Nevertales: The Beauty Within Collector's Edition
Difficult, but sometimes unfairly
This is not like the straight-forward Hidden Object Adventure type game most of us here know. Instead of following a story with HO games, with a few other types thrown in, Nevertales is a string of *games* with a bit of *story* thrown in. I never was one to follow the stories closely, but having a story line makes it easier to know where to go next. I found many of the games different and *very* clever. And, even those familiar games were cleverly set up. (don't ask me which--I forgot!!)
It is a LONG game and very worth the $$ for the CE. The drawings are crisp and colorful. (I don't keep the volume on.)
The only**real**gripe I have with Nevertales---and this is why I say it is "unfairly" difficult: Several hidden objects were **truly** hidden--like behind a wall, or curtain, or other places that were NOT in any way intuitive--in no way connected with the story or situation. In one setting I couldn't find the object in a pop-out window. I hit the 'hint' button to be shown the object was in a lower part of the window that had to be scrolled to. I've never even been *able* to scroll within a window!!!
Overall, I **really** liked the game. At a couple points I was a little bored (it's a LONG game) so I exited and picked it up the next day. I also like finding objects throughout the game and found 41 out of 45. (My best!) The bonus game was almost long enough to be a SE...It was an odd ending for the main game, but, at the very end, it made me very angry because it gave me a choice to do something then answered it itself anyway. why did it bother???
Nevertales is one of the most challenging and thought-provoking games I've played in a while.
December 10, 2013
Full of Extras
I won't repeat the whole offerings of this game, since you can read them in other reviews. Let me say this games is FULL OF EXTRAS! It took me 7 hours to complete the game and all the bonus content. I was a bit confused as to how to access some of the bonus games. They do not make it easy. The same is true with some of the mini games and HO scenes. They are not your run of the mill games and they do involve some problem solving to figure them out. Frustrating at times and a few bad words later, the game was more than worth the money. It will be a while before I play it again, but I will play it again. I can't say I loved it but I did find it challenging and different than the norm. Plus with all the extras it makes it more than worth while.
November 30, 2013
Best storyline I've seen in ages
I really enjoyed playing this game.
The sound and the image quality were great.
I found the hidden object scenes a little over done, but were still fun enough to keep your attention. Though my one frustration was using a fig tree branch to trace a path through sand between some stones, if you touch the side you end up going back to the last stone you touched.
The mini puzzles were much more interesting and can be quite a head scratcher.
I really enjoyed the bonus games and the hidden chapters this added character to the game, however I would have had them part of the main game, as there are times you find that you have no idea where to go next.
Fun game overall, would play it again.
November 23, 2013
BASED ON COMPLETED GAME AND BONUS CHAPTER; DISAPPOINTING
REVIEW BASED ON PLAYING ON SCHOLAR LEVEL (HIGHEST)
My opinion of this game changed as I COMPLETED IT.
After reading the glowing reviews, I was expecting a masterpiece. Instead, I found a juvenile story which took off on wild tangents that did not contribute to the mood and feel of the game. The game starts with a serious, thrilling scene in which you are given a child and a cryptic task. Soon after, you are confronted with many seemingly random scenes with various tasks and characters including a fantastical helpful metal owl. I hate childish stuff like side kicks. As I went further into the game, I was getting the feeling that MANY interns were each given a chapter to develop and each person came up with their own story. Then all of those stories were bound together with a loosely tied thread. For example; the game starts with you being tasked with saving the baby, you pass through touching visuals with pop opera music and then halfway through the game, you are meeting JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, finding his beans and defeating the giant. Come on! I will refrain from giving more examples as I don't want to spoil the rest of the game. The story is mainly advanced through what looks like a child-colored book which tells you the disjointed story. You can only turn the pages if you find useless scribbles on the page.....what a waste of time! I really did not like that story book. It was visually unattractive, the objects to hunt were useless and the plot just drivel. The game seemed intent on going from serious, to silly, to serious, to silly .... you get the gist. It was like being on a Halloween/Easter/Christmas ride with no tour guide. Many times I was trying to figure out if the devs wanted me to take them seriously or giggle at the stupidity of their forays into side stories. I don't know, maybe it's me, but I thought this game was a huge dud. I hate to be the only thumbs down person, but I have to be honest about my experience. I wish I could have liked it because I bought it and now I'm stuck with it, lol.
