Angelica Weaver: Catch Me When You Can
Time travel with cell phones, internet access and ghosts. A no nonsense main character and puzzles which advance the game. Fun HOG with just the right amount of difficulty to keep you interested. A bit of chase at the end, compensated with one creepy surprise.
March 4, 2013
A Winner in the Crime/Murder Mystery Category
Angelica is a psychically gifted profiler on the case of a Chicago serial killer who's MO is eerily similar to that of a killer from past century England. The game & story are combined into one very well executed & creative hopa that's short on HOscenes & long on adventure as you move with the heroine through this terrific crime solving journey. Imo, the atmosphere as a whole - art, sound, gameplay - is spot on for this type of game. Mini's are good, the HOs are not hard on the eyes or over abundant, and you'll collect detective badges & dreamcatchers as well as achievements over the course of the game. Gameplay is pretty linear, so you'll be able to find your way through this without getting too frustrated regardless of play level you choose. I became quite immersed in this one & really got into investigation mode, which was a lot of fun. If you like a good mystery &/or criminal investigation, this is it, folks. Unlike certain recent criminally minded game(s) that were a real let-down for me, i found this to be a great change from the same ol' stuff, & i'd love to see a series of these games from this fine developer. I definitely recommend giving this a go if you're up for a change & like the subject matter. I gotta 5-star this one for creativity, story, immersive atmosphere & gameplay, & an altogether fine job by this dev. Have fun gaming, folks!
November 2, 2012
Finally something new!
I really enjoyed this game's story line and new twist. It was almost like watching a real movie and getting to play the game at the same time, and almost like playing 3 games in one. While it had dark undertones and moments, the actual game itself didn't take on that air. The game was challenging, yet not so hard that you couldn't use a hint and get past it. Hints: I love that you can collect them all and use them when you need them (I think I had 20 or 30 still at the end of the game). I didn't use many, but I could use 2 at once if I missed the first time or still had trouble and not worry about not having any later when the game got harder. If you can handle the crime shows on tv, you can handle this game. So if you are scared off by a lot of the macabre storylines...please CHECK THIS ONE OUT!
October 11, 2012
A must have game
Really loved the style of this game, nice to look at, helpful hints. Did rush through the game as I was really enjoying it, then felt gutted when it was finished. Has made my next couple of games feel boring in comparrison. Sequel please???????!!!!!!!!
October 8, 2012
I love this game!!!
The voice acting was good and the mystery was amazing. Music is suspensful and keeps you on edge. Amazing atmosphere and I liked the creepy moments but wish there were more.The only real downsides are the 2 barrel games ( they're silly in this kind of game) and the ending. We don't get to actually meet any suspects so the big reveal of the killer falls a bit flat and I would like a better explanation of thier motive. I would love this to become a series.
October 7, 2012
GET THIS GAME!!! But SE or CE? Let me help you decide.
Played in two different cities at two different times with dramatic parallels drawn between the two, this is a very exciting game.
Half the game is located in late 19th c. London and half in present-day Chicago. The protagonist, Angelica Weaver is able to "mind-port" from one time and place to the other.
Angelica Weaver is the protagonist and absolutely the star. This isn't a "first person" game where you're you're pretending to be Angelica. Yes, you control the action, but this is a "third person" game: while guiding Angelica's actions, you watch her draw conclusions. To me, this makes the game a little more real than the make believe" games.
Adding to the realism, Angelica has a very discernible midwest accent, (and, if I may say, a very clear midwestern sensibility. This adds to the feel of the story).
When time travel is involved you know that you're in a total fantasy. This was treated as realistically as possible. As a result, the game is as believable as possible and the story line is SUPERB...especially as it juggles the different time and place settings. I don't want to ruin the story so I'll just say what becomes obvious early on: there's a killer who has plied his trade in both times and places. OR, is it a copycat????
The game features HOGs, Puzzles and something I can only describe as "challenges," adventures that are not puzzles but require accomplishment. Already this game is better than most because of the breadth and depth of challenge. One particular challenge took me at least 30 minutes to accomplish. DON'T LET THAT DISSUADE YOU: I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT. Yeah, it was hard. Yeah, it was frustrating. The longer I tried to "do it" the more adamant I was. I was going to beat it and not press "SKIP." I don't regret a minute spent on it. The HOGs were as good as, if not better than, others which I've played. The puzzles were better than most. The "Other" category is something I've never seen before and it is special. You'll know what I'm talking about when you play it.
