Where Angels Cry
3 stars for length but it's a good adventure with all the extras!
Cateia games (hotel, crystal valley) are clever as they realise there are people who want to try pure adventure games but find LF daunting so they do easier games and here is obviously trying to appeal to the HOPA player who is looking for something different but familiar enough not to feel lost and this is a bridge game (bridges the gap)
This does not mean more seasoned adventure players don?t enjoy their games it?s just a different type of game and change of pace.
The one major thing I have to point is the ending. If you are expecting a ?nice? family friendly plot with no darkness in it then the ending will disappoint. I thought it was daft to do an ending like that as they are reducing the amount of players for this game and there was no indication in the short demo that it would be like that and even if you didn?t have a problem with it, I thought the plot ending was not good as you?d never guess it or see it coming and thought it would be more reasonable or tie in with the main story better.
I bought this with a coupon as I knew it would be short, as I did the demo in about 35 mins and I felt it was pretty far through the game but I did get nearly 3 hrs out of it, playing for all the achievements. I don?t recommend any games under 3hrs and very rarely around that mark, but because this game had 21 collectables (angels) and 20 achievements (one of which is finish the game in under 3 hrs!) I do recommend it if you are that type of gamer or don?t mind re the time so much but if you liable to skip a lot of puzzles or dialogue etc then I don?t recommend it for you.
There is a journal, with to do tasks, as well as general information of how long you?ve been playing how many achievements you have etc.
There is quite a few of find ?x? items in the game but it?s never a separate scene it?s in the game.
There are 20 puzzles ranging from easy old school which were all at the beginning; move stack of boxes from one pile to another, rotating circles to make a picture, 2 easier nonograms, they repeat the ?get every light to the same colour a few times by pressing on them? to a couple of hard ones and I must have spent at least 15 mins on one!
The quite rare thing about this adventure game is you can skip the puzzles and also you don?t need to manually save the game it auto does it for you. . You have three choice of gameplay or a fourth ? custom where you can choose to have or not ? sparkles, fast hint/skip charge, extended tutorial. Another thing to make it easier for you is that a character has a large ?I? above his head if you speak with him.
Some CONS ?
-You have to collect the same bucket 3 times in the game, why you don?t keep I don?t know.
-Some very well blended objects
-Slow load times between chapters
-Would love the option of manual save, as I messed up a puzzle for an achievement and had to replay the whole game again
-Short especially if you are a fast player
-A few items were hard to find as were very well blended in and I don?t even have problems with my eyesight
-achievements I don?t like replaying a game to get them all and prefer it on once screen so it?s easier to see than scrolling
-Fully customisable gameplay as well as audio and video
-Very enjoyable gameplay
If only they made it about an hour longer it would have made all the difference and more people would have bought it but thanks for a good adventure.
November 3, 2012
short game made me cry
Had I known that the game could be completed in just an hour, I would not have purchased it.
October 3, 2012
This Angel cried over the final Puzzle
Review based upon completion of the game.
I did the Beta and was looking forward to the release of another True Adventure. They did change a bit around - if I remember correctly the third chapter used to be the second one. The 20 tomatoes had to be collected individually. The tone of the game remained unchained though.
+ HD graphics
+ helpful hints in stages (did not use, can be turned off)
+ difficulty adjustable individually
+ lots to do
o walkthrough provided by the developer on the page and as a separate download absolutely not useful
o game length a bit short for a true adventure
- some achievements not really explained
- no clear story advancement
- you see the culprit for the first time during the showdown and do not interact with him
Bottom Line: The game is passable, but not much more.
October 31, 2012
I wanted to like this game more than I could. You are a priest looking into what may be a miracle: A statue that cries blood. No HOS but you collect throughout the game. Need blue marbles? Green marbles? Keep on the lookout for them because they are there, somewhere. There are angels to collect, not to unlock anything, just for the challenge of it. I did not find them all. I may replay this on a rainy day in a few years & will find them then. What I disliked the most was it tapped into the whole "Priests are not always Holy" idea. Hated the ending! Maybe it was a girl-thing but completing the final task made me hesitate. Visually OK, VO all right, music so-so. If you get it as a freebie then you will get your money's worth. Beginners may like it.
