Fearful Tales: Hansel and Gretel Collector's Edition
Original take on the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel.
Based on the demo.
This game is from Eipix, the devs who brought us the Final Cut series and Off the Record: Linden Shades. That being said, you know the quality is going to be high. Yet, I am strangely ambivalent about this game.
Eipix games each have different artistic styles, which gives them high marks for creativity in my book. However, I think it is the artwork in this game that basically doesn't work for me. It is flat and "boxy" appearing. Lots of straight lines. Reminds me of the Drawn games---games I don't really like.
The storyline is fine. I love new takes on old standards and this twist on Hansel and Gretel is good. There are plenty of achievements to earn and 40 cupcakes to find throughout the game. The HOSs are interactive, but again, not very interesting to look at due to the artwork. The opening VO with the rhyming is good and clever, and all the VOs are well done. The music is also good and appropriate to the story.
If it were possible, I would give this game a 3 1/2 star rating due to the overall quality, but since it is not, I went with the three star rating. I recommend this game with reservations. I really think this is one game you have to try for yourself since my objections are purely based on artistic merits. Thank goodness for the one hour free trial!
August 24, 2013
Not too Fearful for me
This is definitely not worthy of a CE edition. Way too short. This one comes down to a matter of taste (no pun intended). I just didn't like the game. Didn't like the animations. Didn't like the plot, albeit a very loose plot. Didn't like the game mechanics (the hand). Just not one for me. Because of the short length, I cannot recommend.
September 16, 2013
slow and boring
This was a cute little game, and with a little more effort it could have been fantastic. it was too slow, with unappealing graphics and not near enough color. I was very disappointed because I could see the potential. I'm a sucker for fairy tales, but this just didn't quite meet the standards of other games in this genre.
September 6, 2013
I'll never look at ginger confections in the same way!
The very freaky cookies are the best part of this game. They are nasty little blighters....this is the first time I've ever disliked a pastry! But, I must say.. I really don't like the artwork. The HOs are drawn with a lot of detail, but the other scenes are not...they are mostly hazy, bland and very simple drawings with no background detail...so disappointing, when we are used to beautiful graphics. The music is very good, though and the VOs are also well done, and I love the rhyming narration. The helper cookie can bring up a jumping type portal in lieu of a map, which is fun and different. The HOs are slightly interactive and the mini games are cute, but not very difficult. You get to find hidden cupcakes, but after a while, I didn't want to find them as the trophy thing that comes up each time you find one stays up way too long and you can't seem to hurry it along. Actually, I found this a continuing annoyance with other pop up things...too slow at going away! It also lacks depth in other ways...the little tasks you need to complete seem very simple and almost unnecessary, as if the devs were trying to stretch out the contents. All in all, though, I think it will be a fun little game; just not too challenging.
August 24, 2013
Great game, definitely NOT a CE
So very disappointed in the length of this game. It had such potential and I'm feeling quite ripped off paying the CE price. It was even shorter than standard games. The bonus really should have been part of the game. The graphics were lovely but then I like what I call "paper graphics" much like the Drawn series. Great tale and great potential. Absolutely no CE value. and I would not recommend it for the very reason that it was standard quality in game play and length. Sigh, when will the developers understand that CE is length with quality. I realize you gotta pump out those games and keep coming up with new ideas. Sheesh, ask your game players for ideas....we have a TON! I will definitely be more cautious of this developer in future.
August 25, 2013
Fun but cartoony game
I just completed this game and thought it was fun. It also was like a fairy tale and I was expecting a more horror bend as that is the way it is being sold.
Kids will love this game as it doesn't have too difficult a challenge to it. The graphics and storyline also are more suited for kids than adults.
Mom has to find Hansel and Gretal before the witch takes care of them for good. The game is also short and there are three modes to do it in. I chose medium which is still rather easy.
The bonus game isn't very long as is the case with most of these games. I am probably just going to wait for the SE instead of getting the CE. I don't see the need to pay extra for a few more game scenes. This time we take the children home and clean up the chocolate mess.
Overall it is a fun game that your children (or grandchildren) will enjoy after you get done.
September 9, 2013
Cannot work out who this is aimed at.
When I saw the title and description on the download page, I was delighted. I love fantasy and fairy tales and, although Hansel and Gretel is not the sweetest tale, I was prepared for something along the lines of "The Dark Parables".
As the game downloaded, I checked out the 3 images provided, and was immediately disappointed. Comic book-like scenes and a 'hint' Gingerbreadman that I could have drawn myself.
Quick resume of gameplay elements:
* 16 achievements
* 40 'hidden' cup cakes to collect
* Bonus chapter
* Art Gallery/Mini Games and HOS replay/Music/Movies/Making of
* Casual/challenge/insane modes of play which you can change
* No map. Your little hint friend, Chip, will show you where to go and you can jump there if stuck
* Puzzles - very easy
* HOS - 4 in demo, all lists with some interaction on 2 or 3 items. Number 4 was a little more challenging.
If it were not for the grotesque 'Gingerbread Minions (not scary, just plain ugly) ', I would say this is a children's game. In fact all the characters are ugly. There is nothing attractive in this game. Compared to some of the beautiful graphics we have had in some recent CEs, this just doesn't cut it.
Play the demo - you might like it - but I don't and I can't recommend it to anyone but a new gamer or a game for your kids.
August 24, 2013
Hardly fearful, more fear-less
I was expecting something a bit more chilling, but I got a gingerbread man with a voice I could do without and children that whined. The visuals reminded me of Drawn and I was hoping for more of that, but the game really didn't deliver. I saw some mislabeled items, and that drives me crazy, and some grammar issues. There was one line that floored me. "You're the best dam builder ever and you're not even a beaver" Said from the kid to the mom....really? Moving on to another game.
September 8, 2013
a new day a new CE
The graphics in cartoon style is cute. Many biscuits in a game I like. But why is it a CE version? The puzzles are still far too easy and somewhat confusing. There is no real challenge. Music and sound? Then I hear every day in the elevator better. It is very unfortunate because it has a lot potzenzial.
August 25, 2013
A Not-So-Sweet Surprise
Liking HO and HO/adventure games I was prepared to enjoy a new take on an old story. Hansel and Gretel is a classic and could be the basis for a truly fun game. But not this time out. The art in opening scene and in play is cartoonish, dark and weirdly swirled as though in a dream or fun house mirror. The VO is good and I actually was starting to like the little gingerbread hint button. But the cursor was annoying as it was hard to tell the normal hand shape from the grabbing hand and objects had to be touched carefully to get a result. The storyline might've been ok but the dim, warped and sometimes downright ugly visuals were very distracting. I can't in honestly recommend this game but if you're gonna try it, send the kids to bed first as it is not a kidie fairy tale. For me this was definitely not a sweet treat.
August 24, 2013