Surface: Reel Life Collector's Edition
Trival but fun
This is the easiest game in the series. I have completed the main game + bonus chapter under 3 hours in hard mode. The gameplay is very trivial featuring excellent graphics and sound fx. The storyline is somewhat artificial and boring to certain extend. It does not develop as fast as you want it to develop so you can pretty much predict what it is going to happen at the final scene right from the beginning. I think Reel Life CE had a lot of potential but it does not bring the excitement level that you expect it to bring in all aspects of its gameplay. Its predecessors were so much better fun. Finally, it is completely pointless to collect bonus flowers. 160 flowers to be able to watch 3 short movies is something that pushes you over the cliff as well as "Finish one HOS in more than 10 minutes" award.
April 10, 2014
The Saga Continues?
i surveyed this game and played the full demo
which was the same amount of time and story.
nice clear graphics
hint system is great
vo's very nice
art work was nicely done
wonderful cut scenes
music is alright...i rarely listen to the music i usually turn it way down in options.
cannot think of any except it is not totally a 5 star rating the graphics while well done are not exceptional.
i hardly every give out 5 stars so this is the best rating i pretty much ever give out...i really give it a 4.5 :)
i loved it better than the (hmmm thinking 2nd or 3rd one)
ik there is one i was not that impressed with cannot remember which one...may have to replay them to remember lol
all in all this is a very nicely done continuation
i do hope this is helpful i notice so many with like or dislike but no reasons...oops i hope this does not stop this from being published ;)
April 11, 2014
Not Much Of an Encore!
Back by popular demand, don?t miss the continuing saga of the exciting series Surface, returning to us with a brand new episode called Reel Life, starring none other than YOU, directed by Elephant Games and brought to us by BFG. In tonight?s exciting episode, Mary and her daughter Jane attend a screening of Nicolas Skipframe?s classic film, ?Jungle Hunt? starring Andrew Light. As the camera begins to roll, suddenly stepping out off the screen is none other than Andrew who grabs Jane and pulls her into the film. Now it is up to you to help your Sister and enter a world where dangerous animals and strange plants try to stop you from discovering the real truth behind the madness that has taken fold. Will you uncover the truth? Will you be able to save Jane? Tune into the game to find out and don?t forget to pick up your pop-corn and soda before you begin.
Well I would like to say that I was completely overthrown by the game, but unfortunately I was not. I much prefer the previous episodes of Surface and I found this game a bit slow and cumbersome at times. Although the graphics and animations are excellent as is the stunning artwork and special effects, there just seemed to be something missing. A classic HOPA with standard Hidden object scenes and lots of puzzles to solve; I just wish there was a bit more to the game mechanics as it all seemed so familiar. There are three game modes to choose from, a journal and a jump map. There is a collection of film reels to look at, flowers to collect and a list of achievements to earn; that really is about it!
What I did love immensely about Reel Life were the mini-games, very well conceptualized and some were challenging to solve. Hidden object scenes were very basic, a list of items to find with only one interactive object. A good memory is required as a lot of backtracking takes place throughout the game so a pen and paper by your side may be of some help.
To be honest, I really didn?t feel the excitement and thrill that I did with the first two installments of Surface. The only things that separate this game from a standard version game are collectables and a list of trophies to earn. There is apparently a secret room where the flowers provide you with extra film footages to view. However the bonus section seems to be important as it offers you the opportunity to release Andrew from Cinecity which I think is clever of the developers to add on. Therefore I do think this may be the only incentive that compels me to buy this game as a CE version, not that there is much of a difference in price when sales are available. I must confess that at times, with certain games I enjoy Standard versions more so when there is no Strategy Guide to assist you; somehow games get a bit more challenging for me.
I expect many will award this five stars but I just feel a certain lack of luster in visuals as well as in game mechanics. If I were to compare this to some of my favorite games that have crossed my way this year, Reel Life does rate a bit lower. Therefore four stars it is!
April 10, 2014
collector's edition fan
Good game. Not excellent but enjoyed playing. Elephant games are one of the developers I enjoy. I have completed the main part of the game and found it to be short compared to other CE. Not sure if it is worth the CE price based on the duration of the gameplay. Leaving the bonus game until the next day so I won't feel cheated
April 10, 2014
Good, but not great
Based on demo played on casual.
