Grim Tales: The Vengeance Collector's Edition
Auntie to the rescue! Again! And again!
As many of the other reviews have said, this game has absolutely stunning graphics and cutscenes. The individual locations are also visually gorgeous, although the voiceovers are a bit weak at times.
My biggest deciding factor on any game, especially a CE is the length. I played on Expert mode with no hints, and the main game took me about 5 1/2 hours. The bonus chapter took me a surprising 45 minutes, which made the overall length quite satisfying to me. I am not a big fan of the morphing objects but there were also little golden statues to collect that added background to the family history, which I very much enjoyed.
The puzzles themselves were nothing mind-bending. Fishing objects out of an aquarium, making a potion, melting metal on a fire, etc have been done to death and were all present in this game. However, the HOs were very clear and well-spaced, the beautiful graphics saved the day, and the story progressed at a fast enough pace that my interest in the game stayed steady.
Of course, this series is about an aunt rescuing every single one of her relatives by going into the past and changing the future outcome. It gets a little tiring to have such dense nephews and nieces and sisters that are constantly destroying the family tree and humanity in the process. If you are looking for a new idea in this series, it is not here. It is another Auntie rescue mission. But the fresh twists and plot still hold their own and I definitely enjoyed this latest game in the series. Here's hoping for more!
Happy gaming, Big Fishies!
June 24, 2014
Beautiful Graphics. Music was generally unpleasant and monotonous so I had to turn it way down. Morphing Objects and Collectors items were a great touch. The Story line was good but the bit on the end where all the Evil gets undone as if it never happened, that was very bit far-fetched and I think it ruined the common sense of the Game. I didn't like that part of it at all. It was just ridiculous! Otherwise a very enjoyable Game.
May 18, 2014
lots of game here
I liked this one despite the glitch that makes you restart the whole thing all over again when two thirds of the way through you don't use the machete in the order the dev's anticipated and it disappears from your inventory. You then cannot move forward. But I did enjoy this one. I loved how the objectives appeared at the top of the screen, the mini games were quite varied and it had both collectibles and morphing objects. There was a kind of new twist with some objects held vertically on the right hand side of the screen which you occasionally gave to a judge in a courtroom. They also set off a little video that gave you background info about the story. As always with Elephant games the HO's were pretty easy and several of the achievements were tied to them. The locations were beautiful as always. I will say that this game both looked and felt a lot like others in the series. Always taking place in the castle, someone in trouble and needing my help etc etc. It was fun though and I did like it. It had a lot to offer. It was a good length, pretty and with a fair amount to do.
June 2, 2014
Love this fallow up version. Had some nice changes. Wonderful cut scenes. Love the dramatic court room. Going on my must buy list.
Only thing is I do not like how dark the HO's were though I like the arrangement.
May 23, 2014
Series gets back to basics
This review is based on a complete playthrough of the game and bonus content.
After swerving a hard right for Bloody Mary (a most enjoyable excursion, I must add), Grim Tales is back to the basic premise of the first installments of the game.
First, as always, the bonus content (or Why should I pay double for this game?): The bonus game took me a good hour. It wasn't what I was expecting, in a good way. It did leave a bit of a feeling of 'series finale' at the end, which I hope isn't the case. The window is certainly still open.
Plenty of morphs and achievements as well as the usual swag.
The main game does end conclusively, so you won't feel cheated out of an ending if you go the SE route.
Now for the game:
THE GOOD: Back to the original formula with the family being the center of attention. Remember the castle? It's back. Naturally it's up to you to solve all the problems your family gets itself into, but what are aunts for?
Very nice variety of puzzles. Some old favorites, some with new twists. None hair-pulling hard, but they weren't all simplistic either.
I'm going to call it a 'grown-up' game. Not that there's anything disturbing for kids (there isn't), but they aren't going to 'get' most of the plot. Then again, if they grew up on procedural crime dramas like my daughter did, maybe they will :)
Graphics and voicing were all top-notch. Ambient sounds were ok, but got repetitive quickly. Map and Hint are both teleporting - hint recharged quickly at middle difficulty and didn't get 'used' up by a teleport (or even just showing a specific area - that could be good/bad, fielder's choice).
THE BAD: Maybe I went in with too high expectations after their last title, but the story didn't grip me the way others have. It wasn't lackluster, just not edge of my seat stuff for the most part. I had no trouble walking away from it for a while without wondering what was going to happen.
THE UGLY: A few mini-games I had to use the map to back out of. That's the only real bug I found. There's also an issue with things you find - papers you can read aren't copied into your diary, so you've got one shot to read them when they're on screen that I could see. Read quickly before they're gone (the substance of them is put in your diary).
BOTTOM LINE: Hearty recommendation, as long as you know what to expect. If you enjoyed the first couple titles in this series you'll love this. If you just started with Bloody Mary or even The Stone Queen, this one may seem a bit more laid back to you (none of the 'creep factor' of Bloody Mary).
Either way, it's still a good game, well worth your time.
