Lost Souls: Timeless Fables
Leave All Fears At The Altar of Fate!
Bella has the same terrifying dream night after night that something horrible has happened to her brother Stan, dreams so vivid that surely they mean something! Naturally you set out on a search and rescue mission where you meet Professor Angel who is now nothing more that a ghost doomed to wander between heaven and earth until he fixes the mistake he has made. The mistake just happens to be an ancient artifact that her brother Stan discovered, the Professor used this artifact to open up portals in of all things, books! Now it's up to you to enter the pages of these timeless classics and save your brother and rid the world of the Cthulhu monster!
The Collectors Edition has the usual screensavers, music, art, strategy guide and bonus game as well as achievements and hidden coins which are used to purchase ancient artifacts for your virtual trophy room. This game has several locations to visit such as the Museum, the Professor's house and even the Altar of Fate which require you to use the map constantly to travel back and forth as you find items in one scene that need to be used in another, so if you're not a fan of the back and forthing you might not enjoy this game. The graphics are very well done, cutscenes are unobtrusive and the characters are extremely detailed and lifelike.
The Hidden Object Scenes are slightly interactive list finds as well as finding items that match the pictures shown. After all items are found, a final item will be displayed in either a picture or list form which will be used as inventory. Some of the HOS are repeated but usually if it was a list find the first time it will switch to a picture find the next time. There are all kinds of different mini games, some require you to slide picture discs along given paths until they are in the correct place to complete a picture, and rearranging statues to the correct places but when you click on one statue two others move. My favorite one was actually pretty simple, you had to click on two matching butterflies fluttering about but if another butterfly crosses your path when you are clicking on the correct match, you have to catch two all over again.
In my opinion, the Standard Edition is perfectly fine, the game itself has enough of a backbone to support itself without searching for coins or earning achievements. The game is fairly easy to figure out even if you just jump to other locations to search for areas of interest, enjoy!
June 6, 2014
SUMMARY: This is a relaxing, somewhat linear game in that certain tasks in a scene will not appear until a puzzle is completed. Not an overabundance of HOS or puzzles or mini-games, none of which are difficult. If you need a challenge, this isn't the game for you. And unlike many games where you have to find someone, you don't have that sense of having to hurry. Game provides a nice afternoon of pleasant, relaxing gameplay.
As for the game: You have 5 books to explore, starting with the Call of Cthulhu. In Cthulhu, you have to help a professor save the town he has endangered.
GAMEPLAY: You have 2 modes of difficulty; logical story and relaxing gameplay with easy-going music; tasks assigned; transport map; and at least in casual mode, the game will tell you there is nothing left to do in the scene and to check the map. Although the game is nonlinear, there are some tasks that must be completed before others will appear in the same area. [Ex: the desk in the house in the first scene has no actions available until after you open a safe. Only then will the desk have an activity to perform.]
HOS, PUZZLES: HOS are of 2 types, both are moderately crowded and are almost monochrome. The HOS are either list-based or pictures of objects to find. Puzzles are fairly easy to complete, but you may have to find pieces in another area to complete them. But it's effortless since you have the fast-travel map. Some puzzles won't appear until you have completed a particular activity.
CE v. SE: The CE doesn't have enough extras to warrant its purchase over the SE.
June 6, 2014
This game is great.
I did not play a good game for a long time ...
very interesting rounds ... interesting story
in this game, everything is done at the highest level)
June 10, 2014
Awesome plot, awesome gameplay!
Often I am quite the snob around plot lines and skip to get to the game play but this kept my interest through out. I particularly like the use of well known literary references and the game play is seamless and challenging.
All in all a great game!
June 25, 2014
If you like BF's hidden object games, this is another good one.
June 13, 2014
started off okay
the first book was enjoyable- there was a lot of back and forth (but instead of walking you can and are expected to use the map). It was clear that you would have to return to the sparkle areas because you would see a needed object.
The sparkles were of different kind- some where images and you had to find the item- the sparkles were not a garbage collection- the items were relatively easy to find. It was nice that the pictures were given, but the objects themselves might have been at a different angle. Sometimes other games will make it too easy. Some sparkle areas were the list of items- with a few items needing multiple parts (click a curtain to find the object for instance).
The cut scenes were impressive. The story line was a little weak. The actors looked awkward when moving- you'll see what I mean during the first book/episode.
You can go onto the second book/episode if your trial is not timed out. The second episode started off nicely, but on the second location- the screen went blank except for large chunks of white blocks- clearly the pixels. Not sure if it was me- or the game code. I had to stop playing as I could not actually see anything- it wasn't dark- the game code itself was missing(?)
You are only given two play options- easy or hard. For us challenge players, the hard is not hard. On difficult there were still sparkles, the help took about 10 seconds or less to recharge, and you could skip puzzles if wanted. Usually those are the settings on easy.
The environment sound and music were just enough.
June 9, 2014
This Fable Should Be Forgotten
In this game you play as Bella, and as the story begins (and I say story because this is definitely a HO game and not a true HOPA game) you are having nightmares about your brother Stan who is missing and you see that he has disappeared into and ancient book. Of course, you now know where to find him and off you go.
Although the graphics are very good they are rather old school and not exceptional. In fact there is nothing exceptional about the entire game only an old school HO game where we visit locations and complete scene, after scene, after scene. You get the idea ? and unfortunately there is nothing exciting here. If you happen to like games that are HOS heavy, then this game may just be your cup of tea.
You have a diary or journal but I didn?t find it very helpful, it mainly just recaps your progress. What I did use all of the time, and that is because it is necessary to move around in the game, is the map.
The HOS are standard list or the type where you locate the object pictured in the bar somewhere in the scene. Very minimal interaction is required. You will find coins scattered throughout the game and they are in the HOS as well. There are mini puzzles but nothing exceptional.
Although I did purchase the CE because I was bored and had a good sale coupon, I would say don?t bother. I think the big disappointment may come when those of you who wait for the SE do not get the final chapter of the game that is included as the bonus chapter for this game. All in all, I cannot honestly say that this is more than only a game to fill some time when there is nothing better to do. I can only recommend this game for beginners and true HO fans who might love it but for those of us who have seen and played some exceptional CE games, I would say don?t waste your time or money. I know that we all have very different tastes in games but it would be a travesty to rate the game as a 5-star game just to have my review posted first on the game page! As always, I recommend that you at least try the demo to see if this is a game you will like.
June 6, 2014
A real stinker
I'm amazed that some have rated this game so highly. They must have played a different game than I did, because I think this is one of the most poorly produced games I have seen in a long time. Everything is amateurish - story, artwork, game play, music, everything. Completely lacking in enjoyment. Don't waste your money on this dog.
June 7, 2014