PuppetShow: Lightning Strikes Collector's Edition

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(871.38 MB)

$ 19.99 USD

$ 13.99 USD or 2 credits

From ERS Game Studios, creators of the beloved PuppetShow series!

You have been called to Paris to investigate a string of mysterious abductions. Several women vanished recently after being struck by mysterious lightning bolts. What's more, it appears the women are being turned into... puppets! But just who is behind the crimes, what do they want, and how does it all work? To find out, you'll need to explore the streets of Paris, solving tricky puzzles and uncovering hidden clues. Just remember to keep your wits about you... Not everything is as it seems in this thrilling Hidden Objects Puzzle Adventure game.

This is a special Collector's Edition release full of exclusive extras you won't find in the standard version. As a bonus, Collector's Edition purchases count toward three stamps on your Monthly Game Club Punch Card!

The Collector's Edition includes:

  • Collectible coins and landmark restoration mini-game
  • Bonus chapter featuring a thrilling epilogue!
  • Replay mini-games, hidden object puzzles, and videos
  • Concept Art, Wallpapers, Screensavers and Soundtrack
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Game System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
  • CPU: 1.4 GHz
  • RAM: 1024 MB
  • DirectX: 9.0
  • Hard Drive: 972 MB
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PuppetShow: Lightning Strikes Collector's Edition 3.2 5 114 114
2 Stars...Improvement for this dev, but not enough Puppet Show: Lightning Strikes CE Review based on completed game + bonus game PREFACE? If you're a regular reader of my reviews, you know that I'm pretty hard on this dev. In my opinion, they've spent the past few years coasting on the success of previous years without having made any improvements, strides forward, or updating in their design, graphics, music, or story lines. I didn't buy the past couple games in this series, since they didn't live up to the original trilogy, but since this demo took a different approach, I decided to take a chance. Here, then, is a mixed review. ONCE UPON A TIME... Inspector Froissart has called you to Paris to investigate a serial kidnapper, who uses otherworldly lightning bolts to turn women into puppets. Why? We don't know?yet. But the women do look alike, even though they are very different otherwise. Meanwhile, the streets of Paris must be investigated to discover the miscreant. PLAY THE GAME... The HO scenes are mostly pictorial lists, some all alike, and extremely easy. I mean, you're shown an exact graphic image of what you're looking for. How could you not find it? Puzzles are mostly retreads. The few that are unique include absolutely horrible instructions in English so atrocious that you'll need the guide. SIGHTSEEING? The introductory and menu cinematics are stunning. In-game animation is done well, but there's no lip-synching. Graphics have improved from the washed out pastels we're used to from this dev. There is a lot of vibrant color and more detail. SOUND WAVES? The music was very much in the background, even though I had the volume to maximum, so I don't have much to say about it. Voiceovers were just ok. If you're going to go with an accent, make it good and make it consistent. That wasn't the case here. The accents were stereotypical and kept slipping. TOOLBOX AND MECHANICS? The map was lovely. The first time you access it in each area, it draws itself in full detail. Active areas are indicated and the map will transport. There's a notebook, but it's not really necessary. The inventory panel is, once again, the dratted fan, although it's been reduced in size and does lock open. EXTRA, EXTRA? I found the bonus adventure to be extremely short and quite pro forma. Other extras include the SG, collectible piggy banks with which you can rebuild the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty, performance achievements, replayable mini-games and HO scenes, and the developer's portfolio. Frankly, I'd wait for the SE if you're considering a purchase. THE LAST WORD? While this game started out strongly, I felt it became weaker and easier as time went on. One villain never attacks us directly, but merely places easily-overcome obstacles in our way. The other spends all his time monologuing. Predictable. And the English! Good grief! This game wins the award for the most atrocious use of the English language ever. It's as if it was translated from Russian to English via Japanese. It wasn't merely misspellings and misuse of words, no. They actually invented words that don't even exist in English! My only recommendation is that you try the demo yourself. However, I do recommend these older games from this dev: Spirits of Mystery (Amber Maiden AND Song of the Phoenix ONLY), Gothic Fiction: Dark Saga, Redemption Cemetery (Grave Testimony AND Salvation of the Lost ONLY), and Reveries: Sisterly Love. Meanwhile, a note to the dev: hire a new translator and make sure s/he actually speaks English. Sheesh. September 8, 2014
If Only It Was Harder I've LOVED every PuppetShow game to date and then there was this one. It was beautiful and the sound was great but the games were so simple, it was a true disappointment. With so much effort made to make the game so visually appealing, you would expect the same from the challenges. :( September 8, 2014
