Halloween: The Pirate's Curse
Great Family fun for Halloween!
Halloween: The Pirates Curse
Good family fun! Same maker as last years ?Halloween Trick or Treat?with Mike and Sally, which we purchased last year & enjoyed very much. This round the 2 kids are teenagers Mike & Emma. They are choosing costumes & going around town once again for Halloween. They miss their friend Tom & set out to bring him back to the fair with them. Tom tells them some spooky tales about a cursed fair that his grandfather use to tell him about. As they make their way back to the fair a green fog settles over the fair and curses the rides & scenes. HO scenes are filled with skeletons, zombies & various spooky items. All the scenes are newly created from last years version but they do have the kids back in the sewer again this year as well as re-using a couple of the music clips that repeat through out the game plus quite a few graphics are also reused but the game is still worth $6.99 or a PPC if you have one. Last year we received bonus points for finding the Halloween candy canes & my grandson & I are finding that we keep clicking on them again this time around. I wish they had just left the candy canes out this time. A small cartoon Dracula can be found in each HO scene & he is often VERY well hidden. There are 2 levels to play. When you go to options you can adjust the sounds, music, full screen or mute all sounds plus it includes a tab for the credits of who helped to make the game. I played several rounds of both levels prior to purchasing & saw few differences. There were no tutorials, no sparkles & skips took slightly longer to recharge on the more difficult setting. Both levels the hint recharged in 15 seconds so it has a VERY fast recharge. The skip was an option after 30 seconds on casual & 45 seconds on the more difficult setting. Over all both versions are harder than last year?s game. Several types of mini games were placed between every 1-2 HOG?s. An example of the mini games played were put photos or Frankenstein back together, hex shaped puzzle, sewer lid puzzle, menu board puzzle, map where you match skulls, follow bats to Funny Bones store, untangle a mess of wires to turn on switches in the correct order, dart board math, fuses in correct slot to add up to a given number, arrange 3 shelves of books in the correct order, spot the 14 or 18 differences & find 20 cats & 20 bats.
One confusing part for kids (and grandparents too) is they sometimes have multiple items in a scene and you are to choose the correct one. It would be better to only have one broom, skull, arrow, pirate hat or O in a scene if that is an item that is going to be on the list of items to be found. Story helps to flow one scene to the next but it is not essential to read the storyline in order to play any of the games so, feel free to play with sound off or on and not read any storyline if that is the way you like to play your games! You do have to click ?continue? to progress to the next scene which can be frustrating as it slows the progression as well as the shift between scenes does seem a bit sluggish or slow so you will likely read the boxes anyway.
Besides the multiple skulls, ?O?s?, brooms, pirate hat & arrows in a few of the scenes another difficulty came from language differences. So for those that may be confused as to what you are to find?A frogman is a scuba diver. A cockerel is a rooster. A Hell?s Angel is a logo on the back of a leather jacket. A bunting is a string of triangular flags. A abseiler is a person repelling down a wall. A cog is a gear. A ping pong bat is a ping pong paddle. Helter skelter is a lighthouse. A rosette is a ribbon award with gathered ribbon at the top and streamers hanging down. The waltzer is a twister ride at the carnival where the cars spin around.
Finally the item that threw me the most was the dart board math since I had never learned how to score points based on where the dart landed. The first 6 math problems were easy as it was just basic math. The difficult part is the problems that required you to know how points were awarded for scoring in the various red/ green sections. These are the basics. The very center is worth 50 pts the next ring around that center is worth 25. The next part to understand is each numbered section can have single, double or triple the value depending on where in that section your dart lands. The outer most ring of red/ green are double the number value and the inner ring of red/ green sections are 3 times the value of the numbered spaces. All other areas of those numbered sections are worth the single value. The last 2 math problems in this game totaled 27 & 39. Since both are unable to be divided by 2 evenly plus both are too high of numbers to be single values since the dart board goes up only to 20, means that they both will belong in the 3 times the value sections. Therefore divide both 27 & 39 by 3 to determine where the dart must land. It is important to not guess in these mini games because after a certain amount of wrong answer clicking your previous correct answers will be cleared & you will need to start again or else choose to skip that mini game.
This review is based on playing the complete game in both casual & challenging versions of play, multiple times.
October 26, 2012
If You Love Halloween...........
