Cursed Fates: The Headless Horseman
I?m Head Over Heels
BASED ON COMPLETED GAME
What a treat this game is! Not at all difficult, it nevertheless kept my interest over the 4-5 hours it took to play. It?s quite a LENGTHY game. It is also an ATTRACTIVE, WELL-BALANCED & INVOLVING HOPA.
The first thing to attract me to this game was the STORY - it's a CLASSIC. As Ichabod Crane, you are asked to investigate 5 murders using your new-fangled scientific detection methods of LOGIC & EVIDENCE. The locals, however, are convinced the killer is not a man, but a DAEMON.
The legend of the Headless Horseman is revealed to you as you progress and find scraps of information, meanwhile you are quickly having to change your tune, when confronted by a series of ghosts ? the victims of the Horseman.
The HORSEMAN is a BRILLIANT piece of ART, both the graphics and the animation. I intend to upgrade to the CE, just to get a copy of him. The GRAPHICS throughout the game are also of a VERY HIGH STANDARD. Despite being DARK often, and sometimes a bit MONOCHROMATIC, they are really nice to look at.
The HO SCENES are excellent. They are a bit HARDER than most, and I found myself having to ask for HINT occasionally. They are each visited TWICE, once with an INTERACTIVE LIST, and once with FULL COLOUR PIX of the items. I must say, no attempt was made to keep the objects suited to the time period (phonographs in C17th, I think not!).
PUZZLES are EASY, and mostly FAMILIAR. There are just the right amount of them, and balance nicely with the point and click ADVENTURE component of the game. Nothing is illogical here, no thinking outside the box, so your NEXT MOVE is usually CLEAR.
If you need help, HINT is DIRECTIONAL. There is NO MAP, but the game cuts off COMPLETED AREAS, so it?s not really needed. The JOURNAL holds CLUES and the pages about the Horseman legend that you find.
There are GOLDEN HORSESHOES to COLLECT, and they can be found in the HOS as well as the main game. They can be used to buy ?TROPHIES? ? they are actually more like SOUVENIRS with which to decorate your office. Dog, pet goldfish, books, telescope, that sort of thing.
I had a really good time with this one and hope it is the start of a Cursed Fate series.
June 26, 2013
Good game. Great VO, good acting. Good visuals. Bit cluttered here and there and some object are too well hidden. Other than that a decent game.
BUT....... For Pete's sake! There were no gramophones in 1700's! Would it be much to ask from the developers to try not to add non period objects? It does put a damper on the whole feel of the game.
February 10, 2013
Great except HOS overload...
*based on COMPLETED game*
Excellent story-telling, gorgeous graphics, lots of mini-games, some even challenging (and, yay!, all worked perfectly). BUT downside is the 500million hos, every time we turn around. Each must be done 2x, 1st as list & 2nd as locate the pictured object. Nicely drawn but way too many. HOS became tedious for me.
Otherwise, it's good adventuring, fun puzzles & tasks. Collect horseshoes nice extra. Voices, music, ambient sound, all professional.
Great ending! Kudos to devs for how well story is developed & integrated with our tasks!
Would be 5-stars except too many un-skippable hos--yuck!--so if you can bear the hos...
April 1, 2013
Thoroughly enjoyed the game
This game might have gotten 5 stars if it weren't for some of the HOS objects being totally obscured. I really appreciate when HOS objects are hidden cleverly but putting things in pitch black areas is poor form.
Other than that, I enjoyed the storyline, the characters, the voice-overs and even the music (which I usually turn off).
What really saved the game for me was the Hint System; it is helpful in the game as well as the HOS and it recharges quickly.
I'm usually a huge fan of "transporter" maps. This game doesn't have any kind of map ... but it doesn't need one. Each chapter is small geographically and progress through them is fairly logical. There is some "back & forthing" but I found it tolerable.
February 7, 2013
Great art and clear hidden object games. Collect golden horseshoes throughout the game.
February 6, 2013
The game is great. Schedule as always on top! For relaxation after work perfectly.
February 7, 2013
more than HO
like this game a lot,,,graphics and sound are great,,,characters are very likeable,,,will purchase full version
February 6, 2013
Watch out for your head!
I read some of the other reviews and used a free coupon to get the game. I was surprised how much I actually liked it. It's not an extremely challenging game but, but I did need to us the blog to get the end of chapter 5.
5 chapter total
collectible horseshoes, that you can use to buy stuff to decorate your office.. they are not easy to find and i didn't manage to find all of them. Assuming that there are enough horses in the game to get all the trophies in the office I count 125. I found 76. SPOILER::: they are in HO scenes too. The game was enough to keep me interested all day and was happy that the mini-games were not too hard, I managed not to skip any of them and only used 1 hint in the entire game on casual mode. Although the story of sleepy hollow is grim, this is not bloody. The horseman shows up in a bubble then a flash of lightning, then you see a body always face down with no head. But there is no blood spatter all over and all the gore. I would recommend it to people who like the theme or want to spend a relaxing day playing a game without constantly racking their brain and getting stuck. It is pretty straight forward but fun and I liked the different hos types. I may replay to see if I can get more horseshoes, I don't know I have a few more credits that are going to expire soon so I may check another game out first. Back when hidden object games were new on the market I play the game mill version of Sleepy Hollow and loved it, it was much longer and played that one several times to see how fast i could get through and my accuracy etc. I still play that one from time to time but I could see this becoming one that I would play over, the other ones that I like that I have played more than once are the Awakening's Series and and There were 2 or 3 where so girl when back in time to her past lives and spirit of mystery amber maiden was my favorite.
October 2, 2013
Full Of Charm
I didn't expect this game to be as good as it is
Crisp, clear visuals....garphics full of charm
Yes- you run allover the place- but that's part of the fun
In a world where many games have become formulamatic-
this stands out
I'm not through yet & I give it 3 1/2 worms
~~~~swimming back to game
September 15, 2013
It's a good game, but not in my Top 10!
I always love playing games that are based on Sleepy Hollow! However, I must admit that there were several times where I found myself either bored or frustrated because a few places just didn't follow a logical sequence.
Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad game, I just think a little more could have been done with it to make it a great game! The graphics were nice, I never had technical problems with it and I really liked the "extras" that you'll find through out playing.
I would recommend this to other while making sure to note that there may be a few places that just drive you nuts. :)
Good luck to those who play!
September 7, 2013