Christmas Stories: A Christmas Carol Collector's Edition
I haven't bought the full game yet, but I plan on it based on the trial. It has nice art, an interesting story (because really, don't the villains always have a reason they're evil?) and some decent extras. I don't think it's quite as good as the Nutcracker, and it's not very difficult so far, but I don't mind that.
Also, the freaking pretzels ARE historically accurate. Pretzels were depicted from the 13th century on as symbols of bakers and their guilds (possibly even earlier). I noticed multiple people harping on that in low star reviews, and it took me all of 4 seconds to find that out, though rating a game like this on historical accuracy seems a little silly.
December 18, 2013
Scroogetastic all the way!
I have been a fan of the Christmas stories series since the first Nutcracker game came out, and I took on this game hoping and hoping that it would be an equal to the previous game in the series. Interestingly enough, the plot was less cute and adorable as the first but held its own and was a wonderful game to immerse myself into as the snow fell outside my window and outside Scrooge's mansion.
Beautiful, glittering graphics, crisp scenes and HO's, an awesome array of mini-puzzles that will satisfy both adventure and HO fans alike. The storyline was an excellent play on the classic Scrooge story with good twists. The length averaged around 6 hours for me?but I did spend a lot of time looking at the scenes and making my way slowly through the game. The Christmas feel of the game was a great mixture of nature and classical and cute.
I absolutely love traditional holiday games, especially winter and Christmas themed. I do hold the Nutcracker game higher because of the overwhelming cuteness of the dolls and tiny soldier?but that's more of my obsession with miniatures, not the effort the designers put into this game.
Now, after playing the CE, I would suggest the die-hard Christmas fans to go for the CE only if they want to see the kitty cats from the previous game. The bonus chapter was rather short and the last puzzle was confusing so I had to skip it?It has nothing to do with the main game at all, which wraps up in a very satisfying way all by itself. The collectables are minimal?I am NOT a fan of morphing objects to find (34 penguins) because you have to sit and wait for them to switch before you can click on them, and this game as great as it was, was really not worth the extra money, unless you want to keep the Christmas spirit going for a bit longer.
I absolutely recommend this game as an SE, for any age and for any player level. It is enchanting and brings the fuzzy cozy feelings, no matter the weather or season you're in. For the big Christmas Stories fans, go for the CE.
Happy gaming, Big Fishies!
January 17, 2014
5 Stars for main game, downgraded for bonus play & extras
Superb graphics and animations, interesting story, good mini games (some very easy, others quite challenging). It was fun to play, and up until the game ended, I would have rated it a 5 because I thoroughly enjoyed the scenery, especially all of the beautiful Christmas decorations, and the animated toys. Even for an old curmudgeon like me, the children in the story were loveable.
It didn't bother me that the traditional story was altered. I thought it was great that your tasks were to complete acts of kindness, for which you were rewarded. It felt good, even though it's just a game.
Finding the morphing penguins was fun, but I did miss a few and you are not given a chance to go back and find them at the end, nor are the locations indicated on the map. Even if they would just highlight the map to show where I had found a penguin, that would have encouraged me to go to other locations and look harder. Oh well. Perhaps in future games.
Here's what I didn't like:
BONUS GAME: Unless you are about 3 years old and/or REALLY love cats, I think you'd agree with me that the bonus game trivialized the main game and was quite silly. Cute, yes, captivating, no.
CE EXTRAS: If you like the challenge of finding hidden objects real fast, you'll be pleased with the Achievements. I scored pitifully low on achievements because I like to enjoy the scenery and take my time looking around. Don't care about those sorts of achievements or music or concept art. Sometimes I like to capture scenes to use as backgrounds, but this game does not allow you to use the snipping tool in windowed mode. Well, you can, but there is a giant PAUSED in the middle of the screen. None of the 12 backgrounds that are offered appealed to me. I want pretty scenery, not pictures of armored things or a closeup of the not very attractive Scrooge. It sure would be nice if the game developers would add a little feature to let you select any scene to capture as a background. I don't care if there's a title in the corner.
The whole CE concept kind of bothers me. Every game should be complete and come to a logical conclusion without a bonus chapter. In this game, it did, so I can't complain about that. But the problem is that you won't know if the bonus content is worth it until you've already bought it. Wouldn't it be great if you could just buy "the game" and then if you really loved it and wanted the extras, you could get them as an add-on for a few more bucks?
Finally, I will ask Elephant again to NOT have the RESET option. What is the purpose? I already said I wanted to PLAY, and if I want to restart I can create another name. Does RESET do what it sounds like it would and wipe out all of your progress? I haven't tried. If it simply returns to the main screen, then please call it return, or better yet, eliminate it. If I want to quit, I can click Menu and Quit. Am I missing something?
This is a wonderful game, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves Christmas. But think carefully before you choose the CE over the SE.
January 14, 2014
i was able to preview this game and loved it
Full game review
-graphics nice and clear
-sound quality was very good
-character vo's were perfect for the characters
-game play was very fun
-interface was excellent
-interactive map...did not use it til the end
-nice mini game very challenging
ho's were very junky some items were nearly impossible to find...not a game to play if your tired
was delightful loved the cats! It was not one of those that everything is done in one scene so took longer then usual to play it...how wonderful to feel like it was a real game within a game :)
i personally really enjoyed playing this game...it did seem the more you got into the game the more junky the ho's got to be...not that they should not be challenging but some were so hidden had to use hint button several times; which i almost never do...loved the BC it was very fun and not as short as most BC's :)
won't put anything else since it more than likely has been covered in other reviews....would have reviewed sooner but for some reason was not showing up in my browser until today.
P.S. going to play it again and see if i can collect all the penguins...did not know they were there till i accidently clicked on one lol
December 7, 2013
BOUGHT THIS GAME FOR MY NEPHEW
PLAYED THE MAIN GAME, JUST TESTING IT FOR HIM LOL.
Not really my cup of tea, but fantastic for youngsters. by the time i get it, everyone has said many of the things, that i would have said.
Colourful, Pretty, nice sentiment, and ideal for teaching our young, the true values of life, in this i applaud the game masters.
Have to play the bonus content, and since i'm very fond of cats, i look forward to enjoying this
Even though its not my taste, i must recommend it, not too! would be churlish, enjoy, MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL YOU GAMERS Hugs xxx
December 7, 2013
Good Game for Kids and Adults
I liked this game very much. Not too challenging but fun and relaxing. I am going to try this game on the expert level. I normally play on Casual but enjoyed the game so I will play it again. I love the bright, colorful games and Elephant games are well constructed.
December 6, 2013
I can't resist a bit of snow !
LOVE games with snow and Christmas.
Not a huge fan of the hidden object games BUT there are exceptions.
This is good . I found it a little frustrating that there were only two or three things going on In each room though.
But you don't have to have a memory like an elephant or have to go back to first base to collect things either.
Think I preferred last years big Christmas game overall .
December 12, 2013
Bravo Elephant! Bravo!
The visual aspect of the game is awesome. It gets you hook to this game feeling like they you are actually there (or was it just me) anyways go get a copy. You won't regret it :)
December 17, 2013
nice christmas game
I like to play hidden object game and I think this is one of the better ones I love to holidays one with good story line and puzzles
December 5, 2013
The storyline is very very entertaining, and different!. Not hard to follow, graphics are great. I have only played the free hour, but buying the game ASAP! This is a good gift for an avid HOBer.
I like the storyline, and the even though the guide is available, its not really needed. The game is easy and challenging.
December 5, 2013