Dark Mysteries: The Soul Keeper
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 with a proper ending!
I found this game to be very enjoyable. It had nice graphics plus voiceovers. It had lots of hidden object scenes which were interactive but not so many that it put me off. The puzzles were very easy though hence rating the level of challenge at 3 stars. I was able to do all of them without putting much thought into it and I prefer thinking games. The visual/sound quality was great. Items were beautifully done. Not up to par with some other developers but still good.
The storyline made sense and was based on the book by H.P Lovecraft -The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. You have to save the souls, not a new concept but this one was well done. It was A LOT longer and had A LOT more locations than I thought it would. It took me about 4 hours give or take. There was an actual ending in the standard edition which I greatly appreciate from developers.
The only thing I'll say negativity about this game was the choices of difficulty and the fact there was no way to lock the inventory up but the latter is just a personal preference so I don't have to constantly bob it up and down looking for items. The levels of difficulty bothered me. The Casual is sparkles, hints, skips all of the above. Advanced was hints, skips but had sparkles on the hidden object scenes but also the main game. Expert had no skips, no hints, no sparkles on hidden object scenes or the main game. I would have liked Advanced to come without sparkles but still a skip and a hint. Maybe a customized approach would be nice for the next game. HOWEVER, the difficulty can be changed in the options menu so if you start on expert and need a hint, it can be changed. Just kind of a pain to go back and forth. Also, there is no map and since you backtrack which is why I needed hints to remember where to go, a jumpable map would have been awesome.
All in all, I really enjoyed this game. It had the dark theme without being too dark and it had lots of locations to explore.
September 1, 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
This seems to be a mostly straight forward HO game with pleasant albeit slightly dated graphics. The VO of the main character you are trying to help makes you root for the bad guy, however...unbelievably whiny and annoying! The puzzles were slightly different than seen before, so that's a plus. There is no map, but there is an 'objectives' button that has a complete hint section to it, which is great. It will show you what you need in a certain scene. The hint button on the main screen will give a directional hint and reloads quickly in the easiest mode. The HO scenes are nicely drawn with some items hidden from view but no interactive objects. While this is a nice little game with some new elements, it does not really give rise to much excitement. Try it, you might like it.
January 11, 2013