Margrave: The Blacksmith's Daughter
Absolutely enchanted! Imaginative game with quiet understated charm
Glad I gave this one another go! Put off by its unique gameplay style initially, I was captivated on my second try. And hooked I was, from start to finish.
Exploring a sprawling cyclopean town while trying to save your lover and then escape, I encountered gorgeous lush scenery, charming characters (some of whom actually had fun lines), found cute companions, and learnt more about the secrets that lay behind. And don?t forget a creepy villain too.
The puzzles/mini-games were unique, hidden object scenes moderately challenging, and the rest was pure adventure ? of a more quiet, steady style. The voiceovers were fantastic (in accent and tone), although pretty much everything was voiced, so that could get on some peoples? nerves. Another down side was how some of the recurring puzzles/mini-games (e.g. pebbles) could get quite dull.
I enjoyed collecting the strawberries, you had to really look out for them, and the reward was very worth it! *Those who have not played the earlier game- Margrave: Curse of Severed Heart -might want to hold off reading the strawberry book until you?ve finished it*
Loved the soothing background music as well. The ending was very moving, even if the cutscenes were slightly awkward. This is one of those rare games where I couldn?t quite predict where the storyline was going. Kept me engaged to the very end.
Overall this is a most whimsical and charming game that grows on you. It may seem weird at first, but definitely stands out from the crowd. I would play this again despite its flaws. My whole-hearted 5 stars.
November 5, 2012
I was not a fan of Greek mythology put into a game, so when this game involves Cyclops, I wasn't thrilled, but giving the good reviews of this game, I decided to give it a try. Turns out it was pretty good! The game is rather cute, with exciting twists and turns and good voice acting, although it can get annoying esp. Edwina. The map is rather useful but I rather if the map can transport us to the place, because there're lots of backtracking here. Lots and lots. I got confused and lost my way many times. The ending seems abrupt though. I think I still get items in my inventory. I don't know what happens to it in the end. I guess we will use them if we have bonus chapter. Oh well. Anyway I like this game. Might try the other one in the series.
December 24, 2012
Nice Change on Hidden Object Game!
This game was a refreshing change for me. I enjoyed all of the little different mini games. For those of you who don't like the voice overs (which I'm one) you can go into options and silence those voices! Then you can read the conversation instead. There is a map but you can't use it to travel around which I find a drawback. The fairyland like atmosphere was enjoyable as well. Hidden objects are a little challenging especially for those of us that have bad eyesight but not unbearable. It was a nice change to the everyday hidden object game!
December 6, 2012
Enjoyed all of this game.Loved all the cute characters and it had me enthralled throughout. Gorgeous graphics and Brilliant cut scenes. Beautiful game to play and you get your moneys worth with this one as it was a good long game for a SE. BRILLIANT!!!! Very touching and wonderfully put together....ENCHANTING!!!!
November 29, 2012
A truly different approach
This is one of the most compelling games I have played. The graphics are excellent, the storyline is interesting, but more importantly, the puzzles and the structure is so unusual I really had to think laterally. I enjoyed every moment of it and have just bought another Margrave game - can't wait to play it!
November 22, 2012
Well, this game is really charming : the storyline is definitely original, graphics are bright and exceptionally detailed, the lenght is good ( 4 full hours with some puzzles skipped ), HO scenes well made and collectables strawberries to pick up.
The only "down" sides are the lack of the full screen sight on my laptop (15.6) and of interactivity in HO scenes.
November 17, 2012
Edwina is back...
This is the best of the Margrave series. It reminds me of The Hobbit setting in that there is much more to the story than the graphics. I'm ready to replay the others in the series now! Play the complete demo and you may be intrigued .
November 11, 2012
LOVE the Margrave series
I was absolutely not disappointed in this game, as I've never been disappointed in any of the Margrave games. Beautiful graphics, good story line, challenging without being tiresome. I'd say it's too bad all games can't be like this, but then the Margraves wouldn't be as special as I think they are!
November 1, 2012
Wonderful Fanciful Game
I really enjoyed playing this game. The puzzles are not super hard, a few were very easy. A couple of times the game surprised me with a - think out of the box moment- but once I understood what they wanted some puzzles were simple.
The graphics are lovely and clear,the use of the tools and items were a bit whimsical. The overall feeling is very relaxed. Someone commented on the female voice over as problematic, but I did not have any issues with it. I rather liked it. This may not be a game for an advanced player looking for some tough puzzles, but give the demo a try you might like it for some relaxed fun.
October 26, 2012
This game is like no other I've played so far. You have to rescue your beloved on an island that appears only every 300 years, and where cyclops live. There are 2 game modes.
- The graphics are wonderful, crisp.
- The sound is adding to the atmosphere.
- You have a map that you will need!
- The HOS are clear. The puzzles are unique, no too hard.
- You also have to find 60 strawberries.
There is a lot to do and I played the whole game without a break, it's sooo beautiful! It took me nearly 4 hours to finish.
I really wish there would be more games like this one!
October 25, 2012