Nightmares from the Deep: The Siren's Call
All that and a side of calamari!
I'm copying this (and editing it a bit) from my review of the CE version.
This review is based on a complete playthrough of the game and bonus content.
First up, the CE stuff, so you know what you miss getting the SE: I was critical of the first Nightmare's for lack of 'bling' - they brought it in barrels for this title. Three kinds of collectibles, not easy to spot - I only found half of the morphs. Achievements, from basic gameplay to 'Do a mahjong level in a minute'. The usual swag package of art and redoable puzzles and stuff.
The bonus chapter took me a bit over an hour. The main game ends conclusively, this adds a bit more information to help set up the next title. Heavy on the HOS and a few puzzles, light on story/plot, but it was interesting and enjoyable to play.
Now for the main game: I played on expert, the highest of three difficulty levels (can be changed in game). No sparkles anywhere, no objectives shown on map (they are for the first two). The map is a 'jump' map, and the diary fills up with useful information and tasks, crossing off the titles of the sections you've completed.
THE GOOD: The main game took me about six and half hours to play, with me playing mahjong instead of the HOS (misclick penalty starts sending me seasick). I'm a slow player, I like to enjoy the scenes and look for the collectibles and move around the map, but you are definitely getting your money's worth in this game.
The HOS are the 'very interactive' variety - get this, use it there, find these, do this with them, eventually you reach the end and get your object. Or you can do the mahjong.
Directional Hint, lockable inventory, well written journal and just general UI and game mechanics goodness.
The music: Play with your sound on! They didn't call this Siren's Song for nothing. Beautiful, haunting, charming, emotive music.Voice overs were good, too.
The story starts off strong and gets you caring about the characters. They also did a great job of keeping a sense of urgency through the game: yes, we know we have all the time in the world to play, but it shouldn't _feel_ that way - and it doesn't.
THE BAD: Mahjong could have been more challenging. They went with a very simple tileset (simpler than in the last title) and still auto-shuffle, so no real thought or planning required. I get why they do that (you have to 'play' the game in reverse to build a for certain winnable level, and that can take time, especially on mobile platforms). Still, that was the only 'ding' I could find.
That and the misclick penalty - It goes with the nautical theme, but seasickness isn't my thing.
THE UGLY: Nothing. Seriously.
BOTTOM LINE: Tough call, but I'm listing this as my new favorite over Angelica Weaver: Catch Me When You Can. This is how you do it. If you don't care much about the collectibles and achievements, then the SE is a great buy. The game ends solidly, there's nothing 'required' in the bonus chapter either to complete this game or to understand the next.
I don't give five star reviews often. I save them for games like this.
August 4, 2014
Fun Game--Better Than "Cursed Heart"
Based on my completion of the standard edition version of the game:
I enjoyed both Nightmares from the Deep games, but I thought this game was better than "Cursed Heart." In fact, a lot of the issues I had with the first game have been revised in "Siren's Call." The storyline is even more engaging and has a fair number of cut scenes with interesting characters, the voice actors of which are much better as well. I personally enjoy these elements as I like games that feel like an interactive movie/story.
There is more of a challenge to this game than "Cursed Heart" as well. There are more puzzles without an over-abundance of HOS. For the HOS there are, they are interactive, which I also enjoy. However, the puzzles are still very easy. So easy, in fact, that even a beginner may grow tired of these puzzles that take only moments to complete.
The graphics are pretty, basically the quality of a modern cartoon/movie. The animation, especially mouth movements, are odd at times, so if that bugs you, it is something to consider.
I gave "Cursed Heart" only four stars, but because this game was much improved, I give it five stars and definitely recommend!
April 24, 2014
NIGHTMARES FROM THE DEEP: THE SIREN'S CALL ~ SING'S ALL THE WAY THROUGH
With there already being a lot of detailed reviews, I'll just get to the point.
Siren's Call is a 5-star game. There is a great ending, keeping with the storyline. Puzzles are easy to hard. I think I only skipped one. A variety of HO's. Lots to do.
The game length is medium to long, depending if you play Mahjong instead of the HO's( I found the Mahjong too easy), and if you listen to the story instead of skipping it.
Leaves room for a sequel and I hope one is made.
February 17, 2014
Excellent game!! Lots of different kinds of mini-games!
This is another high quality game from the developer Artifex Mundi. The story is interesting and well written, I cared about the characters and their dilemma, the game play made sense, the mini-games are easy, fun, and varied, and the drawings, voices, animation, and videos were great. Plus, there were not too many HO's and the game actually let's you keep a useful item throughout the game--what a concept, I wish more games would do that. Also liked that scenes closed when completed and the developers actually wrapped up the story at the end--thank you for that! Overall, an excellent, fun game of the highest quality. Loved playing it.
January 22, 2014
So well done and so much fun
I loved every single detail of this game, from the sound and visual quality, the attention to detail, the story line, the games puzzles and HO, the characters, and the overall play of the game. So worth it!!
November 21, 2013
What a Great Game!!!
This is one of the BEST Games I've played in awhile. The Awakening Series are my favorites but now this ranks right up there. The graphics were awesome and the story line was great fun and you won't want to skip even one part of it. The Interactive Map was perfect and I loved the HO'S as they were all another game with-in themselves (a cleaver idea to be sure-:). I always like the fact that you can either 'lock or unlock' your Inventory Bar and this game has that feature. I don't think you will be disappointed in this choice game.
November 3, 2013
loved this game!!
kept me hooked up for hours, interesting and fun!! not to hard but not too easy either.. didn't play the previous game, yet it didn't make this game any less fun.
September 7, 2013
Liked this one better than the first
I really enjoyed playing this game. I loved the story line. Great graphics and sound.
Little bit easy for me but full of fun.
It kept me going.
September 7, 2013
up there with "Song of the Phoenix"
Story has lots of details and more twists and turns than your average adventure.
A perfect balance of good and evil that continues the prequel and opens up hope for a third chapter.
September 2, 2013
Would have played it straight thru if my husband didn't get hungry (lol) Engaging,moderate difficulty and an interesting storyline.
August 28, 2013