Portal of Evil: Stolen Runes Collector's Edition
I enjoyed this game a lot. You play as Vanessa van Helsing who is trying to find/help her grandfather. He's left messages that you have to find throughout the game. The cut scenes are great 3D work and flow nicely with the story. The voice overs, music and back ground sounds are all nicely done.
The HOS are a mix of list items and "place in scene" items. You go to most HOS locations more than once. They are somewhat dark, but the objects are relatively easy to find. The mini games are fun but not overly difficult. The interactive map is excellent, it shows where the "to be done" items are located and takes you to whatever location you select. The hint button is useful, but I only used it once. The diary has some information you'll need along the way.
The story unfolds nicely and keeps the mystery of "who did it" for most of the main game. While the main game had a satisfying ending, the bonus chapter was really nice. It added to the story and was long enough to justify the price.
The game was not that hard to complete, but did have some twists and turns which was nice. I highly recommend this game.
July 6, 2013
Best. Big Fish. Game. Ever.
I have enjoyed playing games on Big Fish for a couple of years now and before that I only played Adventure Games. This game is the best of both worlds. The characters were so lifelike and the story line was compelling. I would love to see more games of this type instead of flat lifeless images. This game was so much fun! I definitely recommend it.
May 19, 2013
Such a Beautiful Game!
Woow the intro was amazing just like the graphics. Very detailed, colourful, I?m totally spellbound.
Voiceovers are also perfect, background sounds made me shiver.
However, Vanessa should be in a hurry but I didn?t feel so much instancy. Puzzles were well integrated but few and not so difficult to solve for me. There were too many scenes and that was quite confusing but the map helped me a little. There weren?t any achievements or morphing object, the messages can be the collectables. All in all, it?s a beautiful game but not a challenge so I will wait for the SE version.
May 17, 2013
Great! But at this time, Hugh Jackman doesn't show up :)
Beautiful graphics, great music, but the story could be more deeper.
May 9, 2013
I love playing these types of games!
May 9, 2013
Only 20 min. in and gonna buy it!!!
Downloaded trial and after 20 min. into game decided to buy the CE.
Gotta get back to game now. Try it; you'll like it.
See ya after the game.
May 14, 2013
Great story line, great graphics, good lenght, I enjoyed it very much.
May 12, 2013
Good but Not Great
Vanessa is in Italy to find her missing grandfather and save the world from evil. You, as Vanessa, must roam around a very large cathedral to figure out how to save the world and your grandpa. Luckily there is an interactive map or you could be lost for days. LOL. There is a journal. The hint button fills quickly and gives you directional arrows outside of the HOS. I ran across only a few HOS and they were simple. I found the mini games ti be of medium difficulty but very confusing with no real useful directions. I would definitely wait for the SE, as there are no achievements, etc. Just a bonus chapter and a SG that was poorly done. I liked the story line and where the story was going. What I didn't like, and this may just be me, but everything seemed SMALL, even with the nice graphics. This game is a maybe for me, but that is all based on my personal taste. Demo it and you may love it !!!
May 9, 2013
Afternoon all. Graphics and game play aren't bad. Games are not simple and do take a bit of thought and time to complete. HOGs are very few and switch between standard HOG and "place the item," which I liked. There needs to be a few more HOGs to break up the constant running back and forth. Hint system is nice and useful, fills fairly quickly. Nice SG as well.
There is a jump map, which is extremely helpful in this game. I do like the voice overs (always a plus for me in any game). Other than a few VO and lite music, there isn't a lot of FX, but what there is, is appropriate for the scene. I did not care for the fact that the cursor kept switching between the ugly game cursor and the standard "arrow." I don't like the big bulky cursors so may devs want to use. What's the point? It distracts from the game.
Not a bad game, but nothing new or special either. It just seems to lean towards the beginner side. The only extra was finding notes from grandpa, so I don't know that this is CE worthy, but I may get it as an SE. I'm backing off of CE games these days. Need to use up my credits, so unless it is exceptional, I will wait for the SE.
As always, try it for yourself and see what you think. We all have different tastes in games and you may not care for this one at all.
May 9, 2013
Kitty's Thought: Sigh... Can't they make a better game when it's about a church.
Sigh, why is it everytime someone does a game about a church, it's always lacking in a lot of perspective. Not to insult the people who go to church or religion, but to be honest.... this game is just lacking luster. However, here is my review.
You start out as a young woman who traveled to the catholic church. You were summoned to finish what your father has started. The seal of the door keeping evil locked is about to be open, and you got to solve what happened to these runes. I will admit this paper cut out story. It is indeed pretty dull. Not much action pact in the game, but it does add a mystery icon that might pull your interest.
Level of Challenge:
The challenge in this came is interesting. However, I was pretty vexed that most of the harder puzzles are in the beginning verses in the end. I guess to keep people from beating the game too fast. However, do not be ashamed to use the skip button. I had used the skip button on most tedious types of puzzles due to time. However, I believe this is more towards puzzle lovers that hidden object game lovers. Yes, there are some hidden object scenes, but you also get the ones where you put stuff back which becomes a puzzle in iteself. So, if you are indeed a hidden object lover. I wouldn't touch this game if I were you.
Visual Quality and Sound:
Seems kinda grudgy and dull. I had to say this, the sound track is definitely not worth the collector edition. There's not one music l liked form this game. The talking seemed to be kinda dull and dragging the game a long by taking up time. I even believe some of the cg scenes are clearly unnecessary, and most are unattractive to watch.
I had to say, I did get some decent fun out of it. However, I believe there are better games I would rather spend my money on. Actually, I am kinda glad this was pretty much my free game. It was definitely not worth buying the collector edition. Heck, I would of been better off with the standard edition of the game.
Overall, it's not bad, but it's definitely not a 4-5 star game. A lot of work needs to be done to it. And this game lacked a lot of luster to make it shine as a really fun game to play. Overall, Good for puzzle players, bad for hidden object lovers.
- Kitty Out!
September 9, 2013