Witch Hunters: Stolen Beauty
I have to say again: Not the worst...nor the best.
I played the CE and now SE, hoping it had improved (loading time, music ...). But remains unchanged. The only difference is that the SE has no SG, so I repeat the same review.
Angelica has its beauty and youth stolen by a witch, who was the director of the school of her grandmother.
-Nice graphics, colorful and crisp.
-Several locations with a lot to do and to find.
-Three levels of challenge.
-To Collect (12 "snake key" during the game).
-I liked the storyline, although it is usual tries to bring something new.
-It takes too long loading, and cutscene in the beginning, the image appears and takes too long to display the writing (no VO).
-Music does not match game's atmosphere.
-Not challenging: mini games easy and very well known; HOS easy and... the interactive parts shine! Hint and skip button fill fast (even in advanced mode).
-No map, no journal.
-Lot of back and forth.
Close to the elaborate games that we currently have, this is not very appealing, but I recommend the free trial!
September 15, 2012
Give this one a chance
I usually end up buying games as collector additions, but this one slipped by me. I purchased the regular version ( using a free game cupon) and am very glad to have added this game to my collection. It has more to it than is revealed in the first hour of play. In fact you have to be in it for awhile before extra elements start showing up. Magic abilities are awarded as the game goes on to allow the player to look through walls, or stop time. There are 5 magic abilities in all. The art work is quite wonderful and the imagination given to this is lovely.
If it had had a map I would have given it 5 stars. However the hint button will lead you to where you have to go next.
The puzzels are thought provoking, with some new twists.
I like that it is not over done with HO scenes, and that the ones that are there are findable with a little focus.
My hat is off to the makers of this game and I appreciate the skill and effort that went into a fun game to play.
September 16, 2012
I am really enjoying this game. I played the CE and was sorry when it stopped after the demo. I didn't think it was quite worth buying the CE, so I've been waiting for the SE. As soon as the SE came out, I purchased it straight away. I like the story, the graphics are great, the music is good, although slightly monotonous, but you do have the option of turning it off. I liked how you gathered different powers as you went through the game. The mini games are just enough of a challenge without being so difficult as to disturb the flow of the game. The HOS are fairly easy, usually a junk pile, and one thing that I really like in a period style game, is that the HOS stay within the period, and this one does.This helps when searching for items - I hate playing a game that is set in the 1800s and tells you to find a phone, and it turns out to be a cell phone! The one thing that I would change about this game, is to have a map. The going back and forth can get very tiresome, as there is quite a large area to cover, and it can be annoying to pick up an item and have to scroll through 5 scenes to get to the place you need to use it. Otherwise I recommend this game to all HOAG enthusiasts.
September 17, 2012
Again a nice game from TE Studio with an interesting storyline and wonderful graphics and sound. There are 3 game modes: casual, advanced and expert; I played in advanced mode. The HOS are clear. The puzzles are quite easy. There is no journal, which is ok but I missed a map: there is a looot of back and forth and you easily get lost; but the hint system is good, recharges quickly and shows you where to go. It took me 3 hours to finish, it's quite an easy game, but there is a lot to do and it's never boring!
September 16, 2012
A Good Adventure Lite HO Game
I initially passed up on the CE version of this game mainly because in my opinion it lacked features that would merit a CE price. However as a Standard Edition Game, Witch Hunter is an ideal adventure light HO game that will please most everyone. The story begins with a curse and a young girl who must now seek out the evil witch who has stolen her beauty. The graphics are very good as is the artwork. There are no V/O and the music does not irritate you. There is a slight lag between dialogues but you can skip. HO scenes are slightly interactive and objects very easy to find. Game features do not include a map or a journal which was disappointing. Gameplay is relatively easy, alot of backtracking and much to do. You have collectables which are keys as well as special abilities that you need to acquire. Overall it is an entertaining story although gameplay did lack a certain degree of challenge. An ideal game for beginners however I do think that hard-core gamers will find this game a bit mundane.
September 15, 2012
ONE of THE BEST of the best....
I bought the CE and am basing the review on the game up to and not including the bonus since this is the SE... well, I absolutely loved this game.
The music was fantastic, games were great, storyline was creepy and spooky without becoming outright nasty-evil... perfect balance.
The artwork was impeccable... I just thought from beginning to end, the game was top notch.
Hope to see more from these very, very talented designers.
September 15, 2012
This game has:
1) a great storyline
2) good music (turn down because at times it's a bit loud)
3) not too many HOG's
4) fun puzzles
5) adventure (play in one sitting to remember locations)
I will definitely play again!
September 23, 2012
Really great game and recommend it, just one pet peeve
-Adjustable sound and music
-Custom cursor or regular
-Full screen (my 1600w resolution monitor had black bars)
Casual / Advance / Expert - all have to do with the presence or absence of glints, and also recharge speed on hints & skips as usual.
Awesome. They were very detailed and ornate. Very interesting to just pause and look at the scene for a few seconds before performing any task there.
There were many locations to discover.
HIDDEN OBJECT SCENES:
Interactive, but fairly simple. They were colorful and not junk piles. I will take easy HOGS over the faded and light scenes where the objects appear almost like ghost of an outline of the object.
A NICE VARIATION IN PLAY:
The ability to gain special powers that helped perform tasks.
Fun and varied in both type and level of difficulty.
There was only one that I found and that was the lack of a map. This wouldn't be so bad if there were not so many areas to cover, and even a mapped layout that didn't transport you but at least provided an icon of where there were task still to be completed would have been really nice.
All in all, it was well worth the price to me.
September 19, 2012
I wish I could have liked it.
I really wish I could have liked this game. However, you randomly have to search for HOG to get pieces you need to unlocks certain parts of the games. In other words -- without the hints, you'd have no idea that you have to go back into (let's say) the kitchen or the music room to play another HOG.
I absolutely loved the story line. I thought it was great. Nothing like the usual "kidnap, friend lost, etc.". I just wish they took more time to develop a map (maybe to indicate when you're done with an area and to go to an area directly).
The mini-games were extremely easy -- not much of a challenge. Sometimes, that's fun though. They were rather unique.
Like I said in my title, I wish I could have liked (loved) it. It had so much potential. Easy games (I like more difficult), but great plot line, nice graphics, no annoying voice-overs - but extremely difficult (at times) to determine "what next?".
That being said, I grudgingly recommend it, with the caveat that you use the hints when you're pulling your hair out.
September 19, 2012
An excellent HO game
The storyline was good, as were the graphics and music. There was enough unique game play to make this game stand out from so many other HO games on the market. It was fun and entertaining with just enough challenge to make it worth the time. This game would be good for all players, beginners to experts alike.
September 20, 2012