Haunted Legends: The Curse of Vox Collector's Edition
Sloppy disappointment - time for a wizened old man finale
I bought this having enjoyed other games in the series but, sadly, it felt as though ERS Studios either rushed this out to meet a financial target and was unusually sloppy, or so complacent with past success that it was not as conscientious as previously.
Most of all, there seemed to be inconsistent continuity - it was sometimes unclear how successful actions came about (I can guess, but it should be clear) and a few illogical jumps in the story as though this was a beta version - plus bad translations in some of the hidden object scenes. These included looking for "trail", for example, when "pawprint" was the relevant word - and a word for stethoscope which cannot be found in my dictionary.
Time, I think, for ERS to write a story/game about the little man's background story and lay this series to rest, to generate new ideas instead of lazily relying on past winners.
July 6, 2013
Not as good as other Haunted Legends
I was disappointed in this new entry in the Haunted Legends series. I thought The Queen of Spades was an outstanding game, one of the best as far as what I look for in a game.
I demoed this with my adult daughter, and we both thought is was much too easy. Some "puzzles" took 3 moves, or were solvable without even understanding the instructions! The HOS were ordinary. Very linear play.
The weird little guy used to be more mysterious, now he's "in your face."
The "collectibles" are a let down, and we didn't quite understand what was with the growing flowers side game. We play a detective, not a horticulturist!
Be sure to try yourself! We felt this one just wasn't as fun as the others.
June 20, 2013
So why 3 Stars?
So I rated the game's qualities high, but only gave it 3 stars? Why? The game has a few stupid bugs, with the most annoying being on the hints. At times, I ran out of things to do and the hints were circular - taking me between 2 screens when the answer was somewhere else. The strategy guide was helpful, but was wrong at the end of the game (not the bonus chapter but the actual game). As for the storyline, at the beginning you see a character murder a victim, but in the end another character admits to it; hence there is a plot hole. The graphics and challenge is great. Overall, I recommend, but know these issues can be annoying.
July 14, 2013
Disappointing mashup with some nice innovations
If the title seems contradictory, it is. I have played and enjoyed the other Haunted Legends games, but this one feels like a bit of a mess.
The story is potentially interesting, but dissolves in a morass of inadequately explained twists. The dwarf remains an enigmatic nuisance with no reason whatever given for any of his actions. Bonus chapter goes nowhere and is entirely pointless.
Graphics are pleasant, if rather familiar - and the same can be said for the majority of the HOS and mini-games. Nothing wrong with that, but nothing really sparkling either.
The gardening was fun, but had precisely no relevance to the game at all. As such, it became a distraction, which in an already fragmented story, is not a asset. Add in some very poor translations for dialogue and HOS scenes and you have something that could have been a great deal better than it was.
I will recommend, but with considerable reservations. You won't find much out of the ordinary here unless (like me!) you find yourself inexplicably unable to stop growing lilies.
July 8, 2013
Okay, I admit I like some of these games, but The Curse of Vox just doesn't cut it in my estimation. Vox is Latin for voice, but that doesn't matter here, because it is never explained exactly what the book does. And the little guy is creepy as usual. I noticed that if you click on hint, it frequently sends you back and forth for no discernible reason. The story is pretty weak. The HO scenes are good. The music is forgettable. The bonus game wasn't much of a bonus. Short, and didn't make much sense. I did, however, increase my vocabulary: I had to look up the meaning of "phonendoscope" in order to find one! It is a type of stethoscope "that intensifies auscultatory sounds." Got that? (For listening to low-pitched lung sounds, as opposed to higher pitched heart sounds.) So, these hours weren't totally wasted. For better games, try the other Haunted Legends stories.
June 22, 2013
WAYYYYY TOO SHORT
I Was so looking forward to the next installment of Haunted Legends and was sorely disappointed. Game was way too short for a CE and the bonus game, whilst tying in with the game was also rather short.
What is with the seed planting?? Nothing but a distraction from the game that I couldn't be bothered with.
With that said, I still enjoyed the game, but not as much as the other 3 in the series.. I dont think its worth the price of a CE but for sure a SE.
June 27, 2013
I got done with this game in a few hours. I thought that since it was a collectors edition it would be a little longer. Kinda upset about that. It was fun, but do not think it is worth the price because it is so short.
June 23, 2013
I didn't buy this game.
I was bored before the end of the trial. To me, it just didn't flow.
June 24, 2013
played the beta, i'm sure nothing changed... because it never has before.
i played the beta version of this game and, thankfully, didn?t see a cute pet to dress up or name anywhere! yes, i did see a cat, and he seems to be following me around, so perhaps he needs something from me, but hopefully it won't be clothes and a collar and a food dish....
the game is still very easy and fairly linear, but at least it?s a relief from the cutesy stuff that we have seen in the last few games from ERS.
i'm not sure what's up with "the garden" as i didn't want to spend much time in there during the beta... i wanted to progress in the game instead.
the music is fairly typical ERS. a variation on a theme, says the musician in me.
the graphics are typical ERS
the game mechanics are typical ERS
i did like most of the HOS... and i'm not usually a fan, especially of junk piles and lists. in the beta, it was find *this* to get... *this*. use it to get the next item... kind of like a rube goldberg contraption in some places.
black bar tips ARE disabled in the hardest mode, which is where i played. that helps the challenge level a bit. but only a bit. it's still a game with very little challenge for those of us who have been playing these types of games for years.
i certainly would not buy the CE and probably not the SE as i have seen it all before. i'm bored to tears with ERS games and this one is right there in the pack.
i used to love ERS! where has the challenge gone?
i'm hoping for a game to CHALLENGE me! ERS? can you do that?
JMHO. please play the demo and decide for yourself. i will.... maybe i'm wrong. i doubt it.
June 20, 2013
Too much going on & not enough story!
I happen to really like this series although I haven't liked most ERS games since they first came out. However, this one is not up to par in my opinion and they tried to do SOO much that they overdid themselves and instead made a poorly written game that had potential to be good but missed the mark.
The CE has NO collectibles unless you count little bags of seeds used to do up a garden which had absolutely no relevance to the game and was a completely useless and boring feature. There are so many extras in the main game that the bottom of the screen is completely cluttered and because of that I constantly hit on the button for the garden since its right near the inventory. I find that kind of stuff really annoying. All the other things were easy to hit by accident too.
The game gives you this magic pentagon looking diamond and it helps you get into random portals but each one requires rune rings to work. You have to find all the rings and then put the pattern into the pentagon to match the one there but after the first one, you must do this at least two if not three times which is wayyy too many for something so mindless. You basically switch back and forth by closing one window and opening another etc etc. Too much busywork!
The graphics are nice and the lips actually move unlike other newer ERS games. The story line makes no sense. The little man is here again after some book of Vox and there are ghosts to come across each of which open this book of symbols. Confused yet? I am and I was playing this game. So you have to find symbols, get rings that are really runes that open up portals and you get a little garden that makes no sense to the game.
Add to that very few hidden object scenes and I usually feel like there are too many so that really means something! When there are hidden object object scenes though they appear back to back so then in that respect there are too many! Puzzles are sooo easy and have no real challenge.
Also, the hint button is wonky. It takes you to places that you can't do anything at and there is no map.
& you also get that little weird man who is in every game but you never know why...Id really love to know his back-story. Is there a game there perhaps?
Sooo all in all, I do not recommend this game....what a disappointment to a series I normally like.
November 17, 2014