Phantasmat: Crucible Peak
A Good HOPA
For those who waited for the SE of this game, good choice. Unfortunately the CE fell short from being a great game and pales a bit in comaprison to the first Phantasmat. You do not miss much by not buying the CE as the bonus game did not really add to the overall storyline. If like me, you dont go after screen savers, wallpapers and music scores that are featured in CE games, then definitely this SE is well worth the pennies.
The storyline in Crucible Peak is similar to the first game: you find yourself trapped on a ski resort located somewhere in the Alps. You meet up with some dead people who are trying to stop you from finding a way out. I actually loved the first Phantasmat and from what I understand, the developers have changed. Although some features of the game are similar, something is amiss with this second installment. However, that is not to say that this one is without merits. Good graphics but not great, very well acted voice-overs, interesting story-line, adventure with hidden object gameplay and you also have the choice of switching to M3 with the HO scenes. Unfortunately no journal and no map so be prepared to do some backtracking in the snow. In the end I actually passed up on the CE but will definitely go for this one. I thought the pesky rodent who keeps popping up was a cute addition to the cast of characters that you meet up with. Off to go play with dead people!
January 4, 2013
Great HOPA !
Excellent game, very good story - after the avalanche, how to survive? - Amazing cutscenes, like a movie, including the VO - perfect!
Very appropriate sound, outstanding graphics, many locations to explore and have fun.
Good amount of interactive HOS and you can switch to Match3.
New and fun mini games.
The game itself has a good level of challenge, even if HOS and mini games are not really difficult.
Has no map or journal, but the hint button helps a lot!
Highly recommended! Worth the money.
January 4, 2013
Highly recommended SE Version!!! Great winter adventure!!!
My Review is based on playing the CE and as there are no considerable Extras, such as collectables or achievements I highly recommend to purchase this SE! Ending of the maingame is conclusively. Bonus-chapter offered in the CE is not really needed.
ERS did it again: They developed a very well designed game! Graphics are very clear and welldone. Very good voice-overs. Thrilling story... 3 modes to play - can be changed during the game. You can change HOS into match-3. Hint is very useful, not only in the HOS. That is very important, as you don't have a notebook or map. This game is really a very good one and I love games which fit to the current weather!
January 4, 2013
INCREDIBLE ~~ BRAVO!
I am simply loving this game and hope there will be like it.... engrossing, immersive, adventure-ish in style and with only enough H0G scenes (ie. not too many/ with alternate match 3) to make it enjoyable. I am approximately 60% finished.
So far, I am SO impressed. I sure hope the ending doesn't disappoint as many have in the past.... SO many times I begin with enthusiasm and have to force myself to finish.
With PHANTASMAT, I am enticed to finish... in fact I CAN'T STOP PLAYING!!!
I am hoping it doesn't take any detours that will change my mind and if not, I would say... HURRY!!! BRING MORE ON!!!
LOVE LOVE LOVE
January 5, 2013
another great ers game
loved the first phantasmat game. This one looks as good. I only played the demo then bought.
The graphics are great and the music is good. Has voice over.
The HOS has 2 modes to play find the items or match 3.
The hint button works good if you need it. Tells you what you need to do next.
Has a good flow, you do not need to be going all over the place looking for clues. When a area is complete a cute little animal closes off your area.
The puzzles are good but not all that hard.
ERS did a good job on this game to make it more fun to play.
Has a task list of what you need to do.
January 27, 2013
The SE Version Is Definitely Worth Getting
I played the SE version through to completion and really enjoyed it. There was a strong storyline to this one, so even if you figured out what was going on, it was still interesting to see how it was all going to be resolved. The cut scenes were well done and added to the story, and this game had some of the best voice acting I've heard in a game. Some of the scenes were a little creepy but not in a bloody or that grimy-filthy-bugs-all-over-place way, so folks with bug/rat phobias shouldn't be bothered by it. I played it on Vista HP and had no problems with it. I also played the game at its hardest mode - and darn if there weren't sparkles on the HO locations!
This is one of those games where there is no map, so you have to do a lot of walking from place to place, though activities are clustered in area segments so it's not really too bad. Hidden object scenes had some interactive items. There was no notebook but various combinations/codes weren't hard to locate. The puzzles themselves weren't especially hard, but they were pretty/interesting to look at. You have a choice of playing HO games or M3 games; I preferred to play HO games so I don't know what the M3 ones looked like. The main title page does provide links to the HO scenes and to the Puzzles, so you can replay them later if you like.
This was a very good game and I would recommend it.
January 8, 2013
An adequate game, but not up to the previous one
The first Phantasmat was one of my favorite games. This second one is made by a different developer, though, and the difference shows. The storyline is predictable; everything that's going to happen is obvious from the very beginning.
It's a solid game of its type, but it's also an unremarkable game of its type. You could do a lot worse than this game, but it's SO not in the same league as the first Phantasmat.
If you loved the first (real!) Phantasmat and haven't yet, play House of 1000 Doors: Family Secrets instead of this second Phantasmat by an inferior developer.
January 6, 2013
A disappointing Phantasmat.
I don't agree with the generous praises of some previous reviews. This game is far from the first of Phantasmat series in any sense. It's ok in the beginning with pleasant winter scenes and an interesting story but as it progresses it becomes illogical, confusing and very boring. I don't mean hard, I like hard games. In this one, particularly towards the end the clues become insensible and disintegrated. You go back and forth, up and down and all over again in search of something to let you catch the track of the game again, boring yourself to death. I hate to play depending on the hint button, but here you have to. In my opinion a successful and enjoyable game is the one, how hard as it may be, which guides and supports the player with such integrity that he/she can play with mininmum help.
I regret I bought it.
March 17, 2013
This was a lot of fun!
I just finished and really enjoyed it. Longer than I anticipated, which is okay. I needed help more than I thought I would. Mini games were varied and doable. I liked that I could switch hos with match 3. Also liked that I could go and do all the games and hos after I completed the game.
January 9, 2013
Brrrr...this game gave me the chills!
Based on the trial version in casual mode:
This game was very interesting with appropriate spookiness.
The storyline was intriguing/creepy and new to me. It left me wanting to know how it all turned out.
- There is an adorable psychotic rodent running around damaging things and being cheeky.
- The hint instructions in casual mode are very clear and helpful.
- There is an option to switch from HOS to Match 3 mode.
- There is an indicator that tells what % of the game is complete.
January 5, 2013