Death Upon an Austrian Sonata: A Dana Knightstone Novel Collector's Edition
Loved this game!
This one was an instant buy for me. The graphics are incredible and the story and game play were engrossing. A nice ghost story without all the dark ambiance that most adventure games have. There isn't a map, but it really isn't needed as you don't get lost in millions of backtracking scenes. The HO were very well done with lots of interaction and different approaches. Some were in list form, others were in find so many veggies, etc. And then there were move objects out of the way to find objects. It was very entertaining and I wasn't constantly wondering what to do next. The game was very well thought out and I can't wait for the next one!
November 11, 2012
Too easy, boring story
Graphics and sound were good, but story was weak with poor "acting" voices. HO scenes were a blend of finding single items or finding two items together. There was a good mix of puzzle types, but not terribly challenging. Items for your inventory are found just before or just after you need them, so you don't really have to think too hard. I finished this game in about 4.5 hours, with the bonus scene of the CE taking about another hour. This was the first game I played by this creator. I like MCF games better.
January 23, 2013
Works but with errors
I had high expectations from this game, but unfortunately I encounted some errors quite early in the game. The intro was all garbled and I could see only colored stripes moving. I skipped intro and the game thankfully worked fine afterwards.
There are lots on interactions but they seem to be pretty standard, like handles missing from doors, locked doors, animals having the exact things we want etc etc.
Still lots of things to do in the game and that keeps you busy, so its worth playing.
November 20, 2012
Who called again? Dana Knightstone's cousin!
Review based upon completion of game and epilogue with 5 achievements missing.
I had high hopes for this game, since it features my home country. The story is good as usual, but the "Austrian" part irks me.
* How can you set a story about classical music in Salzburg and fail to mention Mozart even once? And what about the other famous sites?
* There is no way that this is Salzburg city (could be the province) - while there are hills in the city and the Feste Hohensalzburg on a mountain, there are no mountains and ski lifts that close.
* Austrian phone numbers have 5 digits for the area code and 4 or 5 digits for the person. (Mobile ones 4 for the provider and 7 or 8 for the person.) The one you have to type is clearly American.
* Supposing this game is set in modern times, we don't use Schilling anymore, our currency is the Euro.
* Also, there are no steam trains left in daily usage.
+ decent game length (but only in combination with the epilogue - 3:53)
+ achievements (see "The Bad" below)
+ diverse puzzles and HO scenes
+ voiceovers now featured during the whole game, not just act breaks
o most puzzles easy
o Skiing animations could have been done better
- Austrian location not accurately pictured at all
- games are getting shorter and shorter (2:51 for the main game, shortest in the series)
- Tutorial achievement not working, too easy to miss others, some don't make sense (goat)
Bonus Content: The Epilogue tells a different follow up story and took me about an hour, bringing the total game time up to decent. Puzzles did not increase in difficulty. The rest is the usual soundtrack, wallpapers and concept art. Strategy Guide is detailed.
Bottom Line: This entry is another good story, but I would have liked the developer to do a bit more research about Austria.
November 17, 2012
Thumbs up for this one!!!
Just the way I want a game to be! Make more like this one!! NOW!!:-)
November 9, 2012
IT WAS OK
I played the first two in this series and really liked them and thought I would buy this one. it was ok. I don't feel that it was as good as the first two though. First of all I didn't like the fact that I had to use a shotgun. Althought it was not used to kill people but to shoot non living items. The dialougue wasn't that interesting but the scenery was beautiful in Austria.
March 17, 2013
Good All The Way Around
Was surprised to find I like this game. I thought it would be boring.
Nice story line, great graphics. Just a nice game all the way around.
December 20, 2012
Really like this game
I seldom write a review but really enjoyed this game. It was challenging but not one where you had to wonder around from 20 different rooms like some games. I recommend this game. It was fun and different from many hidden object games I have played.
November 21, 2012
Easy but fun
This was the third Dana Knightstone and was very well done. The storyline was entertaining and the graphics were gorgeous! Bright, detailed and with lots of color, some pretty music and lots of locations. The HO scenes were fairly easy with whatever you are looking for being right out in the open for the most part. And the numerous mini games were simple but fun also. Overall this game was quite easy, which I anticipated and therefore played in hardcore mode. it was still very easy so if you are an experienced player you may not want to choose casual mode or you may have absolutely no challenge whatsoever. However that said, I did like this one. You are investigating the death of a ghost now haunting your cousin. You are taken up on cable cars, down in frozen sewers and onto a train. It had some kind of crazy achievements to achieve and a decent extra chapter. Not too sappy, great looking, pretty easy HOPA.
November 13, 2012
not the best chapter in the book...
Fairing Point and Tuscan sun were better
April 13, 2013