Spirits of Mystery: The Silver Arrow Collector's Edition
Nice storyline, keeps you motivated to keep playing. Good work on the visuals too.
December 27, 2013
SQUEAMISH PLAYERS BE WARNED!!!!
Normally when I write reviews I try to cover all of the basics without giving away anything in the actual storyline. And no, I would be no true Big Fishy if I let any spoilers slip out. Just be warned, this game is surprisingly up close and personal with injuries and wounds. Now, most games when an animal or person gets hurt, not much is shown?.and this game was very open about showing injuries. Within the first few minutes of game play, your beloved dog is attacked, DISLOCATES HIS SHOULDER and lies there crying in pain while you race around to find items to heal him. You have to wrench his little leg back into place! And later, a bear has his leg caught in a trap, and you not only free him, you stitch his bloody wound shut while he cries out in bear whimpers of pain. And those are just the first two instances in the first hour of gameplay!
The graphics are beautiful and crisp, they remind me somewhat of Dark Parables and a bit of Nearwood style. Voiceovers are nice, the game has a great length for the main game I thought, about 5 hours give or take. I just?I liked the game. I did?but for anyone who does not like animals hurt or crying or whining or open wounds on cute loyal critters?.give this one a pass maybe. Or at least gear yourself up for it. I was completely unprepared and had to turn my sound off at least a couple of times because animals and bodily harm do not do it for me. I half-expected a Sarah McLachlan song to start playing when my dog lay there injured and in pain? I just didn't like it. I do better when people are hurt in games, weirdly enough.
So yes this game was another ERS classic, in style, storyline, and HOPA. The HO's were great fun especially and the little details in the game were great. But for anyone who is kind of squeamish (like myself)?maybe try the demo first? I am torn between the rating?but I am giving it a four because without the critter gore, it would be an awesome game to settle down and play.
Happy gaming, Big Fishies!
January 20, 2014
Great little game
Wish it had been longer, but it certainly was an interesting game! I would suggest this one to anyone.
They don't rely on dark screens to hide objects in the HO games. Everything is light and bright. I also like that some of the sections in the HO games you had to do other things besides just find things. I can do with or without that feature though so no extra points for it.
Had there been a few more HO games, I'd have given this a higher rating, or maybe if the game just lasted longer. Always sad when a game is over with within 3 or 4 hours.
Personal score for this game is based on a 10 star system. And I'd give this 8.5 stars. A little more difficult, a little more HO games, and for it to take a little longer... it would be a 10.
January 5, 2014
All Is Magic
Great sequel. Totally was immersed from the start. Great critter action. Nice HO's. Beautiful scenes a handsome prince who even shows up to save you.
Hearts a flutter this game was fun.
January 3, 2014
Same old, same old...
Well, this one has me on the fence, to say the least. Game play is good. Graphics seem old school...maybe back a couple of years, and a little washed out. Music isn't too bad. There is a locking inventory bar and a jump map. Jump map is not identified by location, only a picture...I lose interest in this type of set up quickly. At least the SG doesn't say "return to the tower," it tells you how many steps to go back, which can be quite a few.
HOGs are okay, although straight silhouettes is very boring, and I like HOGs. Puzzles are not difficult, but take a bit to complete (the cup game was easy to figure out#. There are some sound FX, e.g. birds, bugs, water, but not a lot in the way of dialoge...except for the interpreter animal. Ug, extremely grating voice and why do we need to interpret animal speech when it is the land of magic and you just wave your hand? Did not care for that at all. Hint system is helpful and fills quickly.
Not a lot I can say about this game. Only collectibles are the pearls and you only use them to upgrade the tower #yawn). It did not grab me and make me want to buy it to see what happens. The story is nothing new, location is nothing new. The game was not challening to the point of needing to use the SG to figure out what to do next...not necessary at all. I do not see that this game is CE worthy, but I may get the SE if there is a hot deal down the road. I sometimes find that a game is worth buying if I play it a second time, when the SE comes out, although not often.
It is time that the devs do some upgrading of graphics, story and challenge...especially challenge. Really tired of the same old stuff.
As always, try it for yourself and see what you think. We all have different tastes in games and you may find this one to be exactly what you are looking for today. Thanks for the reviews.
December 12, 2013
A Bad Case Of Deja Vu!
This series has had its moments, and one of my favorite was the Song of the Phoenix. Now it seems we are back as Princess (sorry guys but it looks like you will have to change genders here)and we are in love. (I wonder what happened to the other Prince, I swear in the last game there was a Prince). Anyhow, i this story you have found love at first sight and a silver arrow will seal the deal with the ever so charming Prince Phillip. But it looks like you have a deadly rival who fully intends to steal your man and so your mission begins. Now you need to battle wits with the notorious shape shifter and track him down to get back the arrow before his mysterious client takes your place at the altar.
It looks like our bunny team has taken a step back and there doesn't seem to be much improvement with the overall game mechanics here. A standard HOPA game with the ever so familiar graphics, voice overs, music and storyline. So much so, once I could hae sworn I played this game before.
Again we have a weird looking creature who helps with translating animal talk to us. We have a jump map that also indicates progress and tasks as well as a journal. There are HO scenes that vary in style; the ones I played duing the demo required placing items back to their proper places. Mini-games are also familiar and relatively easy to solve. Mostly adventure gameplay which includes mixing potions and collecting inventory items. There are collectables, tiny pearls that amount to gold coins which you spend on decorating a room and there are very basic achievements that are very easy to complete.
The game is really a no brainer and unless you play in the hard mode which will also disable your black bar tips, the game may offer some degree of challenge. It really is a case of deja Vu here and I suppose fans of this genre may enjoy. I on the other hand already have similar games that are far more interesting and so I think I will wait for the SE on this one.
December 12, 2013
There must be a better way to propose
Ahhh, so Prince Phillip shoots his silver arrow and the window it flies into, that girl becomes his bride. How romantic. Not. Here we have another offering from ERS. This, to me, means, same premise, same music, same gameplay, same old same old. Yes, the visuals are nice. The very few HOS I encountered are either place the item back into the HOS or sillhouette. The puzzles were on the easy side. There is a jump map with pictures. This works early on in the game, but becomes confusing later, especially when playing the game over a few days, remembering what each room looks like. The hint and skip recharged quickly although I didn't need them. I did not look at the SG. You can collect pearls to clean up and improve your "tower". You get a little helper who can interpret the thoughts of other animals. Things went downhill after that lol. The game play was simplistic. Not much thinking is required. The story line was the same defeat the evil woman in black to win the prince back. I will admit fairy tale games are not my thing. However, some are interesting if they are challenging. This one no. It is standard ERS formula through and through. I don't recommend.
December 12, 2013
No extra game or interesting bonus with the collector edition
I liked the game but I'm very disapointed the collector edition doesn't provide any extra game and I don't care for wallpapers or extras like that so I think it was not worth the price.
December 27, 2013
A bit like treacle
The graphics are fine, the story line is easy to follow and the little critters along the way are fun, BUT it is a bit like wading through treacle to get into the mood of the story
It seems, in some parts to be very disconnected and I found I needed help to work out what should happen next.
This is wearing and somewhat irritating, but I will continue with the game because of all the other good factors.
December 16, 2013
Typical fairy tale, dicey voiceovers!
I was really underwhelmed by this one, maybe I'm just tired of fairy tale based games. I didn't get through the demo, as I found the voice overs by the 'nanny' so awful that it took me right out of the game, particularly when her accent changed! I'll recommend it for fairy tale fans, as it seemed well produced, but this 'princess' baled on it!
December 13, 2013