Haunted Train: Spirits of Charon Collector's Edition
I enjoyed this game very much.
January 15, 2014
An intertaining ride!
This is based on the demo. Three modes of play: Casual, Expert and Professional. Interactive map. There is written dialog also, which you can use the space bar to speed up. Also an option for no sound, which I've noticed some people like that feature. Has 12 chapters, plus a bonus. HOS are somewhat interactive and some are different, such as placing correct items with the correct person. I found this to be a different and fun game and intend to purchase it. BF is really coming up with some good ones lately.
January 11, 2014
All aboard.....Haunted train!!!
Wow this adventure has everything and more. This journey takes you to a whole other level of spine tingle mystery. I was extremely surprised to discover how long the story takes to complete. You must solve 4 murders and save Olivia, then the bonus round takes you further without straying from the story. It continues....
This is a marvelous quest that will leave you wanting more! I would rate this above 5 stars. I highly recommend!!!
February 4, 2014
Haunted Train is fantastic
I really enjoyed the demo of this game and will purchase it. Liked the interaction of the hogs. The map is very helpful. To me it was a great game. The demo was over with before I knew it. Really kept me intrigued.
January 11, 2014
HAUNTED TRAIN , BEST GAME OF NEW YEAR !!!!!
ORIGINAL STORY LINE GREAT! LOVE THE SPIRITS NEAT MINI GAMES, SCENES GREAT,I COULD GO ON AN ON! GIVE THIS ONE A WHIRL ! YOU'll LOVE IT !
January 11, 2014
Fun story, Fun Game!~!
The story is a bit sad but interesting. I liked the voice overs with the exception of Olivia who was a bit over the top sometimes. The storyline is very interesting and keeps you going. The puzzles are fun and some are new which is a breath of fresh air. Overall a very fun game!~!
January 11, 2014
THIS GAME IS WORTH EVERY BIT OF YOUR TIME/MONEY!
This game has heart and soul of love lost and found. The escaped villians get there just due after committing terrible crimes. I am always amazed how the developers of these game produce such great graphics, its amazing. As these developers well know, when you have a great storyline along with great graphics and good music, it's always and winning combination. The mini-games were good without making you crazy. I look forward to the next game. Thanks.
February 8, 2014
I Liked It!
It has been a while since we have had a creepy tale involving murder, vengeance and retribution. Our story begins with a wedding and unfortunately ends with death as Daniel?s bride is snatched from his embrace and taken away by a shadowy figure. In order to retrieve her from the train of death, Daniel finds himself enslaved to the biddings of Charon, a sort of grim reaper, who strikes up a deal: in return for his bride as well as bestowing peace to several restless souls onboard, he must locate and bring to the train their murderers where they will end up paying the piper. Our adventure begins as we take to the streets of several European cities, first starting with Paris.
A very well constructed and entertaining story turned into a simple HOPA game that unfortunately is brought to us as a CE, not entirely well-deserved. However taking into consideration that there is a sale on today, I am tempted to purchase it in order to see where the story takes us.
The graphics are mediocre at best, a bit dark and blurred in some scenes. I have to applaud developers for sound effects, voice-overs and music which were well done. Main menu offers you three modes of difficulty and your tools include a journal of sorts, a mystical pair of glasses that detect paranormal, a map that will indicate areas of interest as well as transport you and a hint system that merely points the way.
I enjoyed the adventure as you begin to examine scenes and pick up objects necessary. There is a lot of backtracking but thankfully you have the map for this. Hidden object scenes are frequent and standard lists of items with slight interaction. Some objects are very obscured or hidden away on the top far of the scene making it difficult to spot them. Mini-games were old and very simple to solve. Then entire game is mostly running from one spot to another and the real challenge is trying to remember where to use your inventory.
Haunted Train, Spirits of Charon would have been an excellent game had the developers added a bit more challenge as well as some extras. There are no collectables, no achievements, and no real challenge. It is a straight forward HOPA with an engaging story which I found engaging and will prompt me to buy. I liked it and will give it four stars only because of the story. I finished the demo well within the hour without having to use a hint or refer to the SG. The game looks to be long but pretty straightforward. I have managed to put Bluebeard on board and am definitely interested to see what other culprits there are out there. I liked it!
January 11, 2014
CE Extras and bonus game not required
I thoroughly enjoyed this game and purchased the CE on sale. After finishing the bonus game, I would say that you can wait for the SE - unless like me you were so drawn into the story and gameplay that it was worth buying for early game play. The main story is a decent length 5 hours or so and story resolves satisfactorily that extended story isn't required. There aren't any achievements, collectibles or morphing objects. The story, scenes, music, voice overs are really well done.
January 12, 2014
Unique storyline, good gameplay...NOT worthy of CE status
Haunted Train: Spirits of Charon
Developed by Deep Shadows
Review based on demo (casual mode)
IN THE BEGINNING...
You play as Daniel. Your new bride Olivia was cruelly murdered on your wedding day by Count Orlok. You were knocked unconscious and awoke with a train ticket in hand?a ticket entitling you to ride the Hades-bound train belonging to Charon, the infernal ferryman.
Charon makes you a deal: lure Count Orlok and his nefarious crew of evildoers onto the train so they can be transported to the afterlife where they belong, and he will return Olivia to you. You will also free the souls of several others who have been trapped on the train, those who were victims of Orlok and his minions.
PLAY THE GAME...
Standard adventure interspersed with interactive HO scenes, puzzles, and mini-games. The HO interactions range from simple (open or move something to reveal the object) to multi-step. The puzzles and mini-games are about 75-25% unique to familiar, and present a nice range of difficulty.
The graphics are much clearer than they appear in the screenshots, with objects being clearly recognizable and backgrounds artistically rendered using lush colors and lots of dimension. The animation is smooth and well-done with objects represented more realistically than characters (as is the norm).
The music is extremely well done, managing to remain ambient yet accent drama in the game. Game sounds are quite dramatic. There's an epic flourish every time you find an item. Ambient sounds are appropriate. Voiceovers are extremely well done, although some of the accents are questionable. The conductor sounds rather like Inspector Clouseau, and Charon's voice reminded me of a bad Irish brogue.
I didn't use the map, but I understand it is a jump map. Your journal is in the form of postcards and, when it stores clues, it jumps to the correct page when you reach the puzzle where you need the clue?quite nice. Inventory is lockable. Black bar hints are annoyingly direct, pretty much telling you exactly what you need to do. I don't recommend playing in casual mode, even if you are a rank beginner. Lastly, you have a magical monocle with which you can detect supernatural activity and items. (It glows when you may use it.)
And now we come to the conundrum. There's nothing to justify this game as a CE: no achievements, collectibles, morphing objects, etc. You get a bonus adventure, the SG, and the usual offerings (which are not "special" in any way, being as the developer has them on hand as a by-product of developing the game).
THE LAST WORD?
Unique storyline. Interactive HO scenes. Mostly unique puzzles and mini-games. Captivating gameplay. Likable characters. Beautiful graphics and animation. Excellent music and voiceovers. However, I can't recommend this game, because it is not worthy of CE status, in my opinion. I most definitely will recommend the SE when it comes out.
January 11, 2014