Straight HOG - quirky fun for a DD
I don't dislike this game in fact it was quite fun to pass nearly 3hrs but it is below average overall, and due to it being short and a bit repetitive I give it 2 stars.
One of the good things about it is the quirky funny storyline and thought the ending was good. This is a timed straight HOG, with no choice of levels. If you don't meet the time you just redo the same scene with the same items.
Each photo/stage has a main scene in it and you play a list type and then usually a silhoutte type and or find 'x' amount of items in same scene. Then there is a puzzle which is either - swap tiles around to form picture, turn tiles around to form picture, match pairs, find differences or a cryptogram. The order of what you do is varied but it's the same in each photo. There are tips (hints) but it's slow filling. I don't think you can skip the puzzles but they are easy although they are timed as well.
The scenes are quite fun and not junk pile. It's a goofy game in a good way, you either like that kind of thing or you don't. I just wished there was a bit more variety. I don't usually like straight HOGS so I guess I was wishing some more interactive scenes between the HOS rather than a corkboard, I don't mean adventure just some more interactions. They also repeated the type of puzzles a lot.
You can skip the dialogue and there is a lot of it. There are only 20 "levels" (photo).
For family or kids goofy fun, then it will bring goofy Christmas distraction for 3hrs. If it's on a DD then I'd say look at it if you love straight HOGs but not at full price due to shortness and repeating puzzles and there are better Christmas games.
December 18, 2012
Pretty awful, even for a kid's game
I agree that this game is probably meant for a child; like maybe a 2-year-old. I bought it because I LOVE everything having to do with Christmas, but that's not enough to save it. The music isn't even Christmas-related! Other than the main detective, the characters don't even have names--it's Reindeer, Elf, etc. In addition, it's completely non-challenging. I consistently finished each HO scene in about 20-30 seconds.
Overall, this might possibly be worth the $2.99 as a daily deal, but even that's stretching it.
December 15, 2011
A holiday let-down
This might be a game for young kids. I found the story line and dialogue to be silly. The hidden objects lists in the scenes are short and the objects not very hidden. Again, this might make it better for kids than adults. Considering that this is a Christmas game, I was surprised that so many HO were everyday items, rather than holiday-related. I got bored, and didn't finish out the hour trial.
November 18, 2011
This game, I feel is strictly for kids, but having said that any kid that still believes in Santa Claus would not have the attention span to digest or comprehend the massive amount of superfulous dialogue associated with this game. I got bored reading the continuous voice balloons so I would not be at all suprised if a kid got bored a lot sooner. It appears that Santa had gone missing and a detective had got conned into assisting a Yeti, a talking reindeer and an Elf to help find him. The graphics, though, are good and colourful and quite well drawn but this I feel is where the plusses end. The hidden objects were simple to find and unappealing for a Christmas game and the puzzles did not even present ripple. Sorry Big Fish but I consider this game to be unappealing, uninteresting and uncharacteristic and not one of your best.
June 29, 2012
A Bit Disappointing
I had hoped that this would be a fun little holiday diversion, but I found it to be a little too odd for my tastes. While I appreciate the offbeat, this just left me confused and a little bored. The HO scenes are pretty easy and so are the mini games (match pairs, recreate the painting). The story was just odd and I admit that I started skipping the dialogue after the first 3 chapters. It started out promising, where is Santa, but why Death and his house would be involved in a holiday tale is beyond me. I also felt that the dialogue was used more as a filler to make the game longer since some of the conversations just dragged on for no apparent reason. This game also appears to be pretty short, I was on chapter 14 when my 1 hour expired.
I was hoping this would be more like the Holly Christmas Tale game, but it's not even close. If you want a fun holiday diversion, I would recommend that game over this one.
December 15, 2011
I give this game no stars, a very boring game.
December 15, 2011