Hallowed Legends: Ship of Bones
Very eerie with kindly zombies that want to help rather than eat your brains. Unfortunately, one of them WAS your friend.
Having only played the trial, I hated to see it end before my time was up. With top knotch graphics and a medium level of difficulty, this one is definately worth concidering. The HOAs are clear, there is a nice ratio of mini games, and there is a good inteeractive map for those that want to zip around quickly. And for once there is a plot that is not too easy to predict in the first 20 minutes.
While I may not rush out and buy this one, (its is VERY dark,) I may put it on my wish list.
March 23, 2013
I love elephant games. It seems they are always trying to push the envelope of what they can do. This is the 3rd installment in this series and it keeps getting better. Hallowed Legends Samhain is when I first noticed Elephant and they have continued to wow me for the past few years. This game was not only well done but well told in the story line and very inventive. I really enjoyed playing it.
The best thing about elephant games is that you only visit each hidden object scene once. It makes the game fresh and never gets stale because of it. All the hidden object scenes are interactive and some more so than others. There is one with a skeleton that you push around the room so you can fetch objects beneath him. The only thing about this scene is that I had a glitch and could not pick up the lipstick and had to start a new profile. Luckily, I was not that far along but it did upset me a little but this game made up for it later.
There is a fire book that melts the ice but needs pieces of the game to require it to work. Its very much like MCF escape to ravenhearst and shadow lake with the little bits of picture you find and apply to scenes in the game. The thing is, elephant does it where it works better and makes more sense. The scenes are easy to find because the map is so well done. Even on hard, the map lights up when there is something to do there. Its very subtle and I didn't notice until I was almost done but it helps nudge you along in case you get stuck so you don't have to spoil it with an actual hint. I found that going back to find the scene pieces made the game more fun unlike the MCF games where I did not care for it. It was nice in this game to take a break from moving forward to going back to find these. MCF does them before you even get to the scenes so its hard to find whereas elephant gives them to you after you've been through the scenes multiple times and the graphics are so detailed in this game that I always knew where I had seen them. It was a really good aspect of this game. One I hope to see more of.
The raven's voice really bugged me at first but then he grew on me. I enjoyed him telling me the story. It was interesting helping the skeletons and making the town right. Lots of places to discover and the ending was awesome. It wrapped everything up without needing the CE bonus chapter like some games do. The actual ship of bones is quite breathtaking to watch. I completely recommend this game as the only glitch I had was with that one hidden object scene and starting a new profile made it go away. This is truly a special game. Kudos to elephant for always creating work that is out of the box.
June 16, 2013
Loved this game. The only downside is the story line wasn't cohesive. Bought this after playing the demo...Worth the $4.99
March 23, 2013
Enjoyed it but not enough time
I truly enjoyed this game but it ended with 21 minutes to spare.
March 23, 2013
LENGTH: Over 6 hours on casual. I certainly liked the game a lot, but I was a little disappointed. I can?t pinpoint why ? maybe my expectations were too high based on the demo and review. CE has achievements and goblins to collect.
STORY/INVENTORY: Skillfully told story ? unfortunately, it?s the raven that tells it. He tries to sound old and feeble but fails terribly and his voice is ingratiating at best. The raven is also in your inventory to help you get objects that are too high to reach. Items which could be used more than once stayed in your inventory, which I like. But as usual, if you could adapt a tool to a task, you couldn?t ? if a pincer was called for, that?s what you needed ? not a pliers.
HOS: Not very many. List based. No problems finding objects.
PUZZLES: Very wide variety of them. Most of them were fun. Many of the instructions are awful though. Even after consulting the walk-through to see what the puzzle was about, the solution still made no sense with the instructions (such as trying to solve the puzzle to open the cash register). I hate that ? use more words or examples when needed. Most puzzles can be skipped, but the cash register puzzle could not.
MAP INSTRUCTIONS: Map is interactive. Locations with tasks to perform will appear in color and you can travel there immediately. Ignore the legend in lower left ? you won?t find any circles with the little arrow in the map.
BOOK OF FIRE AND RUINS: 5 magic runes appear magically on the left whenever you need to activate the Book of Fire to melt ice or fend off the menacing dog. You can put them in their proper locations in whatever order you want. If you can?t figure out where each goes, you can either use a hint which will tell you exactly where to put it, or you can use the map to see what locations are colored.
OTHER STUFF: Very nice sound effects. Lovely graphics. Many locations with a lot of back and forth (but the interactive map made it easy to travel). 3 modes of difficulty, which can be changed during play.
August 9, 2013
Another good "Hallowed"!
The storyline is good. I like the characters, adding to the atmosphere.
The graphics are crisp. The mini-games are interesting, some are challenging. There is a map, allowing you to jump, and showing active areas.
I don't give 5 stars, because I needed about 2 hours to finish, which I find a bit short.
April 28, 2013
good but buggie
I thought the storyline was fun but the cursor pointer was buggie and drove me nuts. I wouldn't purchase it.
July 3, 2013
Elephants do forget!
Elephant seems to have forgotten how to make the excellent games they have become known for lately.
I did buy this because it was an Elephant game and I kind of enjoyed it in the end but it's not up to their usual standard.
SO much running around, thank goodness for the map but having to use the map so much always makes me kind of lose the plot and makes me less immersed in a game.
The puzzles were pretty easy and I prefer a challenge.
A game worth trying of course but one you have to make your own mind up about before spending your hard earned cash!
March 24, 2013
yes and no recommendation...almost bought by the reviews then said better play,so glad i did it was a bit of a challenge ,the scenes were mushed together with things and had to study where to click for info in sparkles.will not be buying.seems like a cool story but found it a bit hard on the eyes for this granny. not like other games,suggest you play the demo if your older like me.would have loved to have added it to my collections,but i shouldn't have to squint.
March 22, 2013
The hos' were hard to see at times and I found that the "directions" for most puzzles were not clear and had to skip some. The quality of the sound and pictures was nice.
July 28, 2013