Shadow Wolf Mysteries: Cursed Wedding
Absolutely great game!
I loved this game with its scenes of small Paris streets and shops. I like this type of HOS, with painted objects and an antique feel to everything. Very nice.
February 16, 2013
I Really Had Fun With This Game
BASED ON COMPLETED GAME ON "HARD" LEVEL
I love the Shadow Wolf Mysteries series. This game is no exception. It's a fantasy, murder mystery, and love story all in one. The story is easy to follow and with minor creative thinking I was able to complete all of the tasks and puzzles easily. This is not to say it's an easy game, but a game that makes sense. The IHOS are NOT JUNK PILES, a plus for me, although the scenes are a little cluttered. The puzzles are just plain fun. I like that the devs constructed the game so that back and forth movement was kept to a minimum. I also liked the way they had shops open sometimes and closed others depending on what you had done. That was cool. I also enjoyed the flag red herring....made me laugh when I did it, duh. I also found the mirror concept awesome because well, it's just like a scary movie and I love scary movies. The music is fantastic as far as I'm concerned. It was never intrusive and served to add excitement to the story. I also like the way some of the characters helped me....wow, that was a first. Also several scenes I found very new and creative, the bath scene is a good example. Perhaps if I had to be disappointed in anything, it was the elephant that I stressed over for quite a while before I could help him/her, but that added to the tension of the game. Also, the ending is a little abrupt, but it does tie the story up and left me wanting another chapter.
In summary: a fun game with some new twists that's not so difficult that you'll go crazy. Enjoy!
July 25, 2013
Only OK - A Guy's Review
*review based on completing the full game in expert mode*
This is the third installment in the Shadow Wolf Mysteries, and I am sad to see that there is very limited improvement compared to its predecessors. Flaws, nonsense and inconsistency seems to plague this series, which to me is very surprising when one thinks about the amount of experience this developer has. I wish that they in the future will put more effort into their games and maybe even put some thought into the stories they put into their games as well. One can only hope. The game also felt rather short.
This time we get to go chasing a werewolf in Paris.Though, one doesn't really realize one's in Paris until one sees the Eiffel Tower in the background in one location. Well, maybe except for the music playing which is clearly based on French tunes. Only one character a way into the game speaks with a French accent, and even though you meet up with several store owners in the side streets of the French Capital they are all apparently Americans. Inconsistencies like that ruin the experience a bit for me. As the previous two games in the series the story is thin and fails to engage. It tries to be surprising but is very obvious from early on. Again the ending is nonsensical and dissatisfying.
The music is actually quite beautiful. It does however get monotonous after a while, but is proper to the location of the game. It actually makes you think of France listening to it, even to the time period. Nice job on that. Every character is voiced, and the quality is varied. Non of them are flat out bad, but there is a clear lack of passion and sense of urgency that matches the actions happening around them. As mentioned, only one is doing a French accent. I feel that several characters here would benefit from having that. Sound effects seems to be a big improvement from the previous games.
Graphics feel rustic and dated, but they are not bad in any way. The locations are quite beautiful and actually quite bright compared to the previous two games, and actually most similar games these days. Character animations too are quite OK, and lip-syncing is good. Cut-scene animations however are amazingly blurry. That should be non-existent in 2012. There is little improvement here compared to its predecessor.
I can live with dated graphics and bad story lines, and even flaws and inconsistencies if the game play makes up for it. It really doesn't. I appreciate the main focus of this game being put to the adventure elements, and the game plays more like an adventure than a HO game. But it is short, easy and unimpressive.
They do offer some new elements to the adventuring that I quite appreciated, even though as per usual in this series some things that needs to be done makes no sense. There is also a lack of explanation at times to what or why (something) needs to be done. The nonsense appears way to often and becomes annoying. I have a ton of examples, but I fear that writing them here would spoil some of the game for whoever reads this. But, trust me, you will recognize them in the game.
There are a handful of puzzles in this game, but they are so easy that they offer next to nothing of a challenge. I guess this is a good thing for beginners and the most casual players, but if you are looking for something to trigger some braincells you will be disappointed. I did notice that they tried to come up with something new, and several did seem original to me. Unfortunate then that they offered so little.
The biggest shock might be the lack of HO scenes. There is less than a handful that you have to visit twice. Ranging from extremely bright to semi-dark, they will not be to hard on anyone's eyes. They are of course clutter scenes where a couple is overly cluttered. I say a couple, but there is basically just a couple altogether. They do have some mild interactive elements and again some nonsensical ones. I did not encounter any translation issues this time around, so that is at least one improvement. HO fans will probably be hugely disappointed with this game though. Especially if that is your main motivation to play these games.
