Redemption Cemetery: Bitter Frost Collector's Edition
Not a fun game
This game was predictable and not a challenge at all. The story was ok but the game play wasn't smooth, there was no chemistry between me and the game. I found myself running between two scenes getting one thing to fix another in the other scene. I hate doing that. This game would be good for a beginner. I didn't bother buying the full version, I figured the free play was enough to convince me it wasn't a game for me.
December 28, 2013
Poor and disappointing
I am a big fan of ERS games. I have to say that this time didn't look like one of them except for the graphics and visual effects. It was too short and it didn't make too much sense. I have purchased the game and it was not worth it for a CE. In short words, por and disappointing.
December 28, 2013
Unredemptive Redemption Cemetery
60% of this is cut scene. Great if you are in the mood for a movie. 20% is simply running back and forth between the screens. 5% is HO games. 15% are match the object and other types of games.
The first two Hidden Object games are used twice and nothing much of a change.
With half of the cut scenes I'd think this would be great for a kid. But think even a kid is going to get bored with lack of game.
Love most of the hidden object games on this and other sites. But I'd not categorize this as a hidden object. Instead I'd say it's more of an adventure game. go to one screen, see you need a key, go back two scenes and get the key, come back and open the lock. Find that you now need another item to use next like a bottle, have to go back two screens to get that next. And so forth. That isn't a spoiler since what the game is like and not what to do in any given scene.
Out of 10 stars, I'd have to give this a 2. Graphics were beautiful and earn the 2 points. Story line was interesting but a bit too repetitive. So sad... so many great reviews that I feel lied too. Wouldn't have spent time on this waiting for it to get better. Short game, I think I spent 3 to 3.5 hours on it.
January 5, 2014
I've never had any trouble with games from Big Fish being glitchy, but this one is awful. I've uninstalled and re-installed it twice now and it keeps kicking me out. I can't play enough of the game to be able to write about whether the level of challenge, etc. are great or not. There are a few other people who have written reviews noting this same issue, so be aware of that if you buy this game. Not pleased.
January 5, 2014
What happened to this series?
I love HOS and puzzles. I have always loved the Redemption Cemetery games. What happened? This game is not for adults but kids would love it. The HOs are very easy.
December 28, 2013
Redemption Cemetery ?, no, just another Christmas story
This is really a Christmas game, with a very hokey story and ditto for the bonus game. The developer really should have released it under a different name and left Redemption Cemetery out of it.
Even on hardest mode, The HOS are a combo of straight HOS and FROGs, and very easy. The puzzles are mostly what you have seen before. The collectibles are easy to find and enable you to build a Christmas scene straight out of a snow globe. The awards are the trappings of a traditional Christmas dinner. In other words, the Christmas theme is done to death in this game, and I wouldn't have bought it if I'd known. It's not at all spooky, scary or gross (dang). The dialogue is pretty much out of a Hallmark classic,way too romantic and silly at times. Speaking of dialogue I turned off the voices but still got them during cut scenes, so had to mute them.
As a Christmas story I'm sure it's fine, but not as a Redemption Cemetery game.
December 31, 2013
Not Redemtion Cemetery
Thrilled to see another Redemption Cemetery, disappointed to actually play. It is nothing like the other Redemption games, did not purchase.
December 27, 2013
Great artwork, terrible story and gameplay
OK, this is from a "senior citizen" point of view, and this game is obviously written for children. So feel free to ignore my review if you're buying this for your kids or grandkids. I should also mention that I just finished playing Fate's Carnival, which is soooo good that I'm kind of spoiled.
From a visual perspective, it is lovely, but the scenes are not very detailed, and there are usually only a few things to find.
The intro was cheesy. Music a big YUCK! Nicely drawn characters but since their lips don't move when they talk, it seems phony.
HO scenes are big, bright and colorful. Easy on my tired old eyes, but really way too easy.
The story line strikes me as silly, and it is irksome that the bad woman keeps waiting for me and saying she can kill me, but she doesn't. There should be a reason. The ice wolf could kill me, too, but he just stands there panting and making very unwolflike sounds.
Objects are often hidden in very unreasonable places -- a metal object in a loaf of bread???? Am I expecting too much logic?
There are some clever HO scenes and puzzles, but they are also pretty simple and silly. OK for kids, I guess. And there are some adorable animals, like the mouse, but getting him out of the cat's grasp was not logical.
To give you an idea of how silly the narrative is, I'll include a sample quote. I don't consider this to be a spoiler because if you play the game you'll hear it.
"It's my beloved Margaret. We ran away against my parent's [sic] wishes, but she fell on the train tracks and... and... and I couldn't save her! I beg you, please help my beloved Margaret."
And later, when you find Margaret on the tracks, the situation becomes even more dire: "Margaret's medicine! She needs it as soon as possible." Well, not if the train runs her over, which I'm thinking it should have because I only had 10 minutes to throw the switch, and time was up quite a while ago. Oh, and she also needs "warmth" to stay alive.
