Angelica Weaver: Catch Me When You Can
Enjoy your weekend with Angelica !!
I played the CE and now SE. I chose the SE since the only difference is the integrated SG.
In SE also has the achievements, the collectible things, and even a bonus (unlocks a special unlimited HO play mode) if you find 40 badges (has 70 through the game). So I repeat here my review:
Cutscene from the beginning is highly well made, like a movie! Walking through an empty city, you only hear the footsteps of Angelica. Suddenly, a man grabs a briefcase ... a car passes ... a noise ... and the city is in the past, with a chariot! It was a vision!
Great game, very appealing, good level of challenge, specially some mini games that are new and difficult, as "stacking furniture" to reach the window. Others are less challenging, like "sudoku".
Proper amount of interactive HOS, not very challenging.
You have to collect 70 badges - I really like to collect things!
Hint button fills slowly (it has 3 levels of difficulty - I played advanced) but has 52 dreamcatcher on the way to collect - and they are extra hints.
In advanced mode you have to wait 5 minutes to skip mini games.
Very good graphics, good VO (and on the menu you can choose "no VO") good sequence, several interesting and interactive locations .
I loved that Veronica interacts with you! She shakes her head when you get useful objects, frightened by noises, wonders when you are lost, throws a dreamcatcher (hint) to indicate what to do.
Not one hour of free trial, but it was enough to know that a game is unmissable
Highly recommended for those who want to have great fun at the weekend!
October 5, 2012
REFRESHINGLY UNIQUE STORY AND CHARACTER
A unique and well-written story. Angelica Weaver is a visionary profiler who can be victim and killer simultaneously, currently investigating the murder of Andrew Chapman and trying to establish a connection with a murder she sees years earlier in London. This is an adventure game with a few clue-providing HOS and puzzles with a twist scattered throughout. Puzzles are sometimes incorporated with the HOS ? such as finding 20 pairs of matching shoes from the time period of the London murder, with some hidden in cupboards and under chairs. Angelica is the narrator (very pleasant to listen to). You start with only 3 hints but can earn more. The artwork is superb. The gameplay is challenging. A beautifully-crafted and polished story that is a joy to play.
October 5, 2012
Challenging HOPA, Emphasis On The ?A?
BASED ON COMPLETED GAME
Story: Angelica Weaver, a detective on Chicago's Special Task Force, must use her ability to connect with the dead to stop a present day killer. The only way for her to get ahead of this killer is to first identify a murderer who escaped justice over a hundred years ago. Through extrasensory visions she is able to jump back and forth between crimes scenes in historic London and present-day Chicago, where the victims reveal to her their final moments.
Release Date: Oct 2012
Extras: Collectibles, Achievements, Unlockable Unlimited HO Games
I have struggled to complete Angelica Weaver twice now, and am convinced - this game is HARD, except maybe to a seasoned adventurer. And no easy mode to relieve the pressure.
It is also original, intriguing, and very professionally done. The atmosphere is thoroughly modern, (even, alas, when we?re in 19th Century London) and the realistic use of technology works well.
Collectibles take two forms ? dream catchers give you hints, and sheriff?s badges an achievement. HOs are varied ? interactive lists, find matching pairs, find 30 pieces of whatever within labyrinthine settings. None are too easy. The puzzles and mini-games are original, and of course, hard.
The story is engaging, and tests your detective abilities, but you have Angelica?s VOs and a journal to keep track. I loved the personalization btw ? nice touch.
I believe this game is worth five stars to an expert, but for the rest of us, this is work.
February 22, 2013
I Have Already Caught This And Added To My Collection Review Of Complete Game
This is a HOPA (hidden object, puzzle, adventure). Definitely more on the adventure side and the screen also scrolls in some areas and while there is no map but does have arrows giving you direction on which way to go. I played in the hardest mode.
The story: You take on the role of Angelica Weaver and find yourself traveling through time (present day Chicago and London 1888) in order to solve the mystery of the murders which becomes a cat and mouse game with a dangerous Killer.
3 play modes: Casual, Advance, Expert.
There is a journal along with the goals down at the bottom.
HOS (hidden object scenes) are interactive. Most found by word list. Items in blue are hidden from sight; items listed in green describe objects with a clue rather than just giving its name. There's also a few scenes find so many of an item or match up the pairs.
HINT: Available by charge up only which is pretty slow only in the casual/advance modes you can find dream catchers to use for hints. This has been turned off for the expert mode. Also hint is helpful outside of the HOS as it will show arrows directing you exactly where to go and what to do from the inventory.
