Redemption Cemetery: Bitter Frost
A Love Scorned
It's Christmas Eve and the decorations are beautiful, everything is perfect, that is until Wenonah the spirit of cold shows up! Koturi, one of your ancestors, stops time (just in the nick of time) and pleads for you to follow him through the portal of time, your very life depends on it! Since Christmas is ruined anyway, off you go, landing smack dab on your own gravesite! Koturi explains that he gave up immortality for the love of his life, Sheenah, but this infuriated Wenonah for she was in love with Koturi. Now Wenonah is seeking vengeance by killing your relatives, which means you will never be born! This is a really entertaining game (more so at Christmas time) but I must admit that I liked the CE better. Koturi gives you a magical feather that is capable of enlarging items such as changing laces into rope. You find an adorable Siberian Husky puppy that will help you out and there is even a mini game to play with him, you have to place 4 bones on a grid to make him choose the correct path in order to find the keys and back out the door. The HOS were the only thing I didn't like about this game, the graphics for this game were beautiful yet the hidden object scenes were simply cartoonish figures and they doubled up each scene. After the hidden object items were found you need to put together a puzzle of the item you would eventually receive. One of the HOS required you to use a dreamcatcher to "see" inside gift boxes and replace the gifts in the correct package. This is another great Redemption, but if you can, go for the CE, enjoy!
January 24, 2014
GRABS YOU RIGHT AWAY AND DOESN'T WANE
Promises to be the best Redemption Cemetery yet. It immediately grabs your attention with the first cutscene and it gets better from there. Find out the history of the freeze as you go back in time to save your ancestors (so you can be born). Collect snowflakes along the way. Nice spread out and colorful HOS, followed by a "put-it-together" puzzle with winter and Christmas themes.
In your journey, you do have the help of your first ancestor who gave up the spirit world to be with his human love, starting your ancestry line. You also have the help of a feather which enlarges things (so that a simple scissors, for example, can become a garden shears and perform useful tasks).
The animation and special effects are superb and the voice overs are professional and portray the reality of the situations (no flat tones here). This is a well-detailed and thought out game that is an immediate must-buy.
January 24, 2014
It was a lot of fun have been waiting to the regular edition to come along to buy it....
January 24, 2014
Feel The Cold!
BASED ON COMPLETED GAME
At the end of my review of the CE demo, I had not decided if this game successfully fits in with the Redemption Cemetery theme. Well, end of game, and I am still wondering. I can?t make up my mind whether this a well done tilt at thrusting Red Cem into a more varied and interesting universe, while maintaining its very successful structure, or a total failure to connect with the earlier games.
In truth, despite being a 100% sold fan of the Redemption Cemetery series, I never really got into this one. Admittedly, sometimes it takes 2 or 3 playings of these games to really understand them. And this game has all the right ingredients.
SIGHTS & SOUNDS
Great visuals, both in technique and choice of subject. From the opening scenes, everything in this game is beautiful. (gorgeous ancestor). Cut scenes were excellent, graphics clear, voiceovers very good. Later in the game, some of the characters? voiceovers are annoying. No attempt at lip synch, which I approve. Music includes some eerie vocals, but can get a bit repetitive. Some excellent ambient sounds.
Well, it?s still like the previous games. In order to save our blood line and remain in existence ourselves we must save 3 ancestors that the Spirit of Cold has targeted. She is jealous of Sheenah, our original Native American foremother, who wed Koturi, the Owl Spirit (he?s the cute one ? oh, but human). Each ancestor?s salvation is a vignette in the game, and when all 3 are saved, we will have succeeded. And can get back to the Christmas tree and all those lovely presents!
Nearing the end, I noticed some inconsistencies in the story, annoying, but probably only for a pedant like me. There was also an annoying glitch. Neither of these things had a great impact on play, but it?s the first time I can recall ERS making these kinds of mistakes.
The gameplay has some original parts, but is mostly balanced between 11 HOPs (visited twice) and 18 puzzles. The adventure play is fairly logical but not always intuitive. I used the directional hint much more than I like to.
The HOPs are in several forms. The interactive word lists are a bit different. Each item reveals the piece of a puzzle which is done at the end to get the inventory item. List HOPs can also be switched to a Match 3 game. There are a couple of progressive silhouette HOPs and ?multiples of?. There is one originally designed replace items HOP as well.
Puzzles are not too bad for the most part, but I had to skip a couple near the end. One new puzzle was used to translate between chapters, and it was a tricky but ingenious and intriguing one. One excellent feature ? you can choose the casual or hard version of certain puzzles! Great idea! This is on top of the choice between 3 play modes or a custom mode in the options.
Another feature is the ?grow feather?. This allowed certain inventory items to be increased in size, e.g. scissors into garden shears. Some items could also be combined in inventory.
Frustration - because I could never quite get on top of it and go with the flow, and pleasure - at the beauty, imaginative ideas and interesting gameplay.
Even with my reservations, this is a great game, just not my favourite Redemption Cemetery game.
