Spirits of Mystery: The Silver Arrow Collector's Edition
Falls short of the previous Adventures
HO games are boring and hopefully will improve as the game continues. Puzzles were pretty simple but way too many just in the demo so expect there will be more than needed. The talking creature is annoying after a couple of times conversing with the Dog, text would have been better. I will probably purchase this one but will wait for the SE as I love this series, just very disappointed that this one does not compare with the quality of the previous stories.
December 12, 2013
Forget the Silver Arrow. What's needed is a silver BULLET!
If I'm going to pay $14 for a game I expect its developers to iron out the details. Maybe I should have read the description of the game more carefully and just skipped it. I didn't. I take the responsibility of reviewing games seriously, so I'll always be completely honest: I did not end up purchasing this game. I contemplated buying it after I completed the hour-long trial but opted against. Here's what happened:
The game takes place just before my wedding to my beloved Prince Phillip. Early on he sends a note to me which requires my written response. The reply is signed "Princess Mark." Very nifty that my first name is weaved into the storyline. Better yet, the developers should have anticipated the situation, and made the game a third-person perspective.
Speaking of perspective: The game takes place in "fairy tale times, befitting the marriage of a handsome prince and his beautiful princess. Curiously enough, my (the character's) wise old granny (whose name is Nanny) apparently comes from the deep south of the United States, inasmuch as she has a pronounced southern accent. Oh Well. What about the game?
Fun Factor: Because of the above "stuff" I wasn't having a good time. The rating reflects this.
Visual/Sound Quality: Even before I began playing the game I made a note that the background music was really good. It's anachronistic: it sounded, at first, like modern jazz. It didn't take long for it to morph into run-of-the mill elevator music. I'd have preferred the jazz interpretation.
Visuals: I think the drawing and coloration are well done. The characters look almost real. Humans look more like photographs than drawings and I commend the artists who accomplished this.
Finally, I guess this is a combination of visual and sound quality: the lip synching is THE BEST I HAVE SEEN in any game anytime.
Level of Challenge: It's not a hard game. I also don't think it progresses logically and some of the "tasks" just don't make sense at all. The developers take a stab at new games, but they miss the mark. If you buy this, you'll experience early on what I mean. The HOGs are ordinary at best. They are not challenging and they are not remotely creative.
The storyline: Well, you know part of it already. You can imagine the rest: things don't go smoothly as I approach my wedding day. An evil sorcerer (who has the capability of changing his appearance) has stolen the title's "silver arrow." Without this arrow I cannot marry my beloved. The story is about getting the arrow back.
Here's what you get for purchasing this Collector's Edition:
a. A long bonus chapter (based on the length of the strategy guide devoted to it.
b. Strategy guide (duh).
c. One Collectible (an item appears, without rhyme or reason, throughout the game). These items are converted into a currency value. With the accruing currency you can purchase "services" and clean up a tower room in your Grandmother's castle.
d. Achievements (the ordinary assortment).
e. Re-playable cut-scenes, wallpaper, concept art, screensaver, music, re-playable mini-games and HOGs.
f. A "jump to" Map.
g. 3 levels of difficulty from which to choose.
I prefer detective, murder-mystery driven content. If you do as well, I don't think you'll like this game. On the other hand, if you prefer a feel-good atmosphere, and a game where happy ending doesn't mean catching the bad guy, t think this game will be very satisfying for you. Therefore, I can recommend this game.
If you're not in a hurry to get a game right away, I suggest waiting for the SE. I don't think the CE content justifies the cost difference.
December 12, 2013
2 THUMBS DOWN
After Elephant Game's wonderful additions, this one is just LACK-LUSTER. No way.
December 12, 2013
Blurry graphics, poor HOS, short lenght, tons of cutscenes and dialogues and a portal system that disrupts the pace of the game.
Just one type of collectibles very easy to find.
January 21, 2014