Christmas Stories: A Christmas Carol Collector's Edition
Puts one in the Christmas Spirit
I just couldnt wait to play the demo of this. There's nothing I like more than the Christmas season. I will say I liked last years offering of the Nutcracker better, however, this is a great game. Not too many (at all) HOS. Those I did encounter were a tad difficult with things hidden amongst the shadows. The puzzles were cute and interesting. You have 4 levels of difficulty to choose. A jump map which shows you the picture of the room you want to go to.... not too crazy about that. There are morphing penguins, those little guys are quick. You get help with a "good" scrooge, which was very nice as compared to a fuzzy animal helper. There is a lot of tooing and froing in this game, which I personally like. That is why I do not like a jump map which shows me a picture of the room. My one qualm, and it's a small one, the game is too quiet. The music is basically non-existent and other ambient noises, such as maybe snow blowing or church bells ringing are no where to be found. I will buy this, but as an SE. Im not a fan of the wallpaper, etc. And the penguins did not do much for me. Happy festive gaming !!!!
December 5, 2013
Baah Ha Ha! Ho Ho Ho I mean
Great game. Plenty to do. I even had to use the hint button to help. Interactive map. Nice choices pre-set up. Cute to say. Characters were great. Love looking for penguins.
December 5, 2013
I really love this game, save for the bug im currently stuck with
Loving the game, everything about is is awesome and challenging
Save for level 5 where I've been stuck now for a while, with the moving the limbs of the puppet in snow clothing, which will give me Tims Amulet. It wont go into my inventory, even though I've finished aligning it... Hope BFG will get back to me soon on that error... Other than that I totally love the game!!!
September 25, 2014
Loved this game and the bonus content was my fav part they should make one soley with just cats!! excellent.
December 23, 2013
a wonderful game - but it should be known that there is a serious glitch...
all goes well and it is tremendously fun up until you reach the point of aligning Tim's figure with its silhouette - many players can't get past this very very frustrating stage - and you have to abort the game - such a shame! and how come Elephant Games does not solve it??!! read the comments in the game's forum.
December 22, 2013
This game is just plain fun to play.
Top notch presentation. The VOs aren't the best, but the rest is exceptional. There is a whole raft of cute critters to help you, but they aren't too annoying.
Well designed with the usual back and forth, but the jump map helps there. The developer finally improved their map to show where immediate action is needed as well as future action. Also, they improved the HINT - it doesn't tell you exactly what to do. You are given an option to jump to the scene needing action. The HOS are some of the worst I have seen with some very tiny objects to find. I didn't get all the way through one HOS without using the HINT. The puzzles were difficult, I thought. You have to "work" on some items in inventory - combine, cut, etc.
I thought it was great - turn back time to make things better. Don't we all wish we could do that at times? There isn't a journal, but one isn't needed.
There are morphing penguins to find, but I thought they were difficult to see. They are a waste anyway in my opinion. There are achievements, too, and a bonus chapter.
Very enjoyable game!
December 20, 2013
Good game just not great
Has good sound and graphics. Hint button is one of the best. The HOS and puzzles are good and not hard. I just could not get into it. Soo much going all over the place finding clues and trying to remember where they go. Just seemed slow to me.
December 18, 2013
Kudos in keeping with "Christmans" yet, overall.... Bah Humbug
Fully expecting to buy this, I purchased an extra credit to apply prior to Demo-ing the game. I am not certain now that I will use those credits toward this game rather than wait for the SE.
The first cut scene was enjoyable. Yet, to me, the magic, along with the graphics and storyline were more than a tad too watered down and 'sketchy; versus vivid, well polished and enticing and most importantly,overall, the game just did not flow and the storyline did not portray the classic "oomph" of the original. Rather, it offered disjointed and unintuitive and frequently annoying little interruptions and roadblocks #common to everyday games and I'll add... partly due to the game not being intuitive in nature# so ultimately there just was not the substance there to make it a true Christmas treat IMO.
I believe in part the graphics are a huge part of my opinion as I just have not been able to warm up to the "artistic" style of "E" games and find them to be, frankly speaking, just a tad ugly-ish. I also do not appreciate the repetitive nature of the "E" game's puzzles overall #not enough originality#.
So, this one may have to wait for a winter SE for me... and despite my being in the minority, I believe there are others that echo my sentiments.
If you appreciate the graphics, the strange boxy things and doors constantly needing strange keys, the very 'typical' gameplay, etc. etc., please do enjoy and I do recommend with said reserve.
Lastly and very importantly:
A sincere and hearty Merry Christmas to all those swimming in the pond!
December 6, 2013
No visions of sugarplums
I bought this game hoping/anticipating/wishing it was as good as Nutcracker, from last year, and needless to say after playing this game over two nights, I quit and uninstalled. It's not horrible by any means, it's just the same ol' same ol' in my eyes. I feel the game plods along, throwing the occasional HOG at you or some super easy puzzle, while the story is just so uninspiring I don't even care what happens next. Graphics are very nice in places, not so much in others. Game play is oddly slow, the cursor drags a bit. The morphing penguins take so long to morph, the should have given a big bottle of Visine, free, with this game as you sit with eyes pasted open, waiting for a glimpse.
Yes, it's a Christmas story. Always kinda nice this time of year. It has little to do with the Scrooge story except that this is an excuse for The Scrooge Guy to be mean and nasty #broken heart, don't ya know.# I'm still wondering why I have a Scrooge Angel guy lurking in the left corner, but he's creepy.
IMHO not worth the CE price, and is a nice enough game if you want something to play but nothing special, exciting, new, interesting or Warm and Fuzzy Hey It's Christmas.
Joyous Whatever-Your- Heart- Celebrates to all fellow fishies!
December 10, 2013
Wanted to lend my support to those saying that this game fell a little short and to assure some of the British game fans that while the knowledge of the story may be impacting their approach to the game, I can honestly say that IMO that was less of a cause than just the fact that the game is weak. There is more and more of a tendency to water down games and make them way too cutesy these days. Like some of the reviewers, I just finished MCF's latest Madame Fate related game and while blown away with its complexity and challenge and then this came along. I enjoyed Nutcracker and have played more than once so I was delighted about this.....but I didn't buy it. Might use a coupon on it but it was too contrived, used too many cast members - helpful animals and angels etc for my taste. Why can't I have to find some other way to reach stuff that's high. These days all the games want to give me a fetch assistant so there's never any "how am I going to accomplish that?' feeling anymore. It's "obstacle, solution, obstacle, solution" all within a scene. So....try it. But don't be surprised if you don't like it.
December 13, 2013