Christmas Stories: Nutcracker
I liked this game
I liked it. Lots of stuff to do and a map to get around. The hint was actually a hint. Had to use my brain a bit.
The only thing I didn't like was that I thought it was too short. But that could be because I liked it so much and wanted to play more.
December 23, 2012
Quite a nifty game!
This is a very nice game for this time of year. I was quite happy to continue to play, and play, and play.
December 22, 2012
BEST OVERALL GAME EVER!
I still recommend this game even though the holiday season is soooo over!
The story kept me enthralled(and yes, I am a grown woman)to the end! The voiceovers were perfect! The graphics and cutscenes to die for! The music, well what can you say, it is The Nutcracker! They pulled out all the stops for this game!
I generally play the *dark* games but, after reading the reviews I figured I would try out the demo. I fell in love! The characters had their own personalities and the "helpers" in the task list added even more cuteness too the game.
The HOS were good. Clear and most easy to see without being too easy to find. The puzzles were doable. I am not a puzzle person but, I think I only skipped 1 or 2, which for me is good.
I have an extensive collection of games and have played many more demos. In fact it is getting hard to find new ones that interest me. I have been a BF member for 2 yrs and have used the site off and on for a lot more yrs. This is my first review. I finished the SE about 3 weeks ago and finally decided that I had to put in a review. The game is that good.
All I can say is just try the demo. I don't usually go for the "cutesy" stuff but, this does not go overboard and even though I knew the story, still couldn't wait to get to each new chapter!
The length is good for a SE and can't imagine what I may have missed on the CE. This game is a must buy!
January 26, 2013
My favourite game of the Year
I absolutely love this Game,a real challenge.I was really cross when it ended.It is quite delightful with the extra challenge of collecting dolls as you go.Did not get them all first time so had a good excuse to do it all again.Which is rare for me.
Some of the mini games are a real challenge and made a nice change from the dark gloomy type Games.
Lots of choice in Options and lasted just long enough
Loved it and full marks from me.
All ages could give this a go,my grandson is now trying it in casual mode and loving it.
December 23, 2012
Have A Cracking Good Christmas
BASED ON COMPLETED GAME
I loved this game from the opening few seconds! I do not participate in Christmas, but I love all those wonderful decorations, great food, and lovely music. So this game is a real treat for me. And the developers have outdone themselves with possibly their best ever production. It does, however, load slowly. Worth the wait.
SIGHTS & SOUNDS
Absolutely love the graphics in this game, uninterrupted beauty and light and colour. Everything is clear and detailed, items are perfectly easy to see, just well hidden. The animation was good too, but it was a bit of a surprise how little animation there was in the HOPs. There are also a lot of cut scenes, and these are expertly done.
THE single best thing, and the best of any game I have played EVER is the music. Largely culled from Tchaikovsky?s Nutcracker Suite, it is the perfect mood setter for Christmas. The ambiance is good, though I could have done with more of it. The voiceovers are very nicely done, and used just the right amount of the time.
You have been invited to the palace for the Christmas Ball, but you arrive late. The other guests have gone, but you still can go get your presents. Turns out your gift is actually a Nutcracker, under a curse placed on him by the evil Rat King, and he needs your help. He must rescue his true love Mary who is being held prisoner by the Rat King, who wants her for himself.
The balance of HOPs vs. other puzzles and mini-games is well kept and there is much to do in every location, and you?ll be returning to them time and time again. The interactive jump map is essential for this to and froing dominates the game. Hint gives you a clear instruction for the next action required. HOPs are interactive lists.
The puzzles and mini-games seemed to include a lot of new material, but the instructions are sometimes a bit confusing with these. All the games are beautifully crafted and fit the Christmas theme. I found quite a few very challenging.
You have a few companions in this game. First there is the Nutcracker himself. He takes on rats when he is not vastly outnumbered. An animated candle (cute and funny) is there waiting to light your fires, and there is the cat. He?s good for getting those hard to reach items. We pick up other companions along the way, but they never stay long.
Love, love, love this game! Would have won Game Of The Year in 2012, if it had been released in time for awards. It is a music and arts festival, with a delightfully different story, and sufficient variety in gameplay and difficulty to please most.
December 26, 2013
A real Christmas treat!
Gorgeous!!! Gorgeous!!! You can use the map, but the settings are so beautiful that you want to transverse them again and feast your eyes. 3 cute helpers - the nutcracker, the cat, and the candle. Delightufl evil rats.
The music of course....
It was like watching a flawless performance of the ballet...
Level of challenge was OK. Just to keep the story flowing and you did not feel guilty if you had to skip, so you could get back to Albert, Mary, and the Rat King. The HOGs were cluttered, a bit junk pile, but again, gorgeous to look at. Some interactive items. Bascially the puzzle solving does not get in teh way of the story or the mood.
Did I mention how much fun the rats were?
April 1, 2013
True Festive Fun
What a lovely game! Very Christmasy atmosphere, lots of snow, baubles, tinsel and presents. Great story, lots of action, very sweet 'helpers', puzzles not too difficult and a hint button that actually helps. Nice long game too. I found it a very relaxing, festive game to play in the run-up to Christmas with its absolutely beautiful graphics. Enjoy!
February 11, 2013
Elephant Games seldom disappoint!
Another great game from Elephant Games.
The storyline is good without being precious.
We were very impressed with the length of this game. We love that because we play an hour or two at a time.
The graphics are beautiful and the cut-in scenes were not too long, or too often, with actors' audio very well done.
There are plenty of HOGs and puzzles. The puzzles were different but some seemed like time-killers and (confession) we skipped those we felt we would eventually finish because we knew what to do it was just a matter of keeping at it.
Anyway, we really enjoyed this game!
January 3, 2013
Christmas Stories: Nutcracker
one of the best games, challenging but not frustrating
January 2, 2013
I loved this game. Beautiful graphics, nice music, good length. Best game I've played in awhile. A couple of the mini games were too hard--couldn't change the armor and gave up, lol. Map was a plus. Nice work folks.
December 30, 2012