Witches' Legacy: Hunter and the Hunted
Boil, Boil And Lot's Of Trouble!
Queen Morgana turned that evil witch Elizabeth into a teeny tiny doll last episode, perfectly harmless right? She is the witch responsible for the deaths of Lynn's parents. When she comes to you with a dire warning that The Order Of The Witch Hunters have a bounty on Lynn's head, you have no choice but to listen. I think this is a fantastic game, but I must admit I prefer the Collectors Edition because I'm a sucker for the extras especially the morph's. This is a continuing saga but the developers have done a really nice job of catching the player up to speed with a lead up introduction. This isn't a hard game to figure out but it doesn't become mundane at any point in the game. The Hidden Object Scenes are interactive list finds and I have noticed that the items to find are different if you replay the game (which I did because I missed 1 morph the first go round!) There is an option on either format to switch to a matching picture tile game, or mix it up and do a little of both! You can customize the difficulty of the game with glint options or active areas marked on the map, which happens to be an excellent jump map, and you can choose the amount of time for hint and skip button recharges. That adorable little green eyed Imp is along for the ride and willing to help you out by going where you cannot, and the CE allows you to earn achievements for putting the little guy to work. The mini games are really good, nothing that struck me as totally new, but enjoyable to figure out without blowing your mind. The games I liked the most were, matching up 8 spider legs which were actually keys, to their matching openings, and I also liked the game where you had to switch Witches from the left to the right and Hunters from the right to the left, if they were next to each other they would fight so you had to keep them separated at all times and you couldn't jump them either. This is a well produced game that tells a good story, with excellent graphics and fun HOS. I enjoyed playing this game and I think you will too, enjoy!
February 7, 2014
Fantastic sound and voice.... graphics A+++
I begrudgingly downloaded this and was ultimately very glad I did....
I thought the cut scenes were some of the best I've seen and the sound and graphics in this game are EXCELLENT!!
There is, indeed, a great deal of creativity woven through this game and my only regret is that it does have somewhat iffy content (based on my own personal comfort); yet the developers obviously did try to target multiple gamer 'likes' in this game and give them kudos for that.
ie. I wasn't thrilled with a blazingly green eyed demon [aka "imp"] as my side kick, yet perhaps things evolve as the story continues and, again... the developers did an amazing job with graphics. Very realistic content, yet not so much as to be off-putting... you knew you were in a game and yet it was immersive enough to draw you in and want you to keep playing. The voices are SUPERBLY done IMHO and the sound is expertly keyed with gameplay!
Definitely give the Demo trial a complete run... I do believe this game is under rated thus far and I will, personally, be torn whether or not to do SE or CE.... have fun!!
February 7, 2014
Which Witch is Which? And Which Do You Want? The CE or the SE? I'll tell you what I think inside...
Imagine my surprise!
I was well prepared to dislike this game. And then, suddenly, I liked it. I didn't buy the Collector's Edition when it was first introduced. I signed on for the hourlong trial (as I always recommend others to do) of the newly introduced SE. As another prolific reviewer suggested would happen, I was moved to purchase the Collector's Edition within 15 minutes of play. I didn't wait for the trial to end.
Fun Factor: I'm playing way too many HOG/Adventure/Puzzle games. What was remarkably fun for me was this: I recognized the voice of one of the actors. (Yes, I liked the mini-games and the HOGs. But, I'm being honest here. I bought it because of an actor!)
Sights: I think this is game is very well conceived and executed. It's not a movie and it's not a video, so I'm not sure why everyone expects these games to have the same clarity as one. As games go, I think this one is just fine. As far as "realism" goes, I think the people are drawn so well as to look life-like.
Sounds: As I said, I recognized a voice actor!! Elizabeth, a once young, but now old hag witch is voiced by the actress who played the nutty dead mayor's wife in Phantasmat. I loved her voice acting in that and I love it here. She has an old, whiny, shrill, at times high-pitched voice. It's perfect for the role she plays. But not just her, everyone else in this game is really good at the voice acting thing.
