Bluebeard's Castle: Son of the Heartless
Hard to believe this is the same developer!
I agree with the negative comments on this game. I was so looking forward to it because although the first game had some flaws, I thoroughly enjoyed it. What a letdown. The only thing I can surmise is that the developer had a major turnover in staff because this game is so totally different from the original Bluebeard's Castle. I even checked to be sure it was the same developer which it is. I kept playing the demo hoping it would improve but after 27 minutes, I gave up. I just could not get into Bluebeard's Castle 2.
Don't buy this game based on your opinion of the first... definitely demo first!
April 27, 2014
For the first time ever I wish I could give a game a less than 1 star rating. It is sooooo slow. Please use the full 1 hour trial before you buy and realize it won't get better as you play.
April 26, 2014
Okay......................It Was Awful
Please refer to my review of the previous game "Bluebeard's Castle" to better understand the following.
Based on Completed Game - no spoilers.
Storyline: Years have passed. You have, through your Aunt, found out about the Curse of Bluebeard and you are in danger. You, Jack, the son of Bluebeard decide you must go to the Castle, find an important item, and destroy the curse.
I think there were 2 modes of play. Can't remember. I was a bit distracted by the actual game.
Graphics: Extremely, extraordinarily cartoonish.
Sound Quality: Voices - very good; music - better suited to an opera than Bluebeard's Castle.
Gameplay: Here I became at first confused, confounded, disheartened and finally just plain flummoxed. But, YOU will have to play to find out if you do too - HA! Actually, you would have to play the first game, "Bluebeard's Castle", because the 2 are as different as night and day.
Pros: Not a thing. Okay. Maybe a pro would be it's extremely hand-holdy (is that a word?). The hints are fabulous and recharge fairly well. Remember - the hints are fabulous - now you figure out why.
HOGs - Overloaded with items. Items mislabeled (i.e., a crest was actually a comb, pruning shears were actually scissors). Of course, I suppose that could have been done on purpose to make it more interesting. Everything was small to tiny. There is a secret, however, that I hope you find that will at least make the items easier to locate. Again, I had to find it and so will you. There is no click penalty that I could tell so hint away because there are also no achievements you need to worry about not getting.
Mini-Games - Most were relatively challenging. The instructions were not very good. But most times, once you caught on you could figure things out.
The game atmosphere was creepy in a cartoonish sort of way until it just became silly and cartoonish...period. You know you have to go from Point A to Point Z and get there through the whole alphabet (it's an analogy - there is no Point A, Point B or alphabet). After listening to and watching the opening scene, there is an expectation of how the game will go - ambiance, gameplay, etc. - for every game we play. However, Point A to Point B went through a w-h-o-l-e different alphabet than the one I'm used to (another analogy ok?). There was nothing, absolutely nothing that had anything to do with the Jack's story that you heard - or maybe I was on a different television station (analogy). All I can give are analogies because anything else would be spoilers and I would get my wrist slapped big time - lol. Besides, it's funny - not the game - the game is cheesy.
If I had not played the first game and fallen so in love with it perhaps my review of this game would be more stellar - nah - it was cheesy to the extreme. And Bluebeard is probably rolling over in his grave - oh, wait, that's right - never mind you'll find out - ha again.
Glam-ma says please, please, please try it before you buy it. If you didn't play the original chances are you may actually love this game. I was bored to tears and only finished because I paid for it and that's kind of a thing with me. Oh, yeah, DEVS of this game - try to keep to this old adage - and it's time tested - "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." 'nuf said.
Oh, again, PERFECT for beginners, Intermediates and Experts - seriously - not so much.
May 13, 2014