Punished Talents: Seven Muses Collector's Edition
A whodunit with your husband as the suspect!
You are Samantha Pollock, whose husband Russell is a famous mystery writer in Boston. Unfortunately, three of his friends have been murdered using the scenarios of three of Russell's books! The game opens with a Rube Goldberg type device that eventually loads a bullet into a gun that shoots the pianist. Quite a surprise to start! Then someone tries to murder his friend Robert, a private eye. Then they cover his sculptor friend in plaster. Luckily, you are there to save them both. But Russell is gone, escaped through the window when the police were at the door.
This is a good game with an interesting premise -- not one we've seen lately. The graphics are reminiscent of the 1930s or so, well rendered. The cut scenes are interesting, and the voice overs very good. The demo ends with a threatening phone call about something about to happen at the theater.
This game was so good, I completely forgot to look for the 25 teapots. You also get a sleuth magnifying glass to search for the 40 fingerprints hidden within the game. There are four modes to choose from including custom, plus a choice for the interactive map to see task flags or not. I've used the task flags on the map instead of the strategy guide, and even in lieu of the hint button. It is quite useful when you find an item to remember which scene it is needed in.
There is a bonus game, plus "Russell's Book" which lets you replay cut scenes, and a "Microscope" that gives you info on the characters. This is a unique game and a definite buy for me.
November 17, 2013
Pulled me into the story right away....
Well, the story has been reviewed already elsewhere, except that I saw a movie similar to this not too long ago, so on with the game play review. Haven't seen a BLAM game for quite some time, so was surprised when this came out.
The graphics and game play were very nice. No problems at all, based on casual mode. The sound FX were very good and appropriate for what was happening at the time and the music played right into it...very well done. I usually turn the music down low for games, but you need to listen to this music, as it moves with the excitement of what is happening in the game. Voice overs were well done and were appropriate to the time and place as well.
Jump map was very nice. The locations were clearly marked and identified, which I really appreciate. SG was the usual. Hint system was very helpful and filled farily quickly. HOGs were nothing special, but clear and pretty clean. Items not difficult to find. Puzzles were also not difficult, but some did take a little thought to complete.
This was not an especially challenging game, but I was drawn into the story and the game play quite quickly. I really like the mystery type games and this is a wonderful "whodunit." I seldom give 5 stars, but I feel this one deserves them. I really liked this game and I am going to purchase the CE. Been holding onto a couple of other games, so I will take advantage of the special today and buy them all. I think this game will appeal to all level of players.
As always, try it for yourself and see what you think. We all have different tastes in games and you may not care for this one at all. Thanks for the reviews.
November 16, 2013
A real Class Act
Now that I have finished the game, I just feel the need to say that Blam has made a game that is really "classy".
You feel as if you are there in the time period and interacting with the characters.
The amount of extra detail and the little animations that occur in every scene, in every HOG didn't have to be put in, but the entire game experience is enriched for their having done so. This was one of the games in which I cheerfully pulled out my magnifying glass, just so I could see all the rich details and to hunt for jokes hidden inside....though this woman who has some vision limitations also needed it to
I had a smile on my face the entire time, except for when my forehead creased as I tried to battle my way through a difficult puzzle. I thought Blam spent time to make sure that some of the puzzles were either fresher versions of old ones, or new ones, and there was a good variety in them. I also thought the balance between HOGS and Puzzles was excellent.
This is gaming at its best.
I know some people thought looking for the fingerprints et al with the magnifying glass got old really quickly, but I enjoyed it as an extra layer of game play....though I wish the Hot Area appeared a little more easily because it often took fiddling back and forth with the magnifier to locate an area.
The tea kettles were sometimes too easy to find, but by not having them in every scene, and sometimes making them hard to find that issue became less of a big deal to me....and I had to laugh at the cleverness of how the tea pot was added to some scenes.
For those folks who are tired of either cute or fairy tale games, or who are tired of mad wizards, vampires or monsters, this straightforward detective "Who done it" in the hard boiled style of the 30's - 50's was very refreshing.
The art work and music were great and the extras that were added for the CE made it well worth the extra cost, but it was especially the quality of the Bonus Game that really made it worthwhile.