Puzzles: Seemed to be very few at first but as I moved along more puzzles which ranged from very easy, some fun ones (and I'm not a fan of these) to some downright annoying like trying to move the pin ball along to unlock the chain on the door just to name one and the skip for puzzles in expert mode is 10 minutes. Casual is 3 minutes and advanced is 5 minutes.
The SE version here you also collect badges to unlock an unlimited HO scenes at the end and these you will find everywhere and I do mean everywhere.
My overall impression:
I purchased the CE when that was released and don't regret doing so as it was worth it for me. Plus I don't mind extending my wallet to developers who put a lot of time/thought into their games such as this developer to keep encouraging them to bring me great games.
The long cut scene which starts the game had me hooked right from the get go even with the bobble head lady character as it first she kinda annoyed me as well but the more I played she didn't bother me like some other game players. This cut scene especially along with some others in the game just excellent. Very well done here.
The voice over and graphics are excellent for me as well. I also loved traveling through time present day Chicago and London 1888..
I also liked that while this has HOS and puzzles but more adventure and in the expert mode there were no black bar tips as it just brought up a wrench and I would have to figure out what to do, what inventory goes there but I'll admit I did get hung up a couple of times and also skipped a couple of the puzzles.
I just thought the story was very well told, very intriguing and kept me well informed all the way, as to what is happening and how it is all piecing together. I really did feel like I had a satisfactory ending to the main game that is until I played the bonus chapter in the CE as I wasn't expecting that at all. For me and I do stress the FOR ME this is where the surprising true ending to the game really came.
Game Length: For me this was a game I really took my time with and did not rush at all but I did use the hint a couple of times and skipped a couple of the puzzles. Main game was 6 hours for me. The bonus chapter was about 2 hours. Depending on your game play you may get more or less than this.
Overall there was just way more I LOVED about this game and definitely outweighed a couple of annoyances so I can't help but give this 5 stars and it was also a long game for me that kept my interest as I played this pretty much straight through so I feel I definitely got my monies worth.
Thanks Big Fish and developer for an excellent game here. I sure hope to see more like this one. This ROCKS!
As always, give it a whirl and decide for yourself.
October 5, 2012
This is one giant of a game!
I refrained from buying the CE because I had been fairly disappointed off late with these so-called Collector's Editions. Now, I have some regrets, because this game is really one giant of a game.
The graphics are absolutely gorgeous... Angelica Weaver may easily be one of the most pretty characters ever digitally created and all the locations, decors, backgrounds are worked out in every detail, with beautiful colours and impecaable sharpness.
The storyline of the game keeps you in suspense all along. You really have the feeling to conduct this investigation and the switches between current day Chicago and 19th centure London are fantastic.
How about gameplay? You have no map, but you don't need one. The game is fairly linear, so you don't find yourself turning around and around in search of what to do next. Your notebook is usefull, as well as the hint button. I advise you to play in "advanced" mode and not in "expert" mode. In "advanced" mode, you have to search for dreamweavers in order to gain hints. I found this very amusing, because it is like a minigame within the game.
Besides these dreamweavers, you have to look for sheriff's badges. When starting the game, the number of badges was 40 and when I found myself approaching this number rather quickly, I feared that the game would be over pretty soon. What a pleasant surprise to see that the counter of sheriff's badges to be found went up when I reached the first 40.
There a re few HOS... they get repeated once, but are fairly easy to finish.
I encountered some new minigames... not too difficult, but interesting.
The greatest challenge resides in exploring the different scenes and finding out what to do with the items you find.
I really recommend this game. It may not reach the same level as Syberia, but I sincerely hope this Angelica Weaver is the prequel to a long line of equally interesting games.
October 5, 2012
Wow! Awesome Angelica Weaver!
Review is based on the entire game (SE). Reviews based on the demo only are useless to me and should be avoided. How can you review an entire game based on just a small part of the game?
This is probably the most enjoyable game I've played all year. Everything is just right in this one. Graphics are sharp and very realistic. The storyline totally dominates this adventure and is very well thought out and keeps you thinking all the way through. HOS are interactive and spaced out very well so that it does,not become annoying and the mini games range from easy to a bit difficult. This game feels like a murder/mystery adventure game all the way until the end and you feel like you are an active participant. You can tell a lot of thought went into this one. The cut scenes are realistic and extremely well done. I honestly can't believe that anyone would give this a bad review, but some people seem to find fault in the littlest things. I loved this game and if you like to think a little and not just go through the motions, you'll love this one. Thanks Bigfish! I hope we see more high quality games like this one.
