Detective Quest: The Crystal Slipper Collector's Edition
Lions and Tigers and Bears (Oh My!)
I didn't care for this game.
I know, I know... this developer gets plenty of accolades on this site, but I honestly don't know why. They don't make bad games, but I don't think that they are the "leader in the industry" either.
Insofar as this game is concerned:
The graphics in this game were ok, but they weren't incredible. This developer always seems to get an A+ rating when it comes to graphics, however, I've seen better graphics produced by other developers. Fact is, I'm never really impressed by the graphics that Elephant Games has to offer.
In this game there are none. Nada. The only thing a player can do is "take pictures" of the various critters that you encounter in this game.
On Taking "Snapshots" or "Pictures":
It's VERY UNFORGIVING. If you miss taking a snapshot of a critter, then you missed that respective snapshot (period). There's no going back. In other games that I've played (that have flowers, butterflies, or morphing beyond objects etc.), I've always been able to return to areas of the game that I've already explored, and "pick up" an object that I might have missed (provided that the previous areas of the game aren't "locked").
Not so in this game. In this game you have an opportunity to take a picture of a critter that you encounter, but if you miss it the first time around, you've missed it for good. I don't like when a game is that inflexible. If I miss something, than I almost feel as if the game "beat me".
They were ok... nothing to write home about.
I like something a bit different, and so placing objects INTO the HOS is a nice change... but it really got aggravating when I had to do that for ever HOS. I like a mix, but the approach that this developer took was a bit "overkill" in my opinion.
All in all I'm leaving a point of view here, but I won't recommended the game one way or the other.
December 14, 2012
Cuter than baby bunnies in a slap fight
This game is adorable in the best possible way. You ride a unicorn in your search for a princess. The graphics are pastel perfection, the soundtrack is evocative. It's just a darling little game.
I also appreciate that Elephant is trying to throw in a few new twists - replacing items in an H0 scene offers more challenge than finding them. I like that, although I preferred the mechanism in"Templar" - placing items from my inventory.
I'm less thrilled with taking photos as collectibles. It's a two step process that interrupts the flow of the game and includes too much pixel hunting.
As much as I love the looking at this game, I am less interested in actually playing it. Elephant is shifting the focus from challenge to story and emotion. You really can get invested in the characters who populate the game's world and that's brilliant. But I want to play, not meander through another (admittedly delightful) universe.
These games don't bore me, they are too detailed for that but somehow they just don't satisfy. I'll buy this as an SE but not a CE.
December 14, 2012
All putting objects back into scenes! Love this HO type!
The game was cute. It seemed a little slow. Not much music and a little easy. I loved the color and fantasy to it though.
I loved how all the HO scenes were putting the object back into the scene. I love these kinds (a little extra thinking) and have been waiting for a game to come out with only this kind. Hopefully this won't be the only one! Something different, finally!
At least try the game.
December 13, 2012
cute but kind of silly
This was a twist on a fairy tale. The artwork was beautiful. I also liked the music. But the story was silly and for younger folk. I also found it to be very easy without much challenge to the game. Even though I bought this, I wish I didn't. I don't see myself playing this game again.
December 30, 2012
disappointing - bonus review at end
Review of finished game in hardmode
This game should have been named ?jumble mess of every fairy tale? as it would have been more accurate. At the beginning I thought it was the tale of Cinderella with a twist but then the plot just got truly bizarre. Nearly every character in a fairy tale appeared and then throw in some weird animals and that?s your plot. Sometimes this all works out but not here, it was all over the place and I couldn?t make heads nor tails of the whole story.
Especially at the beginning, I felt like they were trying to copy a few other developers which makes no sense as they are the leaders and are the best of what they do, so it ended up being subpar for my taste. Some of the early outdoor graphics reminded me of some older boomzap games, and the princess is called Isabella, then there are the animals that don?t quite make sense so that felt like an ERS game!
After the gorgeous graphics of nutcracker and the 3D stunning graphics of unfinished tales comes the flat weird graphics especially outside at the beginning: The graphics did get better as it went along but didn?t understand why they didn?t stay with their usual top of the line graphics.
