Calavera: Day of the Dead
A definite buy for me this weekend - I'm thinking the CE because of the sale. It's really cool - the brilliant graphics, the delightfully atmospheric music, the compelling and refreshingly unique story, the gorgeously-detailed locations, the nicely-appointed HOS, the mysterious undead book, the humor, the flawless gameplay, the crowning achievements, collecting the hidden skulls, simply just everything! Can't wait to see what happens.
Better than Deadtime Stories (one of my favorites). May become my favorite, surpassing Surface which has been my very favorite for a long time now.
July 21, 2013
Just a fun new type of game to play CE or SE
Now it is about time a delightful game has come out that is cute and really fun to play, The graphics are crisp and good and the music is really delightful to listen to. Has voice over also,
You have achievements in this game. In the CE you have to find morphine's which can be fun and challenging to find.
You start off with puzzles and not HOS. The puzzles that I found were different and fun and not really hard. Not to many HOS at first. More of an adventure game which I like.
The story line is cute and the game atmosphere is just delightful. A nice change of pace from the games lately.
This is a game you will not want to stop playing because it is fun and gets you wrapped up in the game.
Nothing hard about this game just a joy to play. The CE gives you the bonus game that tells the rest of the story.
I recommend this game!
July 21, 2013
A Nice Change
I thought it this was well above the average HOG. The story is new and keeps you interested. Mini-games weren't all same-old-same-old and the map makes it easy to navigate. Will definitely buy!
July 24, 2013
Breath of fresh air in many ways
I wanted to chime in on this game because I thought it was so great to have something come out that was different. Not in the sense that the story was ground breaking or the HOS's or puzzles were dramatically different, but because the environment and characters were all so charming and...different!
I also played the CE demo and am glad I didn't spend the extra $$. I think you had to find skulls or something. Meh.
The hidden object scenes were beautifully done and the rest of the artwork was fabulous. The SE includes a map that lets you know where there are actions to take and also lets you jump to locations.
I would definitely encourage the casual gamers out there to give this a try. I think you will be surprised.
July 23, 2013
Something a little different.
All my reviews are based on full gameplay.
This game reminds me of the old point-and-click game "Grim Fandango" as it has a similar style and sense of humour. The graphics are cartoonish but very well done and the sounds complement the game nicely. The puzzles are mostly original and the hidden object scenes don't take too long which is a plus if you're not that crazy about them. The map is interactive which I always think enhances a game since you don't have to spend loads of time travelling back and forth trying to work out what to do next.
A nice little addition is the telephone numbers dotted around. Try calling some of them on the telephone in the bar. The book, called Guide, which helps you is quite a fun idea as well.
So many of the games around seem to have similar themes so it was nice to play something a little different.
July 24, 2013
Hilarious and Clever Game Like Wierd Park or Dr. Blackmore
Very different, extremely fun and hilarious game. Wish there were more like this one! The characters are strange and quirky, the scenarios are amusing and the adventure is challenging. If you liked the Weird Park series, or the Haunted Halls/Dr. Blackmore series you will love this one.
September 14, 2013
too easy,but good fun. would like a game that lasts longer than a day
July 24, 2013
Fun with a "how did they do that?"
I really liked this game. Played in casual mode and it was very easy and relaxing.
My "how did they do that?" is based upon the HOS scene near the end of the game - the newspaper was actually our local newspaper! What a neat twist! And I wonder if \anyone else had their local newspaper.
October 13, 2013
Imaginative, gorgeous theme
This game reminded me immediately of Grim Fandango, the classic adventure game inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead. All of the characters (and even the animals) resemble skeletons, but in a stylized, rather than grotesque, way. A nice added touch are painted or etched patterns on the bones of the people/animals that give them more character. There is a bit of a steampunk element as well; the world is populated with robots with skeletal features, yet another nice touch.
The gameplay is very enjoyable. It is generally pretty clear what to do next, and you can always refer to the map to highlight and jump to locations that have items/puzzles/hidden object scenes if you're stumped. The hint system is an animated book who has his own personality and very clearly indicates how to proceed. The journal is pretty good too, but at the end of the game a few of the pages get added in the wrong order.
The puzzles were refreshing; about half of them were action-oriented (but of the timing-based rather than reaction-based variety). I enjoy logic puzzles, but they tend to get repetitive in these types of games; action puzzles are a nice change of pace.
The art is gorgeous. There is a wonderful use of 3D objects seamlessly integrated with painted backgrounds. The game is set in Pecados, a sort of limbo/purgatory town, but the game is far from grim; it's infused with humour and whimsy. The elevator has giant robot arms that climb up and down a rope to move between floors and town inhabitants enjoy sports like undead rooster fights and mechanized cockroach racing.
Overall, this is a fresh and welcome addition to the genre.
September 7, 2013
A very different game.
Really loved this game. Chose it because of the high reviews it got. Different and interesting story line, hidden objects and mini games. Skip button available if needed. Map available so you can quickly go to another location.
August 9, 2013