Mystery Tales: The Lost Hope Collector's Edition
It's rare that I can't make it through a demo with at least 10 minutes to spare, but this is one of those even rarer occasions...I didn't even finish the demo.
The puzzles were good and fairly challenging, sort of odd ball, which makes them more fun and I especially liked the idea of trading off to either a jig saw puzzle or match three game if I ran into trouble with the hidden object.
I don't understand the object of finding the gems to re-animate creatures...that seems sort of redundant. They don't help you, they're not part of the story, so why are they there? Who knows, I guess it's just something else to do.
The story, well that's it's downfall, or at least as far I as I was able to get into it...it's weak, and a wee bit silly. But overall I'd buy this game when it comes on the market.
January 26, 2014
Definitely a good game
You have received a letter from your brother in law to go back to the town where your sister Margaret died. People are saying that Emmett is getting revenge for the death of his wife, but you can't imagine that Emmett would do anything like that. It's up to you to find Emmett and get to the bottom of the mystery of this town.
There is so much to do. There are achievements both for hos and mini puzzles, but also items related to the story itself. You can collect crystals to transform the 10 mystical animals that you must locate, find coins to buy decorations and panels for the crucible. There is the interactive map, a non interactive strategy guide, lists of dossiers of the people you meet along your way and the journal that gives you the notes that you collect. There are 4 levels of difficulty; casual. advanced, hardcore and custom. On the hos you can also switch to puzzles instead of using a hint. It also had your normal extras. The game was visually beautifully done. The music was not bad, I enjoyed the game and will probably purchase this weekend due to the sale. It seems that it might be a little short due to only having 5 chapters,but there is also the bonus chapter. Need to play to decide if you will like.
January 25, 2014
An Enjoyable Game ...
Nice Graphics, Good Sound, Nice Effects & Visuals, OK Voice Overs ...
Overall An Enjoyable Game. The Extra Chapter Was A Nice Additional Closure, But Not Essential To The Game.
I Got Mine On Special, So The Tiny Bit More Spent Was Good Value For Money As It's Often The Case That The Extra Chapter Seems Too Short For Double The Price.
January 25, 2014
The scenery in this game was beautiful. I liked the collectable zoo. This game had a little bit of everything. Plenty to do in this game. Great puzzles and switchable HO's if you want to do a puzzle instead. Has a interactive map and a little help from a critter and magic and monster. A little bit of everything.
January 25, 2014
The graphics are great and there are lots of objects to find and use in each scene. The puzzles offer a nice challenge.
January 25, 2014
enjoyed mystery tales:the lost hope
This game but seemed very slow when changing from one place to another. Other than that the story line and collectables were very interesting I enjoyed the game and recommend it to other players.
January 27, 2014
All Hope is Not Lost
I'm taking a chance here: I like this game. I don't think it's great, I think it's OK. So I've given it three stars. I won't be the first review seen, but this is not a five-star game. Period. It's three, maybe four at most. That isn't bad.
I've played only the free hourlong trial, as I assume most have done at this point...and as I always suggest that you do. Your take on the game may be very different than mine. But if you opt not, you've got one man's opinion....
This is a first person game, from a male perspective which is unusual and welcome.
Fun Factor: It's middle of the road. After playing superior games like Stray Souls, Nevertales, Portal of Evil: Stolen Runes, etc., it's clear this game doesn't belong in the same category. Three stars is what it is, not five.
Visual/Sound Quality: The sights and sounds are good. I think the "set design" is adequate. Items are well drawn. Background music is also good, albeit a bit repetitive.
The Voice actors are good. While the location of the game is not finally indicated beyond being in the mountains somewhere, it must be in England for British accents abound.
Level of Challenge: The HOG's I've played are of average difficulty. Items are not junk piles but they don't have signs "I'm an ACORN" either. I thought the HOGs provided sufficient challenge.
As an alternative to the HOG you can play another game: a puzzle. Here's a surprise. It's an actual jigsaw puzzle. I've never seen that before and I got very interested in it and played through one instead of the HOG. It was fun.
The Games are familiar, fun and in some cases a little more challenging than others of the same type. The challenge comes from the intricacy of the details in the puzzles. The directions are clear and can be revisited.