October 13, 2012
Way too short
I just finished playing this game. The storyline was a good one and if done differently would have created and awesome game. It was way too fast, short, not a whole lot of interaction..well..besides the HD graphics and storyline..it wasn't very good at all. Save you pennies for a game with more than approximately 10 scenes of play...yawn
October 6, 2012
HOGs, what HOGs?
Something seems to be missing from this "HOG"...oh, there were no HOGs! Do they show up somewhere down the line? I got through the demo with 32 minutes left, beginning chapter 4 and still no HOGs.
Nice graphics and game play. A lot of shoe leather was used on this one. Music nice, items easy to find (not talking about HOGs, because I haven't seen any yet), games not difficult. Nice hint system.
Didn't care for the overly explanatory chatter from the monks. Your replys were quite short and somewhat bland. Nice voice overs for the monks, but needed some from player as well.
Something seems to be missing...besides the HOGs. It just didn't grab me and make me want to buy it. It wasn't very challenging for me. Nice little game for beginners, but as I say, try it for yourself and you decide. We all have different tastes in games and you may like this one a lot. Thanks for the reviews.
October 2, 2012
MADE ME CRY
Review based on about 2 to 3 hours of gameplay.
Animation and VOS were stilted. Voices came out very slow. Accents seemed forced and phony.
Just couldn't get into this game. Found it to be tedious.
I wanted to do something more than just pick tomatoes and plant seeds. Never did like gardening anyway. LOL
Perhaps it was the frame of mind I was in at the time. I do own this game after all and can try to play it again. Nice to have that option. :-)
May 17, 2013
Good but short
I enjoyed the game, worth a bargain price, my pet peeve is that it is too short.
Loved the story, reminds me of a movie I loved The Name of the Rose, with Sean Connery.
Mysterious atmosphere set in medieval, well rendered.
I liked the VO, liked the cut scenes, liked the horse cut scene.
There are no HOS but you still have to find things.
There are mini games, collectibles. Had a good time, just too short, maybe 3 hours, I'm slow too.
January 28, 2013
Ruined by anachronisms
Based on the demo.
I really thought this would be a game for me; just puzzles, no junk piles to sort through to find that one item you need to progress. Indeed this was the case and very refreshing it was too.
Can't comment on the sound quality as I always turn it off, but it's the total lack of basic historical accuracy which ruined it for me. If developers choose, as these have, to set a story in a very specific era they should keep to that era. They haven't. Tomatoes in Europe? In the 13th century? Really? Not to mention a greenhouse which looks like an escapee from the Eden project. Technically impossible for several centuries to come. Then there's the monastery itself, it's about as Italian as I am; northern style and a much later date. No, I'm not an architectural expert, but I've visited enough such buildings to know when something is really wrong. Lots of other wrong stuff, but I don't want to sound a total nit-picker.
The gameplay is OK if a little simplistic, as far as i've played its been walk around, pick up objects, work out where to use them, solve puzzles to open other areas: rotating discs, towers of Hanoi. Not a problem, but nothing to give real sense of achievement either and certainly don't enough to overcome my irritation with the setting. So, sorry, nice concept, but for me not worth buying.
As to the moral dimension which has so exercised a previous reviewer, I haven't got that far so can only comment in general terms, but the level of distress is so palpable that I can't let it pass. It's fiction, it's one way we as a species sort out right from wrong. Learning about and confronting nastiness is an important part of growing up. Far better to let your children play the game with you and then discuss the unpleasantness. See what they think and what they would have the character do in reality. What they would do in that situation and why. Do they think it's essential to the story or something there only to shock? You could be pleasantly surprised by their response.
October 6, 2012
As a 'Free Game' Purchase
It filled up an hours worth of time.
Choosing the HD graphics, still looked to be
a 1999 dated game.
I used Challenge mode, but really no challenge
and really boring to go to the same places over and over.
October 13, 2012