Danse Macabre: The Last Adagio Collector's Edition
Dance for ME!
Any PotO lovers (Phantom of the Opera) will soon see the similarities to that story from the intro alone - he is a talented but jealous composer who lives beneath a theater and is in love with the star of the show (not a singer but a ballet dancer)- He is very much a Phantom! ;-) But then...so is she... lol
First I'll say what I did not like, then what I did:
The voiceovers were a little too gruff (but since I think these were Russian actors, by their names, that makes sense- it's just at times the tone didn't seem to fit the emotion) - also he sounded older than the 20-something guy he was supposed to be.
There was also one area in the flies, that the music felt too fast (made me tense)- and made it difficult to do the tasks/puzzles as expected.
Lastly, I did not like the bonus chapter story - for one, it completely made the ending of the main game make little sense, nullifying everything we had just seen.
I loved the main game storyline- the ending, too, (the way it played out felt necessary for closure) - and there WAS closure with this, the bonus chapter an addition only and not detrimental to the main story, though it did help to explain some motives/ POV. (But as I said before, I could have done without it).
I loved that the majority of the entire game took place inside the old theater (or under it), and on its grounds...the music was gorgeous, the graphics artistic and realistic, the main story, the yellow roses to collect, the collectible souvenirs to later find, the games/puzzles/HOS - there really wasn't much about this one I didn't enjoy and when it was over, I wish it had gone on and on and on.
Add to that the historical feel of being played in the 19th century- with the ambiance and settings that contributed to that time period, (though not sure they had invented short matchsticks yet) - but it made it perfect, since I am a strong period drama lover and a romantic. :) This fit both.
Oh- and you guys have to watch the credits!! They often made me smile or laugh out loud - they included little "bios" about each of the crew that were very humorous. After hours of playing such a dark and haunting love story - to read that helped lift the spirits (no pun intended ;-)) - a lot!
I highly recommend, whether you go with the CE or SE (which has a very satisfying end). Trust me, you're not missing anything by not playing that add-on chapter! lol
July 25, 2014
A game by Eipix
Usually Eipix made adventure games but this time it's a little bit romantic and fortunately fit for beginner gamers. The story and plot is very easy to understand and with although not the most original story, it's still engaging.
There are 4 levels of difficulties. Crisp and clear graphics and nice VO. I can't make sure whether the game is set in Italy or in France but it's definitely in Europe, which I like. HOPs are of the very easy variety, simply find items from the list. Mini games are also very easy and the ideas have been used before.
Bonus contents are pretty diverse, too bad some are locked until you finished the main game. There is map but it's not so useful because it's very easy to follow, and almost all inventory item will be used immediately so there;s no hard thinking needed.
Definitely my kind of game.
June 25, 2014
Really Good game
The scenes were beautiful. I loved the ability to revisit them when collecting for the souvenir room. The game was beautiful and complex, although I do not think that the bonus chapter was anything great but I would definitely buy the CE for the other inclusions. I liked the movie about making the game.
March 23, 2014
Danse Macabre is the story of a curse that exceeds the bonds of time and burns from the soul of a spurned love. Your sister a prima ballerina has been caught in the curse and now you must free her and others from its wicked grasp.
Over the past year or two, EIPIX has emerged as one of the top developers of casual games, consistently presenting us with top quality games. In Danse Macabre the Last Adagio we again have the excellent, crisp and colorful graphics that are typical of EIPIX. I love ballet and opera so when I find a game centered around the opera house theme it grabs me. As much as I love this developer, it is unfortunate that the voice overs in this game are terrible. The exaggerated accents are so phony and as a consequence just a bit too much to seem realistic. The other issue is that sometimes we have lip-syncing and at other times none.
There is a diary that contains our objectives as well as notes that will help us as we progress in our adventure. The interactive transporter map that indicates where we have tasks to accomplish is located on the lower right of the screen.
There are various types of interactive HOS, some are the standard list type and others are a grayscale silhouette type. Although the puzzles are nothing new, they are still fun and some do present a challenge. During the demo the puzzles were easy enough but I suspect they will progress in difficulty as I move forward in the game.
EIPIX certainly loaded this CE with an abundance of extras. Not only can we replay the puzzles and HOPS from the game, there are also bonus HOPS included with the extras. There are game based achievements to be earned and morphing objects to be found. During the course of the game we will find 44 collectible roses for Marie?s bouquet but not to worry if we don?t happen to find all of them because there is another opportunity at the end to find the ones that might have been missed. Whether you choose the CE or SE release is a matter of personal preference but EIPIX has surely added so many extras to Danse Macabre that, IMHO, it is a true CE value.
