Dark Mysteries: The Soul Keeper
Campy, Halloween-Style Game
This campy, Adventure/Puzzle/Hidden Object game would be perfect for Halloween. But it was released for us Macs on July 5th. There is a lot to do in this game-- it's more adventure/puzzle than it is hidden object. Graphics are good, but the people look cartoony. Dead bodies don't look realistic enough to be scary. Music is good, vocals sound a little bit cartoony. In casual mode, the game is easy. The journal is a good one, with story plus objectives. I did not see a map, but the hint does point in direction needed to go, and the journal does have photo hints in it. Haven't seen photo hints in a journal before; normally they're in the strategy guide.
July 5, 2013
Great Inexpensive Game
This loads quickly (which seems like a silly thing to point out, but holy moly am I tired of games taking 5+ minutes to load), the puzzles aren't so esoteric that you can't figure them out without help, and the storyline is compelling. You're on rails a little bit more than I like which is why I didn't give it 5 stars, but it's a solid, fun game.
April 5, 2013
Had fun playing this, I just wish it had been a little longer, took me about 2.5 hrs to complete. Had really good graphics, a lot of HO scenes which were nicely done. Good hint system. Worth the money or credit you spend.
January 14, 2013
Wish I could like this more
I will put this title in my "maybe so, maybe not" pile .
Loved everything about the game except the number of items in the HOS.
I'm just not a fan of 12+ items to find in a HOS. If that works for you, you'll find everything else about this game right up your alley.
I will say that HO items are (generally) logically placed and, when you revisit a scene, previously found items are gone. That's worth the price of admission on its own.
The Hint system worked well. The objective hints were a nice touch.
The graphics are excellent.
January 12, 2013
I think any game that you can get to the end of the demo with 15 min. left is going to be a let down and far to easy to get to thru the game
January 23, 2013
Fun enough to own
Didn't get to play far enough. What I did play was fun. Got to the end of the demo way before I ran out of time.
January 11, 2013
liked the story line,plot,characters just a good hidden object game.
January 11, 2013
overall an enjoyable game
thank goodness for a great hint button that recharges quickly the only reason I didn't go all the way to five stars is a map would have been nice and some of the finding was a bit much and too dark or hard to find. I also skipped a number of the games, they were just too hard for me. I don't use sound so can't rate that but I like saving souls so that was fun. this is based on the regular game, not the CE - I don't care for all the extras and the CE was simply not necessary for this game for me. I don't use sound so can't rate that but over all I enjoyed the game and recommend it.
October 3, 2013
Fun and surprising!
This is a good game with an interesting story based on a Lovecraft novel. The graphics and puzzles are interesting, and so are the HO segments. If you like a lot of hidden object scenes you'll love this game, if not you might think there are too many.
January 27, 2013
HOS a'LOT, MINI-GAMES, NOT a'LOT
BASED ON GAME PLAY IN HARD (3rd of 3 modes)
This game is all about HOS after HOS after HOS. They are interactive in the sense that some things need to be moved around. Some HOS are pretty cluttered, others not so much, but each is revisited time and again so hopefully you like the scenery.
Watch out for terminology - in one HOS a "JUG" is a actually a beer tankard and in another "Flasks" are actually bottles with eyedroppers attached. ?
I wanted to love this game. The music is beautiful and compelling; The artwork lovely and mysterious. The story of coming to an island to help a friend is yes, we know, well worn, but there was a nice twist.
Our dear Dexter Ward raised someone from the dead in order to learn the secret of immortality. I'm no brain surgeon but I was left wondering - If this dude from centuries ago had the secret to immortality in his back pocket why Does Dexter have to dig him up from the cemetery to ask about it?
Maybe the price was too high - And that's the rub, our newly undead guy has to run around stealing souls to stay undead.
This game is all about HOS with some adventure and a token nod to mini-games. Perhaps that is a good thing in this case because of the mini-games encountered, the artwork was not inspired, there was barely any challenge, and each were puzzles found time and again in other games, but in those cases dressed up much more nicely than in this game.
3 Play modes that can be changed at any time during game play. The 3rd "hard mode" has no sparkles and to their credit they seemed to curb the black bar hints. THANKS Team!
Strategy Guide- OK. Not really needed. If ever unsure what to do just revisit previous HOS scenes as likely there is one to play that has just the tool needed.....One of these times I wish I could keep the crow-bar instead of having to re-acquire it. :)
Journal - Limited use, but it has hints if desired the player can click on the photo clipped to the journal page to get guidance. I didn't try it so don't know how the hints are given. It also shows objectives.
Map- No. There is a lot of traipsing back and forth but the game keeps the player on a tight leash by blocking entry with lightning strikes or some other mechanism so it is hard to go wrong.
Collectibles - No.
Achievements- I didn't find any.
Folks who love HOS to exclusion of all else should really love this game as it gives and keeps on giving.
I don't fit in this category so unfortunately I cannot recommend this game.
January 11, 2013