Cadenza: Music, Betrayal and Death Collector's Edition
Best HOG in a loooong time!
I don't leave many reviews, but I had to for this game! I loved it! The story, the HO scenes (variety!), morphing objects well done and not a distraction, graphics, music and puzzles... all great. Nice achievements, again not a distraction but fun to get and makes you want to replay to get them all. I highly recommend this game.
May 21, 2014
The best so far!!
I stopped bothering to review games as I found some so disappointing. This one, however, is my favourite right now - even though I'm only halfway through the main game!
I love the music, love the variety of challenges and, at long last, a proper story.
I got so fed up with the stories set hundreds of years in the past so it was great to be in 1930s Mardi Gras and actually think I may be in a detective mystery!
Worth every penny!!
May 19, 2014
Best Game of 2014 Award
I am still reeling over this game. Its a long game too. There is so much to do, I never once got bored, every scene is different, there are NO repeat HOG scenes. Every puzzle and scene are totally unique. You would think they worked on this game for years and years. I cant believe all of the extras too. I spent a whole day just on that.
Music and scenery will take you to New Orleans, to Mardi gras, There were scenes so beautiful in this game I just sat and stared at them. You just want to walk through the computer screen. This is a 10 star game, but since 5 is all we can do.....I had a lot of fun on the extras too after playing the main game. You need to pay attention to the story line cause you'll need that info in the bonus area, ohhh what fun.
There are lots of things to collect and I missed some of the morphing objects they are only located in the hidden object scenes so watch out for that, you have the strategy guide with the CE so you can look and see where they are. Also you collect music notes watch you dont miss those at all cause you need those for something really special in the bonus area. This is one of those collector edition games that you really MUST buy the CE. You would miss a ton if you didn't. This game should be a winner in the 2014 Best Game Awards. Buy it now!
May 17, 2014
Don't miss this one!
A nice long game that is fun to play.
May 16, 2014
How can you not like this game?
If you are a HOG fan I don't understand how you can not like this game. It's new and refreshing and I hope more games go in this direction. I like going from place to place on the map. Not a lot of back and forth. If you find an object you don't have to go searching through scenes to figure out where it goes. I actually like the music and kept it on for the duration of the game. The story line is good. All around loved it. 165 reviewers proves it's good. I rarely review games but once I saw that some gave it 1 star I had to stand up and let my opinion be heard.
May 16, 2014
Fantastic game. I am taking my time enjoying the music, the graphics, the variety of IHOG's and puzzles. Thank you, thank you for a game with African American characters and storyline. I'm so tired of the usual evil monsters and princess searching for her prince stories. More like this please.
May 15, 2014
I've just started playing but the graphics, story and music (of course) are extraordinary.
May 13, 2014
Best game in ages, although the HOPs were a little mean! I loved the soundtracks, New Orleans jazz setting, game was excellent! SO many extras! Will play again. Loved it!
May 11, 2014
Refreshingly different and fun!
This is actually my first review of a game here. I just had to share my thoughts on this one. I loved everything about this game. The storyline was engrossing, and it was so different from what I have been playing--the New Orleans jazz angle. I LOVED the different styles of games and HO scenes. It was so much fun to play. Please make more like this!!
May 11, 2014
Really Good Game! But Some of that Shine is Missing...
BASED ON DEMO
I've been waiting for this one for a while, and I've got to say... IT'S GREAT! Great gameplay, REALLY great story... who can resist? I think I see this game's SE with my name on it!
The story was really, really exciting! It did take quite a while to get in to, but it was really good! A revived sprit returns with a vengeance, and he's after your dad! This is a great mix of murder mystery and fantasy, a game that I'm sure to enjoy.
As I said, the story does take quite a while to get in to. There's the opening scene, about half an hour of nothing exciting, and then a great ending. It's good to see Mad Head is working on their stories a bit. I don't like stories that are all action, but I don't like ones that take a long time to get in to the action either. Perhaps if it was gotten in to a bit sooner, the story would have been perfect. In my opinion, there was one cutscene that didn't need to be there. It dragged out the story a bit and was actually quite annoying. The cutscene I'm referring to is the picture cutscene that had the main character narrating a scene where there was singing and music. This was not necessary to the story in my opinion and seemed to be there just to increase length.
