The Secrets of Da Vinci
If Only I Could Recommend It.
But I can't.
I believe Secrets of DaVinci is by the same company as Nostadamus. This being said, as much as I tried not to, I could not help but compare Secrets of DaVinci to Nostradamus: The Last Prophecy. I am sad to report, Secrets of DaVinci definitely was the less enjoyable of the two.
The puzzles were much less interesting and in-depth than I was expecting. They were also themed around machines and science more versus astrology and potion making, like they were in Nostradamus. You were still mixing things, but they were mostly rather mundane, such as ink, brandy, perfume etc. This is a matter of taste, but the quality of the game is not. The whole game seems rather confused, and though the complexity of the plot is excellent (though behind Nostradamus, I am still afraid) the execution of it is not. Possibly because I related less to the main character, Valdo, than I would have liked. His motive, which becomes your motive, for doing everything you do in the game just is not very good. He is a thieving, rather selfish sort, but not as clever as I would have liked him to be. I often figured things out long before Valdo did, which became very irritating. The minigames were also simple, conventional and few. Now that I think of it, he just was not really a character I would like to become, which is a major problem in a first person adventure. I did not have to suffer long, as this game is not very long. Secrets was maybe six hours, maximum.
There are a few features that are unique, but they do not benefit the game much as a whole. For example, there is a ?conscience?: two meters in the inventory screen, one being demonic and one being angelic, which sounds interesting, right? You need to keep them balanced, which I fortunately did, but from what I?ve read on walkthroughs, if you don?t then your conscience can prevent you from doing something necessary for the plot to progress. There is also, if you can believe it, a bit of a dating sim in this game. This is destined to either be ridiculously well laid-out and potentially start a craze among adventure games, or to fail horribly and serve as a severe distraction from more interesting things. Sadly, it was the latter of these two results. The romantic aspect just did not work.
At the end of the game, there was a cutscene with text on the bottom, that implied there was replay value, but there were only two changeable features that I am aware of, and both are rather obvious, and would not change the result much.
There were some cutscenes, which were probably the highlight of the game, and the voice acting was good, but not great. The animation was excellent.
In conclusion the whole game seems to have an identity crisis. Is it a strategic game, or a stat-based, an alternate ending , an adventure, or a dating simulation game? A few days after completeing it, I still really don?t know. As much as I tried to love this game, it is miserably disjointed and despite the plot?s potential to be enchanting, it just never is achieved because of so many other distractions.
April 29, 2012
Same Game no remaster
This is exactly the same game from a couple of years ago. It has the same difficult to navigate issue and motion sick factor. Therefore for me is no fun getting through the areas in this game. The graphics are good. But overall disappointment. I was I knew I was buying the exact same game AGAIN I would have passed....
January 11, 2013
Glad Im almost finished.
Could not keep my eyes open. Boring, boring.
September 4, 2013
Pass On This One
Purchased and downloaded as subject looked interesting but there was no trial available. Game has no way to exit without pressing escape. No real interaction without moving around with mouse. Just not my thing. I'll be deleting and requesting credit.
January 9, 2013