Brink of Consciousness: The Lonely Hearts Murders
A Brilliant Murder Mystery
Review is of complete game
Wow, I? I?m speechless. That was such a great story! I played the demo and knew I had to play to the end, so I bought this on sale. I don?t regret it at all. This was brilliant!
The story floored me from start to finish. The amount of twists it had was amazing. Each twist added that extra bit of excitement to the story, and it ends brilliantly. I?m a sucker for murder mysteries, but because of that, I judge them harshly. This one went above and beyond my expectations. I congratulate the developer on their effort. Yes, this isn?t the most fun game in the world, but the story is brilliant. Don?t be put off by the demo just because it isn?t ?fun.? Also, there are quite a lot of cutscenes in this game, so those who don?t like too many cutscenes might be a little hesitant, but I assure you every cutscene is necessary to the story!
For those wondering, the game has 4 chapters. Don?t let that fool you, these chapters are LONG. Each chapter took me about an hour, adding up to 4 hours gameplay.
Like I said before, this game is far from the most fun game I?ve ever played. Although this was easier than Dorian Gray, I still found it to be rather challenging. I was constantly having to use the hint and constantly having to skip puzzles, but that?s what you get when you buy a game from Magicindie; a really good challenge.
HOS and puzzles are fairly evenly spaced out, although there seemed to be more puzzles than HOS. The HOS had some extra step items and were fun to play. What I loved about them, though, was that the hint let you choose which item you wanted to be revealed! Yes, you heard me right! You have NO IDEA how long I?ve been waiting for that! It was such a joy. Ideas like this erase the annoyance we players get when the one item we need help with is not the item that gets revealed when we use a hint! Developers need to use ideas like this. It will make their games so much better.
The puzzles were quite challenging for me. I skipped a lot of them, but at least I was able to solve some. I don?t mind skipping the puzzles, because I don?t like puzzles anyway, but I like having some that I can solve. Overall, good work to the developer on the gameplay.
The graphics were good but could?ve used a small bit of extra work. What I mean was, the graphics did not amaze me, but they weren?t horrible either. Everything was clear, especially the HOS, so I have no complaints on the graphics.
I have one comment about the voice-overs- there were different accents (British, not the usual American), which was a nice change. Other than that, nothing really stands out for the voice-overs. They weren?t amazing, but weren?t horrible either.
- No journal.
- There is a map, but it is not interactive and not very helpful at all.
- 3 modes of difficulty: Casual, Advanced and Hard. I played Casual. The only difference is hint recharge and sparkles.
- Hint and Skip- both recharged fast on Casual and the hint is extremely helpful outside HOS.
This game is not meant to be fun; it?s meant to be thrilling. I did not have fun with the game, but I was sucked in by the storyline. If you?re wondering whether to choose the SE or CE, I 100% recommend you choose the SE. The game ends conclusively and you do not miss out on much. Plus, the game is rather long, at approx. 4 hours on Casual mode, so the extra length of the CE is not needed for me. I was happy with the SE.
August 22, 2013
Good but wordy
Let me say, I love detective shows and games. I love a good plot line and I don't mind a lot of dialogue and that is a MUST for anyone that is going to like this game. This game plays more of a novel than a game. Its like a novel with interactive bits. I am happy I bought the standard edition and not the collectors as it has an ACTUAL ending and even gives it a bit of a twist.
Even though the dialogue was ok at first, near the end it did wear me out a bit listening to it because there was a lot more near the end. It tells a great tale though of broken hearts, how far you go for the one you love and how evil is sometimes right next to us even in people we trust.
The gameplay has 3 modes. I chose the hardest mode which has no hints or sparkles BUT you can skip the puzzles. I did not find that having no hint was a problem either in the main game or the hidden object scenes. The main game is set into segments and once that scene is done, there is no reason to go back. Playing on the hardest level gives you skips in the puzzles and I only felt a couple were hard to get. All the others were doable and unique. I never got a pipe puzzle, thank god. There is no map in the hardest level but there is in the other levels. I personally like wandering around in detective games so I found this was not a problem for me.
The first in this series was way better, in fact I own the CE but this one is still great in its own way and I found the voiceovers really made this game because without such good ones or any in general, this game would have been quite lacking but with them, its the best part. Kudos to good voice acting. The accents even appeared realistic too.
July 30, 2013
a good game to play...
the game was pretty good with good music n graphics...i loved the story line and the characters... the characters were quite real with good dialogues...its like watching an animated film...the level of challenges in this game were very easy. in short i loved playing this game n i recommend it...
June 10, 2013
Very good addition to the series
This game does have the level of challenge its predecessor had, but I have to say that it didn't quite reach the calibre Dorian Grey has.
The voice acting was very good, but was somewhat annoying in places and I'm still not sure how I feel about the character that represents the player in the game. However, the graphics and soundtrack is fitting to the game and does enable you to become immersed in the storyline.
