Twilight Phenomena: Strange Menagerie Collector's Edition
Disappointing, expected more from ERS!
I love ERS games and have many in my collection. The graphics seem a bit old school and dull. Game play is very nice. Voice overs are nice, but few and far between. This game is very quiet as far as sound FX are concerned which makes it a little boring.
This game reminds me of that Brando movie, where he is the crazy doctor turning people into animals and vice versa (the name escapes me right now). The HOGs are okay, items easy to find. Games fairly simple but take a little thought.
There is a jump map, but no area is identified, so you have to remember what a room looked like in order to jump to it. Believe me, you are going to use the jump a lot. Way too much jumping to the same area for one item here and one there. Gets real tiring real fast. Hint system is nice and helpful and I like the fact that you can set the refill speed to whatever you want...very nice addition. Also like that the inventory bar locks in place..hate that thing jumping up and down all the time. Nice SG, except that a few key words were left out here and there, i.e. return to, or back to, or go to...it will just tell you to do something and you know you are not in the correct location to do it. A little guessing game.
This game did not knock me off my seat and I admit I was getting a little bored with the cute little animals. I love animals, but enough is enough. That raccoon is annoying and constantly has to eat. This is not a bad game, but it did not make me want to run out and buy it either. I'm going to put this one in my puddle for another day and wait for a really good special. It just didn't strike me as CE worthy and was not at all challenging. I do recomment this for a beginner who just wants to walk through a game.
As always, try it for yourself and see what you think. We all have different tastes in games and you may find this one to be exactly what you are looking for today. Thanks for the reviews.
August 22, 2013
Barely OK Game
This game has some good points:
- Player adjustable hint and skip refresh (down to 10 sec.)
- Hint during game play points in right direction
- HOS and puzzles are OK
The story is the same-old for this series, as is the artwork. There is what I guess is considered a requirement now - a critter or two to help you. Gets old, in my opinion. There are lots of collectibles, but who cares. Game play is rather simple and straightforward. There are some totally bizarre use of objects - pick a lock with a cactus needle for example.
I only played the demo, but it for sure isn't a buy as a CE for me. Maybe the SE.
August 22, 2013
Great Game if I Could Only Finish It.
This is a wonderful game - three levels of play, good storyline that continues throughout the game, beautiful scenery, puzzles that make sense, and innovative HOS. I was truly enjoying this and would have highly recommended it until I hit a bug (not a technical issue - but a scenario that occurs from which there is no recovery because a required inventory item cannot be retrieved) that prevents completion. To make things worse, this also makes the CE extras not accessible. If you are considering purchasing this game, you might want to read the forums and wait to see if a fix will be released by ERS. This was a sad way to cut short an otherwise perfect gaming experience.
August 31, 2013
Not Wildly Exciting
While I didn't care for the style of the graphics, I did like that the scenes were very colorful. The music was unobtrusive and pleasant.
Game play was so-so. I didn't find the hint system very helpful. It just kept pointing to where to go, not really what to do.
There is a lot of forth and back. Just when you think you've got everything, alas, there is one more item to run after.
I did like the unique interactive HOS. Haven't seen many like that in other games. I also like the alternative game you could play if you wanted to bypass the HOS or couldn't find an item. Very different fromwhat I've seen in other games.
What I did like very much were the settings. They are so customizable! If you are an impatient sore like me, you'll want to set the hint recharge to something kind of low.
I am not fond of the little dress up critters we are beginning to see a lot of in some games. And I really don't see the purpose of having it do its laundry. Totally takes away from the actual game. But some will like the extra that provides and I have to admit they are kind of cute; just not for me.
While I might not care for this game so much, others might and I suggest trying it before buying it.
August 23, 2013
The game is a bit confusing. The graphics are not up to date. The story is more boring than entertaining. The tasks are easy, some too easy. Of course, not everything is bad. It was not enough to keep me 60minutes on the PC. Too bad there were already better.
August 23, 2013
NOT LIKING IT AT ALL, SOME ITEMS USED IMPLAUSIBLY
BASED ON PLAYING 3/4 OF THE WAY IN HARD MODE
First let me say that in hard mode, there are no hints, black bar clues or anything to help the player. I love that, and that's all I love. The story is boring x infinity. The graphics and voice overs are well done, but the games and IHOS are very easy. Still, that's not the reason I don't like this game. I don't like it because there is no rhyme or reason to the sequence of actions and movement of the player. In addition, there are many times when items are used to accomplish tasks which in reality, couldn't possibly work....the PIN????? Come on!! If you play past chapter five, you will know what I mean. I also found that I'd have the correct item and would have placed it on the correct use just to have it tell me no. I often had to place and replace the item until I hit just the right spot before it would accept it.....the PIN????? I don't know how many times nor how many places on the item I tried that pin before it accepted it. When I finally got it to work, I was irritated. I was no longer having fun. The game had become work; unpleasant work. I'm very glad I bought this game during half price day or I'd be fuming. I'll finish it because I paid for it, but my advice is for you to play the demo before making a purchase.
August 27, 2013
Slow Moving & Boring
Based on demo. Graphics are cartoonish & the actors voice for the doctor is much too young sounding for the character portrayed. The game just plodded along without getting anywhere fast. Plot was a familiar one & just plain boring.
August 22, 2013
No Five Star For Me.!!!!
For sure not a buy for me. Graphics not to my liking. I really dislike the way, its done. Especially its destination. Have to wait now for, the more great developers. Sorry could not, want to finish trial.
August 22, 2013
Horrible game didn't even finish the trial1
August 22, 2013
You'll Love This Game: If You Are Between the Ages of Five And Ten
I only needed to look at the screenshots to know this was an ERS game. Mostly, I avoid them because every game they release anymore looks and sounds exactly the same. Several dozen games later, one would think they've changed, well...SOMETHING! Alas no. I'm essentially playing the same game I was two years ago. Oh goodie.
With that said, I do occasionally download a demo to see if maybe, just maybe, they actually spiced things up a bit and worked more on "quality" than "quantity", hoping that one day they may go back to how they were as a developer originally which was 'cutting-edge' not 'cookie-cutter'. They used to be one of my favorites. Obviously, that has changed. Unfortunately, after playing the demo of this game I realized that they are still using the same tired formula.
What is with the cutesy dress them up and feed them animals?? This is the ONE thing that they have 'added-in' to their last dozen games or so and it's getting old...fast. I am not ten years old, thank you. It's insulting. If you are going to make a children's game then please create and market a children's game. I no longer play with my barbies and I really don't need to dress up a computer animated animal and 'take care' of it.
Yes, my review is harsh; however, I've been wondering for a LONG time where the creativity has gone. Please put some effort into the game. Please use new items in the hidden object scenes: I've seen that same exact pair of scissors more times than I wish to count. Please think up new and creative stories. Please update the soundtrack. It's the same music used in all previous games, with minor tweaks. Please update the graphics; the washed-out look is becoming a bad trademark. And please do away with the oh-so-cute animal 'friends'. It was fun once. Now it's more overdone than my grandmother's holiday turkey.
Do I recommend this game? No. I recommend the pass lane, at speeds over 100 miles an hour.
August 24, 2013