In spite of the flawed voice overs, I love this game and when the demo ended I wanted to keep playing. Danse Macabre the Last Adagio is a worthy CE and one that I want in my game collection. As always, I recommend that you at least try the demo to see if this is a game you will like.
February 20, 2014
Sister sister oh what a mister
Very excellent game. Ran smooth and lots of characters. Jump map collectables morphing objects. Plenty to do. This game is a must have for me. HO's were just fine and if you don't like them you can switch over to some sort of marble game.
Music was good without irritation, You can change level of challenge during game, And I too like that I could lock the inventory bar. Otherwise it would have driven me mad when moving curser over it.
February 23, 2014
Lots to do...
Morning all. Yes, same story different day, but this game had a wonderful introduction to the story. Graphics are well done, although more monochrome than color (a lot of yellow/gold tones), but clear. Too much of this color makes my eyes tire quickly. Game play was good, no problems along the way. Locking inventory bar, which seems to be the norm these day (thank you very much). Music wasn't too bad.
Voice overs were a bit sketchy...I heard a bad Italian accent, an okay Spanish accent and a little hint of French in there too. Guess they couldn't decide which one to use. The ghost voices were hauntingly well done. HOGs were a combo of silhouettes and standard HOP. Items were not difficult to find or figure out what to do with, but they didn't stand out either. Puzzles were extremely easy. The SG is the standard, and of course, you can't get a feel for the game length without all chapters being listed...why do they do that? I found that you don't really need the SG. The game flows well enough without. I didn't even have to use the hint, so don't know how quickly that may fill. When you have accomplished a task or put something together, it automatically disappears and/or closes the screen (I like that, no extra clicking#.
Lots of standard achievements, along with collectibles, e.g. 44 yellow roses #easy to spot# and 15 morphing objects #kept forgetting about them and had to go back). The morphing objects are no as easy to spot and are not in every location.
I have a lot of games by this dev and have enjoyed them all. This one isn't extremely challenging, but I became engrossed in the story. I think all levels of players would find this enjoyable and interesting enough to spend the time and money. I keep trying not to buy so many CE games, but it takes too long for the SE versions to come out and I want to play...I have to stop doing that. I don't give 5 stars easily and because of the color, this one won't get it either. Yes, this will be a definite buy for me too.
As always, try it for yourself and see what you think. We all have different tastes in games and you may not care for this one at all. Thanks for the reviews.
February 20, 2014
surprisingly good animation
the rooms look amazing the animation is way better than i expected wwwwwaaaaaaayyyyyy iv just playd the demo though the only thing im not shor of is in one of the rooms after you finish listening to what the ghost playing the chelo
has to say theres a pile of papers like 2 or 3 that i cant pick up and it looks diffrent from the back ground it stands out like your suppose to pick it up but its towards the bottom of the screen so you exit the room insted of getting it as i siad befor i just playd the demo so i dont know if you realy need thos papers its a sitting room with a fire-place were you have to do the ballerina trophy mini game challeng thing
February 24, 2014
Dance of death... so to speak...
If I was judging just from stills provided, I would give this game an A+. Graphics are top notch, even thou I don't like games which are set in the dark. I loved the combination of black and gold, and all delicate shadows and glows.
The game itself has no special features. No gadgets or pets. HO scenes are well made, but still very easy. Items are pretty big and easy to spot. Considering mini games... most of them are very easy, but than you stumble upon some mini game that is almost impossible to pass without consulting a strategy guide! That is the case with the fish pond.
I laughed at the characters in opening video. I even laughed remembering the cheesy smile on composers face when he carries his roses to the ballerina. His clapping was also hilarious, somebody should make a gif out of it.
And the stage manager lost a tremendous amount of weight between the beginning of the game and survey screen, if I'm not mistaken :)
February 21, 2014
A nice game to play
BUT you might like to turn the sound waaaaay down. The music is repetitive and irritating, which is a pity because the rest of it is enjoyable.
Yes lots of gilt, but that is a nice change from some of the dark and rather drear games we come across. Lots of gold light and not really dark corners.
The characters are interesting and although the story line is very much same old, same old, it has some fun factors that make it individual.
I enjoyed it, but with the sound mostly off !
March 1, 2014
Good Rendition of Phantom of the Opera
Good ambiance with music and voiceovers. Enjoyed the mysterious feeling of the game. Not an outstanding game and nothing really unique about it but good to play. HOS were good but typical. You collect roses and earn some achievements which are standard for the CE. Mini games are typical as well but fun to play. Just enough adventure to peek your curiosity to continue playing. Not sure I would want to pay the CE price so I may wait for the SE if I consider purchasing this one.
February 20, 2014