Judge Dee: The City God Case
Judge Dee: The City God
I'm really mixed on this one. it's pretty, it's a bit different from other HOGs, and the levels of difficulty make it easy, ok, or difficult.
BUT - you can go in circles looking for the next clue because the game doesn't disable replaying the HOG screens so you don't realize you're not actually getting anywhere doing that. and there's just too much text dialogue.
I bought it with free game credits, but I can't really recommend it.
September 17, 2012
Tough game to review, but I liked it
Review is based on the demo, but since it was on sale, I bought it. This game is mixture of really good and really not so good. For those who couldn't figure out what to do, you really have to use the tutorial at the beginning. It's slow and clunky, but it explains what all the icons mean. For the most part these are not intuitive, so go back and use the tutorial and see if you don't like the game better.
The good are the drawings and the detail. The cut scenes are strikingly beautiful, replications of Chinese drawings on paper, so in the style of Chinese art - not however AD 600 or so, in which this game is set. Each scene and character is beautiful to look at, lovingly drawn and colored.
The story is OK, a Chinese myth about women and city gods and change. Nothing really new, but with something this pretty, I don't care all that much about the story.
On the OK side, I found some of the visual puzzles really hard, but not so hard that I couldn't figure how how to solve them. So I didn't skip any, but some took a long time.
The bad is the game play. To get all the information that is provided in the game, you need to click on objects several times. For example, to interact with a character, you first would click on the eye to see his biography, then you go back and click on the mouth to talk with them, then you go back and click on the dragon to advance the game play. Slow, tedious. Except in the cut scenes, all the dialog is written out with no voice over - and there is a LOT of dialog, some of which advances the story and some of which does not. So it take a long time to accomplish anything.
There is also not much of a sound track. It would be really nice if there were period Chines music playing in the background all the time, but most of the time it is just silent, the only sound being my mouse clicks.
But I'm recommending the game because I visited China recently and the settings feel genuine as well as the tone of the story, and I love the artwork. Just be warned that if you into speed and action, this game is not for you.
November 7, 2013
Beautiful, but clunky
What a strange game! When I opened it, I kept wondering why this only had so few stars, since the graphics are beautiful! But slowly, I began to realize the reasons ... First, I love to read, but the dialogue was just too long and meaningless. Gameplay and interface are just so unbelievably clunky; they got on my nerves quickly. I kind of liked the scoring system of the HOS.But the game/story just didn't capture me enough to continue playing, especially because after playing 10 minutes of the trial, I still hadn't figured out my quest! All the strewn in Chinese wisdoms are a nice touch, though.
Sorry, but this game could have been much much better! No buy for me, but maybe other people can have fun with this!
December 2, 2012
The sound, graphics and story are OK here, but playing the game is very tedious. Each action needs to be activated. There are sometimes 3 actions to each element and you need to activate each one separately in order to continue. Found the game fairly boring because of this so did not continue after 12 minutes. Would really not recommend unless you have lots of patience and time on your hands.
October 30, 2012
Listen to the Other Reviews
I agree with the other reviews; this game had great potential but has fallen short. Visually it is very pretty to look at but the game itself is lacking for action. Play the demo or wait for it go on sale for 2.99 but don't pay full price for this game. Sorry!
October 31, 2012
The clunky mechanics - loads of gratuitously necessary clicking - and some silly hidden objects, for example find "wooden statue" when there are about three of them! Ditto "chopsticks" and a "black vase" which wasn't black - took the shine off what was very nearly a lovely game. The insufficiently specific HOG identifiers did become irritating after a while. I didn't mind having to read the story - I enjoy reading! The primary problem, though, was that the hidden object scenes and rather arbitrary mini-games felt dislocated from the primary plot, so - even though you were playing the game - you weren't really immersed. This is a harmless and rather atmospheric offering. If you're not a bookworm and aren't keen on Hidden Object games, you'll hate it. If, on the other hand, like me, you appreciate attractive graphics, a neatly turned ancient Chinese whodunit and like the thought of relaxing by dragging and clicking away an afternoon, give it a go. The only real quibble I have is that the hidden object scenes allow you to reopen and replay them as often as you like. If you don't keep up with the plot, you can spend ages going round in circles hunting objects to achieve goals you have long since completed.
December 13, 2013
Boring and Slow
Medieval China - Scene from the beginning has VO (narrator) and beautiful ancient drawings. During the game all dialogues are without VO, ie written.
You can play Regular or Arcade (this mode has no history, only HOS). Three difficult levels.
The cursor changes when you click on something:
Eye - opens the diary / quests
Mouth - the dialog box appears
Hand - you get the object
Dragon - opens a HOS
Hand holding something - you use something from the inventory, you do not even need to know what to use.
It has a map and a Diary (with: quests / a "to do" list / notes / biographies of the characters.
HOS and mini games easy.
Well, I found the game very slow, over-HOS, lack excitement and adventure.
I played 20 minutes and gave up.
September 17, 2012
Clunky and not particularly nice to look at
I agree with megwoman25 that the interface is poor, but can't agree that the graphics and ambience are lovely, except perhaps in comparison with really dark and gory games. There are much more attractive Oriental themed games out there - Season of Mystery the Cherry Blosson Murders, Hidden Mysteries the Forbidden City, and Liong The Lost Amulets, to suggest just a few.
October 30, 2012
Do you like to read?
This is a very slow paced game. Most of the time is spent reading the dialogue between characters. Not really any challenge in the puzzles......I would not recommend this game.
October 30, 2012
Very Slow and Unexciting
I played the demo half way thru. I found it very slow moving, and very boring. Confusing at times on what they wanted and what was next. Never saw a hint button. To much written dialog, no voice overs. Simply got tired of all the reading.
October 30, 2012