Christmas Stories: Nutcracker
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
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
Not what I expected...
I downloaded this ages ago to save for Christmas time, and have finally just played it, and was rather disappointed!
As a game it was pretty good - maybe too much back and forth but the map was very useful so that wasn't too hard to manage. Some of the puzzles were really hard!!
But it could have just been any game about a kidnapped girl - once you got out of the first room with the Christmas tree, that's it - I expected Christmas themed games, and at least a Christmassy item in each hos, so that was a let down - and the story is rather different to the original, too, with bits of other fairy tales thrown into the mix...
If they weren't trying to latch on to a famous story to get attention, and just did it as a stand alone game, it would be pretty good.
November 25, 2014
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
Good adventure game
I enjoyed the puzzles and adventure. Started off well, but the sinister rat was a little too scary for my daughter of 7 in the end.
August 25, 2013
I wanted to just LOVE this game, but after playing the entire game I was sorely dissapointed.
The background visuals are lovely. Magical, in fact. Yet many of the actual characters were not nearly as well done. I didn't care at all for the silly looking rats. Nor, with some exceptions, am I partial to "helper" characters and some of these were more awkward than most. While the idea of the kitten that succeeds in spite of himself was amusing, the execution was poorly done. And the candle seemed totally unnesessary. While I usually enjoy cut scenes, the ones in this game were numerous, long and often unnecessary.
The soundtrack was the Nutcracker Suite, of course. But it lacked the rich variety available from the original score and became a bit repetitive. And the sound effects could have benefited from echos, wind, water drops, footsteps, etc.
Game play was mostly standard with a few surprises, such as the "dress the soldier in armor" game. HOGs were clear with some interactions, but unchallenging. The interactive map is nicely done, but often does not show any available actions at all.
The story did have newer elements that are not in the original tale, offering a more "scientific magic" version of how they all become rats and dolls. To me this was a bit out of character with the rest of the story. In fact, so many elements seemed out of place I never got emotionally involved at all.
Obviously many people will and did enjoy this game, so I do not write it off. Over all the game was a nice easy adventure, particularly for newer players. However I bought this game based mostly on the RAVE reviews and I am sad to say, I would much rather had invested my credits elsewhere.
April 9, 2013
This one NOT for me!
I thought it was going to be like the book! It's NOT; I really disapproved of the demonic parts in it, there was not any reason to put that in a Christmas story (game)!! SO disappointed!!!
Also, every time I left a game from the bonus games I could not return to it so was NOT able to finish them!!!
December 14, 2014
May be better for children
I never saw the ballet and I don't know if it's the same plot. But this storyline was really silly. I lost interest .
January 26, 2013