Grim Tales: Bloody Mary
Bloody Mary - A Red Game!
Based upon completed CE game, and SE demo.
Although not my personal favourite in the series, this is a fine, good quality game. The story is engaging, but predictable. The main plot is minimally supported in the dialogue and gameplay. The bonus chapter gives a more in-depth understanding of the villain, and is a prequel to the main story (SE). However, the plot is resolved in the SE version, and you don't need the CE for a conclusion.
Game graphics are outstanding in their clarity and detail, although I found that the red hue overshadowed the beautiful artistry. After playing the demo, I thought that the red hue was clever, but it became quite tiresome after several hours of gameplay. With so much red, it was difficult to appreciate the beautiful details of clouds passing by, rippling water, moss on trees and the grain in wood.
There are 3 modes of play: Casual, Advanced and Expert. Although there are no sparkles in Advanced and Expert mode, there are still black bar tips, and clues (often animated#. For me, theses animated clues were amusing, and I wasn't upset as they merely pointed to the obvious. e.g. Stick figure hitting a lock with a sledgehammer.
There are voiceovers, but no lip movements.
There is a diary.
There is a transporter map. Current location and active areas are indicated.
Note: For those who may be sensitive to bright light, there are bright flashes of white light when you try to transport to the mirror world via its own icon in the map. I chose to go to the mirror worlds via the mirrors in the "normal" realm, rather than the icon on the map, as there were no bright lights and movement was seamless.
HOS: There are 13 HOS. There are some interactions in HOS, and scenes were crisp and clear. Scenes were visited only once in the main game.
Hints: Hints provide the next step outside of HOS, but will not give directional help....so, if you don't remember locations, you'll have to peruse the map.
HInts refill in approximately 35 secs in casual mode, 1 min in advanced mode, and are disabled in expert mode.
Puzzles/Minigames: There are 18 puzzles/minigames. There were the typical matching patterns, but some were more unusual. I consider myself a puzzle novice, but I found 14 of the puzzles to be ridiculously easy, involving entering codes or simple trial and error. The rest were simply time consuming and of medium difficulty. Puzzle experts looking for a challenge will most likely be very disappointed.
Skip: Puzzles can be skipped in approximately 1 min in casual mode, 1 min 15 secs in advanced mode and cannot be skipped in expert mode.
Overall, I found that there was a nice balance between HOS and Puzzles. Although puzzles slightly outnumbered HOS, most were too simple, and even I would have welcomed more of a challenge. However, the simple puzzles helped me to move smoothly through the game with a minimum of frustration. I completed the main #SE# game in a little over 5 hours and enjoyed it immensely. I would highly recommend the SE version.
October 22, 2013
Needs a bit of work...
I was really excited when i saw this game was out, I love the Grim Tales series, and this looked like a promising one. I bought the game, installed and began playing.
As I started the game, the graphics were amazing. When I hit play, the quality seemed a bit poor in the small clip, showing the aunt driving to her niece's school to pick her up from a possible threat. The first hidden objects scene was, to be completely honest, disappointing, ugly and VERY jumbled. Either the adults at the school weren't mature enough to pick the toys up, or the kids are very ungrateful. I was disappointed how there wasn't a penalty for randomly clicking, but I guess that's also nice if you are stuck(?)
The aunt has to find her niece, Jackie, but has terrible luck. Children are going berserk. You should think Blackhill once was a mental hospital where the spirits were still haunting. The first scene had some great scenery, the music was out of place though. It didn't exactly fit the story so far.
The game was fun, had the quality and sound, a bit out of place sometimes, random HO-scenes (as always...) and a great storyline. The challenge was too easy though (I'm an avid gamer, so it might be easy for me. I don't know)
January 10, 2014
It had a good beginning but...
This game is not available in the Brazilian Big Fish website.
Yes, I was impressed by the beginning, and thought it would keep me thrilled. It almost did, but I am a bit tired of the producer's same old trick with the animal minion (this time, a chipmunk or else).
At least the last six games from the same producer I played, all had a sort of animal to bring me things I couldn't reach otherwise. Cats can do it, monkeys, squirrels can do it, etc etc (maybe a fish, next time?).
Also, I didn't like the hurried finale of this game (I mean, you spend all this time collecting items etc, and suddenly, someone else has ALL the items you need to defeat the demon, finish the game, in her pocket!!!! I felt hugely disappointed with a sloppy, hurried ending).
The game has great features, graphics, music and story, and the terror, thrilling mood you got is the best of them. But I wish the producers could rethink this game a little bit. It was almost perfect, except for those things I mentioned.
January 1, 2014
If the game wasn't so easy it would be a home run!! Challenge me a little more on the mini games.....Please!!! 2013
December 3, 2013
I have all of the Grim Tales BUT ????
This game had a gloomy tale but the graphics made it not so gloomy. Just the black spider like 'evil' was suppose to be gloomy but I just ignored. I also did not listen to the audio so I can't say anything about that.
As for the games - boring, monotonous -usually I just played a little then Skipped.
there was a lot of running around just to get one item that I did not care for BUT at least there was a Map to see where there was still something to do or to take me back to where I was.
It just wasn't all that interesting game to me.
Yet I gave it a 4 because I know there are some who like this type game.
November 19, 2013
Bloody Maaary, Bloody Maarrry, Bl-
A nice hidden object game, and my first in the 'Grim Tales' games. Great graphics, and differing locations - including 'mirror worlds'. I didn't play this quick enough, so I lost the plot a few times over a couple of weeks (thank god for hints!). This is a pretty straight-forward game though, with most the games being simple - it would've been nice to have had a couple of more complex challenges.
May 21, 2014
WAY TO GO ELEPHANT!
i was bumfuzzled at first when the download said 'free trial' instead of '60 minutes'...didn't know just what that difference meant until i went as far as possible in the demo. was pleased to be able to go back in under a different name and replay the game regardless of how long it took. wonderful idea guys!
this way, you don't have to miss interesting details, skip harder puzzles or cutscenes and dialog in order to go as far as possible. it also allows you to really get a good idea of whether or not it's a game you want to buy.
KUDOS Elephant guys! not only are your games good to look at, with interesting story lines and fun to play, but now i don't have to rush the demo...yeah!
February 7, 2014
Nice Entry, A bit long/repetitive
I have liked all the Grim Tales - this one is the least personal in the series, but the most complex and best looking. A fun journey - low on story but high on adventure.
Pros: Graphics are beautiful, puzzles are varied (not just HOG) and easy to Medium. Locations around the house are also varied and not just one room after another. Mirror world adds color and adventure. Music is good, and voice-overs are effective. Things are intuitive (you don't have to ask what to do with what) and you don't have to drag stuff around forever.
Cons: Each "chapter" goes through the same cycle - get in a room, meet demon, fill tasks to get rid of demon, open clue to next room. Although demons are different in what repels them - its the same pattern and toward the end it made the game seem to long. I was ready for it to end. Story is good but not developed. We see Mary but never really learn why she is haunting the school or what she has to do with mirrors. We learn the kids stories randomly.
Overall, a fun entry - light on story, large on things to do.
January 5, 2014
Loved the environment of this game. The music and sounds were awesome and the graphics were beautiful. I wish there had been more of a backstory on Mary. I feel even though I knew the legend the game story had gaps. Very addictive.
January 3, 2014
I don't know why this game was given 5 stars. It's the first time I purchased a game without trying the demo, and I regret it. The mini games held no challenge at all. The graphics are good, and sometimes a bit frightening, but that's really the only good thing I can say about this game. It was a disappointment, and a waste of money.
November 2, 2013