Echoes of the Past: The Kingdom of Despair Collector's Edition
VERY NICE ADVENTURE
I have all the other Echoes of the Past games and love them. This one is also good with above average production values, but I don't like it quite as much as the others.
Music is relaxing.
Locations and graphics are very good.
Not much traveling of great distances. although I suspect there will be a great distance near the end.
Interactive map, with fast travel, showing actions needed.
Lots to do.
HOS are moderately crowded; interactive.
Puzzles are interesting and quite different from the usual.
Hint gives you a photo of where the action is.
NOT SO GOOD:
Voice overs are somewhat grating on the nerves.
Somewhat challenging, but not as much as I would sometimes like. When story keeps me interested throughout, I like more challenge.
Other CEs lately have more to offer in the form of extras.
August 15, 2013
Echoes of the Past 5 - Good game, but again the same.
The Echoes of the Past series is one of the best series for me. So this fifth installment was long awaited.
Let's start with the storyline. The storyline is like in the other games. The witch has another plan to rule the world and you are there to save the world and yourself. Again you need to find five medallions to do that. I like the story, but it feels like in every game there's the same story. That's why I have to rate the story lower than the rest.
The graphics are beautiful. Some are bright and some are dark and a bit creepy. But I really loved how many details these graphics had. Every place was full of things to see and the graphics were crystal-clear. The characters are like in the other games. They have good voice overs.
The sounds are as in the other Echoes of the Past games. So they're great. I really love them. The music has a bit more adventure themes in this game and I love this too. Just the right theme songs for this game.
Now to the best thing: This game is a challenging one. Not as easy as all the releases of the last weeks. In every scene you have many things to do and you cannot finish a scene fast. Often you have to play far further and then do a task in a scene from the beginning. There are also some inventory objects that stay there for a long time.
The Hidden Object Scenes are good too. You have many things to do in them and there are some different types of HOS in the game.
The puzzles are challenging. For me only four puzzles were easy to solve without reading the instrucktions. All the others were quite a challenge. That's really great done.
There are some achievements and 15 bottles to collect through the game. The achievements can be earned quite easy.
But a good level of challenge is not everything and because we get nearly the same story in every game I rate this game with four stars. But if I could it would be 4,5 out of 5 stars.
If you are looking for a challenging game with great graphics, then you should definetly try this one. Another great HOPA game!
August 15, 2013
Best Game of the Series!
Based on demo.
I own the previous games, and this one has some nice changes that add to the atmosphere. The evil witch has again trapped you in the past and closed the portal by hiding the magical amulets. However, you aren't stuck in the kingdom of Orion as you are in the previous games and for me this is a big plus. Allows the devs and artists to be more creative and invent new realms to explore. Also, there is a Charon-like skeleton whom you have to pay in order to cross a chasm to the other realms to search for the amulets. I liked this "paymaster" character, even though his role is not large.
Very nice artwork and cut scenes. Sometimes there are VOs to go along with the printed dialogue, and sometimes there aren't, but not a big deal. There are standard/interactive HOSs and there are search HOSs where you look for related items #e.g., find 15 piano keys#. The puzzles are of medium difficulty and pretty fun. The Hint button works very well---it brings up a mini-picture of the area you need to go to and highlights the specific action within the picture. The music is a little repetitive so, as with all games, I just mute it.
Evil witches are always fun to battle and this one is no exception. She has ruined the lives of good people in the different realms and you get to set things right. You are the Agent of Good. It works. But, these games always seem a little flat to me. I never really engage the way I do with other games and I am never surprised, thus the four star rating, not five.
August 15, 2013
One of the Strangest games i have played
Based on completed game:
-music is ok
-nice mini games
-usable stuff u collect in hos not always just one thing some u collect alot of stuff so you can complete a puzzle etc...
-blah blah bah...interactive map the usual
-mouths don't move on vos
-if not for the map alot of back and forth uggh...
