Portal of Evil: Stolen Runes
REVIEW BASED ON COMPLETED SE
This is more of an Adventure game than IHOG, although the HOS are well done, variety of 'lists' 'putting items back' etc. I quite liked the puzzles, some harder than others. Graphics, for me, were clear, not as crisp as they could have been.
I had no Tech. difficulties. Gameplay was about 8 hours, but I'm a slow player.
2 modes of play, I played on the hardest which wasn't particularly difficult, just a little extra clicking around to make sure nothing was missed
Hint and Skip button takes about 2 mins to refill
There is a jump map, which comes in handy as there is a bit of running around.
Good game if you're new to Adventure games
Storyline is young girl opening portals of evil in search of her Grandfather while searching for the special rune to forever seal each portal, I quite enjoyed visiting each different world, as each was quite different
One thing I was very disappointed in was the ending, just cut off when she placed the last rune to seal the last portal, don't get to find out if she found her Grandfather, or who really was to blame for stealing the runes in the first place, no proof ,only supposition if you believed what you were told by the hunchback, I guess I'd have to buy the CE to find out for sure
July 5, 2013
Great mix of adventure, puzzles & HOGs
Based on playing the 1 hour demo.
I completed chapter 1 of 8 chapters in the demo. So far I am interested in the story and I am looking forward to visiting different portals in the realm of the game. I like the good blend of adventure, puzzles and HOGs. The adventure is interesting and not frustrating. The HOGs are a blend of interactive and replacing the items. I like this as it gives the game variety. The puzzles are medium difficulty so far. They hold my interest and give me some sense of accomplishment.
The voiceovers are very good and the art work and cut scenes are well executed.
With 8 chapters, this game should be a very good length. I plan to buy it and enjoy the adventure.
June 8, 2013
WOULD GIVE 3.5 STARS
Portal of evil: stolen runes
This game was a good length as it took around 5 hours to finish
The music was good
There was to different kinds of HO?s in this game. One was you normal iHO and the other was a new twist on HO?s that I personally haven?t seen done before so it was nice to see something new.
The puzzles were pretty easy and relaxing to play
The hint button recharges quickly
There is an interactive map that lets you know where things are and allows you to travel from area to area so it saves you from a lot of backtracking.
The graphics were done very nice with lots of detail
There are voiceovers and they are pretty good not perfect but pretty well done
The ending, I felt, fell a bit short maybe with the CE there is more to the ending I?m not sure but if not I feel that the ending is very disappointing
So in summery the game was good with a few new things done and an ok story line. It does have a good length and is fun to play. Personally not one of my favorites but good none the less. I would recommend if you have a code or game credit or even if on sale its not s bad game.
Hope ya all have fun and enjoy :)
June 26, 2013
VANHELSING TO THE RESCUE!
You have just been summoned to St. Peters Cathedral in southern Italy after your grandfather goes missing There you learn that your grandfather was part of the Order of light, keepers of seven seals that unlock the portal gates between earth and evil. Only members of the Vanhelsing family can travel freely between portals! I must admit that this is a great game, crisp graphics, good background sound, and eerie otherworldly vibes but I prefer the CE because of the morphs and achievements. There are just a handful of HOS but they are interactive and are a mixture of list finds as well as placing items back into the correct places. Puzzles are also far and few between and some of them are frustrating such as correctly placing discs to match a pattern as shown on your clue, by dragging them into different slots and then sliding the discs outward but the whole column shifts as well! (I skipped this one!) There is a map for traveling and it indicates active areas, and you have a decoder to decipher notes left behind by gramps, which is sort of an achievement because as you find the notes a pop up window tells you that you have found 2 out of fifteen notes for example. I would recommend that you take advantage of this weekends sale and get the CE for the perks and bonus game, but this is still well worth a credit. Enjoy!
June 8, 2013
Five Stars Game
I have only played the demo. Gorgeous colourful graphics and very good storyline. Pleasant music and hot
September 5, 2013
Beautiful story, very nice presented, great sound and visuals. But in a little rush to finish the last two runes stories, which as concept could be mind blowing but they did not after all. And many lose ends left unsolved. Maybe in the CE was more but the regular game leaves you a little disappointed.
June 26, 2013
Beautiful, fun game with half an ending
Well worth purchasing.
* Absolutely gorgeous gameplay scenes and cinematics (whenever humans are absent).
* Standard puzzles, but well implemented. I normally skip puzzles I've seen too often, but played through about a third of the ones here, simply because they were pretty and the challenge level was just right.
* Satisfying hidden object scenes. Nothing new, but well done. Scenes were done twice: once as list, perform-an-action and zoom in, and once as place-the-items-where-they-belong.
* Working hint and skip buttons. On the easiest difficulty, these filled quickly enough to avoid frustration, but slowly enough so that I'd at least give puzzles an honest try.
* Excellent interactive map. A now-standard jump map, but well done. Red dots showed where something could be done, a green dot where you were, half-and-half for both. Clicking on a map node teleported you there. Unavailable locations were visible but grayed out, giving you a sense of how far you were in the game.
* The ending ties up the main questline.
* Questionable voice acting and 3d character models. (In any other HOG, the human models would be fine, but given how good the graphics are in the rest of the game, the contrast is jarring.)
* Puzzles and objects often make little sense in context. You'll be opening weird-shaped locks and dissolving things with acid just because those are the available actions given your inventory, not because any rational person would ever think of doing so as part of the quest you're allegedly on. (The game is fun and beautiful enough that I found this amusing instead of upsetting.)
* In the standard edition, the ending leaves a few important plot threads hanging.
October 9, 2013
Another Game which is only HALF???
Found the game Interesting
Plays like an old school Adventure Game
but it sort of just leaves you wondering at the end
Which did Not Impress me
Mini Games Nothing Special
and really not very fun
August 7, 2013
Let down at the end - disappointed
I enjoyed playing the demo and bought the SE. I continued to enjoy playing it. It's not over-challenging, so some people might not find it as good. Other reviewers have described the scenario: what I have to say needs a SPOILER ALERT.
You could say that the protagonist has three objectives; the game ends suddenly and without further explanation as soon as she achieves one of them, the others are unresolved and unexplained.
I'm very disappointed by the ending. However as long as it lasted it was a pretty good game, so I will recommend it with reservations.
June 11, 2013
Wish these *mini game* type games had their own catagory
This game was ok. I play HOs because I like to find things. I do not however like mini games uhg.
June 9, 2013