Haunted Legends: The Undertaker
Undertaker, Overworked & Underpaid
BASED ON COMPLETED GAME
This is the third in the HAUNTED LEGEND series, and they?ve become a bit of a legend themselves. The EVIL DWARF, St Gervaise (SG) is once again in town bent on doing mischief. This time he has his sights set on a mirror, and nothing will stop him.
Exactly WHY he needs this MAGIC MIRROR, and will go to such lengths to get it, is the MYSTERY of the STORY. The RESULT of his activities is a town OVERTAKEN by ZOMBIES.
The ZOMBIES are WONDERFUL, ugly, creepy, NOISY with all their moaning, and EVERYWHERE. They give this game a DISTINCTIVELY CREEPIER atmosphere than any other by this developer. They?re also a great excuse for the artists to showcase their work in a different genre. As always, these artists do a great job at it. The GRAPHICS are EXCELLENT, with their trademark hand-drawn look.
The MUSIC is apt, and the AMBIENT sound, with all that moaning and groaning, adds extra creep.
The GAMEPLAY is MOSTLY HO SCENES, both INTERACTIVE LISTS & PROGRESSIVE SILHOUETTES, visited twice each. The objects are clear, though some of the scenes are a bit dark.
Most of the PUZZLES are fairly EASY. HINT is DIRECTIONAL. There is a JOURNAL to keep a record of the STORY, and there is NO MAP.
There is quite a LOT of TOING & FROING. Sometimes I would have to go from one end of the game to the other and back, for a single item. A map would have been nice. For the most part though, the ADVENTURE is streamlined and basically LOGICAL. Although there are some solutions to problems that are very creative!
There are COLLECTIBLE fish scales, very beautifully done, but they are NECESSARY to progress, and a full set is required at the finish.
For me, this game was much more enjoyable than the previous two, because the game flowed well, was a little out of the ordinary, and had an INTERESTING TALE to tell.
The one I REALLY love though is the next one in the series ? it has everything.
Meantime, this is still an excellent game.
June 28, 2013
i enjoyed this game. the monkey makes the story line funny. the games are rather easy & the plot is interesting.
December 30, 2012
ANOTHER GREAT GAME FROM HAUNTED LEGENDS!!!!
I LOVE ALL THE HAUNTED LEGENDS..THIS ONE WAS GREAT!!....A VERY GOOD LONG LENGTH FOR AN SE GAME!!..TOOK ME ABOUT 4 HOURS TO COMPLETE WHOLE GAME NON STOP!!..GREAT WORK DEVS!!
January 22, 2013
Excellent game, terrible ending!
Really enjoyed playing this one - just the right amount of HOS, good puzzles, and a great storyline with well-placed cut scenes. I especially loved the animations with the creepy little man!
I was all set to give it 5 stars until I ran into the *terrible* ending. After hours and hours of play, I expect a more substantial conclusion. This was just a big disappointment. :(
If you enjoy the journey, the SE is fine, but if you want to arrive at the destination, you'll need to get the CE.
June 9, 2013
Bravo ERS !!
This is the best ERS game ever.
For the first time I have actually both enjoyed the story, been challenged and seen new things from ERS.
The hints are finally real hints. One is showed the direction to go. It's a huge improvement compared to the usual: "there is nothing you can do here".
The HOS were fun, and in most of them I had to "think out of the box" to solve them - That was really fun !!!
Usually ERS are eyeteasers, but way to easy for anyone with just a littel experience, but this time I actually had to consult the walkthrough a couple of times. WTG.... and at long last.... I can say, that I am looking forward to the next game from ERS.
Even though I have the feeling that ERS is getting on the right track, the game lacks a little before I'll ring all the bells:
I'd like to see a map. In this game a jump-map isn't nessesary as one work in areas so the backtracking is between a limited number of scenes.
The scales found all over the game was a very good idea, and it really made sense in the end, but they were way to easy to find - so next time I'd like to get some collectibles that one have to use a little efford to find.
If I could I would rate this game 4,7.... so... almost there :-)
I can most ceratainly recommend this game
April 28, 2013
Review of Completed Game...