One technical issue with the sounds: I wasn't playing the HOGs particularly quickly (not like I play anything really fast) and there were large gaps in the background music while playing. It's like there's a 5 minute tape and then the music stops and a little while later it re-starts. Not a fatal flaw but it shouldn't happen.
As for the background music in general: it's OK. Not great shakes but we're not listening to the San Francisco Symphony!
LEVEL OF CHALLENGE:
HOGS: I was surprised by the quality of them. They are very well drawn IMO and nicely blended in with the other "stuff" in the scenes. Not easy to find but not impossible either. I think it presents a good challenge. They are nicely interactive. And, there's plenty of them: 22 in the game.
If the challenge is not fun for you, you can switch to a matching game (I actually like these a lot) where you identify pairs and, thus, remove them from the competition as you come closer to completing the task).
Mini-Games: There's nothing new here, but there are really good twists on familiar games. It's a broad assortment, with 21 mini-games spread throughout the SE. All the typical games are represented, including gathering like colors together in a three-part rotating wheel; differently shaped keys which must fit into particular holes; precision movement games, trying to follow and item across a grid. There are many more.
Story line: If you have read the description you know the story line. If you have played the other games in this series, I gather, from the reviews, that this is a true sequel. The bottom line is a girl-witch lost her mater-familias. This happened at the hand of the hag whose voice i recognized from Phantasmat. The girl is adopted and turning into quite a nice person who's well-liked by the townspeople who appreciate who she applies her "talents" so to speak. She's even found a very handsome boyfriend. Unfortunately, the BF is a traitor and part of a witch-hunting group that has now captured Lynn.
Oh yeah: while you try to recapture Lynn from the bad guys, you can use her "imp" to help you retrieve items from small places you or your hand can't fit.
So the conclusion is this: I like the game. It's not Stray Souls or Portals of Evil. It's not a classic. It's just good. The question is, do you want the CE or will this SE suffice?
Here's what you're missing by not having the CE:
1. A bonus chapter with and additional 8 HOGs and 7 mini-games.
2. The "who cares" assortment of wall-papers, screen savers, music and art gallery.
3. 16 ordinary achievements which you'll accomplish just by playing the game carefully but with speed.
4. 35 morphing items. Some of them are very difficult to pick up.
5. 40 collectible puzzle pieces which you can use later to play, well, puzzles. These are also, at time, difficult to find. They could be very, very small. This is not to be confused with well-hidden. They aren't. They are in plain sight, if you walk around with a magnifying glass everywhere you go.
Do you need to pass by the SE in favor of the CE? No. you'll do just fine with the SE and that's what I recommend you get.
February 7, 2014
Great Hidden Object Adventure Game
Based on the Demo of the SE
The storyline was excellent. You've escaped from the evil Queen Morgana and are back safely on your own turf when you have a sense of foreboding. It becomes more than just a sense when the little witch, Elizabeth, shows up in your mailbox warning you that witch hunters are coming. That doll like animated witch was my favorite part of the game.
The soundtrack and voice overs are very well done. The graphics are bright, beautiful, crisp, clean, and colorful.
There is a journal, a map, and a little animated imp to assist you in the game.
The hidden object scenes are the list type, with lots of interactivity. The objects are well drawn and clear. You can switch to a match 2 game instead of the hidden object scene if you choose. The mini puzzles were typical of this genre, not too easy, not too hard.
This is a great dark-themed game made more enjoyable by the little animated characters throughout.
February 7, 2014
No Complications Here!
Based on the trial (which I may add, doesn't do the whole story justice), however, with this game there is a delight factor that you would enjoy, CE or SE. I love this series and especially little Imp, there is something very unique in the development of his character that is not the same as in other games...don't you just love when he waves at you?? Anyway my point being is that this game is just pure fun, it fills you in on previous events of the story and yet has a wonderful way of continuing that makes you want more!!! The morphing etc. is okay but to purchase the CE for these type of extras is a waste of time, the game gives you enough within itself that I don't think you would miss the extras. Just a great game, easy to become absorbed, great story line, and wonderful characterization.
