Nevertales: The Beauty Within Collector's Edition
4 stars all across the board
I won't go into the mechanics of the game since the other reviewers did an excellent job of that. After reading all of the 5 star reviews, I was expecting something madly different. I thought it was OK. Yes, there are a lot of collectables. There are objects to seek out to finish collectables. There are rare books to find where you also need to seek out the parts for them. The HOS were ok. I felt putting pieces of what you found on a table to be put together a bit childish. Then there are morphing objects in the HOS. I lean more toward adventure games. This had way too many things to seek out to thrill me. In my opinion, it interrupts the flow of the story. The puzzles were good. New and different. The game froze 3 times on me while playing and I have a new computer. Also, some scenes loaded very slowly. I'm just OK with the game. I recommend it, but it will be a pass for me and I'll retry it when the SE comes out.
October 24, 2013
Interesting and Different
There's a little bit of everything in this game. Standard HOS, FROG, puzzles... and many of these are presented with a twist. I found the demo to be unique enough to hold my interest. Nothing was over-the-top difficult, but not easy, either.
I enjoyed the charachters, but did not care for the villain's growl. It didn't fit. Perhaps later in the game it would make sense?
The graphics were okay with a mixture of "artsy" drawn and "almost" human. The drawn graphics made it difficult to find some objects, though not impossible.
The music seemed appropriate for the game.
At first, I wasn't sure I would like this game. After playing the demo for 47 minutes I can say I wanted more play.
I don't think the description of the extras makes it CE worthy, but I feel it would be a solid SE.
October 24, 2013
overall good but not a collectors buy for me
I am fascinated by this game and will be purchasing it but the collectors edition is actually frustrating me. I am finding the hint button more helpful than the walk through and of course having a map is great. when I go to the walk through for help it sometimes takes me back to a prior location not my current location. I don't use sound so can't rate that and I do recommend this game but I am waiting for the regular version to come out not the collectors. I don't generally care about extra's any way.
October 25, 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