I like the fact that the Main Game was fully completed at its end and that the Bonus was also completed by its end....but that it was done in a way that added something to the entire story.
Good Job Blam Games.....please get that sequel out asap. I am looking forward to it!
November 25, 2013
Really Loved this game!
I found the graphics to be really well done, the storyline to be fun and imaginative and the music beautiful. The HOS were not overly difficult or annoying. I found there to be just enough to balance out the great story. The map function (if you choose that option) was so good that I rarely had a moment where I didn't know where to go next. I was able to enjoy the look and the feel of the game with no frustration. Great choice! Well done!!
November 20, 2013
Great detective game
I absolutely loved this game. There is so much to do, gorgeous locations, a good map, it all happens in Boston, great graphics. And of course...collectables.
I liked the fact that their are visions about the next murder, based on that you go back and stop the crime before it happens. Great animations and the people look very much real.
The length was nice for me and the bonus, not really needed to finish the game, was also very interesting. That however happened in Chicago. Also of nice length.
Sometimes the items found made no sense on how I find them, but never mind. It's just a game.
The ending suggests that their will be another part coming out.
I hope so, it was a lot of fun to play, never boring.
November 18, 2013
A Suspenseful Classic Whodunnit Thriller
Everyone has sung their praises to this game and for good reason. Punished Talents: Seven Muses Collector's Edition a riveting "whodunnit' story. Beautifully drawn. Great cut scenes and who doesn't like a great thriller with a persistent hard-boiled detective and plenty of murders.
The voice overs are very good and the game suspenseful. Great puzzles some I have not played before. Had me really scratching my head and yeah, give me some challenge.
Super game with some unique elements. Even some of the HO scenes had a different twist.
Probably my favorite game of 2013. I hope there will be more detective-themed games of this caliber. Hint to devs, think classic Hitchcock suspense-thrillers.
November 19, 2013
Engaging and Enjoyable from start to finish including Bonus
What a delight to play a game that is original and refreshingly different from the recent formulaic offerings. I was beginning to wonder if I could be bothered to play any more. I was just waiting for find a bucket, mend the well, give the wolf a steak in every single game and this has renewed my enjoyment because it was different. All the tasks seemed to be in keeping with moving the story forward and not pointless time wasters. The plot was at least a new story and the mini games were not the same old same old. A lot of them were quite new or revamped to appear different and I enjoyed most of them. The explanations for some of them were rather vague but mostly I could figure out what to do. One of them I found highly addictive and played it for over an hour once I had completed the game. I like it when you can replay some of the mini games as this is often my favourite part of the game. For once I really enjoyed the bonus chapter and it did not feel like a weary afterthought. I appreciated the new locations and the artwork while not breathtakingly beautiful did not need to be as they totally fit the story. I think this is probably a 4.5 star game but as I played it through at one sitting and really enjoyed myself I think to round up to 5 stars was fair. It is not a stunning game but it is a really a solidly good game and one that should appeal to boxes sexes, if you can forget you are a very glamorous woman because of the detective element. I think with the sale this weekend it was very much worth the CE price. I wish the teapots had been more beautiful but I guess they would have stuck out like sore thumbs in the background. Collecting the finger prints was fun but there is 40 of them which perhaps was too many and you need them to open one of the extras. Try for yourself but I was very entertained.
November 17, 2013
My favorite game
Based on finished game and bonus chapter
It is my current favorite game:
* A very interesting crime-story, like a very good book, you want to finish without a brake.
* Real people in real places, no black fog, no mysterious or crazy enemy, who took my husband, child... - "only" a real murderer.
* The bonus chapter is another crime story in another city - long and also thrilling. (I find the most bonus chapters boring and not so fresh,as the good main story - but not this one!)
* Nice and clear graphic, nice music.
* Some of the HO-scenes were "multiple-interactive", especially in the last chapters of the main game - you'll see, what I mean! :-) - Not to much HO-scenes, a really lucky balance between minigames and HOS.
Thank you for the thrilling hours!
November 17, 2013
This game has everything - interesting storyline, great puzzles, and beautiful artwork. I highly recommend it!
November 16, 2013
A wonderful game with a remakable lenght. Two kinds of collectibles. Worth of a CE!
November 27, 2013