You've received a letter from your Brother in-law asking you to visit the town of Reagan where your sister lived and died. Anxious to find out why and how, you visit your Brother in law (who addresses you as "Dear Friend" in his letter. This just reminds me of a recent game, Silver Arrow? where the developers managed to work my name into the script...even though I was Princess Mark).
Something is going on in this town and the easy answer that Emmett, your brother in law, is to blame for the strange happenings and several deaths is just a little too easy. So you go to investigate.
This is a Collector's Edition and so there is (as my friend Just the Facts refers to it) CE Bling, as follows:
A. A Bonus Chapter
B. The Who Cares Assortment of Wall Papers, Concept Art, and Music
C. Re-playable HOGs and puzzles.
D. Three Collectibles: Mythic Creature Statues which you bring to life (transform) with Crystals; And, lastly, coins which you use to upgrade the scenery.
E. 18 unremarkable achievements.
F. A Map telling you where you are, where you can go and what you need to do when you get there.
I don't think the CE "stuff" is worth the extra cost, so my recommendation is wait for the SE which will be much more reasonably priced. I'm going to press yes for recommend, but it's an asterisked yes because I think you should wait for the better value, the SE.
January 25, 2014
I'M STILL ON THE SIDELINES WITH THIS ONE
I've almost finished the game, but got stuck and decided to do a review on it.
* Casual, Advanced, Hardcore and Custom [make up your own level of challenge];
* Achievements Board [there are 18 of them];
* Zoo in which you find coins and then bring the stone animals back to life which is quite nice;
* A shop to buy for your Crucible and Panel;
* A Dossier of all the people you meet in the town.
I have played in Hardcore all the way so far. You can change your mode of play any time.
You use the crucible to bring things to life which are coated green so you know when to use it.
The graphics are alright, although a little cluttered. You can see everything clearly though and I had no trouble trying to decipher what things were.
The sound is good, with 5 pieces of music done by an orchestra, although one piece of music cuts out quite suddenly.
The HOS are interactive and not too hard. However, you have a choice of playing Match 3 or Puzzles if you don't feel like playing HOS all the time. This was good fun. I played half and half because HOS can get a bit boring after a while.
The mini-games are very easy and I finished them all quite quickly. There was nothing that we haven't all seen before.
There are a lot of items to collect [especially keys] in this game and a lot of running around, but you have the interactive map if you want it.
So all in all, not a bad game. I am about to go to the Strategy Guide to get some help cause I have lots of items in my inventory but for the life of me cannot find anywhere to use them!
January 25, 2014
Mediocre at best
I played the 1-hour trial of the Collector's Edition, and I am surprised by how many 5 and 4-star ratings this game received. This is your basic, run-of-the-mill Hidden Object game ... there is nothing that makes it special or makes it stand out above any others. The storyline put me to sleep ... yet another medieval city plagued by some kind of evil being that is holding the citizens hostage in one way or another while you go around saving them.
In comparison to other HO games I've played, this game was very standard. You have the option of completing hidden object scenes or doing a puzzle instead. HO scenes include some objects that require a series of steps to find. I felt like the number of HO scenes was adequately balanced with search and find gameplay. You also are able to find various gems, coins, and animals throughout the game, which enable you to make certain upgrades to your equipment, enlarge your zoo, and transform your animals from stone back to life. I personally felt as though the search and find tasks were a little more complicated than they needed to be ... not because it was difficult to figure out which object to use for each objective, but simply because there were so many objectives you were presented with at once. I felt as though I was constantly moving back and forth between scenes (more-so than usual). I did like that the map helped you to find your current objectives. Side games were somewhat puzzling without being too frustratingly simple or difficult.
Overall impression: not a great game, but not horrible either ... just kind of ... meh. If you are bored or are just getting into HO games, this might be suitable.
January 28, 2014
Dull As Dish Water
Based on Demo: Here we go again with a rehashed story about a guy who can't let his dead wife stay dead. We have the usual spirit entity. This time it's a green fog. Characters are flat & cartoonish. Graphics are colorful but the scenes are cluttered along with mishmash, hard to distinguish what's what HOGS. The VO's are good & the music is nonintrusive. The story plods along & there is a lot of back & forth. There is a journal & the usual interactive map, which you REALLY need. If you are over the moon about rehashed spirit stories, the usual collection of achievements & icky looking alien zoo creatures this game just might be your cup of tea. As for me I'll wait for a 2 for 1 sale & then consider whether to buy it or not.
January 25, 2014