Punished Talents: Seven Muses Collector's Edition
This is a Reward not Punishment!
This review is based on playing the complete game with bonus material.
Some games are driven by the story, others by HOGs and Puzzles and the storyline only provides a structure for the HOGs and Puzzles. This game is storyline driven.
Fun Factor: I liked the story quite a bit and this game was a lot of fun for me. I think you'll enjoy it also. Read on...you'll see why I liked it...
Visuals: The characters are
comic strip characters come to life. I mean this as a big compliment. Visually the game is stunning, I think. It's set in Chicago in the 30s and I swear you'll feel like that's exactly where you are.
Sound Quality: The game is story driven and music is a huge part of that: it helps set the mood, let's you know when something urgent is happening, can raise your heartbeat a bit, or can slow you down. Basically, the music, if well done, tells you how to feel about what's happening.. The music in Punished Talents is superb.
Visuals and sound come together in lip synching and script. From the very beginning the voice overs are exceptional. The cops you meet in the first scene seem straight from the Chicago PD. They're Irish with brogues and the lip synching is dead on. Later on you meet other characters and when there is lip synching it's very good. Note that not every character scene is lip synched. When the game passes to 3rd person from 1st person the lip synching ceases. It's less appealing at that point but I think it's a story-telling device.
Level of Challenge
HOGs: The HOGs are pretty standard. They are well-drawn and items are well-hidden but present no extraordinary challenge. There are around 20-25 HOGs.
Mini-Games: First off, there are not enough puzzles (I like puzzles and I think there are only around 10-12. Second, while a few of them present a new take on old games, there isn't one puzzle that I remember being completely new. The puzzles also present no great challenge.
This is where the game really thrives. In the first person you are the wife of an author who's being sought by police. Several murders or near murders are taking place in Chicago and the victims and the ways they are victimized are detailed in the books your husband has written. You also are privy to a book about to come out so you are onto some other would-be crimes before the police. By the end of the game you've solved the mystery.
The game's title is a reference to the talents of the victims...a concert pianist, a sculptor, an actress, etc.
As a Collector's Edition, this is what you get:
a. A bonus game (a nice long bonus chapter)
b. The standard "who cares" assortment of Wallpaper, music, re-playable games, videos, concept art.
d. An integrated strategy guide.
e. Two collectibles: one is intrinsic to the game (finding fingerprints: 40) the other is not (find teapots...I dunno may be they drank a lot of tea in Chicago in the 30s..but, yes, finding teapots: 25).
As I said, I think this game is story driven, so the value in the Collector's Edition is the bonus gameplay. The additional puzzles and HOGs are not important. Even though the Bonus gameplay is lengthy and fun, I don't think it's a value. If I had it to do over again, I'd take advantage of the newly available Special Edition. I don't think the CE is really worth it. The overall rating of 3 is a reflection of the lack of value in the CE. As an SE for so much less money, I rate it a 4.
Having said all this, I do still recommend the game. I absolutely think it's a lot of fun based on the story line alone.
December 15, 2013
Sure, that's Boston
Why set a game in a real city if the only concession to it being in Boston is that the police have Irish accents? It amused me when we traveled into the "Artists Quarter" since Boston has never had anything as organized as a quarter. That would require streets that are straight! Boston has a lot of neat architecture - why set a scene at some mythical theater when it could be at the Cyclorama at the BCA? Yes, it's set in the 1930s, but one of the things about Boston is that so many of the older (for America) buildings have been preserved. Maybe it gets more accurate in the later parts, though, as I only played the trial.
As another reviewer said, it's also frustrating to be trying to save a friend from dying in a very time-sensitive situation, but instead of doing something sensible (calling the police or an ambulance, or breaking in a window, or whatever) you are forced to run back and forth and play with puppets. Also, even in the 1930s police force, I suspect that they would keep an eye on your house if they were looking for you (although based on the storyline in the trial version, it's not clear why they're looking for you when it's your husband that's in trouble, but they certainly act like it at the theater).
The HOS had some fiddly little things that blended very well, although, again, why I'd stop to find a candy cane in a junk pile when my friend is bleeding out next door, I'm not clear on.
Seriously, some dev needs to come up with a game where your friend that you're trying to save actually does die if you're too slow.
I may buy the SE when it's out, but I don't think I want to dish out for the CE. :(
November 19, 2013
Mystery Who Done It?
This game was fun to play,but a quarter thru it I knew who done it. The game takes place in Boston, 1930's, you help a detective find out who has been killing certain people, nothing new. During the bonus game there is a baseball playing scene where the player has a Miami Marlins logo on his uniform.If this story takes place in the 30's, the Marlins weren't around, someone didn't do their homework, just saying.......For me not worth the collectors Edition.
November 18, 2013
Nice plot device but not a lot else
I do like the premise of this game. Set in the 40's or 50's with a city detective and irish police, an author of murder mysteries is under suspicion because three of his friends are found murdered in situations that mirror ones in his books.
As his wife it is up to you to prevent more murders, prove his innocence and catch the real culprit.
However, once the game gets going it is a very standard game. You dash back and forth picking up items, busy busy between saving one person after another from your clever husband's plots. (Surely you would have read his books and known what to look for? Surely you would be more distressed, more suspicious of convenient helpers?) The puzzles are easy and the map is useless. It tells you where you are and what other locations you've discovered but not whether there is anything to do.
In the end this game didn't engage me and when the demo finished I was happy enough to have the game closed.
I can't quite see what makes this a collector's edition. There are kettle symbols to collect but I didn't encounter anything else. What else will be missing when an SE is released?
November 16, 2013
Not My Cup Of Tea
It was just an ok game to me, not too exciting. Don't know that it is really worthy of a CE price either. You earn some achievements and collect tea pots and the HOS are a little
boring. Mini games are ok and somewhat challenging and the storyline is alright, at least a little different than what you usually see. It has a good interactive map that takes you to the different scenes but for me, this was still just an ok game.
November 16, 2013
Sorry I Bought It
I'm trying to become a fan of HO games, since they seem to be 99% of what's offered. I played the demo and the game was just fine. However, if someone like me, who isn't even particularly skilled at such games, knocked it out in 8 hours, I hardly find it worth the money spent. It's not a bad game; just not worth the expense, in my opinion.
November 18, 2013
Hate to Rain on the Parade, BUT
I just played about half the demo and decided this is not for me.
There is no fun factor in this game. I was confused from the very beginning and I honestly like games like this, but this one just doesn't have it. The jumping around, not knowing really what to look for just took the fun out of it.
The graphics are okay. More cartoon than anything. The sound was excellent and the music was not bad either.
The challenge was in staying with the game. Frustration was the challenge for me. I just did not like this game at all. The things you are looking for have a big lock over them so you can't really see what you are looking for, yet when you look at the scene there will be a sparkle to click on to find the piece.
The story was good so far as I got, but you will have to get that part from other reviewers.
This is not a game for me.
November 19, 2013
Slow, slow, slow and stagnant
I really tried to like this game but found it extremely slow and stagnant. I did not find any part of this game to be enjoyable. I gave it two stars only because of the developer, whom I usually like. I was so disappointed. I would not even pay $1.99 for it.
November 17, 2013
not ce quality
during my hour trail let,s start with the map,very small , HO,s have some tiny/small/nearly invisible object. you spend a lot of time finding one of 4 pieces place and go back and so on. during that very hour a came across 3 MG of witch a skip one. maybe the SE but i would dtill have to think about it
November 16, 2013
game was boring,too slow, story line too much the same as all the rest
November 16, 2013