Mayan Prophecies: Cursed Island Collector's Edition
BEAUTIFUL; GOOD GAME, BUT A LITTLE DISAPPOINTING
SUMMARY: This is the sequel to Mayan Prophecies: Ship of Spirits. I loved the original but this sequel left me a little disappointed. But it?s still a great looking game with good gameplay. The artistry was gorgeous and gameplay was similar to the original.
I liked that the ?saved? person from Ship of Spirits was included. I think it?s the story line or maybe the interaction between our heroes and the natives ? it just isn?t compelling me to feel like I should hurry to save the island. At times, it seemed the story had to be fabricated to add more elements and length to the game.
Breaking out hummingbirds and collecting them
Beautiful locations with outstanding artistry
Don?t need to play original to understand this one
Gain a little Mayan history (learning about cultures is always a plus to me)
Nicely done HOS
NOT SO GOOD:
Voice overs don?t sound professional
Story not as compelling as the original
Sometimes storyline felt fabricated
October 5, 2013
Volcanic Eruptions And Mayan Curses!
BASED ON COMPLETED GAME
This game is very much the direct and immediate sequel to the first Mayan Prophesies game, Ship Of Spirits. We pick up exactly where we finished the bonus chapter, taking our vicious poacher back to land. Now, however, we are lost at sea, and things are looking grim.
In an excellent intro, we are reminded, in black and white images, of the story so far, and the new dangers that we now face are picked up in colour. Fully immersive video! (You?ll get the joke when you play the intro). We end up washed ashore on some unknown island and once again have lost the poacher.
SIGHTS & SOUNDS
The quality of the graphics is great. The cut scenes involving the volcano look like real life footage of a volcano eruption. Awesome. The graphics elsewhere are not quite breathtaking, but they are very good. In the first game, colours were dominated by orange and green. I am pleased to find the colours this time focus on tropical green and a dozen vibrant contrasts.
The voiceovers are once again very good, with all characters and the narrator sounding excellent. I didn?t get into the music, but it in no way interfered with the game.
The gameplay for this game is as good as the first. There are loads of mini-games as well as HOPs. This time finding the hummingbirds requires you to find a Mayan idol or artifact, activate it, then catch the bird.
The HOPs can be exchanged for a very fun mahjong game instead. The scenes themselves are beautiful, with a lot of detail, and while occasionally some items are a bit hard to find, for the most part they are really very clear.
The HOPs are interactive lists, and we visit each scene twice. The puzzles, as always for me, ranged from ?do it with your eyes closed? to ?even the SG solution is too hard?. Some interesting twist on a few regular games. There is of course an interactive jump map and directional hint.
I like this game?s bling. Bonus game, gallery, SG. 20 Mahjong boards. Achievements, although not many. 40 of those lovely challenging humming birds to collect, plus 32 pieces of a Mayan calendar, and 40 beyond objects. Which were hard enough to find that I only got 2/3 of them. The main story ends well enough, although they did a line that makes it clear there?s more to be said.
FAMOUS LAST WORDS
This is a great, fun, entertaining game, and I enjoyed playing this and the first Mayan Prophesies back to back immensely satisfying.
November 1, 2013
review of completed game:
-music is good
-vo's are very nicely done
-interactive map tells you where you need to do things and you can jump there
-2 achievable items per screen one morphing the other a humming bird continues to
-puzzles are pretty easy and some very challenging
a bit on the easy side over all
feels a bit short given the file size i figured i would play longer...about 4.5 hours including BC
-demo was only 45 min for me...so a bit on the short side.
this was a fun game i liked the bc as well...the characters were engaging...nothing really spooky or scary at least to me but then i am a horror fan (lol)
if you missed a morphing or hummingbird you can replay the game under same name and you can collect it 2nd time around also any mini-games u had to skip...will show up in achievements section which is why i gave it a 4 star rating.
i got caught up in the game and story that as soon as i finished demo had to buy it!
October 4, 2013
Treasure Hunters and Mayans
The story starts at the end of Mayan Prophecies: Ship of Spirits. They are in the small boat they used to escape the ship only to run out of fuel and supplies. A huge wave throughs them out of the boat and they land on a Mayan Island that is having issues with missing treasures that are destroying the island. The Spirit of the Volcanos has awakened and its a race against time to stop the destruction of the island and to find the treasure hunter that has made it to the island.
The visual was very well done and the colors were bright and vibrant. There was no music to speak of except during the cut scenes which is very appropriate for the scene. You need to find the parts of the Mayan artifact which tells the story of the beginning of the Mayan problems when the items have been stolen.
The hos were interactive and the items were not difficult to find. The mini games were typical, but still nicely done. If you want during the hos, you can change to mahjong games which is a nice change. There are four levels of difficulty with casual, normal, hard and custom as your choices. There was a lot to do with finding 40 beyond objects, 40 hummingbirds and 10 achievements. It was an enjoyable game and recommend it.
October 6, 2013
Not a bad CE
This game nicely follows the plot of the first. It is a good length for a CE, as is the bonus game. There are lots of HOS and minigames.
As always, turned off the music and voiceovers, so no comment on those.
The collectibles were disappointing and not as fun to find as in the first game: there is one of each in every scene, and fairly obvious.
Played on the hardest mode, yet still those annoying black box comments, you have to not read them to make the game challenging.
Nice map that allows you to jump around. On hardest mode they don't indicate places that have something to do, which is an improvement on the first game.
Graphics are well done, I really like the different idols, but the cutscenes were really annoying, shot after boring shot of a volcano erupting.
Bought it on sale, I always like to get a deal on CEs, but it's probably worth the game club full CE price.
October 9, 2013
Another Great Game In This Series ... But Missing Something ?
Good Graphics, Sound, Story, Voice & Video Bits ...
A Nice Follow On From The First Story, But With Very Little Wow Factor ... And Certainly Not Worthy Of A CE At Full Price.
The Bonus Chapter Should Be Part Of The SE Version Anyway So That You Get The Hint That Another Game Might Follow ...
October 7, 2013
Not Great but Good Enough
This Mayan Prophecies edition was good to play, not fantastic but not really bad either. I've seen better graphics in other games for sure but some of the artwork was pretty good. The cutscenes for the most part were a little blurry.
It seemed to be CE worthy with the combination of collecting morphing objects, clicking on things that turned into hummingbirds and getting some achievements. There may have been a few more HOS's than I would prefer but that's ok when you also have the option to play mahjong like this game offered. Seemed to be a fair balance of mini games to HOS with neither one too difficult. I will probably consider purchasing this one with a discount offer.
October 5, 2013
I like that it goes from where the last game left off to where they are now. The visual was great and the music, eheh. I like that we have to find hummingbirds and morphing objects. It makes the game more interesting. We also need to find Mayan artifacts to get the whole story of what needs to be done before the island explodes from the volcano. It is as good as the first if not better. Good game!
October 3, 2013
Just As Fun
I really enjoyed this and own the other Mayan games. This will be added to my list. Never ran out of stuff to do. Puzzles, Ho's and task very well balanced. Can play Mahjong if you are tire of HO's. Journal and a guide. No map. Can change level of play any time. Characters were interesting enough. Well rounded game.
October 30, 2013
Not as good as Ship of Spirits, but still an excellent game
Continuing with a good storyline, graphics and sound are excellent, HOG and puzzles are moderately challenging, with plenty of variety. I missed the "achievements" that were in the Ship of Spirits game...I like to check on progress but couldn't because this was not included in Cursed Island. The videos are still impressive, and help carry the story along; I liked the CE bonus chapter as well. Recommended, together with the Ship of Spirits - I bought both and played all the way through.
October 20, 2013