January 24, 2014
Talk About a Woman Scorned
Based on the Demo.
The storyline of this game starts with your ancestor having scorned Wenonah, the Spirit of Cold. Just like you shouldn't fool with Mother Nature, you certainly shouldn't fool with a Spirit that can throw your whole world into a deep freeze.
The graphics and visuals are great. Soundtrack and voice overs are very good.
Mini puzzles and hidden object games range from relatively easy to moderately difficult.
The SE is as equally good as the CE. In fact this seems to be the better buy.
January 24, 2014
i didn't reallyh like it as much as the others in the series.
you are trying to save your ancestors from an angry spirit so you can be born. you have to go back in time and thwart her so she can't destroy all those that came before you. the mini games are different in some instances, the skip and hint buttons charge fairly fast. there is an interactive map, but i didn't like using it. there is a diary. i feel sure there will a sequel but i hope it is better than this one.
January 26, 2014
Not as good as past Redemption Cemetery games
I'll keep this short: based on the demo, this game is mediocre at best. Definitely not as interesting or challenging as past Redemption Cemetery games. While the graphics are quite good, the story line is boring. And everything is decorated for Christmas (when the CE was released), which makes it rather irrelevant now that we're at the end of January. There's nothing new or challenging about any of the puzzles or HOGS -- and there's a clunkiness about the game play. I usually get Redemption Cemetery games as soon as the SE becomes available, but I'm passing on this one.
January 25, 2014
Didn't finish the DEMO.
Will rate OK, rather than DISLIKE. Just not up to standard. Poor story, uninteresting scenes and flat artwork make this a no-buy for me.
January 25, 2014
Beautiful Artwork, Subpar Game
I have enjoyed the other Redemption Cemetery games enough that I've played each them more than once, which is rare for me. This one didn't grab me. Like another reviewer, I found it necessary to use too many hints, and the Christmas theme is odd when trying to defeat an ancient Native American spirit.
I'm going to pass on this one, in spite of the very beautiful graphics, which really are superb. I'd rate the artwork as a new pinnacle for this developer. Too bad the rest of the game doesn't seem up to par.
March 14, 2014
Bitter. Indeed, Bitter.
Games are either driven by the story line that includes HOGs and Mini-games or they are powered by the HOGs and Mini-games which are held loosely together by the story line. On occasion the genius games offer both. Bitterly, this game offers none of the above.
The storyline is a mess, frankly.
It begins with your ancestor Koturi telling you that you must go back in time to save your (other?) ancestors and "make things right" or else you will never be born. But wait. You are born...you're here. You're the star of the story.
There are many cutscenes. A mother and her daughter star in one. They have a fight. It reminded me of Joan Crawford and Christina in Mommy Dearest. Little girl has messed with mommy's things, denies it and is charged with being a LIAR by mommy. At another point in time I'm sure I caught overtones of The Wizard of Oz.
You meet the awful Spirit of Cold, Wenonah. She stands in the way of you making things right and saving your ancestors...and, apparently, saving yourself. One little side note: Koturi pronounces Wenonah's name with a German-sounding W...as in Venonah. Wenonah herself pronounces it with a standard W sound.
FUN FACTOR: It's definitely not Christmas Eve.
Visual: Spectacular graphics. Like I've rarely seen before. I felt like I was in the middle of Christmas at Joan's house. Brightly lit. Beautiful.
Sound: Background music is great. Voice acting Not so great. It's never right on. Koturi, for instance seems bored. Wenonah is very over-dramatic. Other cut-scene characters are just characterizations.
Visual and Sound come together in lip synching, or, wait, no they don't because they are not synched. That's more than a little irritating. Hasn't that puzzle been solved by now?
LEVEL OF CHALLENGE:
HOGs: If they prove too tough for you you can move on to Match 3 play instead. They will not prove too tough for you. They are pedestrian, in fact, and provide no challenge.
Mini-Games: I played nothing new, and didn't notice any new twist. I didn't find them particularly challenging.
This is the first review where I've been at a total loss to describe what's gone on. As I said at the top, this is just a mess. I think the only reason this game has a Christmas theme is so that it could be originally released as a Collector's Edition at Christmas time. The release of the Special Edition now makes ZERO sense.
So IF you have to decide which to get, either the SE or the CE, here's what you get with the CE:
1. Bonus Play
2. The "Who cares assortment" of Wall Papers, Concept Art, Screen Savers, Movies and Music.
3. Replayable Mini-games (18) and HOGs (11).
4. Collectibles (snowflakes, which have some barter value, as you can buy things with them).
5. Achievements (the standard who cares assortment).
6. Strategy Guide.
The extra CE items don't matter. You shouldn't buy the CE. You shouldn't buy the SE. You should rent Mommy Dearest, or The Wizard of Oz, or It's A Wonderful Life. Don't buy this game.
I'm really sorry I can't be more positive about it. I'm positive about one thing: I'm positive you should skip it.
January 24, 2014