Cadenza: Music, Betrayal and Death Collector's Edition
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
What a Breath of Fresh Air!
music was very very nice love jazz
vo's nicely done
ho's were different which was challenging and refreshing
sg guide helpful
mini games not bad
not very good journal if u can call it that...
demo ended too soon (oh wah on me lol)
i am soo happy we have a bogo!
this will be a buy for me i really want to see how this goes.
not crazy about finding notes ugh hard to find i hardly every find all the morphing or look for items. but that does not take away from the game if u don't find them all or choose to ignore them :)
and it is about time vo's matched the ppl and i was happy to see ppl that were not all washed out :) the accents were great too...having spent time in the south so ik ^^ wonderful game at least give it a try :)
April 12, 2014
Great hidden object game
This game is absolutely the best game I've played in a long while. It has everything, good music great graphics and puzzles that are different and challenging. I love this game, I wish it was longer. I played the regular game then the bonus game. I had so much fun with this game. I wish all games were this good.
I'm not much of a Jazz lover but this music wasn't bad at all, it was good.
A couple of the puzzles were really beyond me, I couldn't make the clues fit no matter which way I tried. But two out of many isn't bad, it's good.
April 17, 2014
This is a good one.
I love the music theme and location. The hidden object part is a little different than most and the graphics are good. To me it seems more fun than most of these mystery games. I would recommend it.
April 12, 2014
First, I loved the music!
The storyline was great. I wasn't overly impressed by the hogs (find one, put one back) and the puzzles were not so great. The game moved along at a good clip. All together I really liked it. The bonus chapter however was very short. By the time I was finished with the game I was not interested to go back throughout all of the scenes to find the morphing objects not available during the standard gameplay. Instead of keeping me interested I lost my interest all together. I wish I had waited for the SE.
April 16, 2014
If only the game worked on the Mac!
Played smooth and beautifully in Windows 8.1 running VMware Fusion for Mac users.
The Jazz music is outstanding, so is the graphics and the story. Everything about this game is TOP-NOTCH and captivating.
Didn't want the game to end. Look forward to more games from Mad Head Games Co.!
April 23, 2014
good game but very short
For the price you pay for this collector's edition, the game is very short. I think I finished it in about 4 or 5 hours, and that includes the bonus chapter. I did like that the HOP were a bit different. Overall, a fun game, but not as much challenge as I would have liked, and definitely too short.
April 22, 2014
Original and Fun
I really enjoyed this game. Graphics were great and the storyline was pretty good. Some of the music was a little annoying but for the most part it was a pretty good way to spend a few hours.
April 15, 2014
Loved the story
This is a beautifully made game and love the story, graphics and sound. What I didn't like was there were too many puzzles, even the majority of HOs were a puzzle, and I dislike puzzles. If this had more HOs, I would have loved it but even though I love the story and want to see how it ends, I'm going to sit on the fence and decide later.
April 12, 2014
Not THAT great!!
All I'll say is that this game really isn't worthy of the HUGE rave reviews. Yes, it's a bit of a different story. Yes the HOS were different. But I found no real pleasure or excitement in playing this game. It's nowhere near the same quality as many other CE's. I'd advise you to try the demo first before buying.
I, myself, believed all these over-the-top rave reviews and was actually disappointed. Maybe THAT'S the problem. All the reviewers built it up to be so wonderful, you're expectations are really high. It wasn't an awful game by any means, but I've definitely played MANY other CE's of a better quality and with more pleasure. I actually couldn't wait to finish this game....and that is 'telling' in itself.
So, I do recommend this game but realise it's been built up way too much.
April 16, 2014