February 8, 2014
Part 3 is NOT a charm
This is the 3rd in the Witches' Legacy Series. Very well done. I really enjoyed the first two. This one picks up with a grown-up Lynn and Carrie (who has now adopted Lynn). It does give you a short synopsis at the beginning of the game as to what has gone on in the past, in case you haven't played the other two games. I like the graphics in this one. I don't see the graininess. To me, it's blended, blurred color. There is unobtrusive music in the HOS. You have your choice of 4 modes of play, including custom. I played the demo on the easiest mode. We do have the imp returning to help squeeze into small spots. He also notifies you of current tasks. He actually is not a bad helper. Lynn has met Edward, whom she thinks is the best thing since sliced bread. However, he turns out to be a traitor and a member of the order of the witches. Your goal is to convince these people that Lynn uses her magic for good. The HOS are infrequent, but pretty much junk piles. There is some interaction. You can switch to a simple Match game if you'd rather not find hidden objects. The puzzles were familiar, but puzzles always give me problems since I am not a puzzle fan, but I did manage to solve them all. Elizabeth (previously a bad bad witch) returns to you in doll form and wants to help. Hmmmm can she be trusted? . This looks to be a fairly decent length game. I liked it. I have enjoyed all the games in the series, however, this one is my least favorite. You also have a journal and a jump map. Game play was fairly linear, but again, I played the demo in easy mode. In my opinion, this is the much better choice when comparing SE to CE. I did not feel the CE was up to CE standards. Enjoy
February 7, 2014
Liz is at it Again!
This is written after playing the entire game.
Okay, I'm a sucker, but I like this series. Elizabeth gets me every time. This game is the continuation of the Legacy, but it isn't necessary for you to have played the other to catch up, because this gives you a synopsis of the previous game. Don't ask me why, but I just enjoy these games.
The graphics aren't quite what we have come to expect from the designers these days and some might call them sub-par, but they were good enough for me. The Hidden Objects are clear, the scenes are pretty in an evil sort of way, the music isn't boring or irritating as some and goes along with the story. The voice overs are well done and a good attempt was made to lip sync the voices.
Challenge wise, this like the other is not a hard game. Maybe that's why I like it. The Hidden Objects are easy with a few difficult ones stuck in there for good measure. There is a match 3 game along with the Hidden Objects in case you get tired of searching or get stuck. It was kind of fun in itself. The mini games ranged from really easy to "where's the skip button." Some I just simply did not understand what I had to do. They are ones we have seen before, but presented in a different way. There is the Imp who is helpful in certain circumstances and the interactive map is a savior.
The story is really good. I got into the story from the very beginning not realizing it was a love story with a twist. That caught me by surprise, but I'm easily surprised. You can read what Big Fish has to say about the story on your own. I don't need to rehash it here.
All in all, if you want a game that doesn't use all your grey matter to play and an interesting story, I think you will like it.
February 11, 2014
ENJOYED THIS ONE!!!
Review based on completed game in casual mode.
Animation/VOS - Excellent
IHOS - Clear with small to larger objects. You can switch to a matching puzzle. Repeated scenes.
Random Click Penalty - None
Journal - Contains story and photos.
Hint - Fast charge. Gives directions and clues.
Map - Does transport.
Imp - Assists you with items you are unable to reach and gives you objectives.
Inventory - Locks in place. Items used quickly in other areas.
Puzzles/Mini-Games - Quite unique from the norm. Had me stumped most of the time. I give myself 3 tries to solve than it's the fast skip for me. :-D
A word to all devs - the constant backtracking is annoying to obtain items for puzzles, locked doors, etc. In many, you may need two, three or more. Why not just let us find the amount needed in one area and avoid backtracking? Or are the games designed this way to make it seem longer? For me, it just makes me lose interest. Glad for the hint button and transport maps. :-D
All fishies, throw in the line and reel this one in. Enjoy!!!
March 4, 2014
I enjoy using my game coupons on something enjoyable. I think I am tired of the storyline though. This is the third or forth installment. Time to move on.
February 13, 2014
with an expection
Overall a fun game. There is one mini game that is nearly impossible to win unless you get help. It's the one that you have to guide the imp through a maze. Very hard. Other than major frustration (the game doesn't allow you to skip) it was pretty good. 2014
February 9, 2014