Shadow Wolf Mysteries: Cursed Wedding Collector's Edition
REVIEW OF COMPLETED GAME
ERS have some of the best graphic designers in the business and in this game they were superb. Sharp, clear and well defined with rich vibrant colours. A feast for the eyes.
They must have done something with their programming because unlike their other games, this one ran so much better, about 75% better. That was a huge plus for me, as I used to dread the sluggish mechanics, the lagging and floating I have experienced in the past.
The story is, as is to be expected about the werewolf again, and I don't see how anyone could have expected anything else. I must just say that that werewolf is a work of art. So sinister, savage and beautifully drawn.
The iHOS are not piled on, but just the right amount to make you forget about them till one shows up. However, they are really lovely and easy to do. No junkpiles, dark corners, or miniscule items. A lot of fun
The voice overs are perfectly in synch and well done..
I have only afforded the game 4 stars, however, because there were a few occasions when it lost momentum and became a little tedious, so I started losing interest. But it soon perked up again and I got back into it.
It is not exactly an easy game, but the challenge level is somewhat less than usual, but I like that. The puzzles were really simple for the most part, but I like that too.
The BC is an integral part of the story, as the main game ends up in the air, so I do not know how they are going to justify the SE, unless they slightly change the ending of the main game.
I loved the Parisienne music. On a loop, true, but very effective, keeping me reminded of where the tale is taking place.
It took me 5.5 hrs to finish and I hazard a rough guess at about 4 of those hours, I really enjoyed.
Good work ERS.
October 19, 2012
Well, it's ERS!
I'm enjoy playing this game but not so having fun like the first one. Interesting storyline for me as usual.
Thanks dev for making this "good" sequel. It's better than the second shadow wolf series. Good job, bunny!
April 6, 2013
The Continuing Story of Shadow Wolf Mysteries
Like "Rocky" and "The Godfather", it's impossible to continue a saga without making changes, otherwise it's pretty boring.
The 3rd in the Shadow Wolf Mysteries series, our Detective is called to Paris because the little girl whose parents were werewolves has grown up and, sadly, it seems the "Curse" still follows her. Thank goodness, the Detective is available! At no time, does the player feel a sense of fear or foreboding because our Detective is that good in fighting werewolves.
This is the 1st game I have played where the CE Bonus Play seems to be longer or as long as the Standard gameplay and I realized that the scenes change rapidly and we don't visit the same areas over and over again, therefore, gamers are writing the game is too short but this isn't true if one plays on Expert Level and takes their time to stop and enjoy the game which has awesome and beautifully written graphics and artwork.
As a long-time BFG Member, I typically only purchase the CE editions of games that have the Bonus Play and simply wait until they go on sale--of which BFG has plenty of awesome sales! Enjoy! -Mama Mia-
December 26, 2012
The graphics were very good, and I found the VO's well done, overall the game was fun, but way too easy. I was happy to not have the usual constant back tracking that some of the HO Adventure games overdo. I found the HO clear and not too much trouble finding all the objects, there is some interactive aspects which adds to the fun of HO scenes. My only real complaint was the amount of time it took me to finish the game, most of these I play in short sections and it can take me days to complete that way. I finished it in one sitting, I did purchase the CE version which gives you the extras, even with that considered, the game play is way too short. I'm glad I purchased on the half price special. This is a good game if you are looking for and easy to follow plot, and less challenge.
November 18, 2012
This series of games has been fun but I find that each one leaves me dissatisfied at the end and this game was the same. I purchased the collectors edition and though that the bonus was lame. Don't spend your money.
The music was probably one of the best parts. It is interesting, varied and a good background. The characters and animation were obviously eastern European and relatively low tech. The scenery was pretty good.
I didn't have any trouble with the HO scenes and most of the puzzles were really fairly easy.
It is worth the play but wait until there is a special on it.
November 9, 2012
I have enjoyed the Shadow Wolf series immensely so bought this game without reading reviews or playing the demo. The first hour was okay. Then we left the house with no map and a hint button that just tells you to move on. At one point I started the game over I was so lost. It continued to get worse SG not giving directions. The story line gets lost in the travels. The HOS were relatively clear and not overly frequent. The puzzles were at times excellent (Majong) and some had vague directions. If you enjoy roaming the countryside without a map have fun. I'll finish the game to see if the detective gets the Werewolf this time.
November 3, 2012
A Bit Disapponted
I bought this CE with the bundle since I had missed this entire series, and I played them in order, one right after the other.
I thought the first game was the best since it had a spooky atmosphere, an immersive and decent story, and had enough challenge to make me scratch my head in some places. The second was not far off in quality to the first. This one was really quite a disappointment: it was really easy. As an intermediate player playing on the most difficult setting, I maybe had to use the hint once or twice, and very importantly for a CE, it only lasted me a little over three hours including the bonus material. It seemed like I played the demo, bought the game, blinked, and it was already over.
But also, I thought the storyline was pretty poor. It seemed to have very little sustenance to it, glossed over a few elements, leaving some loose ends hanging, only to end abruptly. I got the impression that the dev pushed this game very quickly out the door, which is a shame because they could have done more with the setting, the time period, and the fact that the first game at least was far more mysterious and had an interesting plot twist. I figured out who the baddy was 1/3 of the way through the story.
More irritatingly, the way the story ended, it also would seem that the bonus material is needed to flesh it out, as little as it does, however, the game is so short in general, I am not sure I can recommend the CE as worth the extra cash you have to pay for it.
The game seems to take place mainly in Montmartre between 1890 and 1910 since it is mentioned that the Eiffel Tower is new and you can see one of the famous moulins in the game, but nothing about the artists who were integral to the bohemian atmosphere of that area around that period of time. It is also not exactly the most logical place for a high born, "innocent", decent lass to set up her home, since it had a pretty notorious reputation, but nevermind.
So to summarize, if you like Montmartre and the Bel Epoque, this game might be good as a short SE, but I do not recommend it as a CE.
November 1, 2012
Not One of My Favorites
The games were up to standards. I only skipped a couple of the more aggregating ones such as the one with the bee and the hornet.
In one of the HOS a "spike" turned out to be a crutch. Come on, guys, let's label things correctly. I had to use a hint for that one since the so-called spike was not in the Strategy Guide sample.
And then there is the music. Accordions! What is so special about accordion music that it shows up in so many games these days? It was not appropriate for this game. I expected something better. There are plenty of classical pieces that would have hit the spot. Please remember that we gamers have to listen to it all through the game unless we completely silence the music and that's no fun because every now and then there was a small bit of "good" music.
What is with the sultry sigh every time something is added to the inventory? It was very annoying after a time. I silenced it but that was no fun either and later turned it back on. I hate paying big bucks for a bummer of a game.
I don't know whether to recommend this game or not. After all, some of you out there may love accordion music. As for the sultry sighing - maybe it would not bother anyone else. OK, I have answered my own question. I am recommending the game but with reservations.
October 29, 2012
Looked forward to it but wasn't terribly impressed
I love Shadow Wolf games, but this one was too short, not very impressive places to visit and simply just OK. The bonus section was long, with lots of HOs. If you like Shadow Wolf games, I recommend it, but if you have never played them, I suggest you play the previous two first.
October 28, 2012
Good HO quality game mixed with poor storyline
This game is OK. It does not feature anything new. Storyline is poor. I did not get the ending. Felt like it was developed in the rush to push it out as soon as possible. Ers should rush when developing games. The plot is very important.
A "B" game you can complete under 2 hours.
October 28, 2012