Nightmares from the Deep: The Siren's Call Collector's Edition
Ambitious and has potential but didn't do it for me
Review based on demo.
The beginning of this game includes several long cut scenes that lay out the story. Because of the length of these cut scenes I didn't feel I got a complete look at the game and so it might have gotten more or less compelling further down the road but based on what I played I thought it was about average for the genre in terms of fun factor.
My feeling is that BigFish offers games on trial so you can see if you like playing the game before buying it but, due to the length of the cut scenes in this game, which were so long they felt almost like I was trialing a movie instead of a game, I couldn't trial this one enough to even know if I want to buy it. That said, I felt like if I skipped the cut scenes I would have no idea what was golng on and wouldn't be playing the game how the developers intended.
The sort of cinematic appearance of cut scenes and parts of the game play are ambitious so kudos to the developer for that. The effort mostly worked but the animation of characters in both cut scenes and game play are somewhat awkward at times which detracted from the effect. The voice overs were really pretty good overall and the sound effects appropriate.
I play HOPA games to play HOS and puzzles and this game was somewhat disappointing in this regard. In the hour I played my character went to numerous locations but I only ran into 2 or 3 HOS and all of them were either semi or fully interactive. I don't like interactive HOS and I wish the game had some standard ones. The puzzles were equally scarce, average in type, and fairly easy. The directions were clear and the solutions straightforward which was nice. There was one that was challenging and I had fun doing it. Had I run into more puzzles of this type during the demo I would have liked it more.
Gameplay was pretty good. For the most part your character is doing things that are reasonable within the context of the story and not just running back and forth while you randomly click around. I never felt my inventory was filled with a bunch of random stuff I didn't know what to do with.
The story itself was a little far fetched but, hey, it's a game and that's ok. I didn't find it super-absorbing but if it had come along with great HOS and puzzles I would have liked it well enough to want the game given that gameplay was actually being driven by the story and not just random collecting things.
Overall, I felt like this game was different than others in attempting to create a sort of cinematic experience that the player participates in and becomes immersed in. However, I play HOPAs for HOS and puzzles more than for the adventure component. Had those elements been present to the same degree and with the same quality as the cinematic storytelling I would have felt the fun factor exceeded average. As it was I was left feeling like I wanted a game more than a cinematic experience.
Perhaps the game changes as you go further along but this trial is too short for me to know and I don't want to spend CE dollars to find out. I don't feel I got a good enough look at it to recommend it or not recommend it since the cut scenes took up so much of the trial time.
June 24, 2014
Glad I didn't pay full price, nice graphics but
There was too much running around in circles, and too much talking about what was going on....I would have rather had more new game play.....i.e. variety of mini-games....I don't know this game just didn't thrill me....
August 16, 2013
Too much Audio/Interaction Chats with Others
I gave this a 2 only because I know some like all that interaction. I spent 50 minutes on the Trial & kept thinking all those Chats would end. They didn't.
As for the HOGS & mini-games, I can't remember too much because there was just too much interaction / chats with others.
August 11, 2013
No, this game is not for me although it is touch friendly. I got bored with all the silly little actions. Sorry BFG
July 25, 2013
this game is weird big fish hasn't had any good game on in a very long time glad I'm not a member of this club the games are boring and very weird enough outside the world is this how we act in real life afraid so the story lines make no sense and you don't finish before you have to go on they can keep it I wouldn't let my child play this game
July 26, 2013