Dead Reckoning: Silvermoon Isle Collector's Edition
She's Dead, I Reckon
There is the inexplicable "She's dead, call 9-1-1" line in the opening cut scene, but forgetting that for a moment, this is a solid period-piece game set in the 1920's - 30's with a decent whodunit story, lots of characters, evidence, deductions, and interactions. (Note to developer: 9-1-1 was not invented until the late 1960's).
Special note: this game opens on the "name your profile" screen - one of our fellow fishes complained about games that do that owing those who have trouble using the keyboard.
The developers, historical mistakes aside (the Polaroid camera was invented in 1972), obviously took significant time to integrate the artwork, story and music to create a realistically believable environment - this is not a fantasy story, it is gritty realism. You and your police detective partner Agent Daniels are summoned to Silvermoon Isle estate to investigate the death of Veronica West, a famous and wealthy actress.
There are several suspects, and you will meet and "interrogate" each one. You'll have to use your detective skills to determine if what they say is true. You will also find evidence along the way which goes into your evidence book, along with your info on the suspects.
What's nice is not only is there a well written story, there is also a nice variety of game play. Hidden Object scenes are various types, pretty much using period objects. They are of moderate difficulty. There is also a bubble shooter option which was not of interest to this reviewer. Puzzles were not especially new or original, but did require some thought to solve, and fit in nicely with the surroundings. There is also a map - well it's not really a map, but you can use it to jump to a location and it indicates if there is an action to complete.
There are collectible stars, which are fairly well hidden. There are also morphing objects, achievements and the usual array of what I refer to as pseudo-extras(TM) because they do not interest me.
If you love a good detective story, I suggest you use your Dead Reckoning to get to Silvermoon Isle as soon as possible.
July 12, 2014
Suicide ... or Murder ... on Silvermoon Isle.
A storm, fireworks, a lighthouse, glass breaking and a woman's dead body found in the ocean. Veronica West, well known individual, celebrated her birthday the night of the ALLEGED suicide. But was it suicide? Or murder? It's your job as a Detective investigating the case to find out. Who will be your top suspects? The maid? The sister? The fiance? Or someone else? All these questions and more will be answered during your game play.
Graphics were very old school. Also, colors were horrible - so bright it was hard to look at. This seems to be the norm in a lot of games these days. Could be a deal breaker for me. Background music ok, sound effects pretty good - seagulls squawking, etc.
HOGs varied between interactive itemized lists to find the silhouettes. You can play bubbleshooter instead but I tried it once and it took more time than playing the HOG. I did receive an achievement for playing it though. Mini games were fresh and varied but relatively easy.
There are 4 modes of play - PI, Detective, Inspector and Custom. You are equipped with the customary journal that holds your notes, your evidence board and all the pieces of evidence you have to put together as you find them around the Isle. A transportable map and a nice little invention that indicates whether the person you're questioning is telling the truth or not - like a portable lie detector.
Achievements, HOGs, Bonus Game, Strategy Guide, Puzzles, Making Of (Love to watch this), Pictures, Music, Movies, Bubbleshooter game, Souvenir Room and Collect 44 hidden stars (I found 3 but stopped looking because I was too interested in the game).
I liked the game. It flowed consistently well. Also, not too interested in the achievements, wallpapers, etc. It's usually the bonus game that wraps me in. But, the graphics and coloring were so horrible for me to look at I might not purchase it for that reason alone. That's the ONLY reason I didn't give it 5 stars.
I encourage everyone to give this Whudunnit a try. You get an amazing 90 minutes of free game time. Well enough time to finish the demo and write your own review. Go ahead - you know you want to - lol.
July 12, 2014
Who killed the Actress?
I usually don't go for the clue type games, but this one didn't have the dreaded fingerprint and analysis lab duties that I really dislike. It's nice to have a mystery game for a change and looking forward to finding the culprit. Graphics are very nice, voiceovers well done, and HOs were typical but I still enjoy them; puzzles were fairly simple, but I like them that way. I didn't use the guide so will wait for the SE but am looking to complete the story.
July 12, 2014
based on demo ... great gameplay ... lots to do! ... fun mini games ... love the interaction throughout ... mini games are fun and doable ... hos great and not too many ... love the detective aspects of this game and the way the game is set up ... other detective games i've played are not nearly as SMOOTH ... looks like another WINNER to me! ... and no technical difficulties! ... yaaaay!
July 12, 2014
day early demo - 79 minutes; TRY BEFORE YOU BUY!
I love murder mysteries so I liked it, BUT not for everyone. It was more difficult than the last few I've played. It was nice to be challenged. There are 44 Stars in each locale, and 12 Morphs in HO - love these. And with the sale this weekend I'm buying it.
Again, check it out, oh and something I've found useful, when you check the Reviews you might want to sort by Lowest Rating.
July 12, 2014
Very good cinematic scenes, voice overs and great mechanics of the game. Enjoyed picking out the clues as I
investigated each person I spoke with to tell whether what they said was the truth or lies. Have an evidence/suspect journal and lots to do with adventure along with an HO scene every once in a while which also had a morphing object in each scene. You look for stars to collect and earn achievements along the way. Some may not care for the style of graphics that this game has but it's a fun game to play if you can overlook that part. It seems worthy of being a collector's edition.
July 12, 2014
A Good Who Done It
Based on the demo only. Interesting story line. You are a detective and you have been called to Silvermoon Isle to investigate the death of a movie star. It is assumed that it is suicide but you don't think it is. Graphics are good. Music is okay but I always turn it down to low position. HO are similar to recent games from this developer. I like the different steps that you must go through to find objects. Morphing objects are in the HO scenes. At least I haven't found any at other locations yet. Stars to find at scene locations. When you talk to suspect you must interact to get answers as to truth of answers. There are clues and easy puzzles to do in the journal. All in all I think I will purchase this game since there's a special this weekend.
As always play the demo to see if you will like this game.
July 12, 2014
Really good game
I really enjoyed playing this game. It was a nice that the it didn't rely on the same basic HOS style. It had interactive HOS, objects that required other pieces to look for in order to use, a evidence log and suspect log. It also allowed you to question people and determine if they were telling the truth. The only thing I felt the game was lacking in that it didn't utilize the scenes very much to locate objects; each scene only had one or two objects for you to locate which to me is a waste. The puzzles were not too challenging but fun nonetheless. Overall, a really good game.
July 12, 2014
Completed Game - Good One!
This was a good solid game. The story was a nice, simple murder mystery but getting to the solution was a lot of work. Lots to keep track of and do as you make your way through the lovely scenery. All around enjoyable time.
While Dead Reckoning: Silvermoon Isle. wasn't a drop your jaw great game, I'm glad I purchased it and definitely recommend it.
For the first time I played the marble popper that was a HO alternative...and that was kind of addicting! I'm keeping the game on my computer so I can play that occasionally. I'd buy one like that if they released it!
Give this one a try - I would give it 4-1/2 stars if I could.
September 8, 2014
different murder mystery
Really enjoyed this one. Different stuff to do .. like examining the people you are talking to to see if they are lying. Good who dun it game. Lots of suspects and good interaction with them throughout the game. Stars for collectibles and a really good mix of HO scenes, many with several levels, making the search for the morphing object in each of them fairly challenging. Tons of inventory objects and some interesting puzzles made this a good game that flowed quite well. I also liked the folders with all the suspects and evidence. CE extras were very good with lots of stuff to do even after you finished the bonus chapter. I always like when the search for collectibles carries into the extra chapter as it gives me more incentive to play it. Good overall game with enough drama to keep it interesting.
August 11, 2014