July 9, 2014
Please hold my hand Mr Dev
Based on completed game. Once again, what could have been a great game was ruined by all of the hand holding. I couldn't believe when I saw little pictures scratched into the surface of many objects, depicting what action should be taken. For example, you come across several crisscrossed chains and right in the middle there is a drawing of bolt cutters cutting the chains. Glad they did this because I was completely stumped. I had the bolt cutters in my inventory, but had no idea what they were for. This happens over and over during the game. It's just another interactive movie. Seems as though most devs feel that we are so stupid that we can't complete the game, even with a hints and a strategy guide, so they also need to draw pictures for us dumb westerners. The strategy guide along with morphing objects and a handful of statues are all that make this a CE. As for the strategy guide, has anyone ever used one to develop a strategy for playing the game? It's fine to include it for those times when a game makes absolutely no sense, but why don't we call them a walkthrough which is what they are. Once again, they want to give us the answers without making us feel stupid, so they call it a strategy guide, whatever. More and more games are getting dumbed down since they changed the adventure game to a hidden object game. I hope I don't sound negative!
May 17, 2014
A strictly mediocre game as far as CE's are concerned
I have all the Grim Tales games and have loved them all (with the exception of The Stone Queen, which I just found to be odd). With that said, I was rather confused by the story going on here. I seems the family name has changed,the Aunt can now see the past and other things, Elizabeth and her husband are dead, etc. etc. I found this all confusing as the other games always followed the story of the helpless sister needing the aunt to come save the day. Anyway, they're all deceased now and the nephew is being charged with murdering his sister in hopes of inheriting the estate. I'm not quite sure where Brandon went who we met as a baby way back when in previous games. This is one of the easier series that Elephant has put out. The Grim Tale games are predictable. There is much much too-ing and fro-ing and a jump map is included. The HOS are simple and the puzzles are easy also. In this game you can bring back items from the past, to help prove the innocence of James in the courtroom. The graphics I found to be excellent. There are a few achievements and some collectibles. I'm not quite sure this warrants a CE status as the bonus chapter is less than 30 minutes long. Also, the other Grim Tales were all very very long games. This one I see is clocked around 3-4 hours. I didn't love the game, not did I dislike it. I think I spent most of the demo time trying to figure out why the entire family changed. I believe I would get this as an SE, but play for yourself. We all have different tastes.
May 15, 2014
so much to do and so little time
This game is really good, the visuals are beautiful. . . but my complaint is that once again we have a game that is so busy, that I lost track of the story line. How many things do you need to find in each room? Also, I think at this stage of the game, you could improve the hidden object games. They don't always have to be find the object related to the word. Lesser games than this are coming up with new ways to keep are brains from freezing (for us old folks only!)
May 15, 2014
Not very challenging
I am not sure why this is getting rave reviews. Sure, the story is good and the graphics are good but this is a GAME. The puzzles should be challenging and any hidden object scenes should have some objects that are difficult to find. Something. But almost all of the "puzzles" are not puzzles at all, but merely moving objects around. One of them is coloring a set of dolls based on the posted color scheme. Not challenging! To be honest, there are a couple that will keep you going for a few extra minutes but those are few and far between.
I think that Elephant spit this game out before it was ready. There are times when the text has poor grammar and looks like someone skipped spell check. BUT the thing that leads me to believe this is on the market before its time is that sometimes the family is called McGray and then other times they are McGrew. Seriously. Look at the family tree.
Finally, when you find an area that needs you to move a rock or do some other activity, there is a picture on the screen that "tells" you what to do. This is in advanced mode. I don't need a picture. Let me figure it out. But apparently we are too stupid to figure it out so Elephant put pictures.
Sorry, this is not what I expected from Elephant. Play it if you want to be kept busy wandering around but don't play it if you want a challenge.
May 28, 2014
Played this because of the good reviews
OK we all know the scenario: psychic aunt trying to prove her nephew's innocence of killing his sister by traveling back in time to get the details of what happened.
This is accomplished in I believe 4 times.
The game play was nothing that I missed since playing any IHOP game. I haven't played this kind of game in over two years b/c of the monotonous of every IHOP game I've played.
You get to find morphing items and finding golden statues. You have achievements although some seem impossible to get. For example: find 10 items in 10 seconds. It takes that amount of time to try to find one item unless you randomly click on items which I did.
There's only one hidden object game to each room you visit. You can click on the map and it will let you know if you have something to do or not. You can also transport to any location from the map.
I only skipped one game b/c I couldn't understand the logistics of it. I used the integrated strategy guide for two mini games b/c I didn't want to be stuck on the same game for days.
The locations are drawn wonderfully but there's not much to do which left me scratching my head wondering why all the drawings with only 2-3 tasks out of that room?
Not to go on and on but the ending was so rushed! I was like that's it? It made me a bit angry b/c of all the time I spent playing only to have it end real quick.
The bonus chapter has a good amount of time play to it. Unfortunately I hit a few snags in the bonus. There are statues and morphing items but it doesn't show up right away. You have to go through a mini clip just to get to it.
Right now I'm stuck on the fireplace. I can't get to the grapes b/c there's no active icon to let me get through. I either have two choices. I could reset the bonus game or just plain delete it. I might just choose the latter.
June 24, 2014