Christmas Stories: Nutcracker Collector's Edition
Perfect Christmas Game - Fun CE Bonus
As a stand-alone seasonal game, this is great. Fun, lots of exploring, good production, great HOS. As far as an offering by Elephant Games though, it's good, but not great as I expect with their games. It's short for an Elephant game, the challenge is taken down a few notches (I played on hardcore even), and I hope they can sharpen up their cut-scenes in the future. However, if you have a couple of game credits rattling around, do buy the CE. The bonus is lovely. It's a great chapter, independent from the main game, but quite sweet. I will definitely be looking forward to more Christmas games by Elephant - - as was implied a couple of times during this game!
December 10, 2012
Fun, cute, a different Christmas story
I enjoyed the game but thought it was a bit short for a CE. Graphics were just lovely. Storyline was interesting but wandered into strange territory after a bit. The bonus game was funny and cute (you gotta love cats!) Puzzles were mostly easy - I found only a couple that challenged me. Music was great. I didn't find all 25 dolls so I'm playing it again. Overall this was a fun game albeit a bit spendy for what you get.
December 9, 2012
I'm not much into "Christmas Stories" but this one get's your attention right from the beginning! And as always Elephant Games has developed an eye appealing game. I just played the demo but this is a must get game. Thanks again BigFish!
November 29, 2012
cute but very story bookish
The is a very cute game, but I found is somewhat story bookish and too young for my taste I know about the nutcracker story and find it interesting, but put in a game form really didn't work for me. I am giving it a high score because the visuals were outstanding. I found the way the game looked was beautiful. Worth a one time play for me, even though I bought it. I think the Christmas theme is what made me buy it. This is not a bad review it's just not my favorite game.
December 7, 2012
Fun, entertaining game
When I first saw this was a Christmas game, I nearly didn't even try the demo, as I am not fond of this time of year, for various reasons. Anyway, tried it and found it to be extremely fun to play! I might even buy it. The game's makers should become sales people, to get someone like me to enjoy this type of game.
November 29, 2012
A Bit Over-Rated But Still Good
(based on demo)
I love Elephant Games and have purchased many of their titles. This was a good game, but not great, I'd probably go for the SE.
Once you freed a creature, they were placed in the inventory. I loved this part of the game, as they were such a help. The Nutcracker helped me a lot.
Items in inventory had multiple uses.
Characters were great, especially the rat king.
Storyline was good, but unlike other games, didn't hook me. The story was a classic good vs evil love story, with a twist of fairytale.
Great graphics, clearly a 2012 game.
Loved the HOS, even if they were a little challenging. There were some objects that required an "extra step". One example was joining an object together.
I actually loved the puzzles! There were one or two I skipped, but all round they were good.
Hint and skip recharge fast.
Achievements and collectables- throughout the game you had to collect 25 dollhouses. I really enjoyed having to find these.
The start of the game was a little boring, but once I got in to it, it was alright.
I'll say this as the only bad thing- 35-40 minutes of play is NOT a demo! The demo is way too short, ending with meeting the rat king. Pretty much once I opened the gate I knew the demo would end.
Pretty much, this was one of those games that was too over-rated. It's alright, I'd say most people would like it, but I won't spend $20 on an "alright" game.
December 31, 2012
The story line was a nice spin on the traditional Nutcracker story. Good music. Challenging, but also perdictable at times. Overall a fun game to play.
December 22, 2012
Cute game, not a 5 star in my book
I have to admit, the story line in this game is adorable. I LOVE the little nutcracker. The graphics were done well and the puzzles- although we have seen many of them in other HOG games, were challenging- but not impossible. Great game for the holidays!
December 12, 2012
One of the prettier Christmas games out there
There's not a whole lot more for me to add to the already glowing reviews given here for this game. It's truly a beauty from the very first scene. The detailing of everything with its vivid colors was amazing as well as the wonderful animations and cutscenes you come across. There aren't a whole lot of locations to explore but there ARE a lot of things to do in each one, so the map is very helpful in pointing out which locations have tasks to do at any time. I'd forget which scene I needed to revisit in order to use an inventory object, so the map came in handy because it let you jump to any location you've visited before.
Now for what I didn't like. I took off one star because I felt that both the main game and the bonus game were too short for a collector's price. And from all the aforementioned five star reviews, I expected more from the bonus content as well. For a game with as much detail as there is, I expected to see a lot more in the way of wallpapers, screensavers, and concept art than what was offered. Also, I thought there would be more activity in the cat cave too other than just putting them in their places. A lot more fun could have been had there. I did enjoy finding the dolls although I missed one somewhere. It would have been nice to be able to go back into the main game just to look for the dolls. I've played some other games that allowed you to go back in to get the remainder of whatever you're looking for, so I don't understand why it couldn't have been done here. And like some others have already said, the game strayed a bit from the original story which de-emphasized the holiday theme so that was a distraction as well. I also didn't like the voice acting of the cats at all. The voices were not cute enough for cats and just sounded whiny for the most part. That took away some of the fun for me.
Overall, though, I did enjoy the entire game but just wished it lasted longer. Each scene was so beautiful that they could have designed more to add to the story. Maybe the artists got too tired after all the work they put into the main game as there's a lot of detail there to take in. And maybe I'll enjoy it more the second time around knowing what to expect. It's happened before so I'll look forward to playing it again later in the year to get me in the mood for Christmas!
June 9, 2013
Pretty good considering other hits produced by Elephant Games
I found this game a bit annoying and super simple. Everything looks a bit childish and trivial. I am in love with Elephant games but here I am only giving 4 stars because I lost the feel for this game after 20 minutes of playing.
Solid 4 starts.
February 7, 2013