The scrolling transporter map sometimes took 3 clicks to get into an area as you had to zoom in (being careful where you place the mouse) on a larger area then it brought up all the rooms. It does give a picture and a list of objectives that have to be completed in the area. It would be great to have a more customisable hardness setting, and on the map to be able to click on and off for map tips.
All three modes of play are their usual and you can change midgame which is good.
For the first time elephant hasn?t done straight list type and here they are all the reverse kind. You get an item in your inventory and you have to place them in the scene. This is my favourite kind of HOS and I actually take time and enjoy them rather than trying to random click my way through some scenes if they are junk pile or just don?t want to do a HOS. I think one or two were junk pile but the rest was more cluttered but some well done. You never repeat any HOS in any elephant game.
I class puzzles as one that has a skip button on them as there were plenty of interactions. They all were very easy to easy maybe a couple of medium hardness in main game. We aren?t stupid so I don?t know why they are now going down the road of going easier and easier, just like everybody else. I get very bored when puzzles are so easy and frankly don?t want to do them. They did have some good twists on some of them so at least those were a bit different to play, but why so easy? There is a skip button if people find a couple to hard.
I also don?t know why there have been loads of fairy tale games from elephant ? one after another. I hope that isn?t the future from them as while I don?t mind a fairy tale for a change I liked elephant games as they were neither dark nor super girly and did straightforward tales like MT or surface and they were harder and in places this felt very girly although the other fairy tale games didn?t.
I didn?t like this game at all at the beginning (due to above) but the last 1-2 hrs were the best and the graphics and even the plot seem to be slightly more focused again.
CE extras and bonus (spoiler as to what you take photos of)
I only bought the CE as it was on sale and same price as a SE or I would have just stuck with the SE. Apart from the usual screensaver, wallpaper, music (which does nothing for me) there is only 30 photos that you take of creatures throughout the game and bonus. While this is a bit different on that alone isn?t enough for me and it needed either achievements or collectables. These photos were so obvious, every animal or creature you see take a photo, they weren?t hidden or small or harder to find. In fact your curser turns into a camera on something you can take a picture of, and that?s on hardcore! That actually through me off as once I thought I had the camera when I was trying to take a picture at the beginning and when it didn?t work I thought you couldn?t take a picture or I was trying to click on them zoomed in or you needed to click on them twice.
Bonus (slight spoiler as to plot)
It was all in old areas except for one scene.
The good thing was that the plot had more focus and it was actually quite a good length ? it was over 1h 15mins and that wasn?t including the slider puzzle. So how long it takes you to do a slider, and I felt it was a harder one (thankfully!) add that time on. As usual the plot is completely finished in main game and tied up. It was a bit obvious and a bit rinse and repeat aspect of main game for me to like the plot but gameplay was good.
I did find the family tree to be completely illogical as it?s the opposite of what you normally would do.
5 HOS (all reverse kind)
Yes it?s me, an avid elephant fan ? my favourite developers and I haven?t been invaded by aliens -
While this has a good length for a bonus and some kind of collectable, I would have given it 4 stars for a CE and a recommendation if it had decent plot and normal graphics. But as I felt the shortcomings of this game really added up I can?t recommend the CE as it?s double the price and as well as the extras (which this doesn?t really have) it also has to have decent or logical plot and everything else.
I will recommend the SE as the gameplay was OK and better at the end, but that would only get 3-4 stars from me.
December 28, 2012
Cinderella in disguise?
I just finished my hour on this game. I thought it might be a good one for a young girl. I don't really like games like this because it was too childish. The graphics were ok , but I don't like hidden objects that you have to find a place for. I won't be spending my money on this one, I'm sorry to say.
December 13, 2012
OK Adventure Game
Beautiful graphics and music. Ambient sounds hit and miss. Puzzles easy to moderately difficult. Great map that lets you teleport. Good strategy guide, with text and pix. Very good hints, both inside and outside HOS/puzzles.
I have every game Elephant has ever produced for Mac's, and have played each one over and over. But I won't buy this one. The storyline is childish and insipid. The gameplay is easy to moderately difficult.
I recommend this for beginners and children.
December 13, 2012
Visually Enchanting Game But..
