PuppetShow: Destiny Undone
Nice way to end PuppetShow series - HOS errors, though
This is the fifth and final game of the PuppetShow series, and I'm glad to say it's come to an end. Not because I don't like them. On the contrary, I love the PS games, but after a while you just have to say it's time to end it. Here's what I loved best and where I felt the game fell short.
- The graphics were nice, very clear and visually appealing.
- Our little friend the nasty spider robot is back, wreaking havoc along the way.
- We get a cute helper spider robot of our own to go places we can't reach. And we get to name him! He looked like a Simon to me.
- The game felt rather long, which is nice. I'm always disappointed when you feel like you blow through a game so fast that you don't get to enjoy it.
- The map is helpful for those times when you need to go back to another area to complete a task.
- You can lock your inventory on the screen, so it's faster to access and you can easily see what you have at any time.
NOT SO GOOD
- Same PuppetShow music as all the previous games in the series. I just turn the music volume down as it gets very repetitive.
- There are several errors in the hidden object scenes where objects are mislabeled. The "scar" is really a handprint, the "curtains" are tassles and a "lamp" is actually a lantern. The latter posed a problem when there was an actual lamp also there in the HOS. A "sand glass" is really an hourglass, but that one was easier to figure out. There were also multiples of the same object such as a bow, but you could only pick one. It was a little frustrating.
- Sometimes you can pick when to skip dialogue, and sometimes you can't and you have to listen to the whole thing.
- The moral of the story expressed at the end was a little hokey.
Overall it's a fun game to play, with a mix of challenging and easy puzzles. I've always loved all of the creepy mechanical puppets for some reason and how creative the developers get with the design. It makes for an engaging game, one that anyone, from beginners to experts, would enjoy.
June 22, 2013
The Good, The Bad, The Unusual
Nice graphics, music, puzzles, and game play. The graphics were colorful and pretty; in the style of the previous PuppetShow games. The music was soft background-style and was appropriate to the game. The puzzles were challenging enough to be interesting but not so hard as to frustrate. The game play was fairly logical and not hard to figure out what to do next.
Awful voice-overs and the item list.
The voice-overs were among the worst I've ever had the misfortune to hear. The opening scene when Felicia tells you what has happened was like hearing fingernails on a chalkboard. Arrgh! The actor who did her voice was most definitely not a child and the falsetto, squeaky tone was too phony to be believable. The actor who who did the newspaper boy's voice didn't sound much better.
The item list unfolding like a fan is a royal pain. Yes, you can lock it now, but then you lose a big chunk of the scene. I much prefer the list to be either at the top, or better still, the bottom of the screen.
The puppet helper.
After you acquire the puppet helper you have to name him. What??? Okay, so since he yelled "Geronimo" each time you sent him on a task, guess what his name was? I can see the advantage of having the puppet helper. When things are out of reach, you don't have to hunt for a broken ladder to repair. That was a nice change.
All in all, the game is good, in my opinion, and if you can get past the voice-overs, it is quite entertaining. I do feel like many of the other reviewers that this series is getting old and needs to be put to rest.
May 1, 2013
Not as good as expected
I Have played all the puppet show games & they are among my favorite games. Unfortunately this game missed the mark. I didn't find it that challenging, in fact my 5.5yr old daughter completed this game with very little assistance from me.
The HOG scenes were a bit difficult, only since the actual items weren't very clear, although i did enjoy the twist in these with the matching/mini games.
It does offer 3 levels of game play, although i think even the novice player will find the toughest level manageable.
Thought the game could have been longer, seemed to end quite fast, and more though could have been put into the ending.
Overall a good game, hopefully there will be some improvements on this if they release another.
May 9, 2013
This continuation of the Puppetshow games follows the same format with lots to do. Puzzles make sense. Voiceovers are well done, except for Felicia (the voice just doesn?t sound like an authentic child). This time, Felicia?s dad has disappeared but it?s too early for the police but not for you to investigate. We?ve met some of the characters previously (my favorite is the spider puppet ? he amuses me greatly and I?m glad he?s back). The artistry isn?t as good as the prior games and leaves an overall impression of flatness in the scenery (deduction 1 star). Entertaining environment; well executed details. I find the Puppetshow games a delight to play.
June 1, 2013
Overall it was a fun game. There were many times I wasn't sure what they expected me to do, but I eventually figured it out. The only real problem for this game were the Hidden Object Puzzles (HOPs). It was often a wild guess to determine what it was I was expected to find. For example, one of the clues was "curtains." After looking for curtains for quite a while, unsuccessfully, I randomly clicked on the tassels, and the "curtains" were crossed off my list. Huh?
I have enjoyed this series, and I wouldn't let this ruin the game for anyone, but be prepared that some things just won't make sense.
The graphics and visuals were comparable to the other games in this series, and other ERS games. I don't use sound, so cannot comment on that. I liked the story, and it has a satisfying, if abrupt, ending.
June 17, 2013
Last and least of the series.
I have played all of this remarkable series and it has been one of my favorite stories to continue. This edition was the final in the series and in my opinion, the least worthy. As with all Elephant games, this one had wonderful graphics and sound effects. The story line seemed somewhat rushed though and the ending was thin compared to the other editions, anti-climatic even. The HOS were average as were the puzzles with some of the items mis-labled. I DO recommend all of the previous games in the story with this edition recommended just for closure's sake.
June 9, 2013
It's time to retire this series
I played the CE of this game when it came out. There are collectables in the CE and you can replay mini-games. (As if there aren't enough in the main story). Also, the standard extra music, walpaper, etc. There are 3 modes to choose from. The graphics are along the typical ERS standards. The entire game is so similar, graphically wise and music wise to their other games, it's becoming quite annoying actually. The mini games were simplistic. As usual, there are the multitude of HOS. You get a helper puppet who can go places you can't reach. (Perhaps they ran out of "hooks": or grappling items?) lol. The graphics are bright, the voice of little Felicia is grating. Perhaps the first 2 or 3 puppetshow games were sufficient.... in my opinion. This game seems like it's just dragging along trying to squeeze the puppet story to death. I'd give it a recommend bc I know there are people who have followed this series. For me, however, it's a no-buy.
April 26, 2013
Someone Needs to Proofread!
I just finished the SE version of this game. They must have really rushed this one through. Lots of errors, especially in the HO scenes. Really, a handprint is a "scar"? Lots more like this. Sometimes I would click & click on an item, only to discover there were TWO of those items in the scene, or the item was completely different from its description. Extremely frustrating for those of us who don't like to use the hint button. We need to know what we're looking for!
The puzzles were fairly decent. At least they took some thought.
I used to love the music but it's definitely getting old.
I have to say I was ready for this one to be over. There's really nothing new in these Puppet Show games. Time to retire the puppet master.
I'm only recommending this because I think new players might enjoy it, or those who aren't annoyed by errors in the game. I'm probably too picky.
May 4, 2013
PuppetShow: Destiny undone
This game was too weird. All dolls, puppets etc. were so mechanical. I didn't like it
May 24, 2013
Cool, a mechanical helper!
The 5th in the series and I hope it's the last. Don't get me wrong I like the series, but it is worn out. Graphics aren't that great. The loading between each scene is slow. I agree with those who've noticed more than one of something in hidden object scenes and you always manage to click the wrong one. I like that you get a little helper, named mine Creeps. It was interesting to make the little headgear for him. I recommend it to those following the series.
May 18, 2013