Spirits of Mystery: The Silver Arrow
The Mystical Silver Arrow Has Been Stolen!
Prince Phillip didn't plan on this Wedding glitch. On the day before the Wedding, the Prince shoots a silver arrow into the sky and whomever's window it lands upon is to be his bride! The problem is (other than the fact that you only have one day to prepare a wedding) the arrow was stolen by a shapeshifter, Basil, disguised as a panther! Who is he working for? Do you still get to marry the Prince? This is another great fairy tale adventure with beautiful pastel colors and cute animals such as the lingbeast who can translate any language, human or animal. The HOS are a mixture of finding the item that matches the silhouetted shape and then using that item to find the next item, and putting items back into the scene. The mini game I liked the best was the water cups, you had to figure out which way the water would flow into the cups because each cup would pour the water in the opposite direction and then choose which spot it would come out at. The next time the cups could be moved in large groups so you had to arrange the cups correctly to end up in the stationary cup at the bottom. If you are a fan of the fairytale genre then give this adventure a try, enjoy!
January 10, 2014
Fairy Tale Hidden Object/Adventure/Puzzle Game
Visuals and sound very good. Jump map excellent. Story line very similar to Song of the Phoenix (which I loved). My style so I will purchase.
January 10, 2014
The BIG Mystery is should you get this Special Edition or the available CE?
This review is based on the test period. I opted not to buy the game but NOT because I thought it was bad. There were a couple ?issues? but these wouldn?t have kept me from buying the game...there were other reasons based on game "type." Aside from this, In some ways I think Arrow is a great game.
It takes place just before my wedding to my beloved Prince Phillip. Early on he sends a note to me requiring my written response. The reply is signed "Princess Mark." Very nifty idea, weaving my first name into the storyline. It would have even been niftier if the developers had anticipated that many players would be men and then make the game a third person game instead of a first person game. 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: I was amused by the stuff I mentioned above. While the game doesn't have a great fun factor for me, it's because of my preference for a "type" of game: murder/detective-police procedural/mystery. If you prefer romance, you'll like this just fine. I can put myself in the shoes of a romance-lover for this review and grade accordingly.
Sound: 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 very 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.
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.
Overall, as I said, I prefer detective, murder-mystery driven content. If you do as well, I don't think you'll like this game in either the CE or SE format. On the other hand, if you prefer a feel-good atmosphere, and a game where happy ending doesn't mean catching the bad guy, I think this game will be very satisfying for you.
After all this, the question is, do you want the available Collector?s Edition or is this Special Edition enough?
Here?s what you get for purchasing the CE (or, conversely, what you miss by purchasing the Special 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 recommend the SE as I do not think the additional content justifies the purchase of the Collector?s Edition.
January 10, 2014
I've enjoyed some of the other games in this series. I trialled the CE, so knew I would probably buy it once the SE came out. I started the SE trial then bought it part way along. So yes, I enjoyed this, the art work is brilliant, I liked the music - unusual for me, the English was good too. Others have mentioned the variety of accents, and I do hate "cutesy" animal voices. All very bearable though. the hidden object scenes made sense. The games varied from having to skip because I couldn't get the mouse to do what they wanted, through entertaining, to just keep placing things one by one.
My main difficulty with the game: how can I respect and admire a prince who can't pronounce "Basil"? (The other characters could.)
January 13, 2014
I think this is a very fun game . It keeps you wanting more.Highly recommend you try it.
January 10, 2014
I was really challenged when I played this game the first time. I have played the game about 6 times and it is one of my favorite games. I would definitely recommend this game.
January 13, 2014
The story is interesting and not too scary. Good graphics. The Mini games are challenging but not too difficult.
January 13, 2014
i liked this game
you are the princess and you have to fight mortis for your prince who she has taken captive. i played casual and low sound. skip/hint buttons charge fairly fast. hints handhold you. the mini games are a little harder than i like but others will like them. there is a diary and a map but i didn't use it much. it is a mixture of HO, silhouettes, putting objects where they belong, etc. i didn't really like the match games. they were a little harder sometimes because it may be by similarities or differences. some i just couldn't figure out. graphics were good.
