Sable Maze: Sullivan River Collector's Edition
Unique HO/Puzzle Game
The developers certainly took a risk with this game, and it paid off greatly!
(based on entire demo on casual mode. Actual rating 4 1/2 stars)
Absolutely loved the HOS. They were excellent, with a great challenge and included plenty of interactive objects. Some had an extra step where you had to find one object to get another object on the list.
Great storyline. I loved the way the trees and ghosts were put in to it. I was hanging on the edge of my seat.
Great graphics. Very clear, realistic and modern. Made me feel like I was actually at the scene of the game.
Hint and skip recharged pretty quickly.
Strategy guide was included and was a handy hint for when I was stuck on the puzzles.
I liked the use of "locked items." This was a unique feature to this game. You had to find two parts of an item, and the item wasn't available for use untill you found all parts.
There were points in the game where I got really stuck.
At some points in the game there would be a slight freeze and things would be moving slow. I'm not sure if this is the computer or the game.
I hated the puzzles. I skipped every one of them but one, and that was the easiest one.
There was a lot of going back and forth which really annoyed me.
One aspect of the game that I thought was stupid was that some items had only one use, and they were ridiculous uses; example 1: I got a revolver at some point in the game and its only use was to shoot open a door that was locked from the other side. example 2: It took me a while to find everything to make the tree-fighting potion, and the only thing that was used for was to take down two trees that were in the way of you getting to the next location.
Overall a wonderful game. I will recommend it to anyone. It's different and a great game for Sunday afternoons!
October 28, 2012
Durkon was right all along! (*)
Review based upon completion of the game plus bonus content.
NERDRAAAAAGE! Well, never bully the dorky kid, you might get more than you wish for. That bunch of kids learned the hard way, and let's put it this way: The chief and the doc didn't fare much better...
+ unique setting
+ graphics very well done, typical activities / children's camp gone bad presented in a believable way
+ game length
+ good hint function (shows way to next task when you click if there's nothing to do in the current screen)
+ interactive map with jump function (didn't use it much...
+ ...because most tasks can be solved within three screens, then a new section opens up
+ objects were not placed back into repeated scenes
+ achievements done as badges...
- ...however, the "no misclick" badge does not work (I solved numerous screens perfect and did not get it)
- a dryad is not the scariest opponent there is
Bonus Content: The Bonus chapter makes you save the doc. The end is satisfactory without the full story. Duration for me was about 90 minutes. The rest is a few (ugly) wallpapers and concept art. The music did not work for me - maybe you will only hear it after you save it to hard disk. The strategy guide is the standard that we came to expect.
Bottom Line: I enjoyed the game for the setting. Yes, the riddles were mostly easy; yes, it started a tad bit scary, and then the walking trees were a tad overdone; and yes, the story was crystal clear from the halfway point, but this is still a great game. Get the game as SE at least, but get the CE if you want to know a bit more.
(*) Durkon: "Order of the Stick" Dwarf Priest, is convinced that trees are on warfare against him.
October 27, 2012
TREE HUGGERS BEWARE!!! :-D
Storyline was good and consisted of finding out what happened to the missing children at summer camp.
IHOs - Repeated but clear with a few small objects. Instead of sparkles, it was butterflies.
Live actors/VOs - For ghosts only
Puzzles - Some easy, some difficult (to me). Did solve a few and others I skipped.
Graphics were fairly clear. Lots of skulls and bones.
No misclick penalty that I could see.
Inventory - Items used almost immediately. Some were locked until you could find the missing piece.
Map - Tried it but used the hint as a guide
Hint/Skip Buttons - Recharged fairly quickly
Since this was a CE, there was bonus play, achievements and trophies. CEs never did interest me because I don't need all the bells and whistles. Give me a straight game with a good plot and I'm happy. Did try the bonus play but did not finish it.
Bottom line - a good game.
October 15, 2012
Camping Gets A Dark Twist
Move over Jason Vorhees, there's a nasty tree taking the campers. I liked this game because it gave you a different sort of setting-a camp. You go back to a camp you attended as a child to find out what has happened to the children. Once you arrive you find out that the trees are not your friends and will stop at nothing. The visuals were good. The HO decent, and the voice overs were done well. The games were not too difficult and can easily be completed. There are 3 levels of play-casual, normal, and expert. All in all it was a good game. One that you'll remember in a few months, maybe not.
October 4, 2012
i had some fun at sunday lunch , i won,t mind to purchase it,but will wait a bit and carry on checking the reviews also maybe i go for SE good, graphics, and interesting story i want to find out out what happpen in the end
September 30, 2012
Not bad overall, but could have used a little bit of explanation on the mini-games. Some were a little confusing as to what was intended and/or how to proceed. Found myself cheating by going into the stragedy guide.
October 16, 2012
Got My Map...Really!!!
I had to trash this one at the very, very end. I needed 1 item and could not find it even with the SG. GRRRR
Game does have a map and is interactive, but it is so useless. Have never seen one like this before.
Graphics and music are good
Journal, but info only nothing really useful
hint button works good, most of the time
Mini games are not my thing, skipped most of them
HO's are interactive
Not a bad game, but not an excellent one either
October 6, 2012
Good game, not too hard.
But why am I trying to save people who don't deserve to be saved?
January 5, 2013
Nice and fun game
I really liked this game after being so disappointed over the last game I bought. It was so nice to come back to a real hidden object game with good music and beautiful graphics.
November 25, 2012
Sable Maze: Sullivan's River Collector's edition
Just finished it, the bonus chapter just as enjoyable, I'd recommend it. photo good, clear and easy to define.
Glad I bough it. Help arrows clear.
October 7, 2012