This is the only downside to an otherwise great story. It was really exciting and was full of wonderful twists and turns. I absolutely loved the story of the demo and I can't WAIT to see how it ends!
The gameplay... oh my gosh, the gameplay! I've been crying out for new, fun things and this game did just that! NEW HOS! NEW Minigames! NEW gameplay! New everything! This developer really knows how to go above and beyond in the world of HOPA games!
I'll start with the basics. The HOS: They were absolutely WONDERFUL! They were brand new and really fun to play! There were two HOS and two different types of HOS in the demo. In the first one, there was a little sidebar. You only had to find one object at a time. Sometimes it was only finding an object, sometimes it was adding part of an object to another one.
The second scene involved finding matching pairs. This was also fun, but I preferred the first type. In both HOS, there were dots above the HOS item bar which told you how many objects you had left to find. This was a great addition.
The puzzles were good too. Although not new, they were still very enjoyable. I found each puzzle to be rather easy. I could solve them all. They had very clear instructions, so I knew what to straight away.
And of course, with a Mad Head game, we see the return of the minishows. These are a puzzle, a HOS and a story rolled in to one. There was 1 minishow in the demo and it was awesome. It involved finding objects in a scene and placing them somewhere to learn the next part of a story. This has been a great story addition in previous games and I know it will be here.
This game also has + objects, which are items that need to be interacted with to complete. This is a nice feature, but is beginning to lose its shine, since it seems to be appearing in every game these days. I still enjoyed every time I had one in my inventory.
One final feature of this game was the timer. This lets you know how long you've been playing the game and is excellent for those who like to time their gameplay.
Other than that, this is your normal HOPA. Mad Head have done a great job with the gameplay as usual, but this game is not as fresh and new as other ones. There's no animal helper and no overly new features, just new HOS and Puzzles. Maybe a couple of extra features would've been nice.
The graphics are great as usual. They are drawn in great detail, with every scene being exceptionally clear. The character designs were also good.
My main problem (and my only problem) with this game is with the voice-overs and music. Multiple characters' voices in the game were very annoying. My least favourite of all was the main character. I found her voice to be breathy and she had a terrible accent. Another bad one for me was the voice of the woman who asked for the protection amulet. There was definitely some foreign accent in there, but the voice itself was really annoying. The third and final issue I have is with the voice of the taxi driver. It was really low and irritating.
My issue with the music is a big one. I disliked the music in the game. The saxophone at the beginning was awful and hurt my ears. The music in general in the game was annoying and off-putting, so I had to switch it off. I've only had to do this a couple of times with games, and when I do, it's because I can't stand it anymore. Developers should realise that, sometimes, games can be ruined by poor voice-overs and music. Luckily for the developer and myself, this was not the case, because of the story and gameplay.
4 modes of difficulty: Casual, Advanced, Hard and Custom. Differences are hint/skip times, sparkles, etc. Custom lets you set the game your way. I played Custom and set the hint to 30 seconds, skip to 45, and left everything ticked.
Hint/Skip- the hint is helpful outside HOS.
Diary- keeps track of events. No notes, just pictures. The notes in the diary are a good addition to the game and that was missing here.
Map- the map is slightly different than usual and does take getting used to, but once you're used to it, it's a good help. The map is interactive and lets you know where a task is.
+ objects- These are objects that you have to interact with to complete. A nice addition to the game.
Minishows- this is a story, puzzle and HOS all rolled in to one. There was only one in the demo, and judging by previous games, this will be rare. This is an awesome feature.
Timer- lets you know how long you've been playing the game.
Built-in Strategy Guide- good for puzzles.
Bonus Chapter- won't be needed
Collectible notes (41)- There is one in every scene.
Collectible morphing objects- one in every HOS.
Instrument workshop- can be unlocked after finding a certain HOS.
Connections- Bonus Chapter only
Replay HOS & Puzzles
So, overall, this was a great game. It had new gameplay that I'd been dying for. However, I think Mad Head have taken a step back with new features and CE Extras. There weren't nearly as many CE Extras in the game as there were in others, and there weren't any new puzzles or fancy new features this time around either. I think I'll give this four and a half stars since it's not as good as other games. This still is a really great game, but some of the Mad Head Magic was missing on this one. The developers weren't as ?out there? as they were in previous games. I'm getting the SE this time because I don't think the CE is worth it.
April 13, 2014