Christmas Stories: Nutcracker Collector's Edition
Great Holiday Fun
I am still playing but am close to the end and have very much enjoyed this game. The graphics are crisp, the scenery beautiful. The music of course is beautiful being the original music for the Nutcracker. The storyline is on spot and interesting and the cut scenes are done very well - it actually seems kind of like you are part of a movie and are helping to defeat the Rat King! The HOS have some interaction and are nice because the artwork is so well done. I found some of the mini games to be challenging which I like, however, one that should have been fairly simple I had to skip - cups, bowls and plates on shelves, put all cups on a shelf, bowls on shelf and plates on shelf, in order of indicated color - easy enough - however, I could not figure out how to get them to exchange with each other - made no sense to me so finally skipped! Great game though and would highly recommend if you want some beautiful holiday entertainment.
November 30, 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
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
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