January 28, 2013
Long and detailed detective story
In this game you really will be inside a detective story, very much like they are seen in TV and extremely close to Sherlock Holmes style.
Compared to some other, fast-paced games, at least I had to find a different state of mind for this game, starting to focus to the story and all the details. During the gameplay I found myself getting too tired to concentrate and had to continue another day - there really is so much to search and when playing in the expert mode without any hints there are moments when you have to figure out where a missing piece can be found for the story to proceed. Excellent!
There is only one reason why not to give 5* for this game: the dialogue can only be skipped and not browsed through line by line. There was SO much lengthy dialogue my patience did not take it - I would have liked to know how the story proceeds but listening several minutes of dialogue every other corner was just too much. I decided to skip about half of the dialogue which I'm sure took away a part of the experience.
This game was very long in duration, had manageable map size without too much backtracking - each chapter was limited to one or two main areas which were big enough for challenge but not too big for convenience. There are a lot of items to search, plenty of hidden object scenes and puzzles to solve. Puzzles were not too difficult but had a good level of challenge.
I will definitely recommend this game for everyone who likes detective style adventures.
December 31, 2012
This is a very well produced game with good artwork, characterizations and VO. Some have complained about its movie-like qualities, but I liked that since it allowed the story to be told well and the story is good. The main character's "acting" is a little over the top, but the rest are good. The HINT button works well during game play, so you don't need an SE or walkthrough. The HOS are good with some IA. There is a map, but it is mostly useless. It is not needed anyway. There isn't a diary, but, again, not needed. There is a lot of running around, so get out your running shoes. All in all, this is a very enjoyable game.
December 23, 2012
Gear Up for a Great Game!
After checking out the trial version, I decided that I MUST get this game. Chock full of HO's, mystery and interesting dialogue Brink of Consciousness doesn't miss. Enjoy extreme graphic quality along with a Sherlock Holms appeal. Finding that I enjoy Collector Edition's more I'm sure this version in CE rocks! gotta go...I must continue my adventure.
December 19, 2012
Just not for me
This game is boring. Have to keep going all over the place to find clues. The screen is to dark to find items and the music is putting me to sleep. To much talking also. Not my cup of tea.
December 19, 2012
Shut up already
This isn't a game, it is a movie. Way too much chit chat and very slow. Plus you can't read the comment and continue. You either have to suffer through the whole dialogue or skip completely. Otherwise, this looks like it would be a fun game. More of a Sherlock Holmes style mystery. Not for me though.
December 15, 2012
Playable but not their best
After Dorien Gray Syndrome was so magnificent, I got Lonely Hearts expecting much of the same, but somehow the makers have taken what made Dorien so stand-out amazing and completely flipped it. To be honest, I'm not sure why the two are considered part of the same series - there's no correlation!
You're playing the father of a young woman who is believed to be the latest victim of a killer. The problem is, the devs have tried to combine the pathos (loved-one-in-danger# genre with the detective genre, which means you're led from scene to scene by the detective. Fair enough, says I, seeing as plenty of Sherlock games - among others - have used this mechanic quite well.
But your companion serves little purpose other than to make the game excruciatingly long. Each time you follow him to the end of a zone, you get an incredibly long series of speech. This can only be skipped as a chunk, as opposed to speed-reading and clicking onwards. Other people have mentioned this but I had to reiterate - by maybe halfway through I felt like I was playing an interactive novel game, not a HO.
Not to mention that the characters all have things to say outside of the cutscenes too, and if you accidentally interact with something while they're talking you cut them off and have to start over. I'm sad to say that by the time I found out who the killer was I'd stopped caring
Compare this to Dorien, wherein all the dialogue was 'recorded' to be played back at leisure in your diary #something this game lacks entirely# and was vivid and even entertaining.
The playstyle was also abnormally basic. Simple puzzles, occasional HOs; this was mostly a game of finding an item, travelling around, using it to get another item. Wash rinse and repeat. The challenge it offered was minimal, but the tedious backtracking was plentiful.
Now I'm not saying this is a totally worthless game. It is beautifully created and it's clear that a lot of care went into the artwork #which is perhaps why you are forced to watch the looong cutscenes - so that you have to appreciate all that hard work as you examine each scenery out of sheer boredom!#. And if you don't mind the excess of cutscenes or the novel-esque quality then it's very enjoyable. Indeed, if I'd been intending to play an interactive novel, I think I would have truly enjoyed this. But I played it because I was in the mood for a puzzle HO like Dorien, and in that it severely failed. If only they had not placed this in the same series...
All up I'd say that this is playable, if you're prepared for what it truly is, and have a couple credits to spare. But I can honestly say I won't be re-playing it and for me that makes it a non-reccomend.
December 19, 2012