You have three levels of difficulty to choose from:
-Quick recharge of hint/skip
-Sparkles on active zones and objects
-Slow recharge of hint/skip
-No sparkles except for HO scenes
-Very slow recharge of hint/skip
-No sparkles except for HO scenes
-Black bar tips disabled
I would say that even a beginner and/or newcomer would breeze through this game in expert mode. My tip is to stay away from regular mode at all costs unless you want no challenge at all.
As before the game mechanics feels a bit clunky at times. It was especially apparent in the "planet puzzle" where the controls were horrible. There is no map, which I find a bit weird, though it isn't really necessary with one. There is some movement back and forth, but never for long distances, as everything is sectioned. I don't know if the journal was buggy or what, but after midways through the game it didn't seem to update anymore. Not that I ever felt like it was necessary to have it in the first place.
I can only recommend this game to beginners, newcomers and if you are looking for something very easy or just needs something to fill some time. If you are a seasoned player this offers little to nothing of interest. At least wait for a discount price. The game suits adventure fans more than HO fans. Either way, beware that the game is quite short.
For the guys:
I did not notice any gender bias when it came to the character you are playing, though the story is a bit romantic and "cute". Not so much so that it should scary anyone away though.
December 5, 2012
surprised by short game
This was an "ok" game. We played the hardest level very quickly. Very short on HOGs and what few there are repeat. Very short on puzzles.
Just not up to snuff if you are an experienced adventure game/hog player.
November 21, 2012
Beautiful graphics but choppy story and game
Glad I bought this on sale as I would have unhappy to have paid full price. As always, ERS has beautiful graphics. However, the storyline was choppy and the segues didn't make sense. Also, the way characters kept popping up and then disappearing was odd, especially the ending. The conclusion made no sense. At the sale price, this is a good game for beginners but only at the sale price. There are better crafted games out there.
November 18, 2012
Way too easy
And I'm not that good at these, so that means it's child-easy. Disappointing after the first games in this series.
November 25, 2012
Not too bad..if it's cheap
Nothing out of the ordinary, but I was massively surprised that it only took about 3 hours on Hard to finish the entire game!
Story and animations are cute, graphics are circa 2000 and low res, puzzles are sometimes a little bizarre but overall totally solvable.
If it's on special for a dollar or two, then maybe get it. Or maybe find something else?
February 14, 2013
Barely OK Game
I played the other games in this series and liked them. The developers should have quit while they were ahead. The actual game play was OK, but short. The HOS are the usual, and the puzzles are mostly easy. The artwork is par for this series, and the music is the same as in the other games and good. The in-game HINT just tells you if some action is available in that scene or not. If not, that's all it says. If so, then it points to where the action is needed.
The story leaves a whole lot to be desired, especially the ending - a big "What?' from me. Really bad!
If you can ignore the dumb story, the game itself is OK. I recommend this game only at a bargain price.
January 16, 2013
Wolf's Bark Was Worse Than His Bite!
In my original review I rated the CE version with only only three stars and if I could, I would add only half a star to my original 3 stars for the SE version. This sequel did disappoint me and I am in total agreement with fellow Fishie, Bobler from Denmark, who has surmised that ERS are now geared toward developing games that are suitable for beginners. This game does offer the standard ERS mechanics, three modes of play, a journal, no map and voice-overs. The music was on a constant loop and is very similar to music from the previous games. The storyline was weak and lacked any real depth in the characters and events. I found the graphics boring and I really am tired of the washed out pastel look which is so very dated. Game mechanics include interactive HO scenes and mini-games that were too simple and lacked any sort of imagination. However if you are a beginer to HOPAs and have played the previous Shadow of the Wolf's mystery, this game will appeal to you. I however would recommend that you either spend a credit or wait for a sale on this one. The game was too short and you really do not miss out on the bonus. As stated before, this bad wolf should have just remained in the doghouse for now.
November 16, 2012
It kind of goes downhill..
I am a fan of the first and second games in the series but this game is not up par to its predecessors. The voice overs are okay, the graphic is the usual ERS and so does the music, but I don't know why, I don't feel much excitement playing this game, and the HOG scenes, although creatives in some part, others are just the regular junk piles, and I mean really junk!
How the character shows up in the final scene is confusing to me. The overall story is not that engaging that want me wants to finish this game, not in good way, because I want to finish this game quickly to play other game. I am getting over with werewolves and I hope this will be the last game of the series. Time to move on!
May 20, 2013