Nightmares from the Deep: The Siren's Call
I'll try not to carp
I really wanted to like this game, seeing as it currently has nearly 5 stars as an overall average- but I couldn't. I couldn't even finish the demo and could only think, "this is silly." The game starts out already leaning too heavily on remembrances of the previous game which spawned this sequel- then the main character immediately gets called in to help out in this absurd situation of a fish mob. There was absolutely no challenge in the little bit that I played- interactions with objects were predictable and the objects found or gained were used almost immediately. The storyline was just as predictable- meet the lovers, watch the lovers be separated immediately! Whatever shall the main character do to save the day?
The scenes themselves were crisp and colorful but nothing amazing- and I'd rather have a great storyline and gameplay over that any day.
The characters were very two-dimensional and lacked any depth. They seemed like they were there simply to move along the game. Fishman made me laugh, with his heartfelt and dramatic plea for gauze! It was at this point that I had to exit the game due to extreme lack of interest in it.
August 27, 2013
It's All Been Done Before
Starts off with so many cut scenes, you might just as well be watching a movie. Only two HOS in 40 minutes, but many puzzles -- basically one right after another. Two puzzles couldn't be skipped, but at least they weren't hard to solve. One of the HOS was the silhouette kind where each thing you find leads to the next thing.
There's an evil Mayor Murray. He's a fish man with an unhuman fish head. It irked me that his name is Murray. The mermaid-slash-siren is Calliope, a fitting name for a siren. But Murray for a fish? Please. I've known a couple of real-life men named Murray Fish, but neither of them had fish heads. Well, maybe one of them did look a little bit like a fish.
But at least they give you an actual fire hose to put out a fire instead of a tiny bucket, never mind that the hose shoots up the stairs by itself and then stands in midair like a cobra waiting for you to take hold of it. After the fire is out, it returns to the cobra pose. Must be an enchanted fire hose.
Speaking of putting out fires, how many games have you played that start out with a fire emergency? Of course, you have an injured buddy, a fish man with a nearly human head. He's the one who got you into this mess in the first place. You have to revive him with smelling salts, and next find some gauze to bandage his wound. I was surprised you didn't also have to find scissors and adhesive tape! After that, you come across the usual person-who-wants-you-to-bring-him-something, in this case, an blind old rummy. But forget him, because now you have to.get something out of a sewer drain, and figure out a way to open a mechanical gate lift.
August 22, 2013
The game is just great
I got stuck on the black and white puzzle game and found no way out. There was no example or directions, so that was the sad end of my game.
August 20, 2013