October 7, 2012
4 stars for a long game, great story and all the extras in a SE!
Looking for a good plot, not that many HOS and would love ?extras? but you are on a budget and can?t afford CEs? Then look no further than this mumbo jumbo SE, as this game has all that and length as well.
I was going to buy this as a CE and held off because I didn?t know if the bonus or whole game could be short. On both accounts I need not have worried but I am glad I held off as the achievements, and two different types of collectables are here in the SE version! I realise by reading other reviews that there is a twist in the bonus plot and that it is long but I am contented with the SE version and was happy with the ending.
There are three modes of play which you can?t change mid-game. I choose the middle one ? advanced as you can?t collect the dreamweavers in the expert mode. Dreamweavers are used for extra hints but if you run out you still can have hints. I love to collect things for hints as it makes games more interesting.
The plot is about a famous killer and you go back and forth between time zones a couple of times to gain clues and insight into the crimes. I don?t want to say too much re this to spoil the plot. Your character is a police detective who is also psychic and has visions about the deseased.
There is a journal which is helpful and a goal tab as well as in inventory tab.
-I didn?t like the scrolling screens too much as it does make me slightly nauseated but it?s not always there.
- I didn?t like a lot of the graphics, it was slightly grainy (especially outside) and felt like an old game. The character was very well done though and the HOS were clear enough.
-There were sparkles on the middle mode for HOS which I don?t like along with auto instructions for the puzzles.
-I also wish there was a transporter map but didn?t feel the backtracking was excessive but still was annoying.
- Repeat HOS
Ratio is slightly more on the adventure side with a lot of interactions and has slightly more puzzles than HOS which I like.
I had to replay this game due to tech problems and was playing fast to catch up so I may have missed some of the police badges, but I honestly thought I got at least 50 and I didn?t get unlocking of HOS. I forgot to look to see how many I got!
Police badges 70 (apparently if you get 40 you unlock HOS)
12 Hidden object scenes
4 original list type, most you had to repeat once.
1 match pair, 1 match like pair (love these types) both weren?t repeated
-All interactive and clear
- no random click penalty
- couple of tiny items.
A mixture of type; a couple were arcade style and timing had to spot on. I skipped two puzzles in this game ? the chair one (which was in the demo) as I had no patience for the type. And at the very end the tarp puzzle again as I don?t like the type.
I did enjoy a lot of them, nothing really new. Variety of hardness.
This game took me nearly 6 hrs (with 2 skips and some hints) reading everything as that is what this game is about ? the plot. I love the extras that they give in the SE, which makes it a 4 star game for me. If it didn't have the extras I'd give it 3 stars but just because it maybe between a 3 and 4 star game, doesn't mean you can't have as much enjoyment as with a 5 star game!
October 13, 2012
This made me Jump!
I really enjoy these types of games, but especially when out of the blue they make you jump (maybe i should learn to play with speakers instead of headphones >.< ) Most of the puzzles aren't too difficult that you have to skip them, some HOS, but again not too many that you are inundated. This was just a review from the demo, but have just purchased the game so i can finish it :D The hints are good in the casual mode...if you need them...I am going to try this in the other modes just to see how far i can get..
October 5, 2012
Spoiler Free Angelica Weaver Review
Well apparently I'm waay in the minority here but I didn't like it. The gameplay seemed okay but there was this other thing that bugged me...
There is an animated version of the main character - the person that you are playing as - that sits to the right of the inventory. It reacts when some things happen. I found it to be too distracting and somewhat annoying.
It only took 11 minutes for me to decide that I couldn't enjoy the gameplay due to the character sitting there staring out of the screen.
I also need to mention that if a cut scene of story happens, it happens suddenly and your cursor vanishes. So it takes a bit for you to figure out where your cursor has gone to.
And I feel the need to say that there is a huge chunk of storyline that comes before the option to play. This bugs me because I don't want to know the story, I just want to see how the gameplay is. If I like the gameplay then I will pay attention to the story when I play it after purchase.
I would recommend this game for those that aren't irritated by having to watch someone reacting to what's happening in the game.
October 6, 2012
Is it just me??
I got curious to play this one based on the awesome reviews. I was disappointed....perhaps it was just not the game for me. I hate Angelica staring at me and reacting before I do. She was distracting to the point of annoying. The game was too slow for me and I hate that I cannot skip a cutscene...it just dragged on and on. To top it I hate games with no maps - all the to and fro....more a frustration than a game of relaxation...that's just my humble opinion. But hey others love it so give it a go.
October 8, 2012