Surface: The Pantheon Collector's Edition
TECHNICALLY AMAZING, BUT....
Science fiction fans will rejoice with Surface's Pantheon as the developers return to their roots with an "Alien" storyline. While this game had all the bells and whistles that is now expected from the Surface series, I found it's predecessor, The Noise She Makes, a psychological thriller/mystery game, way more creative engaging and interesting. What I clearly discovered while playing this game was that the storyline matters to me... a lot. And as good as the game is technically, the engagement factor was really missing for me. While I wanted to rescue the family, friends and adorable bulldog, I couldn't help think it would be way cooler to do it in another setting. As I kept playing, I realized that this was much more about enjoying the "Surface experience"; rather than my actual emotional involvement in the game. So the satisfaction for me was in the actual completion, as well as in the quality of the game itself, which is remarkable. On the other hand, if you are into Alien's then this is the game for you.
September 30, 2013
Best Surface Yet
This is a must have game. I was very pulled in by story and task. Loved the HO's. I could brag all night on this one. The only thing that makes me smile a little is on the first HO when looking for whistles; I was hoping to find a train whistle and hear a train whistle when I found it. But no train whistle. Great game.
November 7, 2013
Surface: The Pantheon Collectors Edition - FUN!
My review is based on the full version of the CE. I have very mixed feelings about this game, but when it was done, the bottom line was an unusual level of enjoyment along with some question marks about where this story was going.
For me....the visual and sound quality, along with the voice overs and cut scenes really made this game quite fun. Put your imagination goggles on and sit back a relax and enjoy this one. There really are no annoying glitches or too much back and forth.....the game is nice and long, yet moves right along at a steady pace.
The "Capital Express" is about to make it's maiden journey through a newly engineered tunnel saving three hours off a train trip through the Ridge of Leviathan. You are trying to catch up with the train to meet up with your husband and daughter, but fate has you being tripped up and missing your scheduled trip.
From there.....time passes and after a year of grieving, you are determined to go and find out the fate of your husband and daughter.
Gameplay is fairly standard....HOS and games...the games are mostly easy and a nice distraction.....and the HOGs are fairly typical with the exception that a few items are actually from your inventory list, or items yet to be found. It's nice to have a little switch in the middle of a HOG to go find something to bring back to finish the mini game.
There are also collectible flowers as usual from this developer.....the colors you collect have different point values. I would be happy to leave that out, but some gamers like the extra "hunt" in each new scene.
Midway through the game, you've found yourself in a "settlement" of other lost passengers or searchers that is sort of like "Hippie Hollow" or the "Lost Boys". The characters are interesting and you interact with them.....not knowing if they are there to help or hinder you....and that's for you to find out.
Throughout the game, there are cut scenes where you are "thinking out loud" which serves the purpose of explaining your actions. I really felt this added to the total composite of the game.
The last third part of the game gets a little fantastical....not so demonic or scary, but definitely the "bad guys" are explained and you understand the nature of the beast you are following.
This game is great for any age. I almost did not buy it, because the demo really did not grab me. I decided to give it a try based on the very clear and well done graphics and visuals. I was not disappointed. While the subject is a little off my usual interest, it was refreshing not to see monsters, demons, endless skulls and dungeons and death.
I definitely recommend this game!
October 24, 2013
Great story. Terrible voice-overs!
I loved this game! Very challenging and fun to play. But wow, the main woman's voice-over acting was dreadful. Very over-done. i literally turned the sounds down when she would speak. I've noticed this seems to be a trend with these games. The actors sound like they are just reading scripts. It's certainly not enough to deter me from playing a sequel or recommending it, which I highly do!
October 23, 2013
This was my first Surface game. Overall I thought it was a good game. There is a lot going on with the adventure to find and free your family; there are many hidden objects to find and use (and you never go to the same one again, which I like); and there are a lot of puzzles to solve. You have a map, a hint button and the strategy guide. However, I found that if you follow the hint button it isn't always in sync with the guide.
October 1, 2013
A Bit Confusing
I played the trial version and liked this game,but for some reason the game really irked me. I think what really got on my nerves was the hos. Some of the objects needed to complete them were from my inventory. I didn't always have all of them so I had to go on a wild goose chase to find them to complete the hos. The story line was confusing because I never really understood why part of the family was taken. It seemed that the aliens wanted the child because should could be productive for approximately 75 years according to their study of the human race, but why did they take the father and the other adults?I didn't care for the hint system, or more to the point, the continous same remark that came up everytime you tried to use something that wasn't right. It was "silly me,what was I thinking. Geesh, they could have changed it up a bit now and then. The art work was nice, and the music was pleasant. Other then that, I can't say much about the game. In my opinion it is forgettable, and not one I would replay.
September 30, 2013
Too much talking
Great game with good idea although I would have like to have gone into several of the other dimensions/worlds that would have been a lot more fun. I didn't think the game was very long for a CE and not many places to go. Bonus game was short as well.
September 29, 2013
Surface: The Pantheon
Just finished playing the demo and I will definitely buy this game.
A train carrying your husband and daughter goes missing after entering a strange tunnel. After a year, you go investigating to see if you can find them. The opening scenes are nice and quite dramatic. Felt quite drawn in already after just watching that.
The graphics as always are very good, but not quite so in the cut scenes; they go a bit fuzzy then. There are voice-overs plus subtitles, however the mouths don't move when there's talking.
I came across about 3-4 HOS in the demo which in my opinion is a good amount. You don't get a HOS in every location and I like that. I don't enjoy games where there's HOS in every location. It just gets boring and interupts the game play. So looks like the game is not cluttered with HOS which is good news! Puzzles are scattered aswell and range in difficulty; although didn't come across any that were very difficult.
There's notes, tasks, a lockable inventory (a must for me!) and the usual hint and skip buttons, plus three modes of difficulty. There are also flowers to collect; so far I've found about 2 or 3 in every location.
I would have given this game 5 stars had it not been for the excessive cut scenes and dialogue! Certainly in the demo, every time you move locations, there's a cut scene and more talking. I really hope that doesn't happen all the way through!
All in all, I'm looking forward to getting started again.
September 27, 2013
Torn (based on demo)
I don't usually do reviews just on the demo, but I'm still torn as to whether to purchase this one or not, and I wanted to just say a few things. Having enjoyed the first two in the series, I really wanted to like this one too. Unfortunately, I found this one a little disappointing in comparison.
I thought the usually stunning Elephant graphics were somehow lacking their usual clarity and depth, and the cut scenes were really fuzzy. On the subject of cut scenes, I found there were way too many, practically every scene change, so that I felt as if I was watching more than playing.
I was also disappointed with the puzzles. As with the last Elephant game I demoed (and didn't buy), they seem to have become so easy, some ridiculously so. One just basically involved counting from 1-16, now where is the challenge in that?
I like the fact that they have kept the flowers to collect, which count towards earning different things in 'The Pantheon', and good to see the achievements still include earned things, rather than awards for simply progressing through the game.
I know Elephant games are on a 50% discount today, but for me, the jury is still out. I really hope this isn't the pattern of things to come from Elephant. Many others seem to be raving about this, so I guess you'll just have to try it for yourself. One thing I would say though, is try the first in the series before you try this one.
September 25, 2013
An OK game
It is a well done and easy game but not much fun for me. too much junk and building sites and laboratories. I guess younger players would enjoy it more. I am 60 and like games that draw me in completely with more challeneges and a bit of reality.
September 22, 2013