-just ended bam was weird u know?
all the others i bought were SE's so when i completed the game i went into extras and tried to play the BC but it said i had to play the game again...turns out the game went right into the BC without any notice! this was a new one on me lol
*BC was fun but the ending was a bit abrupt.
personally i advise you to buy the SE because the story itself is pretty much completed at the end of the main game.
unless your a CE junky and just have to know what the BC is about lol ^^
i actually give this a 3.5 stars because of the ending and the lack of time they put into not moving the mouths on dialogue, and the lack of achievements as well.
August 15, 2013
Something New and Old
I play A LOT of BF games and my preference by far is strategy games with mini games throughout game play. I am over games with mostly hidden object scenes. I have played Echoes of the Past for over 3 hours so far and despite the older style graphics and a few hidden object scenes, this game is packed with new and challenging mini games I have never played. I always turn off background music and skip storlines so that part I can?t really comment on, but if you are looking for new and different, I think this will be for you.
August 15, 2013
I must admit I was really excited when I saw this game available, it seems like it's been forever since a quality, new CE has been released. However...this isn't what I had in mind! Something about this game left me feeling mundane. The story was somewhat confusing, not enough information is given in the beginning. I'm a passer by when I enter a bookstore to see the famous book of spells of which I know nothing about. A woman enters the bookstore wearing an amulet exactly like the one on the spellbook, gets sucked into the book, somehow I get sucked in as well, a witch grabs the woman an tells me so sad, too bad, I'm taking the book's amulets you'll never see your world again. Then I shrug my shoulders and casually walk off to search for the amulets. The fact that there are monsters and hideous witches, talking skeletons, fire and brimstone don't effect me in the slightest. I walk outside the witches house to find a blind boy who was missing his dog and cane and can't leave the bench he is sitting on. I rescue his dog and reunite the two and even though he said he was lonely now that the witch abandoned him I abandon him as well! Enough about the story flaws, onto the meat of the game. The HOS are mundane as well, they just aren't that fun. Some are interactive list finds with your typical find 1/2 of one item such as the sun and place it on the matching 1/2. Others are find 12 piano keys or torn up pieces of a picture. I didn't have any problem with the mini games, nothing new, but they were fun and not too difficult such as sticking pins into a voodoo doll which would light up a path and you had to choose the correct spots so that the path was lit from start to finish before running out of pins. There are achievements (not a lot) and 15 collectable potions to find. The inventory bar was at the top of the screen instead of the bottom which slightly annoyed me and the music really annoyed me. Usually the music and sound effects don't bother me at all but I found this music to be overbearing and I had to turn it down shortly after beginning the game. This isn't a bad game, it's definitely worth playing, I personally didn't experience any WOW factors.
August 15, 2013
I felt that this was a fairly decent game but the music is very depressing as well as the storyline. I felt that this game was the best in the series so far. On my computer the graphics were slightly fuzzy but beautifully drawn. It could just be my computer. There are some new puzzles in this game. I really enjoyed the feather puzzle which is the only puzzle I was able to play in the game. It was unique twist on a pattern puzzle. Generally I would recommend this game.
August 15, 2013
a near miss
I almost didn't buy this game.
I had gotten bored by the similarity of the second and third of the series and wasn't even going to demo this.
I am glad I changed my mind though. The Devs have really put some thought into this and I found this newly revamped version to be quite a great time.
I think this has one of the best interactive maps I have seen in a game yet, and wish more Devs would do something like this. It was very easy to see what areas I should not bother with, and which areas I had something to do in, right away.
The graphics were rich and the worlds were believable and I thought the games appropriately difficult.
What I did not like was the painterly style on the Hidden Object Scenes....It was very hard to make out what was what, even though they were great paintings....and they were tough...almost unreasonably tough, by hiding most of an item underneath or behind something so that there was the barest clue there was something to select.
But, on the whole, bravo! and thank you for an entertaining time!
