Dark Mysteries: The Soul Keeper Collector's Edition
Beware the Revenant
The best thing about this game may be the inclusion of the entire Lovecraft sci-fi novel. That and the other CE extras except for the bonus chapter are available from the start.
The next best thing might be the artwork. Appreciated even more if you watch the "Behind the Scenes" and view the Concept Art extras. The presentation is in Widescreen. The voice overs are animated and lip sync is on target.
Not sure you can label the rest of it Best of anything. The story has been done before in some way. You are the detective on the case to help C. D. Ward reign in the Soul Keeper he inadvertently unleashed into the world and is now killing people and sucking out their souls.
There is nothing new at all about the game play except for an innovation in the journal which provides progressive hints. Objectives are also listed there.
There are 3 modes of play -- only the hardest has no sparkles but it also has no puzzle skips. All modes provide too much guidance to say the tasks are at all challenging.
HO scenes (interactive) outnumber puzzles and you will revisit them each several times. There is no alternative way to get through them.
There is no map. You will be going back and forth on foot quite a bit.
There are no collectibles, morphing objects, or achievements.
Is this a terrible game -- no. Anyone new to the genre would find it interesting, if a bit morbid. Seasoned players, I'm afraid, would say same old, as I was wont to do rather quickly during the demo. Too bad since parts of it are quite well done.
6 Chapters plus the bonus chapter which would appear to make all right again for the residents of Pawtuxit. I have no idea how the real novel ends up, but reading it might be a better use of time for me. 3.5 stars.
April 23, 2013
Too short, and too boring!
Played this game to the end (on middle level) and all finished within 3 1/2 hours including bonus level.
Way too many HOS...in fact, one after the other after the other... Only marginally interactive too.
Stupidest story line. Too much hand holding, and on middle/advanced level you still get annoying sparkles. Only 'hardcore' doesn't have sparkles, but also no hints, puzzle skips etc either. Can't imagine why you don't get the usual 3 options of sparkles, no sparkles and no help at all.
Puzzles nothing new, and mainly boring and too easy.
Good newcomers iHOG, but there's way better out there than this. The graphics weren't bad, and the music in keeping.
Bought it as new CE for Mac, but didn't feel it was worth the CE price. Might be ok if an SE as the bonus content was short, again too many HOS. Just seemed lazily put together, by padding it out with mundane HOS here, there and everywhere!
April 21, 2013
I am not a fan of Charles Dexter Ward game but this one is an exception.. First scene of the game, looks like Dark Parables to me, but it soon grew on me. The graphic is crisp, nice voice overs and great extras for a CE. I esp. love the behind the scene video, it's like nothing I have seen in other CEs. For storyline, I am not so keen on it. I see that this is not the devs fault, they have made an awesome game. Hopefullly Cerasus Media can make other game, but not Charles Dexter Ward next time..
March 4, 2013
Based only on the Demo:
Overall, your average HO game. Pretty easy to figure out where the items you collect are needed. HO scenes aren't bad. There was not enough in the Demo to make me want to continue however.
If you are a beginniner to these types of games then this game would be a good one to build up your skill level. Storyline was good as wel.
February 28, 2013
This game does not feature anything new but total frustration. It is very slow, puzzles are dull. Storyline is not engaging. You should really avoid this game.
February 11, 2013
This is an excellent game from these developers! I really liked their series Mystery Stories and this CE is very well made. Beautiful graphics, enough Hidden Object searches to satisfy the fans of this kind of gameplay and nicely challenging minigames. Well done devs! The Bonus game was fun to play too and a nice ending for this story. Leaves you with a positive feeling!
January 22, 2013
Downloaded the demo,played for about 10-15 minutes got bored and uninstalled it.
This is another HOG based on Lovecraft story but I found it dull,amateurish and maybe too basic for my liking. There's nothing spectacular with the artwork (too colourful for dark theme HOG),music and voice acting was boring,way too many HOS than puzzles. Overall this game didn't impress me enough to buy the full version.
I highly suggest players to get Haunted Hotel Charles Dexter Ward instead of this.
January 17, 2013
If you can ignore the dumb story, this is an enjoyable game. The production is good, and game play is well designed. The HOS and puzzles are pretty standard. The HINT works well during game play, so you don't need an SG. The main game ends well, but the bonus chapter adds to that. One of the extras is a film clip showing the developers at work - interesting. Another extra is a copy of the story on which the game is based in three different formats.
January 16, 2013
Too many HO's
Found that game under "Adventure games" and after playing
the Demo I thought this must be a joke, full of HO piles and very little adventure.
Why bother with a Storyline if most of the time you are stuck in front of a junk-pile.
January 12, 2013
Crashed 4 times..but I kept at it!
The game was fun..to a point. It had a lot of bells and whistles...good voice-overs, great colors and environments, a good creepy factor, and fun puzzles that weren't too difficult, but didn't send me searching for the available skip button, either. However, as some have mentioned in the forum review pages at Big Fish, there were technical problems that I thought I wasn't going to have. About 2/3 of the way through the game, I got the old familiar access violation, and the game crashed. I uninstalled it, went to the forum pages, found it had a new build, and I reinstalled the game. Shortly thereafter, it happened again. All in all, in a period of about 15 minutes, the game seized up and issued the access violation 4 times. Each time it happened, the game manager would come up, I'd click on play, and off I'd go...until it happened again...I did that 4 times. After the last time it happened, the game played beautifully through the rest of the main game and all the way through the bonus chapter, so, don't assume that, should you get that error, that the game won't play. I just decided to keep going with dogged determination, and I wasn't disappointed, once I persevered through 4 access violations...lol. The game play made sense..things happened in the proper order. The hint system worked well and refilled fairly quickly. I did rely on the strategy guide a bit, as I got turned around a few times, as there is lots of back and forth, so put on your walking shoes. It's a good game, and I liked the ending, so try it out, and be patient if the glitches show up...I was, and had a nice evening's game play.
January 3, 2013