingly enough, the hint button refills very slowly in all of them. There is also a choice for cursor and I chose the non annimated one as I found the annimated cursor rather irritating everytime it turned into a rather large wrench. There are voice-overs and so far I only heard Angelica who unfortunately talks continuously throughout the game, giving you hints as what to do or where to go. The one major complaint I do have is the way Angelica stands on the right side of the sceen, continously nodding her approval with every mood you make. Rather distracting and annoying. There is a journal as well as a list of goals and an inventory list. There is no map but there are arrows pointing the way and your screen does slide. You need to collect dreamcatchers along the way for extra hints as well as detective badges in order to unlock the unlimited HO scenes at the end. There are also achievements to recieve as well. Game play is mostly adventure, with some interactive HO scenes and very few mini-games to play. During the demo, I came across only two and actually, the second one with the shoe prints was rather fun to play. The SG does follow your progree and the hint will give you the info as to where to go and what to do. With all these features, I really shold be jumping up and down but for some reason, the game did not totally grab me. I blame the story line which was a bit disorientate; it starts off vague and continues with abstract information on the killer and his victims. It just did not grab me and I really had a hard time getting immersed into the game. The other really annoying thing was the music or rather Sound you heard everytime you came across a clue or a point of interest, that little note started getting on my nerves after a while. Over all I loved the visuals and graphics, amazingly life-like and clear, I enjoyed the game play as I delved deeper into it but like I said, I found the V/O and the icons too annoying. I imagine that hard-core adventure players will enjoy playing advance mode and with all the game features involved, I imagine the game warrents some merits. I myself will pass up on the CE version. It has all the features of almost being a great game but unfortunately misses the mark due to the absence of the WOW factor that we all expect from a CE.
September 6, 2012
I bought this game based on other reviewers. I was totally disappointed. Angela's nodding in the corner when the correct action was taken was irritating. About half way through, the game glitched and I could not continue. I did not mind too much but I do like to finish games when I pay good money for them. Let Angela stay at the train tracks and do not buy.
September 24, 2012
This game started out with a very well done opening movie. Then it got weird.
The avatar stares at you and nods her head when you do something right. I found that to be distracting and creepy.
I don't use the tutorials since I have played many of these games before. But I asked for a hint and found I could not get rid of the arrows that popped up and wouldn't go away.
Otherwise, it could prove to be an intriguing game. If you can get past those problems the game might be fun.
September 21, 2012
More of an Easy Going Adventure Game!
Collecting badges and dream catchers throughout as well as certain Achievements. This is a rather easy and easy going Adventure with lots of bells, whistles and awesome graphics. However, prefer more depth to a game in terms of challenge and then add the eye candy.
Everything nicely done, except, I wonder if the guys aren't a bit tired of seeing a majority of leading roles in the feminine gender?
Enjoy! -Mama Mia-
September 6, 2012
My psychic abilities tell me this game is kind of boring!
Pros: long game, good hints, good mini games, nice scenery, music and voiceovers...and this game was quite different than most of the other HOGs on this site.
Cons: BORING! Boring story, boring gameplay, dark and dreary. I like the whole psychic detective thing, but this could have been a lot better with a more interesting storyline. I found myslef skipping through the dialog quickly because it just wasn't interesting. I really wanted to love this game..and I didn't hate it, but I was just so bored, and actually couldn't wait for it to end. Wish I had spent my $15 on something else.
September 8, 2012
Know it's probably just me, but I found this game to be annoying. Walking around in circles, getting only limited hints.
Don't like the hero's face nodding when you do something right.
Wish I would have liked it, but...
September 6, 2012
After so many duds, it is nice to see something fairly nice. Not a bad game. Graphics okay, but not great, voice-overs good but would be nice if the mouth actually moved and not just the head. Head bobs up and down whenever you find something. Music okay. Not a lot of HOGs, but they are pretty clean.
I wasn't kicked out about this game, especially for a CE. I will probably wait for the SE, but not sure I want to waste my money or a credit. I'm sure others will enjoy.
Thanks for the reviews.
September 6, 2012
Same Crime, different way of presentation
Had some fun playing the demo. Not sure if I will purchase this game. Will rely of my fellow players remarks then make my decision. Graphics were great but the gal in the programs really needs to shut up!!!
September 7, 2012