Haunted Legends: The Undertaker Collector's Edition
FANTASTIC COMBINATION OF IHOP AND FROG!
The demo took off fast, with Zombies, a cute monkey and evil imp named "S.G." Awesome graphics and really well done voice overs. The cut scenes are almost like movies they are so well done. There is no map, but as far as the demo went it was no problem. Great journal and hint system. I was really glad the general HOG's were interactive and was THRILLED when I found a FROG. It appears this game has it all. The demo just wasn't long enough as it was over before I knew it. I will definitely be buying this game ASAP.
November 15, 2012
Loved the game and mini games were challenging. It had a little bit of everything which gives it a hard to get 5 stars from me. I to think I almost didn't get it because of zombies. LOL
November 18, 2012
ERS and zombies!
Another great ERS game and part of an ongoing Haunted Legends series. Great music, graphics, and games. Zombies were a nice touch!
November 18, 2012
Haunted Legends: The Undertaker
The games has added some unique mini-games and a variety of hidden object scenes. The one complaint I had with previous haunted legends games was too many hidden object scenes. They have reduced the number and the game is fabulous. Great story, a little scary, and cool graphics. I wholeheartedly recommend this game.
November 16, 2012
Another good ERS game
Well this one is quite easy. The HOS are good and the puzzles are not all that hard either. The hint button does work but will not need it much. The music is ok and the voice over and graphics are really good. Just a good fun game to pass the time away. IT has a pretty straight flow with some going back and forth. They all do now.
February 23, 2013
Nice and long
I liked the game. It was really long.
I'm giving only 4 stars because it's a collector's edition and it offers nothing for me to make it worth the extra cost. The extras are just that you can go back and replay the HO scenes or the mini games.
The standard edition would be the way to go with this one, IMO.
I also didn't like that the items and action didn't really always go logically together. When I find an object, I should be able to think "hey, I can use this for that certain thing I found way back in the town.."
I don't want to back track and then just try everything I have in my inventory because nothing really makes sense. (like a chimney brush to fish something out of a well or a can opener to undo a nut and bolt)
And...I was quite disappointed in the ending.
But all things considered, it's a good game with great graphics and it's a nice long length.
January 25, 2013
Review of Completed Game: Visually Stunning, Challenging in a Good Way!
Whether you're considering purchasing the Collector's Edition (which I do recommend) or the standard version, this game is worth twice the price Big Fish is asking for it because of its satisfyingly real and rich graphics, puzzles that are just challenging enough to get your brain juices flowing, hints that are actually helpful, items with logical uses associated to them, and just enough HOSs to change up the game play a bit.
Let's get specific:
> For younger audiences, this game is not appropriate. Portions of it step one toe past creepy into the realm of scary. I would say age 12 and up.
> The zombies are so well done that Big Fish could give Hollywood movie-makers a few pointers.
> The interface is easy to use, and only very slightly intrudes on the gameplay. The inventory bar is a bit taller/larger than necessary, but other than that it's well designed.
> The hints are helpful in directing you where you need to go next, BUT, they are just slightly vague so that you don't feel like they're handholding you.
> The storyline keeps you hot on the trail of the devilish little man who is causing all the trouble (this is not a spoiler, you find this out immediately when you start the game).
> My wish is they didn't tease quite so much about new areas. For example, when you unlock certain areas, instead of being able to enter that building or zone, you're given a hidden object scene--you can't actually go in the building! I found that slightly disappointing, since the exterior of the buildings are so lovingly designed, that the look of them makes you want to see what's inside.
> I didn't really care for the zoomed-out views of a lot of scenes. It's hard to describe, but let's say you're on a platform from a ski lift looking down at a house, a shed, and a courtyard far in the distance. You immediately assume you can walk over there to explore, right? Wrong. Your cursor changes to a magnifying glass over sections of the scene. It zooms in and gives you a pop-up window as though you had walked over there and were looking into, say, a barrel more closely. But, when you close the popup window, once again you're on the platform. You can't move any closer. This design makes scanning the area for intriguing objects much more difficult, because the distance makes the shapes hard to decipher. Small irritation, but it happens often enough to warrant a mention here. You'll see what I mean.
> The length is just right. It's a perfect length, really. It's just long enough to make you feel like you're getting your $13.99/$19.99's worth of gameplay. Yet, you also don't feel like the designers have drawn out the game for the sake of drawing it out, to a tedious extent. The puzzles are challenging and unique; I've played many HOGs but these door/chest puzzles are brand new.
> The puzzles seem to start out easy, and get progressively more difficult (but not impossibly so). It's like they're warming you up to the harder puzzles, which is nice, so you get used to the expectations and skills you'll need to solve them.
> This game will satisfy HOG traditionalists and people who prefer more puzzles than HOSs. It's a working balance between puzzles and HOSs.
> The only problem I had, and this may just be the processing speed on my laptop (which is only about 2 years old at most), is that when the cut scenes that begin with a blacked-out screen load, the first 5 seconds or so of it get cut off, so when the visual finally does load, the event you're supposed to see is either over or partially over. Not sure if this is a problem for other players.
> My concern is, I bought the Collectors' Edition, and the ending is continued in the "Extras" after you finish the main game. I haven't looked, but I worry that if you don't purchase this version, the standard version will end on the proverbial "cliffhanger", which may be frustrating to some. Again, read the description of the features before you purchase the standard version. Regardless, the Collectors' Edition is definitely worth the price tag.
Overall, this game is geared toward people who do enjoy HOSs, who like realism, who enjoy a touch of the scary in the plot, who like puzzles that are challenging but not super hard, and who overall want an interesting experience that keeps you engaged the entire time, from start to finish. It's a little too involved for someone looking for a casual no-brainer HOG, but it's just right for someone who is either seasoned and is looking for something that is easier than the harder games (but not dumber than a sack of hammers easy), or is a first-timer who is learning the ropes of what HOGs really mean.
December 30, 2012
Good length, interesting storyline,puzzles and HOS.
Cant fault it really so won't....a very enjoyable game.
November 23, 2012
Oh That Little Man Is Causing Trouble Again!
I've missed him, but, how I could throttle him now. Got to follow his trail to find out what is what and who is really who. Or who is what, or maybe what is who. It's the most happily tied up in knots game I've played recently. Only one little imperfection. Sometimes when a voice is speaking the loudness goes way down so it's almost impossible to hear. If you set voice loud enough to hear those parts you are blasted out with the other voice parts. Frustrating. But, not enough to keep me from playing. ;P
November 15, 2012
Zombies are trying to eat your brainz!
Our favourite evil gnome is back for another adventure and this time he's more wicked than ever.
I really enjoyed this offering from E.R.S. Yes, they are all becoming much of a muchness and they aren't the most difficult games to tax the brain cells, least of all the puzzles. And yet, the voiceovers are always well done, I never mind the music and I enjoy their particular brand of graphics.
This is a good long main game; around 5 hours with a bonus of just under an hour. I counted 16 H0S in the main game, which are divided equally between lists of items to find and silhouette scenes (which are very interactive). Once again, we have more puzzles than H0S - 19 in the main game. The bonus has 4 H0S and 6 puzzles.
The inclusion of the Capuchin monkey (though cute and funny) seems a little pointless, but his presence is explained towards the end of the game.
Definitely another good game from this game studio.
November 16, 2012