Grim Tales: The Stone Queen Collector's Edition
This game is the Elephant in the room. Ugh.
TITLE?Grim Tales: The Stone Queen
VERSION?Collector's Edition (full game + bonus adventure)
DEVELOPER?Elephant Games (produced by Big Fish Games)
GENRE?Interactive Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure
STORYLINE?Poor Brandon. Whatever would he do without you, his amazing aunt, forever arriving in the nick of time to pull his you-know-whats out of the fire? This time, he's apparently had a run-in with the Stone Queen, who usually protects the miners but now is running amok turning people into stone. In your quest to save Brandon once again, you'll discover why, as well as who the real villain is.
OVERVIEW?Frankly, The Stone Queen is not up to Elephant's usual awesomeness. While the story was rather good, gameplay was chaotic and disorganized, puzzles and mini-games lacked coherent instructions, and required actions seemed inane and unreal. You'll need the SG, a really good walkthrough, or a boatload of hints.
GAMEPLAY?Point 'n' click adventure with iHOs, mini-games, and puzzles. iHOs were all of the list type with interactions limited to opening or moving things to find the item, or assembling the item from a couple parts. Mini-games and puzzles were either familiar and easy, or new and lacking adequate directions.
SPECIALS?Bonus adventure, wallpapers, music. No collectibles or achievements.
INTERFACE?JOURNAL: None. MAP: Jump map with objectives highlighted (but not available actions). HINTS: I didn't note the recharge rate. STRATEGY GUIDE: Not real time, but divided into chapters.
SETTINGS?Music, effects, environment, and dialog volumes can be set separately. Special effects can be turned off. Custom cursor and gamma correction are available. Three modes of difficulty.
GRAPHICS?Good, but didn't seem up to Elephant's usual amazing job. Maybe I was too distracted by the confusion of the game.
CUTSCENES?In-game animation was decent. No lip synching.
VOICEOVER?The Stone Queen herself was well done. Brandon seemed a bit dated, like a character from Pleasantville. The non-human characters were the best.
SUMMARY?It's difficult to believe that the same developer who gave us games like the Surface series and Mystery Trackers: Four Aces and Royal Detective: The Lord of Statues also developed The Stone Queen. While the story had promise, the gameplay was pure chaos. For that reason, I can't recommend it.
May 21, 2013
Highly disliked this game. Don't even remember what the story line was because the constantly having to backtrack from here to there throughout the whole game killed it for me. I tuned out and just went through the motions to get to the end. I think I skipped every challenge just to get the game over with. Very disappointing.
January 14, 2013
Sorry, but I found it very boring..didn't finish demo
January 3, 2013