September 19, 2013
Not as good as the other 4!
Hello pond pals. Another Echoes game. I have the other 4 and really liked them all. I'm on the fence about this one. The graphics and game play are very nice. Games not easy and do take some thought and time to complete (so far#. HOGs are very simple, but fun...clean and clear so no eye strain. As usual, I do not care for the fact that you don't know how many chapters there are in the game, so can't judge approximate length of game either.
Voice overs make a game, but they could have been done a little better. They boy sounded very whinny and annoying. I like the locking inventory bar #can't stand for it to constantly pop up and down when I play). SG is nice and simple, but definitely in the wrong place. Too close to the hint bar and easy to hit the wrong button. Hint fills farily quickly, but has an annoying blink every few minutes or so. Didn't care for that at all.
There is a jump map, which you will constantly use, but a disappointment. Yes, it takes you where you want to go, but none of the locations are identified. A green dot does blink bright on the areas that have something to complete, but unless you have a very good memory, you are looking all over to find the room you need. Not much in the way of collectables either, or at least, not in the first chapter.
It was a nice game, but something seems to be missing...not sure what. I will probably purchase this game to add to my Echoes collection, but for now, it is going in my puddle for another day. Maybe when there is a special, but not today.
As always, try it for yourself and see what you think. We all have different tastes in games and you may find that this is exactly what you wanted today. Thanks for the reviews.
August 16, 2013
Gameplay is Great! Story, Not So Much...
Needing something new to try, I was delighted when I saw the new Echoes of the Past game. I was quick to download and try, and I was pretty impressed by the demo. I am considering buying (but I will wait for the SE).
The story is?. Well, it?s good, but not great, you know what I mean? I mean, it starts off great and the demo ends quite well, but everything in between there is not the best. The only things that happened were helping a blind boy, giving the queen back her heart (sounds quite like the Wizard of Oz, don?t you think?) and unlocking the next room and defeating the guard. The demo ends there. Again, not the best, and there probably should have been some more interesting things going on in the demo, but the gameplay was the winner for me.
It is quite often that I will buy a game not for the story, but for the gameplay. This would be one of those games. I actually had a lot of fun in the game. There was a great mixture of HOS and puzzles, and each HOS was a bit of challenge. The HOS are the classic junkpile ones, with one or two being ?place the item back in the scene? ones. Both of these I really enjoyed. The puzzles were a little bit hard for me, so I skipped them all. There was one exception, the feather one. I enjoyed this one even though I could not complete it. The strategy guide contains details on how to solve the puzzle, for those who get stuck.
For those wondering, the gameplay is not difficult. I was able to navigate my way around the scenes with no trouble at all. One problem I had though, was that I would sometimes get confused with the amount of rooms and accidently go in the wrong one. This did not trouble me though as I enjoyed the game.
The graphics are pretty good. I can make no complaints on these. The character designs and HO scenes are done pretty well, and each scene is good. However, these graphics are not great, and could have done with a little more work.
The voice-overs are standard. Again, good, but not great. The one positive is that the voice-overs aren?t over-done.
One issue I had with the visual/sound part of the game is the music. I kept hearing this annoying thump. Every 30-60 seconds or so, this thump would play. It annoyed me so much I had to turn the music/sound off.
- 3 modes of play: Casual, Advanced and Expert (at least I think that?s what they?re called). I played Casual. Last mode does not give you any hints.
- Hint and Skip recharge fairly quickly on Casual. Skip takes a little longer to recharge than the hint does. The hint is extremely useful outside HOS.
- Diary to keep track of events. I did not use it often.
- Interactive map. Areas where a task needs to be completed are highlighted in green. Areas completed are highlighted in white.
- Strategy Guide
- Bonus Chapter
- Concept Art
- The usual CE Extras
So, overall I was impressed by this game. The CE gets a four as there are no CE Extras that I feel the need to have. I will be buying the SE.
August 16, 2013