Length of game was good
Graphics were pleasant on some scenes
Voice overs well done
Achievements easily attainable
Bonus chapter is ok, not worth the price of CE
Map was usable, does not jump or indicate areas of interest on Scholar mode
HOS too easy
Mini games too easy
Music changing from orchestral to opera to silly
Lots of scenes of machinery
Mood of story kept changing from pastoral to sci fi to fairy tale, etc.
Ugly storybook which tells the story
Jack and the Beanstalk chapter
BOTTOM LINE: If you're looking for an intelligent, cohesive story with convincing plot twists and supportive scenes, this is NOT the game for you (or me.)
October 27, 2013
I can't really add to the other reviews on here, it is a great game but there IS A GLITCH which hasn't been sorted yet. When you get to chapter 7 use the whetstone to sharpen the garden shears first BEFORE you use it on the chisel otherwise it will disappear from your inventory and you are stuck. BF is aware of the glitch and are working to get it sorted. They have been very good about it, giving me a voucher code for a free CE. Me and others have been really frustrated by this as it is right near the end of the game but as long as you remember that tip you will have lots of fun with, apart from the glitch, an enjoyable game.
November 16, 2013
Maybe I am spoiled after playing all the "Mystery Case Files" (will any game even come close to how awesome 13th Skull and Dire Grove are), but this game was barely enjoyable to me. I have not earned all the achievements and I am not sure I will play again in an effort to try. I played four times trying to earn them...never making it through the the second game. I was aggravated when something went wrong at the end of "The First Chapter" and, therefore, not able to "Save the "Princess." There is no way to go back to try and get the achievement. Once it is gone, it's gone for good. You have to create a new screen name and start all over again.
The mini-puzzles are not difficult, and some are fun, once you know what you are supposed to do. My opinion about the HOPs are mixed. Some are okay while others are very annoying. I am not a fan of HOPs anyway, so those of you who like them, may enjoy these. Good luck getting all the achievements in the HOPs though. It is not easy trying to get 10 objects within 10 seconds, 3 objects in 3 seconds (okay, that's not too hard), and try to find morphing objects all at the same time.
I do not highly dislike the game, so I rated it at just "OK." That might be a little too kind though.
October 28, 2013
I have different expectation
It's great to see this game is so loved by a lot of players, but I think maybe I have expected it differently.
I think the story is too strange for my liking... but I want to mention that I enjoyed the HO scenes very much, they are very interesting and fun. I also enjoyed looking for the morphing collectibles and the roses.
If you like fantasy stories that has a mixed setting (fairytale, modern etc) then you will probably like this one more than I do.
October 30, 2013
There are some very good features in this game, graphics, music, original HOS, but in my opinion it is also too much fragmented, it has too many splits.
There are collectibles, some roses, but they're very easy to find. Not enough challenge.
November 1, 2013
Beautiful, Original, but easy...
Yes, this game has some new ideas! Great! But I found the puzzles and HOS to be much too easy. They are original, clever, and beautiful, but I want a bit more challenge. Counting vases and curtains, or checking the color of a pot is not what I look for in a puzzle.
The custom settings are not what they say they are. I set them for no objectives, yet there they were, every time. Also, sparkles remain for some items, regardless of setting it for no sparkles.
The collectibles are ordinary. I only saw morphing objects in the HOS, and they weren't very interesting ones.
The demo is the first 2 chapters. Of how many? They keep that secret, which often means it's short! The second chapter was especially short.
I can't understand all the perfect reviews for this game. Add a few new things to a hum-ho game and everyone goes nuts! It's like Malibu Stacy and her new hat! (Please get the allusion, people!)
October 24, 2013
It was okay...
Maybe because the reviews were so positive my expectations about the game simply couldn't be fulfilled.
It was an okay game and nothing more. It had some variety in terms of HOGs, but that's about it.
The story was so cheesy and convoluted it reminded me of that mushroom age game (they both feel like bad trips). It felt like the story writers just tacked on lame references to fairytales.
Once they cued in the very cheesy singing I was pretty much done taking this game seriously. Not sure why everyone loves it so much...
November 1, 2013