Break the Curse: The Crimson Gems
Almost Forgot Why I Bought It...
I didn't get the chance to play this game until about 2 weeks or so after purchase because I had some issues. But once I began to play it again, I wasn't sure why I chose to buy this one. But the more I got into it, I remembered. The storyline was an interesting one and a cohesive one. The "happy ending" was bittersweet. It was fun to play because some of the mini hidden object scenes were ones in which you had to find maybe 10-15 of one item. The mini games were somewhat challenging for me. So that was good. The visuals were sharp, as I like it. Overall, I think it was a good purchase. I see that this game has mixed reviews. So make sure you take advantage of the 1 hour trial on this one. However, I still recommend it.
March 4, 2013
Yup... hidden "gem"... I know. It was a fun little game though. The HOs were all items relevant to the story.. find this many pipes, find that many twigs, etc. I enjoy adventure more than HO so that was a nice change. The puzzles were hit or miss, some were fun, but most were the old-school frustratingly tedious type. The skip worked pretty quickly on whichever difficulty I played on (I don't remember) so I skipped about half of them.
The storyline was different! There's a twist that you won't expect out of these types of games... nicely done!
March 2, 2013
Enchanting puzzle adventure! Not a HO in sight...
TITLE?Break the Curse: The Crimson Gems
VERSION?Standard Edition (full game)
GENRE?Puzzle Adventure (dark fantasy)
STORYLINE?Your reputation as an extraordinary investigator of the arcane and supernatural has preceded you! Lorenzo, ringmaster of the traveling Carnivale Zephyr, has hired you to discover the whereabouts of his star performers, Harold and Eliza, who've gone missing. He suspects Abigale Usherton, because she's been harassing Harold. Plus, the locals say she's a witch. So, off you go to Usherton Manor to save the day!
OVERVIEW?This is not a HOG, although there are places where you're asked to find 10 pieces of a painting within a small pop-up window. This is a pure puzzle adventure game. And there are lots and lots of puzzles of all types. The length of your game largely depends on how long it takes you to solve the puzzles?and how many you skip.
GAMEPLAY?Standard point 'n' click travel, collect items, and investigate areas of interest. This game doesn't lead you by the nose, so be prepared to fire some neurons and utilize some memory cells. You'll collect items for use here and there, solve a myriad of puzzles from simple to complex, but you won't be trolling through junkpiles.
INTERFACE?The black bar is at the bottom, just above your inventory, which takes a bit of getting used to. You have a journal and a hint meter, and there are two levels of difficulty. There's no map, but you don't really need one. Each puzzle comes with directions, accessed by mousing over the question mark icon. There were a couple of puzzles where the directions weren't entirely clear, but I did manage to figure out what needed to be done.
GRAPHICS?Enchanting hand-painted backgrounds help to immerse you into the game's universe. The use of color is stunning. In the find objects scenes, there are a few that are difficult to see, but not enough to warrant subtracting from my rating. Suffice it to say that the contrast could have been a bit better. Slight warning: there is a rather gruesome depiction at one point. You might want to keep the young ones away from this game.
CUTSCENES?Jittery animation and no lip synching, but they are well-detailed.
MUSIC?Honestly, other than during the titles, I didn't notice it, and I did have it turned up.
SOUND?Appropriate and not annoying.
VOICEOVER?Fairly well done on the part of Abigale. Harold was a bit melodramatic, and Lorenzo's accent seemed a bizarre combination of Inigo Montoya and Arnold Schwarzeneggar. There are subtitles and you can click through.
SUMMARY?This is my first experience with this developer's products, so I don't know if they have other games, but I give this one a hearty "well done." It made a nice change from HOGs and FROGs and really stretched my brain by offering some difficult puzzles. I did find it a tad short, but I did skip a couple of the really challenging puzzles. Since there was a lot of substance to this game?instead of repetitive HOs and backtracking?I won't downgrade for length. I thought the graphics were beautifully done and I'm interesting to see more from this dev. I recommend this game if you like puzzles.
February 25, 2013
And a puzzle version of a hidden object game.
For a standard adventure, this is worth it.
February 15, 2013