Christmas Stories: Nutcracker Collector's Edition
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
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
I read reviews before I downloaded the free trial.
I am not sure what I expected, but it is pretty much a seen it done it before HOG, find this, use that, release someone, get key, find jewel, sort out bad attitude of statue/ monster, find knife or crowbar and lots of parts of maps, or shields or similar. That is normal, none the worse for that. I am not saying I would buy it for myself, but it was fun to pass the time away for an hour, and if you are a newcomer to HOG's then it is probably a very good start.
July 18, 2014
I enjoyed playing A Christmas Carol so much that as soon as I finished it I downloaded Nutcracker. Needless to say the graphics, music, mini games etc were all up to elephant standard but somehow the game lacked the sparkle that 'A Christmas Carol' had. So if you want festiveness to go with the time of year and a certain amount of je ne sais quoi - stick with A Christmas Carol
December 17, 2013
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
Really enjoyed this. I miss Christmas.
I downloaded this game because I'm the kind of person who keeps my Christmas tree up until February. I wanted to play a Christmas game!
I am glad I did. This game definitely got me in the "Christmas Mood" and filled me with the Christmas spirit.
It is a very pretty game with solid, standard game mechanics for this genre.
It was pretty easy, but that was fine for me since the main reason I was playing was for the Christmas effect.
January 14, 2013
Christmas Stories:Nutcracker Collector's Edition
This game was o.k. The music was enjoyable. The characters were cute. I had to use an excessive amount of hints compared to other games I play, and I did not like this. I really wish I had not used my two credits on this game.
December 29, 2012
Season appropriate HOG
This is a pretty good game with a Seasonal hook. The story is quite contrived but the game play is mainly pretty good. Still there are some dark and tiny HOS and still in places the game just stops and makes you look at the guide or rely heavily on hints. This makes the game good but not great. The bonus chapter was so broken up that nothing followed or flowed from scene to scene and I finally gave up on it. The mini-puzzles were probably a 2 overall, which is better than most HOGs. Some min-puzzles would not play.
December 24, 2012