This is the first ERS game I have really liked in a longgggg time. I like the fact its about zombies which really hasn't been done in hidden object games, its more of a tv/comic book thing so that aspect is great. It has the silhouette and list hidden object scenes and one of the silhouette scenes is really out of the box so kudos for that. The hidden object scenes were spread out not all clumped together. The little man made sense in this game as opposed to the first 2 in this series since I could never figure out why he was there. There were many, many locations to discover. I always thought I was almost done and then there was more and more and since I liked this game so much, I was happy about that. I like that ERS gives you the option to lock the inventory so it doesn't always bob up n down and the Destiny Fish was a nice touch.
However, I do have a few cons and Im being generous with the 4 star rating because I believe this game is about a 3.5 due to the ending. One of the tasks you have to do is to let the baker know who killed him BUT Im assuming thats part of the bonus game because you never get to wrap things up with him. Also, the ending is really really abrupt and thats typically how it is with ERS games however I do not think CE's by ERS are worth the extra money so its a pity this game and others are always abrupt for people who choose to buy the SE. It really kind of ruins the experience. This game was so unique for once (story) and it gets ruined by not knowing what really happens. I also thought the destiny fish could have had a better use than just matching scales against a mirror. My other issue is the puzzles. I know a lot of people like easier puzzles but if Im playing on the hardest mode, I expect it to be challenging so I don't get why ERS doesn't mix up the same games but more challenging on the harder levels. And speaking of playing on the hardest level, lately ERS games have been putting sparkles on the hidden object scenes. Isn't the point of hard to have NO help? You are removing black bar tips, sparkles of any kind should be gone too.
The only other thing that bothered me was the monkey. Oh My God...he screeched during most of the game. soooo annoying. I do recommend this game however because I had lots of fun playing it and you do get some kind of ending but not one that leaves you feeling satisfied.
April 26, 2013
The dead have risen!
Well it seems the towns undertaker made the devil a deal, and then didn't follow through on their arrangement to exchange the family heirloom mirror for money! So what's so special about this mirror? No spoiler alerts here! There aren't enough HO's for my taste, and they also have HO's that are silloutted items you must find one item then use that item to get to the next such as a hammer breaks a jar a key is inside that you use to open a chest and so on. The puzzles weren't too difficult although they do require a little time to work out. The graphics were okay but I thought some of the scenes were dark and hazy not crisp. The music is okay and during the HO's it tends to get louder. The hint system recharges quickly and you also get to "collect" fish scales but there aren't any achievements. Worth buying the standard edition, but the collectors didn't offer much more than this game.
January 28, 2013
basically good with one problem
I generally enjoyed this game. the level of challenge was good, this review is based on the regular version, not CE. the hint button works so well that CE was not necessary for me. at least the hint told you where to go not just nothing more to do here. a map would have been helpful however and for some reason the hint stopped worked at one point toward the end but then was fine so not sure what happened there. my only complaint is the same as others, the end - you work so hard to save the place and then it's over. I seem to often have this problem. why can't the developers give us a bit more at the end to show us what we have accomplished. otherwise, great game.
September 16, 2013
Very fun game
Since I didn't like Bronze Horseman, I tried this game with a bit of skepticism but was glad to see that it was much better. The story was far more interesting. To be honest, the zombies were downright creepy, although zombies in general tend to give me the creeps.
I liked being able to switch between difficulties, and found that the puzzles and HOS were a good challenge. I prefer regular hidden object scenes, but the silhouetted object scenes with lots of actions to perform were still a nice bit of variation.
One complaint that I do have though is that I could have done without the monkey. He was super annoying. I guess he was supposed to be cute or something? I hate monkeys. If there's going to be an animal involved in the game, at least make it useful like Elf from Mystery Trackers, and even then it had better not follow me around and blow raspberries at me.
The monkey obviously wasn't a deal breaker though, because I still thoroughly enjoyed the game, and I look forward to playing the next in this series.
August 9, 2013
Excellent ERS Adventure
This was my first Haunted Legends game and I sincerely enjoyed it. Many of the HOS were interactive, which I really liked. There is a good storyline that takes you through a variety of environments with a large number of 'find and use' puzzles. You will find yourself traversing back and forth between areas as clues/tasks are revealed. The graphics and sound were just what we've come to expect from ERS - excellent. This is a big game which takes time to play and is well worth the purchase price. However,it does not present much of a challenge. The tasks are given with clues and the puzzles are VERY easy to solve if you have any level of gaming expertise. However, easy is not always bad and it is an entertaining adventure!
July 4, 2013