Death Upon an Austrian Sonata: A Dana Knightstone Novel
So so game
3rd in the Dana Knightstone series. Dana is a novelist/detective who can see ghosts.
Storyline is her cousin who is dying needs her help to find some missing music sheets lost by a dead violinist (Elise) who has been haunting him.
HOPA (Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure) although more HOS (Hidden Object Scenes) than Puzzles
Developers are Boomzap (one of my favourite)
Game opens in wide screen (always a bonus)
Graphics are clear and sharp
3 modes of play (find what is offered for each in settings)
You can't change mode of play once started (a little extra some of the Devs have been offering of late]
Custom or Systems Cursor, both work smoothly
Journal which keeps info for further gameplay, so check regularly
Hint and skip button take about 70-80 seconds to fill in Normal mode (too long for this impatient player]
Hint tells you exactly what you have to do - don't like this in games, after all you're requesting a hint not a solution.
There are voiceovers (which I find strange when the character's mouth doesn't move and they're staring at you, especially the butler, he's really weird]
I found the HOS quite fun and varied if a little strange. The first one you had to find so many of certain items, which I liked. HOS are interactive [find this to cut or fix this)
I found this quite a strange game....Unlocked a door and there is the butler tied to a chair staring at me, requesting I untie him but do I untie him immediately....no! I have to do a HOS first while the butler is giving me evil eye....weird!
Loved the snowy scenes and the cute little animals, just not too sure about the rest.
I do recommend this game but with reservations
December 7, 2012
Disappointed in BoomZap...too easy
Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure
You return in your role as Dana Knightstone, a novelist who can see ghosts. This time, you travel to Austria to help your ill cousin Sebastian, who can also see ghosts. Sebastian has been experiencing visitations of a ghost named Elise, a violinist like him. Elise asks him to solve her murder and find the original music she wrote, along with her priceless violin. Since he is ill, he asks for your help. The only problem is?someone else is after the violin as well.
Move from area to area, picking up objects you'll need, solving puzzles, and completing HO scenes which provide you with additional necessary items. Being a huge BoomZap fan, I'm sorry to have to say that the puzzles range from ridiculously easy (match up the halves according to the clues right in front of you) to tedious (untangle the cables). The HO scenes, while beautifully rendered, are child's play.
There's no map, but the travel is linear with minimal backtracking since you move from chapter to chapter. Your journal holds the story as it unfolds, as well as clues you'll need to progress. Hints recharge quickly.
Instantly recognizable as BoomZap, developer of the Awakening quartet and the new Botanica series. Well-rendered in proportion and perspective, and beautiful use of color.
Appropriate to the story, but neither long nor annoying.
Quite beautiful, which is apropos given the theme of the game. Haunting violins.
Game and ambient sounds appropriate and tolerable.
The voice of Dana Knightstone, as usual, is quite well done, brimming with personality and determination. Sebastian came off somewhat naive. His butler's voice was a dead ringer for Ahnuld?"I'll be back."
If you're a Dana Knightstone fan, I would recommend this game to you, if only to complete your collection. Otherwise, I found it far too easy. Frankly, I'm glad I used a "free game" coupon. It's a shame, really, because the story line was terrific.
December 17, 2012
Enjoyable, but very easy
This game would make a good introduction to the HOS genre or a pleasant diversion for experienced players who don't want to have to think too much. The graphics and game play are fine, just not very challenging. The SE was fine, but I wouldn't spring for the CE.
December 28, 2012
Wow was I disappointed in this one!
I own the other Dana Knightstone games and thoroughly enjoyed them. This story did not grab me I guess. The story was not as well done as the other games. The game was way to easy, the puzzles ridiculously easy and so I found this game boring. Never had to use a hint once. It took me only 2 and half hours to finish the game and was not worth the money. I would wait for a sale on this one.
January 12, 2013
Could be better
This story isn't explained as well as in the past games. It also dosen't seem as long or as detailed. This game is okay but it could have been a lot better. The music and art are nice but the games could use some improvment too.
December 11, 2012
I don't know how this received such good ratings!
It was disjointed and irritating! I could not get through the free hour. I do not read her books so maybe you have to be a fan to like this.
February 6, 2013
dull dull dull. skip this one.
December 7, 2012