Sable Maze: Sullivan River
This is a fun game with great scenes and a spooky storyline. It would suit those that enjoy a beginner-intermediate level of challenge - none of the games are particularly difficult, but some take a while to complete.
February 22, 2013
CHALLENGING HIDDEN OBJECT GAME
the graphics were very clear to see and a bit challenging
October 29, 2012
This game is great! It's got a good storyline, very creepy. The graphics are also excellent. A big plus for me is that it is LONG. I mean really long! I played it on the Hard Core setting, because I prefer to work things out myself. It was not a hard game, but there is lots to do. The hidden object scenes are only repeated once each, so you don't have to keep going back to the beginning to search for a HO scene to find what you need. There is a map that lets you jump around when needed.
This is a HOPA, but more on the adventure than HO. I mean, there are lots of HO scenes, but lots of adventure and puzzles in between.
I found this a refreshing change from Mystery Trackers, which used to be a good series but the last two were so boring.
There are no "impossible" puzzles, in fact most are medium or easy. One thing if you play on Hard Core, they don't tell you how to solve the puzzles, you have to figure it out on your own. But again, they are not hard. The puzzles are not your normal HOPA puzzles, some are quite intriguing, if not hard.
If you like a great storyline, a long adventure, and nicely done HOPAs, then this is the game for you!
October 4, 2013
Wonderful game... but very, very linear
Everything about this game is very well conceived and constructed... the graphics and the sound are irreproachable... and the storyline keeps you going as if you were reading a thrilling fairytale...
Gameplay itself has all it needs to suit the famer: there is a map with teleportation - but I really didn't need it, because there is no real backtracking to do; the hint button refills quickly and keeps you on track by pointing in the right direction, whenever you need it; the notebook is useful to give you extra information about the documents that you find and events which happen along the way.
The HOS have interactive elements in them and they are easy to complete.
Puzzles are interesting, with some new ideas and variations on well-known ones... a few of them I found tricky, but most of them are quite easy to finish... one was even childhishly easy.
And this brings me to the one drawback of the entire game: it is too easy... gameplay is very, very linear and you always find just what you need to go on. Frankly speaking, I like my games to have more of a challenge... what's the point in racing through a wonderful game? It's not as if you were reading a gripping whodunnit which makes you want to reach the last page to find out who the murderer is, is it?
So, by making the puzzles and the things to do more of a challenge, the gamer would have a chance of spending more time exploring this beautifully constructed game.
Anyway, I enjoyed spending this cold sunday with this game, but it took me barely 5 hours to finish it off and I regret having finished it so quickly.
October 28, 2012
Game is a combination of Hidden Object and Adventure.
Six children at summer camp have disappeared while playing at an archological dig of a Celtic Labyrinth. As an adult, you are still traumatized by the event. Due to horrific nightmares of an attacking tree, you seek the help of a psychologist who recomends that you return to the Sullivan River Summer Camp, the scene of the crime, to help you remember what happened.
Trauma Warning: If you are startled by ghosts popping up, then this might not be the game for you.
Options: 3 levels of play, Options for sound, music, voiceover, custom cursor, and full screen.
Music, Sound and Graphics: Music is atmospheric, Sound, graphics and voiceovers are excellent - top notch quality.
Hidden Objects and Puzzles: Butterflies indicate the location of hidden object scenes. They have made them interactive by having you find one item in the scene to use on another. In other words, find the key in order to use it to find the open padlock. Items are crisp and large for the most part. Puzzles are evenly balanced with the Hidden Object scenes. Some of them are new, and the "typical" puzzles have a nice new twist to them. Overall they are very well done.
New Item: They have added a new item of a locked inventory item. You might find a fishing pole, but it remains locked and inaccessible until you find the reel. Fun!
Tape Player: There are reels of video that you can find throughout the game that give you (in video format) the backstory of the game. No reading pages and pages of the journal.
Navigation, Journal and Hints: Journal is concise and helpful. There is a map that is used to navigate only, but does not show what areas have an active scene. Hint button can also be used to tell you where to go with no penalty, but if it indicates a task, will have to recharge - 30 - 60 seconds depending on level of play.
I purchased the Collector's Edition of the game and played it all the way through. Well worth my credits.
October 28, 2012
Spooky abandoned summer camp just in time for halloween!
I forgot all about this one after I played the CE trial version. Interesting unique story, I'm intriged to see how it ends. Haunted camp, walking trees, looks like it will be an adventure.
I'll be buying this during the sale this weekend.
October 28, 2012
Sable Maze has pretty much everything I look for in a game
This was I think about 6 hours gameplay so good value and beautiful graphics, the trees and the stone maze, the delapidated buildings, the dryads all extremely well done. Several ghostly shocks and just the right balance of HO and puzzles with some creative puzzle solutions needed too - like using a lobster to cut through branches! I am an older player and thoroughly enjoyed my down time playing this game. Thank you.
November 24, 2012
I am not completely finished with this game.. What I gather is there is a tree (Driad) that makes wishes come true if one is pure of heart or you get turned into a Driad..
I am still searching for the missing children. Story line is great and keeps you continuing to want to solve the mystery. Some of the children had taunted and made fun of another child. So, are they pure of heart?
Sufficiently Eerie - Trees coming to life (love that)
Fun and adventurist
Great Graphics a little blurry when it comes to the animated parts (which helps keep the file size down).
Cool areas, especially the tree houses.
Great story line
I gave this game 4 stars instead of 5 because:
Hidden Object areas... I get tired of sitting there and finding objects that I don't need to just end up with the one object that i do need. What I really hate is having to go back to the same Hidden object area and researching it and you will be doing this often. Still the game is definitely worth buying.
November 1, 2012
i didn't really like this game
it is just a personal thing, i believe. hints/skips charge pretty fast and the hints help to tell you where to go. there is a map and diary. no sound for me. graphics were good. i played on casual. i just didn't like it for some reason, but i played it to the end. don't let my review put you off it. i am sure there are many others that will like it.
January 24, 2013
good story love the fluttering butterfies showing where hogs are instead of sparkles,also liked just a dot for the look here spots.. good graphics,,like plants that are alive.getting spoiled with those refreshing hogs having you to interact with things to find them,peaks my interest in the find.i was a bit disappointed in the ending..wanted to get lost real bad in that maze.
January 23, 2013