Myths of the World: Chinese Healer Collector's Edition
Beautiful game but...
...way too many HOS!!! For me that's not a good thing, but for some that's a bonus so I didn't bring down my star rating. There are 2 types of HOS, list with some interaction and shadow clues. However, you could switch to mahjong, which I often did when I found myself groaning, "not another one..." The puzzles were also ridiculously simple (I played the medium difficulty), which was a downer for me, too, since I love these games for the puzzles. For me, this got to the point where I could hardly wait to finish the game. So, for me it was a bit disappointing.
However, the length was decent, the bonus chapter is in a completely new area and takes the story further (though the main game ends satisfactorily enough to not make playing it a necessity). I don't think those waiting for the SE will feel cheated, though the bonus does bring the story to completion. Considering it lasted only about 35-45 minutes, though, you have to decide based on the demo if you like the game enough to buy the CE.
The artwork is beautiful and it filled my widescreen with no distortion. The story is interesting, if a bit predictable. Game play was not difficult in advanced mode, don't know about hardcore mode. Aside from a dragon and a demon that weren't very frightening, I can't remember anything that was too mature in content, so I think this could be a good family game to play with kids over 5, though check out the demo first and judge if it's right for your family.
The CE content was the before mentioned bonus game, wallpapers, re-playable HOS and mini games, music, very few examples of concept art and a very short "making of" movie. The credits were witty, and I enjoyed reading them (since I always read the credits, it's nice when you get a little surprise). There were also achievements and each scene had a hidden crane. A little crane in the toolbar is either filled or empty, depending if you found it in the scene or not. I liked that, however I still managed to miss one...obviously not one of my strengths.
So, while this game was not among my favorites, it is a well made game, a beautiful game. It was nice to be somewhere else besides an asylum, abandoned town or haunted whatever. I think you have check out the demo and see for yourself.
July 4, 2013
Kitty's Thoughts: I've Been Framed.... WOOT!!! ADVENTURE!!
Alright! This review is based off nearly beating the game. Meaning... I almost got to the end, but I had to remove the game because of some issues. So, let this review begin with the bottom of the bar (the story)
Alright! You start off as a medicine healer summoned from an old friend's brother to heal his son. However, things do go the way as planned, and you realized you are on the run on an epic adventure to cure the son and save china. Well, as simple as it may be, it's not the best story. However, it could of been better. One thing I disliked about the story is that the bad guy is soo obviously bad from looks down to his attitude. You can already pin point the bad one just when you first met him or by the girl talking about him if you missed that bit. However, The story is not that bad, but because of the obviousness, I have to give it a 4 out of 5 for that.
Another is the level of challenge. I had to say, some puzzles were brain scratches, while others were just plain easy. Regardless, I like that not all the puzzles follow the same routine except the opening puzzles. There are hidden object scenes in this game and even a few interactive items, but it is still quite enjoyable because everytime you play it changes a bit. This gives replay value a bit up. Overall, I gave it a 4 of 5 because I was hoping a bit more, and I hope they do even better in the next game.
The third is sound and visuals. Very Very nice. I even like it how some scenes would fuzz out. When you put your pointer over it, you can see the city. The detail is very nice, and I do have a feeling like I am in china in some way. They definitely did their research. However, the things that concerned me is the consistency. Sometimes, when you go through hidden object games you sometimes find items that are not related to china. It's a small tweak. but it really doesn't effect the gameplay or visuals all that much. So, final verdict is a 5 of 5.
Lastly, it is the fun of the game. I had to say, I did have some fun with some of the missions I had to do like trying to find the eggs, working the medicine box in situations, completing circles. There was a variety of activities to accomplish in this game that kept it fresh in every section you explored. Overall, this game deserved a 5 of 5 for that.
In the end, the game is very good. I had to say from the creators of Voyage of the tree of Life, this game is a step up from that. I can't wait to play another sequal of this game and what country adventure to explore next. I hope it is Greek or Egypt, maybe I can deal with native American folk tales. I mean that got some material to work with.
July 17, 2013
What?s Next? Dragons?
BASED ON DEMO
I?ve played the demo, I?ve read the other reviews, and I?m still not sure how I feel about this game.
It is beautiful, that I know is true. I tried playing with the HD option, and it gave an UNFAMILIAR TEXTURE to the GRAPHICS I wasn?t so keen on, but with it off, the visuals were SPLENDID. The drawing of the CHARACTERS was DELIGHTFUL. The ?CHINESE? feel of the game was WELL DONE. Sights and sounds most of us do not often experience.
The MUSIC too, was unlike anything else I?ve heard, but in this case I thought it was UNQUESTIONABLY WONDERFUL. The STORYTELLER?S VOICEOVER in particular was GREAT. I loved the way it reverberated. The other VOICES were good too, and I see no point in objecting to accents. They are UNNOTICEABLE if you don?t think about them.
The GAMEPLAY seemed heavily weighted in favour of HO SCENES, which come in two types, INTERACTIVE LIST & SILHOUETTES. Each scene is visited twice, once for each type of play. You can also choose to play MAHJONG instead.
Maybe it?s time for me to upgrade my status to expert, because once again I found the PUZZLES in this game to be QUITE EASY, with only one that really made me think. All were beautifully integrated into the game?s locale.
Getting around is easy too, because there is an INTERACTIVE JUMP MAP, and HINT takes you directly to where you should be. You also have a JOURNAL, and list of OBJECTIVES. It?s all pretty easy to follow.
