Whispered Secrets: Into the Beyond
It's not a big secret: This game is OK. Not more. Not Less. Oh, and you don't need the CE. This Version is just fine!
My review is based on a completed game.
Whispered Secrets is an OK HOG/Puzzle game. Period. Nothing more and nothing less. It is NOT "Beyond" anything. You won't be discussing strategy at the water cooler. It gets a 3 out of 5 overall.
To me, it has an old-fashioned feel. That is, no special features. no intricate story-line. It's as though it's from a previous generation of game development.
Fun factor: I've given this a 3 (maybe a 3.5). It wouldn't have been that high except that the mini-games/puzzles became a bit more interesting and challenging as the game progressed.
Visual/Sound Quality: The word that crept into my mind when I was playing this was "primitive." The drawings and animation seem very old fashioned. There's not a tremendous amount of detail. Objects aren't poorly drawn, they just aren't really richly detailed as in some "state of the art" games we encounter these days. The colors seem muted rather than vibrant.
As for the sound: I've often written that I think sound is very important because it sets the tone for a game. The voice overs are well done, but the lip synching is terrible. So, listen, don't look! As for the music, the first time I played the game it seemed OK. This time it became monotonous.
Level of Challenge: It's not a particularly challenging game at all. When the story line dictates that you need something in order to move forward in the game, you can rest assured that you'll get what you need in the very next scene.
HOGs: I counted 25. Here you'll find the one interesting departure from the norm: while hunting for hidden objects, occasionally you can change the "venue." That is, you're looking at one room with certain objects, and you can flick a switch and be looking at the same room with a different set of objects. I liked this. It is about as imaginative as this game gets. HOS descriptions are well done and the items are neither cramped nor deceptively hidden. If you prefer, however, you can do Match 3 instead of HOG.
The story line is a little odd, but the way it's played out is FUN. I'm not going to ruin it for you, but it has to do with science, this world and beyond. Along the way you'll encounter chemistry, physics, astronomy, and, police sciences.
CE or SE?
If you spend a lot of extra money and spring for the Collector's Edition here's what you'll get:
a. Bonus gameplay.
b. 20+ Achievements (nothing out of the ordinary, but you'll be excited out of the gate because you can get 5-6 achievements in the first couple of minutes).
c. Collectibles, called observers. These are rodent/insect/alien-ish little creatures which are hidden around each scene. There are 164 in all. They are a bit annoying because, while they have nothing to do with the game, you're constantly reminded how many you've gotten, how many there are in a scene and how many you have left to find, you can't ignore them.
d. The standard array of "who cares" stuff: wallpaper, music, screensaver, concept art.
e. A "jump to" map which is very convenient.
g. Strategy guide.
f. As a regular part of the game there is one more collectible. It is directly related to the gameplay, so I won't spoil the fun...you can find it on your own.
Oh yeah: One really ODD quirk about this game: when you take something from your inventory and want to return it because it's the wrong thing, you have to take it back to the very position it had on the inventory bar in order to let go of it.
That's Whispered Secrets. I think you'll enjoy the game without going gaga over it. Having played both versions, I find no compelling reason to spend the extra money on the Collector's Edition (I already have). I think you'll be satisfied with the regular version (especially if you have a coupon to use).
December 11, 2013
OK, but very short
This was an OK game. Not cutting edge, but decent enough. Minis were way too easy so more for the person just starting out. The big problem for me was the length. I got to the bridge in 38 minutes which means this isn't even a 2 1/2 hour game.
December 11, 2013
Where to begin?!
This is one of the worst games I have played here on Big Fish. The cut scenes looked like they were drawn by art students. It was consistently one HOS after another. The puzzles were extremely easy, but the reason I am giving this game a 1 is because one of the mini-games in the last chapter froze on me. and thus I could not complete the game. Since I really didn't like the game that much, that doesn't exactly bother me, but I did pay full price and would have liked to have finished. The main reason I am not recommending this game is because of that puzzle freeze towards the end.
April 2, 2014