Fatal Passion: Art Prison
Fatal Passion Avoids Fatal Mistakes
The story of unrequited, secret love is nothing really new (actually quite old), but it was still holding my interest through the trial time. There may be a little too much "help" for some, as the on-screen hints pretty much tell you what type of object you'll need to find in order to complete an action.
Painting an object and it comes to life - not a new idea, Drawn, anyone? - but this game manages to pull it off well. Developers can sometimes overly rely on one "trick" but here it does not seem to be over-used. Also in this game, you have to actually make your paint before you can use it.
The bird collectibles are fantastic. Beautifully drawn and looking almost real. I love birds, and at least some of them appeared to be actual species. However, I could not find any way to view the birds once they were collected - which is a shame. Suggestion for developer: it would have been a WOW to be able to see the collected birds in a separate viewing area, together with their names.
The artwork is done is a semi-realistic style which should be familiar to most fishes. Puzzles and mini games showed some inventiveness, or at least a twist on the usual ones. There was one painting/drawing puzzle during the trial #hate those# but I found the others interesting and somewhat more challenging than usual, but not too difficult. Hidden object scenes had several twists thrown in, but were still fairly easy.
I do like the game, and if my suggestion above was part of the CE I would consider making this one of the few CE's I own. As it stands, I'll direct my "passions" toward the SE release.
March 2, 2014
"This close" to 5 stars
This review is based on the completed SE game. Really liked the artwork; some of it was different and fun, some of it was more what I've seen in other games, but still very nice the whole way through. The HOS are appropriate to the settings; by that, I mean that there aren't a bunch of things in them that don't belong. Also, the items aren't impossible to find; the hint function refills fairly quickly.
The music, sound effects, and voice overs are all good. I usually play with the volume set fairly low, but I still think the audio adds to the game when it's good. It's disappointing to mute it entirely. There was a clever "cartoon drawing" feature for some of the voice overs, instead of just looking at a character talking at the player.
The mini-games are fun. Some of them seemed pretty easy. Most of them were challenging enough to be interesting. There were a couple that just did not make sense to me, even after making progress; I used the skip function even through I really don't like to.
There's a map available that shows where active areas are and where current objectives are. I really like this feature in games with a lot of locations; it saves a lot of needless running around because I can't remember where I'm at and how to get to where I need to be. (I'm very good at reading maps, but I'm not so good at creating a map inside my head.)
I think there's some replay value to the game, although maybe not as much as some others. That, along with the few mini-games that didn't make sense, is probably what keeps me from giving it a full 5 stars. Definitely 4 1/2 though. Enjoy!
May 27, 2014
The puzzles are pretty easy, like paint by number etc. It was ho-hum, the story is an artist in love with a woman who is getting married to another and she just thought they were friends but he feels spurned so he's going on a rampage of making everyone suffer. Its your job to defeat his painted monsters-come to life and rescue the bride and others who've fallen into the artist's line of fire. The art work of the scenes is drawn looking/flat and it was easy to beat the game. It was one of those that as a lover of HOG type games I won't replay and I removed it after I completed the game. But it filled some time and I did complete the game. I purchased the 'collectors edition' and wished I'd only paid for this version.
March 2, 2014
It was somewhat of a challenge
I liked it to a point. It got to simple sometimes and to taxing at others. I am saying play it. You never know if it is for you or not.
March 7, 2014
It was a good game. Not the best I have played. Interesting having to paint and make colors to kill things. Not one I would buy
March 3, 2014
ANOTHER HO HUM
Review based on about 2 hours game play. Another I couldn't sink my teeth into.
Animation/VO - Characters did not move. Cartoonish in style. Vos were okay but not for player. Some text was so small I had to lean close to the screen.
IHOS - Silhouettes, find x # of same items, put objects back in scene. Small objects. Fairly clear.
Misclick Penalty - None
Hint - Fast charge. Gives clues and directions.
Puzzles/Mini-Games - Chose to try at least twice then skipped. Moderate skip charge.
This game did not capture my attention.
May 17, 2014
Another Demo fools you
Once again, as soon as the demo time is over so is the fun. The game is way too short and the mouse can be picky. The HOS become more frequent and the story drops flat just to get the game over with. It took less than an hour after the demo for me to finish, now I feel like demanding my money back. Total waste.
March 4, 2014
Just ok for me
The visual quality in this game seemed outdated to me. I really expected a more exciting storyline as well. The puzzles were o.k. not extremely easy but not very challenging either. I felt it was fairly boring overall. It did not keep me interested and I did not purchase this game
March 26, 2014