Riddles of Fate: Into Oblivion
This Will No Doubt Fade Into Oblivion
I thought this game had a familiar feel, then I realized I had beta tested it. That was quite a while ago, so those who describe this game as somewhat older are correct, relatively speaking.
The town of Riddlestone, the Rockwood dynasty, the seven deadly sins, etc. Queen Olivia's daughter (or should I say "daw-tah" per the supposedly British accents) has been kidnapped.
Everything is well drawn and the game has it's own style, although I found the style hard to describe. The game is both very colorful and very dark at the same time. I thought the voices and sound effects were fairly good.
The game play and plot is on the simplistic side, suggesting this is aimed at younger (but not too young) schools of fish.
The collectables (crowns) are nearly impossible to miss without tripping over them, and yet there are not too many of them. They are not particularly compelling. There are also collectable members of the royal Rockwood family (six, I think).
This does not have either an especially interesting story or new features that would make it stand out. Neither does it have that immersive quality that pulls you in. My recommendation would be get the SE, or better yet leave this riddle unanswered.
April 9, 2014
I didn't really think liked this game based on the trial but had a discount an wanted to buy a game. I usually decide to buy based on other reviewers comments about length. Comments about this games length were good so I purchased.I started where the 1 hour trial left off and finished the game in about an hour, so maybe 2 hours total. Thats disappointing I was expecting it to last a little longer. Other than that it was just ok not my favorite.
April 15, 2014
lips don't move
I'll reluctantly recommend this game. There was nothing special about it. 2014
April 22, 2014
I purchased after finishing the demo, because (a) I enjoyed the demo and thought it would be a good game, and (b) I forgot that this dev has been steadily going downhill from their former pinnacle of excellence.
Unfortunately, the remainder of the game after the demo is tortuously boring, convoluted, baffling, and just plain silly. I am not anxious to finish it, but maybe taking a break for a few days will help.
April 11, 2014
Not a patch on Wild hunt
I bought this as a multi buy with wild hunt and Momento. I thought wild hunt was great and was very pleased until I played this one. The whole game took me 3.5 hours.
The story was very poor the puzzles went from very easy to silly. Some of the stuff made no sense such as you have a torch in your hand but you cant see in a dark place, nor can you light a candle ??? I do like a bit of get something and then go back and open something else but this was too much and too far back. The whole thing seemed as if it was thrown together and quiet frankly I would have been happy to leave the family to there fate rather than finish the game.
November 5, 2014
Basic Mediocre HO Game with a Promising but Weak Storyline
A basic game with basic challenges. Nothing too taxing although there were a couple of difficult 'figure outs' along the way. Although I played the CE version, it wasn't worth the extra investment. There were only a few HO games and the puzzles were elementary at best which reduced this game to one step above boring. Gave it a 2 but it was a bit of a stretch. The one strength of the game was numerous locations with numerous 'actions' for each location. Some back and forth but overall, it was a fairly linear game.
June 14, 2014
Honestly Cannot Understand All of the Positive Reviews
Some Elephant games have been excellent, well thought-out, and creative (e.g. the Surface series). This is NOT one of them. My biggest issue (and I'm not the only one who noted this# is the inaccurate age representation. The mother looked like a teenager #and had an adult daughter# but was married to a king who appeared to be at least 70 years old #e.g., like he could be her grandfather rather than husband#. Many of the voices did not seem to match the age, either, which detracted from their realism. Also, the men were in general represented as either old or fat, but all of the women were young and beautiful. Other games/developers are better at comparatively more accurate age and appearance representations, and it really does detract from the overall gameplay for me when such unpleasant stereoptypes are indulged in this manner. I don't expect completely realistic characters, but the characters in this game were simply NOT depicted remotely realistically. I actually found them a bit disturbing.
As for the rest: the HOS are good, but everything else is pretty poor. The graphics are disappointing, and the execution of the storyline is even worse. How they managed to mess up such a promising premise - the 7 deadly sins - I have NO idea. What makes me sad about seeing such high reviews for a shoddy game is that I don't know when to trust other highly-rated games I'm considering purchasing...AND then, the games that really DO deserve 5 stars get lost in the shuffle.
My first review #for the CE# was rejected, so I had to go for a milder critique this time. I was just following guidelines and being honest, but that doesn't always seem to be welcomed in reviews. NOTE that my review is based on both the Demo #SE# and the Beta test #CE). BOTTOM LINE: I just couldn't bring myself to drop even a free coupon on this game.
April 6, 2014