Shadow Wolf Mysteries: Cursed Wedding Collector's Edition
The Beginning was Excellent ...
... but then I felt it dragged on for a while. The Storyline was OK but it could have been better. The Hint system is absolutely USELESS, so you have to rely on the Strategy Guide to tell you where to go next (unless your memory is excellent which mine isn't) and reading that small print wasn't much fun. Next time, at least give us a good Hint system PLEASE!
May 12, 2013
Enjoyable and relaxing
I very much enjoyed this one, after taking a a bit of a break from playing. It reminded me how much I love these types of games. This was typical ERS, not too challenging, but the graphics were lovely and I liked the storyline. I found it very relaxing.
As always, it would be much better if ERS would design their games in widescreen, as most other developers do.
January 21, 2013
The Big Bad Wolf is back but this time he should have stayed in the dog house. This next installment from one of my favorite developers leaves me baffeled at how much this game does not meet the standards I expect from a CE game or from these developers. I own all the previous Shadow Wolf Mysteries and naturally my expectations were high. Unfortuately I felt very let down with the entire game, starting with a very weak plot. The story picks up where we left off; our little girl has grown up and is getting married. Unfortunately the wedding gets postponed due to the arrival of Mephistus, the Werewolf who is stalking our bride. Our mission as Detective is to stop him from harming our heroine and uncover his identity. My disappointment begins with the graphics which at times were hazy and dull looking. While some scenes were crisp and sharp, some resembled washed out painted canvases with no life in them. Although voice-overs were well done and in sync; the characters were without much animation. The music was on a loop and there were no environmental sounds to enhance the gameplay. There are three levels of difficulty to choose from and game features include a notebook and a hint/skip button; unfortunately no map so there is alot of back-tracking. Cursed Wedding is your basic HOPA without any of the extras to make it interesting. There are crowded HO scenes that were junk-piled and slightly interactive as well as graphics being a bit blurred. Game-play involved alot of clicking around, collecting inventory objects and solving the odd mini-games that were way too simple to play. After having completed the demo well within the hour, I felt extremely let down. Not only was I unable to emmerse myself into the characters or the story, I felt that the game was just too lacking in any form of challenge to even bother to continue. I expect begginers may enjoy this but to be honest, I think you would be better off to wait for the Standard Edition for this game. Soooo Disappointed with this wolf whose growl is far worse than his bite.
October 18, 2012
Perfect for beginners
ERS is very faithfull to all the previous games - they make nice graphics, nice HO's and a gameplay that is very easy to follow. ERS games must be all beginners favourite.
The HO's are easy, the mini-games are easy - like dressing 4 gines, where the clothes only fits the right place.
There is a lot of handholdning in what to use where...... like when you are told that a hammer would be nice - and even the back of a gun can be used.
Beginners might love it, but more experienced players will have to look very hard to find the expected challenge.
Compared to the many great games that have come out lately, it's lacking:
- challenge in HO's (interactivity and variation)
- challenge in minigames
- challence in the use of items
It seems as if ERS wants to aim on the beginners-group, and if so - they do it very well.
There is nothing new under the sun - and I am really beginning to believe, that ERS is happy with things the way they are. Meaning.. they don't change or devellope anything at all.
I finnished the demo in 40 mins without skipping any minigames, cut-scenes or dialouge, and I only touched the hintbutton once to check out that it did as always in ERS-games = telling me when there is nothing to do in areas.
Am curious to hear from others how long this game is.
Considering, that this is a very good beginners game, I have given this game a 3-star rating.
I'll recommend this game to beginners, but experienced players should wait for a DD or a sale, and play it as a rainy afternoon cheer-up game.
October 18, 2012
Hours of bonus play? Really?
I played the game and the bonus play in about 3 hours. What a joke. Great illustrated game, loved how they use the town and stores to go into, I've always loved that about these games. I had fun but it was a bit too easy and super short. I would recommend the SE.
October 19, 2012
A disappointing sequel
Can't decide whether to give this game 3 or 4 stars - really would like to give it 3 1/2 stars.
Whilst this game had gorgeous graphics and cut-scenes, and was very well done, it still left me feeling somewhat disappointed for a whole bunch of reasons.
Firstly the game was very short. I am sure the other Shadow Wolf instalments took me a lot longer to play.
Even on 'hard' playing option, there were still annoying sparkles for hidden object scenes.
The hidden object scenes were very easy, and only slightly interactive. Puzzles likewise were exceedingly easy. No challenge.
I only used the hint once the whole game - and that was to find a hidden "spike' that turned out to be a walking crutch. Huh? For CE games, errors like this are not on.
There was also a Journal, but mine stopped updating half way through the game.
There were no achievements or hidden bonus items to find (something I love in games - the more the better).
The storyline wasn't brilliant, and was also flawed. Veronica moves to Paris to start fresh, where one of the locals says "Mephistus is back" - how can he be 'back' to a new place.
The bonus chapter followed on from the main story, and whilst not essential to it, if you like your games finishing neatly, then you'll need the bonus chapter as well.
Maybe I just set my expectations to high for this game - all in all it was still a lovely game to play.
October 22, 2012
just to much back and forth and no hint button to really help
Glad I only paid1/2 price. The hint button is no help at all and you just go all over the place finding clues to use. Once you find the items it is easy to figure out where they go. Just a boring game looking all the time for clues with no real help. I do like the voice over and the graphics are not bad.
November 19, 2012
Not up to the usual standards...
I really enjoyed the first two Shadow Wolf Mysteries, but this one left me disappointed. It was so short for one, I couldn't believe I finished it so quickly. Hardly any "people" contact, puzzles were super easy. I do like the continuing story line though, hope there is a next installment.
October 19, 2012
Oh dear :(
Such a shame, OK story, good graphics and voice acting, but the puzzles are boringly simple, no challenge at all. So sorry that these game developers haven't progressed over the years. I'll wait for the standard edition and coupon, not worth wasting my money on this one.
October 18, 2012
VERY SHORT BUT TYPICAL OF ERS GAMES ANYMORE
I use to be a huge fan of ERS games but not anymore. Not sure what is happening to their games but they are getting shorter and shorter in length. The graphics to this game was just so so and in some areas not good at all. The puzzles was very easy and a no brainer, storyline was almost a repeat and fun factor was not much fun at all. PLEASE ERS go back to the way you use to produce games....you was one of the best around :(
October 20, 2012