Christmas Stories: Nutcracker
classic love story for the young and the young-at-heart
tired of ghosts, ghouls and zombies? then this is the game for you! this retelling of the famous nutcracker suite is a delightful hidden object puzzle game. in this fantasy, you help the prince overcome the wicked rat king's curse that transformed him into a nutcracker so he can then save the princess mary, who was kidnapped by the rat king.
graphics: beautifully rendered; detailed, clear and sharp. although cluttered, most hidden object scenes are not random junk piles that drive me crazy. nice blend of puzzles and hidden object scenes. most of the puzzles are fairly easy (but still fun) and the hidden object scenes are non-repeating. lovely cut scenes, no voice overs.
sound: this is one game where you'll want to turn the sound UP whilst playing it because it features Tchaikovsky's classic ballet score, "Nutcracker Suite", so the music is without parallel when it comes to video games.
storyline: really could have been tightened up: i was annoyed by the maya calendar, the kitten and the puppy (but at least the candle made sense). i am probably a purist, but i didn't like how the game strayed from the storyline, and this is the reason i gave this game four instead of five stars.
gameplay: there are three difficulty modes -- casual (sparkles and rapid hint/skip recharge), advanced (no sparkles and slow hint/skip recharge), and hardcore (no sparkles, no hint/skip) -- the difficulty mode can be changed at any time during the game without creating a new profile. each scene has a map that allows you to quickly jump to other game locations, no overclick penalties and the puzzles have a reset button. the game is somewhat short, but for SE, this isn't a problem.
my interaction: i own the CE version and wanted to see what was different between CE and SE, so i played this game on demo mode. basically, the differences are SE lacks the bonus chapter, there are no collectible dolls, no achievements and none of the wallpapers, music and other falderol (i never use wallpapers, anyway).
overall, this is a delightful and engaging game. lots of fun for the entire family and the seasonal theme is a lovely bonus. if you thought the CE version of this game was too expensive or may not be worth the price, then the SE version is just the one for you!
December 22, 2012
Cute story and lots of glitz ? everywhere you look. Looks great on widescreen. Puzzles and mini-games aren?t that difficult and it's easy to figure out what has to be done next. Very well developed and polished game; a lot of thought was put into the adventure. Graphics and animation are top-notch ? exceptional overall production values. Music is seasonal. An entertaining way to spend the afternoon.
December 22, 2012
Nice Christmas story for young and old
The story is cute. There are 3 game modes.
The graphics are beautiful and clear.
The HOS are not too cluttered.
The mini-games are interesting; some are challenging.
There is a map, which you can use to jump to a location.
The hint system is good, telling you what to do next.
The game is rather short, for me a bit more than 2 hours.
May 24, 2013
I am 82 and play all the time. This game is a real keeper. Well programed with a fun story line and plenty of challenges and brain required. I was sorry when it ended, even with the bonus. Keep up the good work.
December 29, 2012
Beautiful christmas game !
I liked this game from beginning to end.
Beautiful scenes, nice christmas music and a fantastic gameplay. The HOG are not too difficult and that's the reason even i liked them. Little bad thing about this game is that it is a little bit too short. But after all i remommend this game to everyone !
December 29, 2012
Completed the Game
This game was perfect for the holiday season.
December 27, 2012
Interesting storyline and lots of mini games make you work for it.
January 16, 2014
This is a strong story game. There?s all the surface glitz and decoration of the season and a definite mission (the background of which you find out about as you go along), but there?s also an undertone of darkness and, of course, the rat villains. My sympathetic mind enjoys being more clever than destructive, so I would have preferred not to blast that poor snowman to oblivion or sneak up on that rat swinging its legs so innocently ? I actually thought I was going to gain an ally there! Usually helpers don?t do much for me, but I actually enjoyed the likeable candle. There is the usual amount of searching and going back and forth, but negotiating around is pretty easy. Even at the hardest level you can choose to use the instant transport map that also displays active areas. Although some scenes were slightly discordant (a Mayan calendar, anti-gravity fields?), gameplay was fairly logical and there were just enough written hints and visual clues such as shapes of keys or objects needed, etc. to make the game flow along. The HOS were okay ? a bit of the usual mess of things and some interactive items, but for the most part, not annoying. The puzzles ranged from easy to medium. The flag puzzle was very random, and the instructions didn?t seem right. Not sure how I eventually succeeded with this puzzle, but I did. All in all an engaging game.
December 27, 2013
An intresting game
The story is interesting especially when playing it on Christmas day. The graphics and video are in good quality and fantastic. And the difficulties of the puzzles are moderate.
The map is very helpful. It shows every place you visited with a picture. And you can go to another place by just clicking on the map. That saved a lot of time.
December 25, 2013
Wonderful graphics. Ok story.
Too much running back and forth for my liking.
Think my husband enjoyed it more than I did.
December 14, 2013