The ?GIMMICK? of this game is the HEALER?S KIT, which is a mini-game where you must click at (almost) exactly... NOW(green bar)... to proceed. It?s an added bit of bling.
There?s no telling where this STORY is going, the end of the demo leaves it very much in the air. But the screenshots from later in the game suggest a greater involvement with MAGIC and MAGICAL CREATURES than we saw in the demo. In fact, the scenes look almost to belong to a different game. And I guess that?s where my ambivalence comes from.
So where are we going from here? Am sure I will need to find out.
June 30, 2013
VERY NICE ADVENTURE/HOG
Extras in the CE include "the making of" which I always like, replay HOS and movies, a look at the concept art and the bonus game. There are 26 achievements and 3 modes of play: casual, challenging for the seasoned player and insane for the hard-core player.
Interesting story with good production values. Gameplay is not linear and, although you know what you need to do, the path is not always straightforward. You have a journal which includes your list of objectives and a map. If you don't care for HOS (which are really nicely put together and everything is easily seen), you can play mah-jong. Graphics are exceptionally good. Although the voice overs are good, for the most part, the male voices are usually too deep. Fair amount of back and forth. Puzzles are not too difficult.
June 30, 2013
Review of a complete game
This was a good game, but I think some were too generous saying it is the best 2013 game. It was easy, too easy and too short.
It took me about 3 hours for the main game and less than an hour for the extra, this is not what I am expecting of CE.
Still it was pleasant to play, but nothing to call your mother...
July 5, 2013
Nice little story, great game :)
I always play my games in casual mode as I'm not into challenge, but entertainment. This was a good CE, nothing really spectacular, but a good quality, still toooooo short. No major glitches or issues, which is always nice. The characters were good and the graphics of good quality. I really enjoyed playing this game and it is worth CE price, but they are all starting to look the same to me. It didn't deliver the excitement that Rite Of Passage evoked so well, but was still every bit enjoyable and entertaining!
July 5, 2013
A beautiful game
Visually I found this game to be stunning. I loved the chinese scenes.
Really enjoyed playing it but towards the end the number of HOs increased. This is real bug bear of mine and has happened in the last few CEs I have bought too. You cannot produce something so fab then decide to pack it out at the end with HO after HO....hence the 4 star rather than 5 star marking.
July 7, 2013
A very different interpretation in this game genre. Although I am not familiar with this dev I welcome the attempt to give us a new kind of story and not just fairy tale, or detective, or some dark and spooky stuff.
Finally, I have found the game that was not only beautifully presented but also challenging enough not to lose my interest right from the beginning.
The only thing that I did not like was the huge size of the game ? I had to wait quite a long to start playing and there?s nothing more awful for me than to wait.
July 7, 2013
Beautful and Well Made
This game was just lovely to look at. The music was also beautiful and really added to the game with out overwhelming it.
There are different levels of play for you to choose. The puzzles were fun and challenging without being frustrating. The story was unique and different. This is not a spooky or scary game, in my opinion. There are achievements to win and objects to collect. The addition of the "healer's kit" game seemed unnecessary, but provided a break from the sleuthing, and was not unpleasant.
I enjoyed the game, and thought it was lovely.
Oh... and don't skip the credits! They are a fun little treat at the end!
July 16, 2013
Heal the boy, Save China!
This is based on full completion of the game.
This is good game and really draws well on the spirit of China and the culture and spirit of Asia.
As usual with these types of games there are several difficulty levels, which rather frustratingly (or not depending on your viewpoint), can be altered during the course of the game, therefore if you start of on the hardest (where there is no help/hints), but need one to help find a HO item, then you can just flick down and then back up again, thus not really much in the way of a challenge.
Having said that though the HO objects were clear and there was not may smaller ones thus making these scenes relatively easy, there were some interaction to get a HO item (i.e need a match to light a candle), thus added a bit of variety to these scenes. Whilst it was billed as an HO game and it is, there were not too many HO's that this detracted away from the overall game-play, indeed those that they were intelligently placed and enhanced rather than hindered (which is sometimes the case for these types of games).
The puzzles were good and variations on the usual puzzles in this genre (lights out, memory match, shuffle puzzle etc), but again whilst seasoned players will have played these types of puzzles countless times, they still had their place within the game, and again enhanced the overall game-play as they were placed intelligently in the story-line and not just randomly which is sometimes the case.
The music fitted nicely within the theme of the game (China), and was suitably appropriate, both for the overall music and the 'sound bytes' that were played.
The VO was good and mouth movement and VO were of a higher quality (IMHO) than some of other HO games. There was a loading screen that said 'best played with sound on' and I would thoroughly recommend it for this game, as I know some turn the sound down, but in this game it did enhance the overall experience of the game.
The mouse movements were fluid and there was no jerkiness, it responded well even with the 'game cursor' rather than the standard system cursor.
There was a map in the game that was useful and signed posted you for where your current position was and what your current object was (and where), but that was all, it was not as detailed as some other game maps that indicated whether there were tasks left to do in certain game scenes, again this did not bother me as it enabled more exploration. In each game chapter in any case there was usually only around 4 or 5 different scenes so there was not much moving around anyway.
The 'extras' on the CO editon was to 'crane spot' and a Bonus Chapter. The game finished fairly satisfactory and the Bonus was just that just an added chapter that didn't really enhance or add anything extra, but was worth playing and added about 1 hour 30 to the overall gameplay.
I would recommend the game overall and I am looking forward to further games in the series, whether I would buy the others as a CE is doubtful unless like this one I got on a special promotion deal.
August 26, 2013