As for the "feel" of the game, or, the "set design," as I like to call it, it was excellent. I felt like I was in a Chicago neighborhood and I felt like I was in last-century London (or what I think last century London would be like). Every aspect of the game supported it. As a testament to how great the game is, the puzzles were "time-space" appropriate: you had to do things and solve puzzles which made sense for the era you were in at the time.
I'm finding it's hard to do this review without revealing anything....so this seems a little spacey, I know...but the game is SO FUN and SO EXCITING that I don't want to take away a minute of the pleasure. Sorry. JUST TRUST ME. YOU WANT THIS GAME.
The question is whether to buy the CE or the SE. With this dramatically reduced "Catch of the Week" price for the SE, I would jump on it! I bought the CE and I don't think it's worth the huge price difference with the special now available.
Here's what you get for the extra $$$:
a) A bonus chapter. It's not long. It's a surprise. I don't know if it really adds to the game.
b) Achievements. Does this really mean anything? You're not entered into any Gamers Hall of Fame. You know what you've done. Personally, I think achievements are gimmicky. If you play the game well you'll get the achievements. If getting a "virtual trophy" for completing HOGs within a certain amount of time and without using hints is important, then, by all means.... It's a personal preference and not an important one for me.
c) HERE'S THE ADDITION THAT MAY MAKE the CE WORTH IT: Collectibles. There are two. One is pure collectible, the other is tied to available instant hints. While not integral to the story line they absolutely add another level to the game and quite a bit of fun. Gathering the collectibles will cause you to flip the "be alert and watchful" switch. BUT: you will get to certain points of the game which, once completed, can't be revisited. If what you enjoy about collectibles is "getting them all," then once you miss one and can't return to the area, it's all over with anyway. UNLESS YOU START THE GAME OVER FROM THE BEGINNING. Determining the value of this feature will tell you which version to buy. If it were me and I could get SE at the special $2.99 price, I'd grab it in a heartbeat. ONLY AFTERWARD, if I loved the game enough to warrant it, would I spend the extra $13-$16 extra for the collectibles.
d) An Integrated Strategy Guide. Definitely very helpful, but you can find walkthroughs without paying extra.
e) Additional Skill Modes which, like most, give you options from "quite a bit" to "almost zero" in-game assistance.
f) The usual "who cares" extras: Screen savers, Wallpaper and Unlimited Hidden Object Play."
Whatever you decide to do, just make sure you get one of the versions of this game without a doubt. Make the choice based on the differences (and the only important difference is the collectibles). While I enjoyed them enough to play the game a second time after blowing them the first time, I would still jump on this special price.
HEY I KNOW: download the CE, find out what the collectibles are and determine if they are worth it to you!!!!!!
December 3, 2013
Really good game
I truly enjoyed playing this one. The storyline is interesting, the games are fun, and the graphics are excellent. I hope there will be more along this line.
October 28, 2013
An absorbing HO/Adventure game
This is just a flat out great game. No wonder it has so many good reviews. The story line is compelling and well developed with great animation. It's linkages to the White Chapel murders (AKA Jack the Ripper) added interest to the whole experience and indicated that whoever wrote this had done a lot of research. The animation and voice acting is terrific. The star even has a convincing Chicago accent.
The puzzles and HO scenes are generally not too hard to be frustrating and not too easy to be ho-hum. There are enough hints to help you along if you get stuck. There are couple of minor flaws. One puzzle, involving 30 pieces of cloth is just over the top and worthy of the skip button. The last puzzle was fun to play around with, but felt awfully contrived.
On the whole this is a great game, worthy of your time and money.
July 16, 2013
great to have less supernatural rubbish - more like this, perhaps with no ghosts, evil spirits or witches at all. better without the voice over and since when did London use American currency!
October 5, 2012
Unique HOPA with a great storyline
It takes a little while to get into the game but once you do, wow! The story was really intriguing and you want to know what happens next. I was disappointed when it finished.
I agree with other reviewers that it's refreshing to get a HOPA with a storyline that doesn't involve witches, demons or ghosts.
In terms of gameplay, there's a good balance between HOS (not too many) and puzzles. Some of the puzzles were very challenging which I enjoy.
More games of this quality, please.
October 7, 2012