This h.o. game is ssooo Halloween, colorful, cute, and fun. It is mostly just hidden objects with puzzles of various types thrown in. The ambiance is great, the mall decorated with Halloween goods, the street scene full of people with costumes on, businesses and homes decorated like a Halloween wonderland. And a very "Halloweeny" decorated amusement park you'll wish you could visit. The objects are not too hard to find if you have the patience to mouse over everything slowly, find the hidden Dracula in every scene, and click on pumpkins that pop up in the scenes for extra points. As for the glitch on clicking, I only found it after a scene as you are trying to go to the next scene, the trick here is to wait until your score numbers are done showing you the score you got for that scene, then click on "continue" to go on to the next scene. Hopefully, they can fix this because it is a very cute, fun game for Halloween lovers. And if you are looking for an object that is hidden, just mouse over the scene slowly until your arrow turns into a magnifying glass, then click there, your object will show up. As for the storyline, it's just two kids having fun on Halloween, nothing wrong with that. The music is "spooky", fun style though, a family friendly game, easy to play, just a game to have fun and relax by. I recommend it, if like me, you love Halloween.
October 26, 2012
This game for adults
I'm thru the trial, and playing for a bit. I love the casual arts games, have many of them. Reviews I read were not so kind. My opinion is, you have to be used to this game creator.
It is by far the most challenging. Each one has their own "bonus points" thing to look for. In this game, it IS hard.
I have enjoyed "watching the children grow up" as the games go by over the years. As the title states, THIS game is not for kids. (yea!) I have maybe 6 of them, which all are fine for all ages. This one is the hardest, and theme/music is more for teens and above.
June 2, 2013
The Pirate's Halloween
Another fun Halloween game. Like the others there are extra's to find. The hidden objects are fun and not too difficult to find, although some will make you look real hard. Another great game for that boring afternoon with nothing to do.
October 30, 2012
a mixed bag ( of candy !! )
I am somewhat conflicted about the game. It definitely has its ups and downs.
The ups include: very good graphics, some objects that are hard to find, some interesting things to fine and background music that is acceptible.
The downs are: a clunky cursor, ( at least in my case ), the game is slow to progress between scenes, all the typical puzzles ( matching, jigsaws, the dreaded find the difference, etc. )
The storyline is predictable and not at all compelling,
Given the multitude of outstanding games available today, Halloween : The Pirate's Curse is fair to middling. It will appeal to novice HOGgers and children. If it ever becomes
a daily deal I would probably buy it at the reduced price.
Other than that I will pass. I do not hate the game but it holds
only moderate interest for me.
I give it a half-hearted recommendation.
October 24, 2012
OK Game . . . But
I'm somewhat on the fence with this game.
THE GOOD -- The graphics are pretty good. Will mostly assuredly get you into the Halloween mood. It seems like there will be a lot of hidden object scenes. If you're in the mood for HO you're in the right place. HO scenes have some interaction including finding the vampire and clicking an object at the right time to either win or lose points. Ojbects are also hidden behind other objects. There are mini-games that are pretty easy.
THE NOT SO GOOD -- There are tons and tons of objects in each scene and they are very - very small. Additionally, objects are given names that you may not recognize or they are called by something different they you are use to. Clicking on objects seems to be a problem. Sometimes it works and other times you have to click more than once.
BOTTOMLINE -- I recommend this game with some reservations. -- Objects too small and hard to find.
October 24, 2012
Good family game
If you want a game to get get you into the Halloween spirit then this is it. Some of the objects in the HOS are hard to find but not impossible. You are also looking for little vampires to boost your score. This is not my kind of game really but its a good game for the family to have fun over. Its funny, great for the kids some gamer's might find it a bit easy. Then again even if its not your cup a tea give it a go. It doesn't tax the brain just right for Halloween.
October 24, 2012
First of all, I love Halloween, so I was expecting that I would buy this game right off the bat. That didn't happen, and I'm glad that I played the trial version. If you are looking for a challenge, then I wouldn't recommend this game. At the start you are given the option of playing the casual or challenging version. I opted for the challenge. After playing a couple of screens, I actually had to stop and go back to the menu to see if I was playing the challenging mode or not, as it felt like I was in the casual mode. It was a "Huh?" moment.
I liked the Halloweeny graphics and sounds, and I think that a lot of kids will enjoy this game, but for us "overgrown kids" looking for a challenge, we'll have to find it elsewhere.
October 25, 2012
spooky but cluttered
This game hits all the right notes when it comes to putting you in the Halloween mood.Spooky music and not too scary in case smaller kids wanna play too. But it is way too cluttered for my taste. Too many real small items in a very cartoonish world. Brigh colors and the mini games are a bit too simple. I am sure it is great fun for kids but I pass.
October 24, 2012
I have seen better
This game is just ok. Alright for just relaxing for a bit before dinner, after work just to decompress, etc. This game could have been better. Some of the items are way too small. Other areas that need an extra step should have been highlighted. I would only find them if my mouse just perused the entire HOG scenes. There is also a delay after finishing each game. I found that to be totally annoying. I used my free game credit...otherwise I would not have bought it. I would like to see the developer put more effort into making this game better and smoother, also give us a story that will wow the audience.
October 29, 2012