The story was really Lame
A Great Story is one of the Main elements
I want in an Adventure Game
I was bored pretty early in the game
I didnt enjoy too many of the puzzles
and using match 3 and majong
or games which
match similar items
these are not even challanges for a child
And..Games too often have puzzles Unrealated
to anything in the gameplay
I dont get that
some puzzles did relate but many did not
and match 3 and the like is just not welcomed by me..
Too much going back and forth also
I appreciate the map
but going way back here then way over here
and so on... No...
I liked being able to hear Real Sounds
as oppossed to constant music
it made the experience more life like...
I did not mind the HO scenes in this game
as some other players have commented..
i prefer this type to the usual kind...
I prefer None Ultimately though..
I actually liked the Generous Bonus Gameplay
Better than the game itself..
Lots of good looking male characters in this game
Except for the prince
who looks like a Dork..
I most likely will not play this game again...
April 1, 2013
Wow. I was extremely disappointed...
When it first came out, I was really anxious to play this game since this developer usually provides great games for us, but I was seriously disappointed.
The game feels flat and shallow and the storyline leans a bit on the ridiculous. The story seemed like it was only inserted in order for you to go through some nice locations, to see some "magic" and to meet fantastical creatures. It all feels really phony. I pratically didn't enjoy this game.
- Beautiful artwork in most locations, though is some you could see some sloppy work;
- The music wasn't annoying;
- I really like the "not-so-hidden-objects-scenes" where you have to put items from the inventory in the scene, instead. So this was definitely a plus for me and it was the thing I liked most in this game;
- Nice character artwork;
As for the cons, they were pretty much everything else. I wrote some of them above. I am not going to waste more time in anything related to this game. The bonus chapter seemed more interesting than the main game, but I didn't have the patience to finish it.
This game tasted sour, really. What a waste of a good developer... They better let go of the fairy tales theme because it's really hard to make a convincing game based on it and that feat was only achieved in the "Awakening" series.
Only good looks don't make a game good. For real.
May 16, 2013
This Slipper Doesn't Fit Me.
Just because I didn't like this game, it doesn't mean you won't. This is a gentle game and the "bad guys" aren't scary at all. Your mode of transport is a UNICORN. That should tell you what you need to know.
Here is the lowdown on the technical features of the game:
a. The Voice Overs are OK.
b. The cinematography and "set design," as I like to call it, were more than OK. Some would say it's beautiful: Bright and clear, inviting and enjoyable to look at.
c. Puzzle not challenging.
d. HOGs were easy (too easy for them to be considered challenging). They were very clear and do have a twist: you are given a selection of items and need to place them where they belong in the scene. Other takes on this style show silhouettes and you must find the item and then use it to help find the next item. This is not even that difficult. You are given an actual picture of the item, and only need to place it. It isn't required in order to progress to the next step.
e. To Do's/accomplishments: The accomplishment is to take a picture of some of the exotic "fairy-tale" creatures you encounter. It's not much of a challenge: your cursor changes to a camera when you're supposed to take a picture. Once you've accomplished this you're done. There's nothing else to it. And, if you miss your chance, you can't go back.
f. There are no achievements, something I always enjoy, like, not skipping a puzzle, or finding three items in three seconds. Of course that's not possible with the style of HOG in this game. That brings up another point: while the difference is enjoyable, its too much of a good thing. Maybe a few of this new style of HOG would be good, interspersed with the old, more familiar style. This is ALL of the one, new type and it gets old quickly.
There was not sense of urgency, nor any sense of accomplishment. I played a CE and the difference, from what I can tell, is a bonus chapter along with the typical wallpapers, etc.
AGAIN, MANY WILL LOVE THIS GAME as attested to by the very high ratings for it. I didn't want you to discount my review as biased because I think I have made fair and objective points about the standard parts of the game. Consequently, I will say only now that YES, I prefer darker, scarier, entries in the HO, Adventure, Puzzle world of gameplay and this isn't that. As another reviewer put it, "this is about a damsel in distress." That's just not my thing.
I can't recommend this. Not because it's not "my thing," but because it really presents no challenge. It's not a stretch. And, yeah, it's unicorns and puppy dogs and it's a Julie Andrews' song.
April 23, 2013