If that's not enough to alienate a serious gamer, trust me, there are plenty more things that defy logic. In one scene, I can't reach a bag on a high shelf, but somehow I manage (without climbing) to reach something at the top of a street lamp post!
And then there's the music. I turned it way down at the beginning, but can still hear what sounds like Hawaiian music playing. It's winter and snowing! C'mon guys.
I will plod through the rest of the game because I don't like wasting my money, but I sure do wish I hadn't bought the CE.
February 25, 2014
So betrayed by the Redemption Cemetery title
First off, I want to start by saying I don't give such low reviews - normally. After all, this is someone's work, their craft, and there is usually a redeeming quality or two to be praised. I am a true fan of the Redemption Cemetery series - I have them all and have played them a number of times each. But THIS game, oh...was I suckered! I bought the game without trying the demo (almost a "never" in my book) based simply upon it being the next in the set of my favorite Redemption games. Well, clearly, the "A" team is on a holiday break and must have taken the "B", "C" "D" and "E" teams with them. This game was clearly written, edited and released by the "F" team! The premise of the storyline was fine...after all, who doesn't want to save their own family, especially your own ancestors! And in true Redemption Cemetery fashion, you go back in time to correct a wrong or two and straighten out history so that spirits can rest in peace. And that's the sum total of how much this game resembles the prior games in the series. Where to start - with the voice reading the storyline in a totally inappropriate tone for the content? Or should I start with the fact that even an expert and long-time gamer like me should have been able to have some reasonable idea of where each story was headed and been able to make reasonable assumptions of my next task or challenge to complete each goal? This simply did not happen. I have never used the hint or skip button so much in my life, let alone all within one game. I was completely hoodwinked by the title alone, and against my normally sound judgment, I purchased the full game. I did play it all the way through to the end, waiting - hoping - for some redeeming quality to share with you. Sadly, I have none to offer. I am soundly disappointed with this game. I believe that BFG must have also had their "A" team on holiday break, because this game does not even come close to achieving the quality of game that I expect from my favorite game site. I am so sorry that I spent my money, and time out of my life, on a game that clearly involved such meager effort on the part of the developers, and the folks at BFG for even releasing such nonsense, let alone at the price of a premium game. So for someone who "never" buys a game without reading the reviews and trying the demo, I guess I have no one to blame ultimately but myself. Clearly this is a classic case of "let the buyer beware." This fish has clearly been ensnarled in the net. Proceed at your own risk.
December 27, 2013
RIP Redemption Cemetery...ERS has jumped the shark AGAIN
Redemption Cemetery: Bitter Frost
Developed by ERS
Review based on first two chapters of full game
IN THE BEGINNING...
Wenonah, the Spirit of Cold, is methodically destroying your ancestors because Koturi, the Owl Spirit (another of your ancestors) did not return her love. For some reason, a photo album holds the key to stopping Wenonah and ensuring your own continued existence.
And the storyline goes downhill from there, I'm sorry to say, into a confusing morass of vignettes populated with characters so wooden that you can't identify with them, subplots so illogically twisted that you can't follow them, and gameplay so nonsensical that even the most seasoned player will be outraged.
PLAY THE GAME...
Navigate a seemingly endless series of filler HO scenes which are minimally interactive. Play formulaic mini-games you've seen a thousand times before. Discover items and use them in ways they were never meant to be used. For example, the lid of a jar is on tightly and you end up using a can opener to get inside the jar.
Graphics are colorful and well-drawn, probably the best aspect of the whole game. Thankfully, the washed out pastels that typified ERS games are not in use here. Animation is somewhat stilted with lip-synching surprisingly missing.
While the music is not the standard ERS game music, it is reminiscent of that in tone, mood, and repetition. I really would like to destroy the "screeching violins" patch on their synthesizer. Game sounds are appropriate. Ambient sounds? I must have missed them, as I don't recall hearing wind blowing, water gurgling, etc.
The map exists inside a screen-wide snow globe. Moving your cursor to its edges allows you to access more of the map, and it is a transporter and indicates objectives. I don't recall whether there was a journal, and I didn't use hints, preferring to rely on the SG which, unfortunately, contained uncorrected errors (probably from the beta) that were maddening.
Collect snowflakes to decorate your own snow globe. I didn't notice myself earning any achievements, so I can't speak to that. There is a bonus adventure and the usual cast of characters offered as extras.
THE LAST WORD?
I did purchase the game, but haven't finished it. Frankly, it bored me. I don't know what the initials "ERS" stand for, but given their recent history, they should consider renaming themselves "JTS Games," as they have become infamous for jumping the shark in just about every one of their series. RIP Redemption Cemetery?we'll miss you.
December 28, 2013