February 6, 2014
SQUEAMISH PLAYERS BE WARNED!!!!
Normally when I write reviews I try to cover all of the basics without giving away anything in the actual storyline. And no, I would be no true Big Fishy if I let any spoilers slip out. Just be warned, this game is surprisingly up close and personal with injuries and wounds. Now, most games when an animal or person gets hurt, not much is shown?.and this game was very open about showing injuries. Within the first few minutes of game play, your beloved dog is attacked, DISLOCATES HIS SHOULDER and lies there crying in pain while you race around to find items to heal him. You have to wrench his little leg back into place! And later, a bear has his leg caught in a trap, and you not only free him, you stitch his bloody wound shut while he cries out in bear whimpers of pain. And those are just the first two instances in the first hour of gameplay!
The graphics are beautiful and crisp, they remind me somewhat of Dark Parables and a bit of Nearwood style. Voiceovers are nice, the game has a great length for an SE I thought, about 5 hours give or take. I just?I liked the game. I did?but for anyone who does not like animals hurt or crying or whining or open wounds on cute loyal critters?.give this one a pass maybe. Or at least gear yourself up for it. I was completely unprepared and had to turn my sound off at least a couple of times because animals and bodily harm do not do it for me. I half-expected a Sarah McLachlan song to start playing when my dog lay there injured and in pain? I just didn't like it. t do better when people are hurt in games, weirdly enough.
So yes this game was another ERS classic, in style, storyline, and HOPA. The HO's were great fun especially and the little details in the game were great. But for anyone who is kind of squeamish (like myself)?maybe try the demo first? I am torn between the rating?but I am giving it a four because without the critter gore, it would be an awesome game to settle down and play.
Happy gaming, Big Fishies!
January 17, 2014
Much better as an SE...
Finally got to demo this one. I had run through the CE version (see review below) and was not especially kicked out about it. However, as I have said many times, I sometimes change my mind once I play it over again. However, I seldom go back and buy the CE. For some reason, the second time around was much better on this one. Wouldn't it be nice if we could demo twice before making our decision to buy or not?
Still not all that challenging, but is a nice SE and I have used a game credit to get it. Please read the following for a more thorough review, based on the CE demo.
"Well, this one has me on the fence, to say the least. Game play is good. Graphics seem old school...maybe back a couple of years, and a little washed out. Music isn't too bad. There is a locking inventory bar and a jump map. Jump map is not identified by location, only a picture...I lose interest in this type of set up quickly. At least the SG doesn't say "return to the tower," it tells you how many steps to go back, which can be quite a few.
HOGs are okay, although straight silhouettes is very boring, and I like HOGs. Puzzles are not difficult, but take a bit to complete (the cup game was easy to figure out#. There are some sound FX, e.g. birds, bugs, water, but not a lot in the way of dialoge...except for the interpreter animal. Ug, extremely grating voice and why do we need to interpret animal speech when it is the land of magic and you just wave your hand? Did not care for that at all. Hint system is helpful and fills quickly.
Not a lot I can say about this game. Only collectibles are the pearls and you only use them to upgrade the tower #yawn). It did not grab me and make me want to buy it to see what happens. The story is nothing new, location is nothing new. The game was not challening to the point of needing to use the SG to figure out what to do next...not necessary at all. I do not see that this game is CE worthy, but I may get the SE if there is a hot deal down the road. I sometimes find that a game is worth buying if I play it a second time, when the SE comes out, although not often.
It is time that the devs do some upgrading of graphics, story and challenge...especially challenge. Really tired of the same old stuff.
As always, try it for yourself and see what you think. We all have different tastes in games and you may find this one to be exactly what you are looking for today. Thanks for the reviews."
January 13, 2014