Judge Dee: The City God Case
Boring and Slow
Medieval China - Scene from the beginning has VO (narrator) and beautiful ancient drawings. During the game all dialogues are without VO, ie written.
You can play Regular or Arcade (this mode has no history, only HOS). Three difficult levels.
The cursor changes when you click on something:
Eye - opens the diary / quests
Mouth - the dialog box appears
Hand - you get the object
Dragon - opens a HOS
Hand holding something - you use something from the inventory, you do not even need to know what to use.
It has a map and a Diary (with: quests / a "to do" list / notes / biographies of the characters.
HOS and mini games easy.
Well, I found the game very slow, over-HOS, lack excitement and adventure.
I played 20 minutes and gave up.
September 17, 2012
Clunky and not particularly nice to look at
I agree with megwoman25 that the interface is poor, but can't agree that the graphics and ambience are lovely, except perhaps in comparison with really dark and gory games. There are much more attractive Oriental themed games out there - Season of Mystery the Cherry Blosson Murders, Hidden Mysteries the Forbidden City, and Liong The Lost Amulets, to suggest just a few.
October 30, 2012
I usually don't review games on the main page without finishing the whole game BUT since this was released on mac first and I can't find the forum page, I am going to do a DEMO review.
This game is lovely but strange at the same time. Its lovely because the graphics are hand drawn and its just a lovely ambiance about it and you can tell a lot of thought went into this game. It has voiceovers in the intro where it tells the main story however the voices are softer than the music, so its hard to actually hear it but it does have subtitles so that helped.
It has 3 modes of gameplay. Easy, Average and Hard. I started with the Hard setting BUT the hidden object scenes are timed and the mini games are as well and if you don't finish in that time, you have to start over. They give you a decent amount of time and they also list the hidden objects you need to find (butterfly, bowls etc) BUT I decided to start over on Average. Average does not time you and you can skip any puzzle without having to wait for it to fill up BUT all the hidden object scenes are silhouettes instead of a word list. The silhouettes are very tiny as were the written words on the hard version so its kind of tedious to find what you are looking for and the sound for hitting the wrong thing is AWFUL so I was very careful to search carefully and not click a lot. I don't know if there is a click penalty but the sound is penalty enough. The easy mode shows the silhouettes and the name on top of them so you can find the object quicker.
Average, is a mix of silhouette hidden object scenes and puzzles. The puzzles I have ran into during the demo were the kind most of us have seen like moving the blocks around to get one out, tanagrams, some kind of reversi/checkers thing. On the hard mode, you are timed but during Average you are not. You also pick up inventory items. Some can be combined and on average/hard they give you no indication of what can be combined, its basically trial and error. I played 45 minutes of the demo and had no idea where to play any of the inventory items.
I would recommend this game to people who want a challenge because this will definitely be one. I would recommend this game to people who have been looking for something out of the box or different than the norm. I would recommend this to people who like a story line and follow lots of dialogue/read.
Since there were voiceovers in the beginning, I thought they would be in the game itself but sadly there isn't and there is A LOT of dialogue between the characters, so much that in the 45 minutes I played, I think I spent 20 minutes of it reading. Also, I stumbled back upon the same hidden object scenes I had previously done and was able to do them again, finding the same objects but not finding a new inventory object. I wish the developer would have turned these off after finding the objects needed because its confusing as you don't need to replay them. Also, its hard to figure out where to go and what to do. I usually like games like that but this one is a little tedious. The hint button is a "blink and you miss it moment" in the hidden object scenes and it doesn't work for the main game. (at least not in average/hard).
There is a bonus section to this game that lets you replay hidden object scenes and puzzles after you unlock them from the main menu.
I think this developer put a lot of time and thought into this game and it is unique but Im not sure its for me. I love the puzzles but find the hidden object scenes tedious and I can't stand the custom cursor but if you don't use it, you can't see the functions of the cursor you need to play the game. Im really on the fence with this game. Maybe someday. To those who buy, enjoy & those who demo, you can skip the dialogue easily but make sure you get past the dialogue at least to see the good parts of this game.
September 17, 2012
Judge Dee: The City God
I'm really mixed on this one. it's pretty, it's a bit different from other HOGs, and the levels of difficulty make it easy, ok, or difficult.
BUT - you can go in circles looking for the next clue because the game doesn't disable replaying the HOG screens so you don't realize you're not actually getting anywhere doing that. and there's just too much text dialogue.
I bought it with free game credits, but I can't really recommend it.
September 17, 2012
Beautifull & a real story in this Hidden Object Game!
The introduction is a bit long but it is good to get into the story.
The ambient sounds and graphics are very zen and refined.
Three difficulty levels are well balanced. There is an original system to earn tips by solving puzzles.
This is not a simple Hidden Object Game, it is better with its history and ambiance.
November 6, 2012
Nice Game, Terrible Interface
This game is nice, but could be so much better.
- There are three modes of gameplay, which amount to easy, medium, and hard, with hard having timed mini-games and no help.
- The story is interesting, but it bombards you with names of characters so quickly that it's hard to keep up. The game does give you a little section with bios of each person you meet, though.
- The graphics are really pretty, and the music is nice and not intrusive.
- The hidden object scenes have silhouettes instead of lists, but the items to find are sometimes really, really (really!) small.
- My biggest problem is the game's interface. It works more like a large file adventure game, but that just doesn't work with this kind of game. You click on something, then have to click an eye to view it, or a hand to pick it up, or a dragon to play a hidden object scene or a mini-game. It feels like you're doing extra steps to do something that could take one click, really. I feel that it takes away from playing the game.
All in all, this is a nice game, but I feel like there's something missing, and the interface removes of the feeling of being immersed in the game.
September 26, 2012
Beautiful Chinese game
Played 20 minutes, casual
First time ever I get a game where the voice overs are in Chinese and it's translated to me directly in French (tried to get it in English as for all my other games, but it seems that as I'm French, French is the only language I can access).
- 3 modes, casual, relax hard (I guess, they were written in French )
- A lot of dialogues
- Option to play timed or not
- Note book where your tasks are displayed
- Icons to either talk to the character, play a game, pick up an object
- Traditional Chinese games, go, built a drawing with shapes, etc...
- H0 : silhouettes, you earn points by finding the objects
- You score points throughout the game for achieving your goals
Absolutely beautiful ancient Chinese graphics. If only for that I would give the game a chance. I think a lot of people will enjoy themselves with this game despite the very long dialogues interfering. Might spend a punch card credit on this game which is worth trying.
October 30, 2012
Amazing graphics and a good story!
The graphics are amazing! And the unusual theme (China 650AD) is refreshing and exotic...
And for once, we have a real story in a HOG: a Chinese judge investigation during the Tang period.
A very good title to be seen and play!!!
October 31, 2012
My fellow fishies...do not waste your time!! There is nothing good about this game. I am sorry I wasted my time on this....fair warning. What a total bomb!!
September 17, 2012
Great game in ancient China
This is an amazing game, I just loved it! The characters are all excellent and the graphism is realy good. Just can't wait to play again. Thanks guys !
October 31, 2012