Phantasmat: Crucible Peak
SO GLAD I TRIED IT !
I demoed this game last year and wasn't very impressed with it. I always read the reviews before trying a game and this one had good and bad reviews. I own and loved the first Phantasmat game, but some reviewers were complaining this game was made by ERS and not up to the standards of the first Phantasmat. So, I didn't buy it.
I saw it on the DD last week and decided to give it a try. I AM SO GLAD I BOUGHT IT !! It is a really good game. I didn't want to stop playing and was disappointed when it was over. I think ERS did a great job and I enjoyed this one as much as the first one.
I'm a sucker for winter, snowy games. This one had beautiful scenery, good music, great voice overs, and game challenge was just right IMO. If you got stuck, clicking on help would tell you what you need to do next. It was spooky and made me want to continue playing just to see what was going to happen. I loved it. Definitely give it a try, you might love it too. :)
January 16, 2014
Love the Story Line
For once, I really enjoyed the story line in a game. Loved the way the game moved from area to area; there was plenty of visual candy here. HOS's, puzzles, etc.; everything made this game a real keeper. So glad I purchased it.
June 9, 2013
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
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
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
good, but liked the first one better
Now don't get me wrong, I thought it was a great game. Just a part 2 is supposed to be better than part 1. To me it wasn't better. The story in the first phantasmat was 10 times better than this one and more thrilling. It brought a lot more originality and personality to characters. In the first game you had more interraction with the main characters and it was a little creepier. Here i only jumped once when a hamster popped on my screen, that was about it.
STORY: You end up in a town hit by an avalanche. You have to work your way out with the help of locals. Now, without any spoilers, the players who got their hands on the first game, realised in the first minute what the locals were, which made the overall course of actions very predictable.
GAMEPLAY: Very smooth game but with some elements missing. I personally didnt find any map, if there was one maybe i didn't look good enough. But thankfully the way this game works is by making you do whatever you had to do in an area and move forward. You only come back at the beggining when the game's done. There's not much running around. There's no journal, but you have a task list you have to complete and the window tells you how much of the game you completed so far.
HOS&PUZZLES: Great game for begginers and intermediate, not so great fo experts. The hidden object scenes were very easy, if you have a trained eye you'll be able to complete it in about 30 seconds. The puzzles are very easy as well and not many in numbers. The nice feature is that if you dont want to look for an item you can play match 3. Many of you know how tired our eyes can get when we're focusing so much on the screen, and the match 3 relaxes the nerves.
GRAPHICS&SOUND: The visual quality was exceptional, as expected from this developer, very crisp colors and creepy environment. I didnt care much for the soundtrack but they had some funny accents on their voiceovers.
EXTRAS: In the CE version you'll find a bonus game of decent lenght. It's related to the game, it actually makes you go back in time. This time, instead of being helped by the locals, you have to help them. You also get some wallpapers, soundtrack, screensaver and concept art. They're not the best, other games have way better extras, but collectors will probably be happy with it.
I was overall pleased with the game but i found it way too easy. I hope the next one will be better
January 22, 2013
Could be more challenging
The Phantasmat series is a fun group of games. They are long and all have great storylines. There is enough lateral thinking required to find all the items and use them in the right way to keep it interesting - although some solutions are a little strange.
This one only lacks in the lack of complexity in the puzzles - just mind-bogginly too easy. I am wondering if future puzzles in all games can have additional levels of complexity installed - like the optional advanced buttons for gameplay - this ought to increase the difficulty of puzzles. And I am sooooo over hidden object searches - why oh why? They are tedious and boring.
January 5, 2013
Well constructed game
Though a little short this game didnt have any bells and whistles but had a good flow to the game and kept me interested to the end. The hint button was useful when not sure where to go next. The graphics were great. Not too many hidden object scenes and they were clear if a little crowded. The mini games were interesting if a bit simple.
Good starter game for someone new to this type of game.
January 5, 2013
Fun SE game to play
This game only took me three days to finish, and I don't play nonstop each day. I do wish it had been longer but for an SE price it was okay. I liked the story and most of the games...I only skipped a couple, I believe. I enjoyed all of the HO scenes and did the "match 3" a couple of times just because it was available. My biggest disappointment is there is no map and because I do play at different times during a day, a map is always helpful because I DO forget where things are on most games. I don't like using a Hint but with this game I did need to at times. But, overall, I enjoyed this game as well as the first Phantasmat.
February 5, 2013
A worthy sequel!
One of the better games released in the last several months. Not too short and with a good story. I enjoy games that can't be completed in one sitting and don't play like unnecessary fluff was added to drag it out. Puzzles could have been a bit more challenging but very good visuals throughout. The hidden object areas were easy, I didn't need any hints. I didn't use the match 3 but would have instead of a hint had the HO scenes been more difficult. I would have preferred a story hint system that pointed you in the right direction as apposed to the direct answer.
I was glad to see the standard edition released soon after the CE; I like to play the latest games but don't like waiting over a month for these new games to be released as standard editions. I find that the CE games are rarely worth the extra money for a few extra minutes of gameplay tacked on as a "prologue". I believe that double the money should equate to double the content. I can see a highly anticipated game released as an CE but now they're all released as CE's; the good with the bad.
One last comment before I climb down from my soapbox is that it's getting pretty old that some of my favorite game franchises are releasing poor sequels that show a fraction of the effort. "Drawn" is a good example. In the past I would typically splurge on a CE of my favorite franchises but now won't consider it unless there's a sale.
January 5, 2013