Cadenza: Music, Betrayal and Death Collector's Edition
A Jazz Concert HOPA--Stereotyping at It's Finest...
The New Orleans backdrop and jazz music were refreshingly unique in a more modern day era. The voice overs, music and singing are superior. The game could have been so much better as Developers had all the right stuff, yet, they seemed to hold back and went off into different directions.
I just could not stay interested as the puzzles were way too easy and practically completed for me as I clicked away. Developers seem to hesitate allowing gamers a genuine challenge. Which puts us right back into playing an interactive cartoon--that is now also a jazz concert-- rather than a game played and won based upon our skill as gamers. Why, oh why, cannot we have both--a good story line coupled with fun challenges?
Scenes were dark with moving shadows and I refuse to stare at a monitor to detect morphing objects along the way. This is merely camouflage to replace quality gaming.
Immediately loved the cab driver who reacted appropriately and was a safe haven for Adele--and gamers-- to retreat and get bearings. Played demo only, however, based on the map, this is going to be a very long and tedious game even without the Bonus Content.
At opening scene, our girl Adele gives pain meds to an obvious drunk in the alley. What is the point after all? Give the guy a couple aspirin for his headache and send him on his way. Thanks for the front door key!
Overall, the stereotyping put me on edge immediately and I knew this game was not for me. Enjoy! -Mama Mia-
April 13, 2014
Good rainy day game
The graphics and music were great and the story was interesting, but I found myself getting bored towards the end of gameplay. I did not even bother with the bonus play. This was enjoyable if you want to relax and play a game without a whole lot of challenge. I wish I would have waited for the SE.
April 18, 2014
Review of Free Demo
I liked everything about the game except for the following. On every scene where you learned about the story, everything moved very very slow, and there would be two arrow cursors. It was very annoying, since it did it on every scene. Hidden object puzzles played fine. I did make it to the end of the free demo, it just seemed to take forever. I will wait to buy the standard, and hope that version does not do any of this.
April 24, 2014
Could have been better
I loved the unique puzzles, visuals, graphics and music. However the pace was very, very slow. The storyline was very hard to follow and the puzzles did not tie very well. It seemed that they spent all their time planning the unique puzzles and settings that they ran out of time and threw it together. It could have been without peer if they had spent more time.
July 2, 2014
Mixed up, excited, and bored
Boy this game was so close to having it good. Love the atmosphere, but it is a very slow game. The HO's were unique and I like the way they made the game feel Jazzy. Sorry for the pun. I wanted to like this one so badly because of the uniqueness, but it is a slow game.
April 18, 2014
Hard to run
I had a hard time playing this because it kept freezing. I would say it was my computer, but none of my other games have a problem running.
May 5, 2014
Not for me
Excellent artwork,voice acting and jazz music,undeniable.
Just like previous Mad Head games Rite of Passage and Nevertales,this Cadenza: Music, Betrayal and Death again failed in delivering something great and ENGAGING throughout the whole game. After around 30 minutes of trying the demo I removed it from my computer I just couldn't go on any further.
The New Orleans/Mardi Gras/jazz background story was different but didn't grab my attention enough to keep me thrilled or interested. Overall the game felt very tedious and dull. The mini games/puzzles are nothing special or unique,gathering those music notes in interactive HOS just leading to pure frustration.
The map wasn't transporting but you use the cab to go to next destination, which I find unnecessary needed. For inventory items most of them left me no clue on how or where to use them I ended up clicking hints few times. Also there's too much of going back and forth to retrieve every single things,which is red flag for any HOG that deserved below average score in my opinion.
My advice,please TRY THE DEMO first then see for yourself if you're willing to shell out for this game. Be wise,do not make any purchase just based on high numbers of 5 star reviews and then come back here to say how much you regret it later.
April 14, 2014
Wish I Hadn't Wasted My Money
Bought this CE based on almost all of 20+ reviwers giving this 5s. (2 for 1 day today) What? They must be playing a different game to me. Dull,dull, dull. The only thing good about it is the music. No inventory to speak of. You carry 2-3 items that you use pretty quickly. Didn't even understand the instructions for some of the puzzles so skipped them.The jazz theme is slightly different but only just. Game takes an age to load on my PC. Even within the game sometimes. Very disappointed.
April 13, 2014
I'm out in left field.
Huh? I was so excited to see all the excellent reviews but quit playing before the demo time was up. Too much moving around and even though HOs are different, they are tedious and boring. Also, when trying to exit scenes, more often than not would get an inventory object instead. Collecting music notes less than thrilling. Did not see any "morphs." Sorry. Not for me.
April 13, 2014
Very long and extremely BORING. Ouch.
I finally finished playing Cadenza ; the game timer said it was only a bit over 4 hours but it seemed like 40 hours. It took me 5 weeks to finally finish this trashy game because it is a sure cure for insomnia. I found it very difficult to stay awake for more than 30 minutes playing the game. The story line began well but ended up a twisted wreck of pieced together trivia with no logic or reason and unbelievable. The characters are all undesirables who I could never begin to like. Even the detective was unlikeable. It would be fair to say that in my assessment, this game ran about 3 hours longer than the story could hold together for. No game is completely bad so let me list the good and the bad.
? The artwork is a bit better than average.
? The music; it may have been original.
? I was able to finish the game finally, by using the hint at every move. Boring, but I did it.
? The story line.
? The games, many of which cannot be skipped and almost none of which have ANY instructions.
? The Hint takes too long to recharge; important because the game has no ?flow? and no logic.
? The characters; I wanted them all to die.
? The music. The same few bars were played over and over until I cut it off.
? The length. Long only works for fun games, not boring ones.
So it was not all bad. But the game, overall, was pretty horrible. For the final word let me day that when I happily finished the game, I could not exit without starting the Bonus chapter. I immediately did a Ctrl ? Alt ? Del and closed the program. Ouch. No more, please. I do not recommend the game to anyone. I do recommend the company never release another game.
July 17, 2014