Wow, what an opening! Grabbed my attention immediately and couldn't wait for my participation to begin.
Although a well-used premise - girl kidnapped by her dead husband, a movie star, and taken off into the world behind the cinema screen - this is certainly a different approach and I loved it. Called in to rescue her and her mum, you explore the cinema, fend off the various creatures who have escaped through the screen and discover the way to follow her into the unknown.
Graphics are really good and clear, music is atmospheric and appropriate at times, at others, no music, just sound effects of the environment.
* The usual screen savers, music etc
* Achievements to earn (though I do sigh with disappointment when there is one for taking 10+ minutes to complete a HOS :-( )
* 80 flowers to collect which have different values and are used to 'buy' access to the bonus films in a secret room. I only earned enough to see one and it was a movie trailer which begins to give further hints as to what the conflict might be. Shame on devs and testers that they didn't spot the erroneous apostrophe!
* Bonus chapter
* Map with actions and remains active if there is a flower to collect
* Hint shows you where to go and you can jump there.
Lots of puzzles of varying difficulty. I skipped the harder ones to make progress in my limited trial time but they should be doable with patience and thought.
Only 3 HOSs so far and I was disappointed. One a simple list, one using a single inventory item to solve and a further with two 'special' items. I want more these days.
Once the opening was over, I found the gameplay rather simple, items found are used fairly quickly. There are items for which you have to add elements or adapt them, marked with a +.
Clicking on movie posters will give back story and this is where the game slowed right down. Don't skip or you will miss some info but slowly focussing in on a picture with no result is frustrating.
There are 3 levels of challenge, Casual/Advanced/Hardcore but no Custom (boo!)
So, will I buy it? Probably. The story is intriguing enough to make me want to go on. But it could have been better and that is why only 4* from me.
Do try it, simply because it is so different!
April 10, 2014
Nice Addition to the Series
This latest installment of the Surface series is, in my opinion, much better than the last one.
- The story is pretty interesting.
- Graphics are sharp.
- Three modes of gameplay to choose from.
- Extra flowers to collect around the world.
- Many of the puzzles are interesting or new takes on old puzzles.
- Some inventory items require extra steps to use, which is fun.
- Many hidden object scenes require you to use inventory items.
- Using the flowers you collect could be more interesting like in previous Surface games.
- The achievements are very same old, same old.
- Some of the hidden object scenes are a little boring, especially ones with little or no interactivity.
Despite this, it's a pretty entertaining game!
April 10, 2014
I got into it !
Lately I have been so disappointed with all the games I purchased, but I had to try the new Surface as I did all the others in that franchise . I got into it and had a good time, puzzles and HO are a bit too easy though, but it moves along.... Anything fresh and away from the overdrawn games of past few months is a blessing.
April 11, 2014
Good colourful game but I expected more I found it predictable and quite short for a surface game. I feel that this would have slotted into an earlier release slot I think the soaring city and pantheon were more intruiging in saying this it is still a very enjoyable game.
April 17, 2014
GOOD GAME WITH A COOL STORY LINE
I liked this game. The story line was good, there have been a few cinema based games but this was a bit different. There were some great mini games different than ones I have played so often. There are flowers to collect and I found all but 3 sooo frustrating. :) I think it is worth the buy but you may want to play the hour free to see if it's something you will enjoy. Happy Gaming!
April 19, 2014
Review based on completed game in casual mode, the only way I play. :-D
ANIMATION - Excellent. Characters very realistic.
VOS - Excellent, even for player.
IHOS - Fairly clear with small to larger objects.
HINT - Fast charge. Gives clues and directions.
MISCLICK PENALTY - None.
JOURNAL - Contains story, notes, photos and map which does transport.
INVENTORY - Locks in place. Items used quickly in other areas. Works with task bar.
PUZZLES/MINI-GAMES - This part of the game is usually not my thing though I do enjoy some of them and even managed to solve a few. Moderate skip.
BONUS CHAPTER - More back tracking so I did not finish it.
Definitely a good game. Give it a try.
June 9, 2014