Twilight Phenomena: Strange Menagerie
Differences to the Collector's Edition... :)
I loved to play the Collector?s Edition of this one?. Just tried the Standard-Edition to find any differences.
This game ends conclusively after 3,5 hours in the 2nd mode. Bonus-chapter offered in the CE is an additional story. Mentionable Extras ONLY available in the CE: lots of achievements, 20 bars of soap to collect: They are needed for your racoon, as it first washes his clothes before wearing them (has nothing to do with the game though), replayable minigames and hidden-object-scenes, strategy guide.
There were no hidden object scenes in the first game.. This time we also have 14 HOS, some played twice: slightly interactive from list, searching for silhouettes, 15 related items or 10 pairs. Instead of playing a HOS, you may switch into a minigame.
We have 17 minigames/ puzzles, some of them wellknown like rotation-puzzles or sliders and some brandnew ones. In some of them you have the option to choose if you want to play the puzzle casual or hard.
Facts: 3 modes plus custom-mode to choose from (you can change the play-mode during the game), 6 chapters, lockable inventory, direction giving hint, map showing active areas and allowing you to jump, detailed journal, a racoon is your helping friend (very funny!)
Still a high recommendable adventure, worth a try!! :)
September 20, 2013
WHAT THIS GAME DOESN'T HAVE JUST DOESN'T EXIST
Love the imagery. The menagerie is fantastically creative. Some of the ERS' developers certainly have a great imagination and their artistic staff is simply outstanding to interpret the environments so stunningly. Smooth gameplay and outrageously gorgeous graphics. Puzzles vary in variety and complexity and HOS are unusually colorful and pleasant to do (no dull drab fall-asleep HOS here). (You can do mini-games if you don't care for HOS.)
Lots to do and locations to explore. The story is cohesive and skillfully told. A lot of attention to details and every aspect has been well thought out. Especially like the racoon helper - love that he keeps overeating whenever there's anything edible in sight and you can buy his personalized wardrobe. It's a hoot!
This is one of the best games to come out in the recent weeks. As with all ERS games, the production values are exceptional. They must have the best creative staff around. A real pleasure to play.
September 20, 2013
Love This Series!
The is the second of the Twilight Phenomena series. They're both 5 star games for me but I have to say the first one was a little better. Both have good graphics, good puzzles, good voice overs, and good music. The second has HOS's, which I'm not crazy about, but I wasn't bombarded with them. This won't be 5 star for some, but I'm basing this rating on how much fun I had with it. I think most will really enjoy this game. I played on hard core mode and never used a hint, but I'm extremely patient and I like to find the solutions myself. I was stuck for a while a couple of times. Just the amount of challenge I like.
May 1, 2014
STRANGE PHENOMENA IN MEXICO!
This is a good game, but it won't blow your socks off. A sinister doctor has been experimenting with crossing animal DNA but has gone one step further by injecting several animals DNA into your cousin! In the CE version you will earn clothing for a raccoon that has befriended you and when you collect 5 items of the ensemble then you can change outfits. With the SE you still befriend the hungry critter but no outfits to don. This is a pretty easy game to figure out and there really aren't any HOS but rather a find 15 items that the Myan Indians didn't use or a progressive silhouetted item where you find the shadowed items and then use those items in the scene. The graphics aren't the best either but there are a lot of pastel colors to brighten up the game. Mini games are fairly simple and many of them have a casual or hard setting which makes it nice and you can choose a customized game difficulty which is another feature I liked. Enjoy!
September 20, 2013
Engaging & Fun
BASED ON FULL DEMO
I loved ?Calavera: Day Of The Dead?, did you? If the answer is yes, you are sure to like this one. It has that same offbeat style, and Central American locales and theme, done as only ERS can do. If, however, you are a great fan of the first ?Twilight Phenomena?, you may not be so excited about finding HO scenes in this one. But they?re colourful and varied, with the option to play an interesting and challenging mini-game instead, and well-integrated into the game world.
The other puzzles are also varied and enjoyable, and I didn?t find any of them either too difficult or too easy, there is a nice mix. The adventure gameplay can be a bit odd at times, but there is a directional hint, and an interactive jump map, plus the journal. We also have an assistant (yes, he?s cute, and funny, and in the CE version, you can dress him up in costumes). He is not helpful, though, unless you feed him!
The game also has many options for you to customise the difficulty level regarding sparkles, black bar help, hint and skip.
The game starts with a character breathlessly telling us of the trouble she has found herself in ? which turns out to be becoming an willing part of an experiment using the DNA of animals in humans.
For once, we arrive at the scene without having crash landed something, with a simple page of paper outside the front of the house our friend is, presumably, in. Our arrival is a bit daunting anyway though, as the occupant of the house shoots a tranquiliser dart at us!
I am still of two minds about whether the CE or SE is the better game. I guess in the end it comes down to how much you enjoy the bells and whistles of achievements and collectibles and dressing up the raccoon.
September 23, 2013
I liked it fun to play
ERS can make great games and this one is just as good. Fun to play. Not really hard at all.
Hint button works great, has a map. Puzzles are good and the HOS are also good. Not that many HOS. Has voice over and good graphics. Good fun game.
I have played all of them and this one is a little different in play but still good. This game is really pretty easy.
September 20, 2013
Different in a good way!
I liked twist with the combination of animal DNA. You can also choose what help you can get or none at all in the custom mode.
It's not always spelled out what to do next, which is why I liked it. The graphics are a bit pedestrian. But all in all it's a good game.
September 20, 2013
I tried the ce version a few weeks ago, but didn't like it quite enough to pay full price. When the se came out, I decided to buy it. This game was so off the wall it was comical. It seems to take place in Mexico, and the whole time I was playing it, I couldn't help but wonder if the developers were smoking something from Mexico when they put it together,lol. The premice of the game is DNA and docs playing God by combining animal and human DNA to create half man, half beast species. Some of the combinations were so funny. The graphics were very good,clear and colorful. The music was appropriate and enjoyable to a point, as it was on a loop and got old after a while. The game itself was long which I liked. The hint system was very good as well and filled pretty quickly. It took me about 6 hours to play this game which isn't too shabby for an se. The hos and games were ok too.
September 28, 2013
3 1/2 stars for this one! Okay game!
I would still recommend it. A little off the wall a bit but a fun game. HOS were muddy in some areas, junk piles in others; puzzles okay. Solving DNA findings, silhouettes and interactive inventory items were fun, really. So there was a variety. Hint button was good; map--so-so. But believe me I don't knock these games because whether the game is an A+ or C- a lot of work goes into these games and I commend the developers no matter what. I played the SE edition and I'm not sorry I bought it. I recommend it.
November 30, 2013
Ugh, not another!!
The second game in the Twilight Phenomena series by ERS
3 levels of difficulties.
I actually don't really like the first game in the series, the story just doesnt make sense. And actually I was reluctant to buy this one, but I had to, as my game coupon is about to expire, so I made the risky decision to buy this game since I know the dev: ERS.
OK voiceovers and graphics, didn't expect much from this game dev., their trademark washed-out colors are infamous. Didn't like at all that they use animals as strange creatures, and portraying them in being locked or abused, definitely not my cup of tea.
Cannot make the sense also on inventory items used for the most unconventional way, I mean, using a cactus needle to open up a door lock? how is that possible??
I am sure I am not buying any game in this series again.
June 15, 2014