Mayan Prophecies: Blood Moon Collector's Edition
Ho Hum .... It's Off to Save the World AGAIN!
I don't even know where to begin with this review. I just want to say - awful - 'nuf said. But, I know there are people who do read these reviews and do make their decisions whether to try or buy it on what they read. So, to be fair to those individuals, I'll give it a go.
Before I start to play the CE version of a game, I check out the extras, which can take about 10 minutes of so if I'm thorough. That being said, I finished this demo with 31 minutes to spare. Add the 10 minutes of poking around and you have it finished in actually 41 minutes to spare. So, how long can this game really be?
Also, I take copious notes to be entered into my review. I am including this because of all the notes I took, I don't feel any are pertinent to the story. The story is too simple. Two boys find an artifact, a skull. One is jealous of the other so he hits him over the head with the skull. Skull "tells" the boy who has it to do something evil (like more evil than hitting your best friend over the head with it?). Boys grow up, one becomes the minion of an evil god, the other becomes your All-American Coast Guard good guy. Bad guy turns good guy into a jaguar. Not too hard to figure out the rest.
Graphics. Sigh. I was so impressed ..... and then there it was .... the hated purples and blues and greens that are sooo pronounced they can hurt your eyes and do nothing for the scenery. Loved the jaguars, though, as I have a fondness for all wild animals (lions, cheetahs, etc.). Sound (what sound?). It occurred to me a little while into the game that there wasn't any music to speak of. A definite "hmmm" moment. Sound effects were few and far between. Mostly growling jaguars. Lip syncing vs. voice overs which is always a plus.
HOGs weren't difficult to do. I did not find the items at all hard to find. They were somewhat interactive. Itemized and silhouette. Maybe it was me, but I found the mini games terribly difficult and I always play the demo on Casual to get a better feel for the game. There seemed to be little instruction given or the instructions made no sense.
4 levels of difficult - casual, hard, expert and custom. A diary which contains notes although any clues I needed ended up in my inventory so I found the diary redundant and useless. An interactive map that couldn't have been more of a hand-holder. Shows where you are and where something needs to be done. At MOST, there will be 2 open locations so it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what to do and where to do it.
CE Bling. Not even going to list it. Has the usual items you get in every CE game including strategy guide and bonus game, collect morphing objects and totems (which can be an actual totem or a mask, etc.) which you MUST click on and it turns into a hummingbird which flies around and you MUST click on IT (the hummingbird) to get credit for finding the totem. A Mayan Calendar but I'm not quite sure of it's value to the game.
As I was playing the game, I was so disappointed because I wanted so desperately to like it, not even love it, just like it enough to want to purchase it. But, even the CE offerings aren't enough to tempt me. I could even tell you the exact moment when the demo was going to end. THAT'S pretty bad. And, I was neither surprised nor heartbroken when it did end.
Obviously, this game is not a purchase for me. I would recommend it highly for beginners into the Hidden Object genre of games but for experts (I'm Intermediate), I think you should avoid it. I'm not even sure recommending it, really recommending it would allow me to sleep better at night knowing I may have led someone to waste a good hour or so of their time. Yeah, I'm just that weird.
Decide on your own after what you've read. Just keep in mind that there are some reviewers who ALWAYS give top grades to EVERY game to see their name in lights, so to speak. I always skip right over their reviews because I don't think they are truly a fair assessment of the game. I mean, seriously, EVERY game a 5 star? Give me a break.
August 8, 2014
This game doesn't have a cute, little critter to help you. Instead (are you sitting down), your friend is turned into a jaguar, and he/it helps you. Good grief! What's next? I won't even try to imagine what it is.
I must admit that I didn't like any of the games in this series, and this one wasn't a disappointment in being just as bad. The story is lame and contrived, game play is routine and the production is average at best. There is absolutely nothing to recommend about this game. Instead of wasting your time with this dog (cat?), turn off your computer, hit the sack and try not to have nightmares about weird animals trying to help you.
August 8, 2014
Disappointed in This One
I was actually surprised that I was very disappointed in this one. It's one of those hidden object games where the hidden object scenes have more than one of the named item in the scene. Specifically a scene that had numerous spider webs. I don't like that. It makes it impossible to win all the badges. I do like how they spread out here things were hidden and used, but they kept you from moving on and I wish it were more like the games where you use pieces throughout 10 boards instead of being trapped in 4 rooms until you finish all the puzzles.
August 19, 2014
Blood Moon Creates Bad Blood
This is something of a continuation of the Mayan Prophecies series, they even use some of the same music. I phrase it that way because I played the earlier "Ship of Spirits" and it was not too bad. However, with this release, there apparently was a decision to appeal directly to female fishes.
This game is, I hate to say it, actually offensive to me, and I don't get offended easily.
This time it's not the usual bi-chromatic pink and purple - though there is some of that, it is tolerable. No, what is offensive is the story. It is tiring to be insulted by these inane stories. I have to give the voice actors credit for speaking their lines so seriously, despite the fact that there is no sense to them. And then there are elements woven into in the story line which were quite off-putting to me. Unfortunately I cannot explain further without giving a spoiler, but I can say it has to do with the jaguar. Because of this, I am quite surprised they would release a game that would be potentially offensive to some customers.
Despite losing interest after five minutes, like a good fish I continued playing to see if it got any better. It didn't. And it was too bad, because the puzzles and hidden object scenes are good, and this is otherwise an ok game from a technical standpoint. But there is absolutely no way I can support a game with a story like this - otherwise we will get more of them. No!
I don't like to write poor reviews. I would rather write a glowing one, and throw in a few chuckles for fun. I can't do that this time because this blood moon creates bad blood.
August 11, 2014
Couldn't get through the trial this time...
Oh, dear. This was really dreadful. Go here to get one thing, to go get one thing, to go over there and get one thing. It was like a make-work project. There was no adventure aspect to the game at all.
Normally I don't make a big deal about the music and voices and stuff - but the character's voices here were particularly ridiculous. They sounded like they were from Northern California or something, certainly not what one would expect from a Mayan priestess or ancient Jaguar God.
I'll be passing on this one and certainly don't recommend it.
August 7, 2014
I hate this game. No map, no hints.
August 8, 2014
NO NO...NO BIG FISH WINNER HERE
Wow, get it right guys! Where's Elephant Games when you need them? These games are getting worse!
August 7, 2014