Echoes of the Past: The Kingdom of Despair Collector's Edition
Ok, the other games in this series were not as dark and creepy. I have to say if they keep heading in that direction I won't personally play another one. Graphics were great, the game was easy to follow, but too dark and creapy for me. It is hard for me to recommend a game I myself would not buy had I know it would be like that. However as far as story and game play it was right up there with some of the better games so I give it four stars for the quality the darkness can be removed and the game would still be fun to play. HOS's were different and I liked that, interactive to say the least. As far as challenging it had that. I leave this one up to the gamer to decide what they prefer.
August 20, 2013
good game but I'll wait for the SE
I have played all the Echoes games and have liked them. The graphics are good. The HOS are about the same as all of there games. Puzzles are good. I will wait for the SE. Not that much for achievements for me.
August 16, 2013
Not as Good as Others in Series
I did enjoy this game, I played it right through to the end and into the bonus, but I have to say it was getting a little boring and I had to force myself to finish it. That said, it was fun although it might have been more cost effective to buy the standard edition as the collectors didn't seem to have anything extra worth paying for.
October 12, 2013
No Despair Here
This was a fun game. It kept me interested as well as busy and the HO's had a nice little twist to them. Really like this game.
Graphics were very well done and music was soothing. Going on my must buy list.
September 25, 2013
I really liked this game
This is a large game and I admit I was happy that you could get from place to place via the map. Some games & puzzles were easier than others. There were a few that tested my patience. It is very well drawn and fun.
September 25, 2013
Back and forth like a rocking horse
The graphics were absolutely fantastic. One room can affect the progress of another. Overall, the game was rather busy, the flow of the movements choppy. The hint button worked well as a guide, although it did not actually direct you, it showed where you should go. I did not need to use the map. The one disconcerting thing that did bother me was the inventory at the top of the page instead of the bottom, where most games have it. Not a bad game, though.
September 1, 2013
Oh My, Such a Dissapointment!
I remember the first installment of the Echoes of the Past series which came out in 2008. HOPA games were relatively new and I found the first game quite challenging and fun to play. Since then we have come a long way and HOPA games have progressed with outstanding graphics and technical enhancements. The Kingdom of Despair unfortunately missesthe mark from being an outstanding game due to the poor graphics and sounds. I was rather disappointed at some of the artwork and found voice-overs and musical track to be slightly out-dated. Since this is the fourth or fifth game of the series, my expectations were rather high and it just seems to pale in comparison to some of the HOPA games that are being developed with truely outstanding graphics and aound effects.
I found the story started off weak and if you havent played the earlier games, it really wont matter. However, I felt that there could have been some continuity in the plot and I really found the opening scen rather off-putting. Our storyline continues with the Evil Witch who has returned and now has captured several people in the Kingdom. It is up to us to liberate them from her curse. This means we travel from one scen to another, helping out various charaters by undertaking various tasks and solving puzzles.
Gameplay offers three options in difficulty and game features include a map that will allow you to jump and a journal. Hint system does refill quickly and is quite helpful. Inventory is located at the top of the screen which I really do not like so much. Im a creature of habit and my cursor still moves to the bottom of the screen on pure reflex. There are achievements to earn and you need to collectpotions throughout the game which jump out at you while you search a scene.
Despite the quality of graphics, gameplay is a bit slow moving but nevertheless challenging. There is alot of backtracking to do and the map is there to help you. HO scenes are crowded and come in two styles. Find 12 of the same items or search for items on a list. There is slight interaction but some items are so tiny, they can be difficult to spot at times.
I really enjoyed the mini-games as there are plenty along the way. Some were easy to solve as others required some patience and were rather time-consuming which I do enjoy.
I was surprised that I was unable to complete the first chapter within the demo time as I got stuck on one of the mini-games. Unfortunately I have no idea how many chapters are in this game from the SG. I really which developers would not do this, I find it very misleading and the ambiguity prevents me from an immediate purchase.
In my opinion, Kingdom of Despair is a good game but hardly a great game. It lacks a strong story, Visual and Sounds are rather poor, it runs at a slow pace and most of all, it lacks the WOW factor. Although I found some of it challenging and did enjoy the various puzzles and mini-game, there lacks a cohesiveness to the gameplay which made some of it tedious.
I am really on the fence with this game and will most probably wait for either a sale of some sort on CE games or the SE version. I will however recommend it as it does have merits with the various puzzles and mini-games. Gameplay just did not excite me as much as the previous installements and I feel somehow let down with this story. However I do recommend you go back to the earlier installments, especially the first game, Royal House of Stone which in my opinion was the best of the entire series.
August 15, 2013
A quality game, but a letdown compared to its predecessors...
I was surprisingly disappointed in this latest edition of Echoes of the Past.
Pros: There is a map, a comprehensive strategy guide, beautiful graphics. Several hours of gameplay.
Cons: Storyline is mundane. Gameplay requires a bit of handholding and is dependent on using the map. Music is very repetitive.
I have enjoyed the other games in the series immensely, but the storyline in this episode was unable to capture me. At times, I was honestly confused. Also, had there not been a map, I would have been totally lost.
Please don't get me wrong, the game is definitely a quality made game and perhaps those that have not played the previous games in the series would enjoy it, but I expected more from this game. I became bored with it and ended up not finishing the game.
August 25, 2013
Bug ruined enjoying this game
I started playing the game which I was enjoying very much UNTIL.... I used the glass cutter in a HOP BEFORE using it elsewhere. The glass cutter disappeared from my inventory after using it in the HOP which prevented me from going further in the game. To discover this -- I restarted the game and followed the guide -- page by page which was not challenging nor enjoyable. Also, after finishing the game and moving on to the Bonus portion -- I had trouble loading the game. Sometimes it would load and sometimes it wouldn't but persistence did allow me to finally finish it. I'm not sure whether I would recommend this game or not.
August 24, 2013
A decent if not great sequal
It was an alright game but to be honest I'm glad I didn't pay full price for it. The only reason to buy it, in my mind, was the bonus chapter. For me it was the best part of the game.
August 21, 2013