PuppetShow series I've been playing hidden object games for years. The puppet show series, at one time, was my one of my very favorites. I usually don't like to comment or write reviews, but I just feel I have to express my thoughts on this one. To me, this game is very very easy and seems to be designed for much younger children. I'm not saying it's a bad game, there just isn't any level of difficulty AT ALL. Slowly but surely, the series has just gone downhill. It's a huge disappointment for me and won't be buying this one. Happy playing fellow fishies!! August 22, 2014
Expected More Played all the Puppet Show games and this one just did not cut it. The story line started out tweaking my curiosity but grew more absurd as the game continued and I found myself just wanting to hurry and finish it. I bought this game on PuppetShow's reputation alone. I should have demoed it first. I never would have bought it. Some of the mini-games did not explain just what it was that you were supposed to be doing. I found them tedious and overall substandard. It was a very mediocre game that for me, just had no excitement or pizzazz of the previous PuppetShow games. August 24, 2014
THE QUALITY CONTROL DEPARTMENT WAS OUT TO LUNCH I played the entire game, plus the bonus chapter, under the casual mode. This game has a lot going for it. There are a lot of things going on at the same time, like collecting piggy banks to obtain money to upgrade two landmarks and attaining achievements, about a third of which are unnamed and you don't know you are even working on one until you win it. There is also 3 choices for difficulty level, but a custom level would have been nice. There is an interactive map, always a plus, but many times it did not show any active location. At this point, it was back to the hint button, which did work well as a navigational tool. There is a built-in strategy guide, also nice, but standard fare for CE games. I only had to refer to it a couple of times when I could not figure out how to start a puzzle, let alone solve it. The instructions for some of the puzzles left a lot to be desired. I agree with some of the reviewers that in the casual mode there is way too much hand holding. The HOS were not very challenging and the puzzles ranged from really easy to being unsolvable without the strategy guide solution. It is ridiculous when it takes the strategy guide a half page to list the steps needed to solve a puzzle because there are so many choices and no logic to figuring out the sequence of those steps. The achievements ranged from too easy (solve one HOS with no hints) to unattainable (find x objects in y seconds). As stated above, there were those unknown achievements that I did find kind of cute. One of them was clicking on the dog's paw 5 times. The bonus chapter answered the questions that the main game left you with at the end. Without the bonus chapter, the reason for the woman to change into a puppet and become evil was never explained. I think what really ruined this game for me was the lack of editing and quality control that became evident towards the end of the game, and particularly in the bonus chapter. This game must not have been programmed originally in English, and the translation was really sloppy, like using "new" when the right word was "knew". The sentence structure on some of the notes/letters made them extremely hard to understand. A good editor, if there was one, should have caught these things. The fact that these problems were more evident towards the end makes me think the development of the game was rushed.This lack of quality was very disappointing from a Big Fish exclusive game. August 24, 2014
It was a good game, but..... If I could, I would rate this game a 3.5. It was fun, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. However, the only reason I didn't give it 4 stars was because of the atrocious grammatical errors. I didn't really notice at the beginning, but as the game progressed, the grammar became increasingly worse. Does anyone do quality control on these games, I wonder? September 18, 2014
Not great, sorry :( I always loved the Puppet Show series, I have them all, they are dark, creepy and simply unique. But I suppose the developer has exhausted all game ideas, making it sequels after sequels, at the point where it's getting boring and just way too forced. When this one came out, it offers a totally new storyline, except for the spider puppet and the same old background music, you will feel you are playing an entirely different game. But just 5 minutes into the game, you'll realize it is different. You will immediately see that the graphic has significantly improved, but the game interface... will make you disappointed in a way, like whether or not this game is going up or terribly gone wrong. First, the mini games and HOG, they are not the most original of style. I am sure I have seen those styles before. And the VO.. surely is not French, I don't mind this, but I think there are almost no expression at all, no feeling of rush, scared, fear, happy, in it. There are also way too many hints for you to search for items. I don't know how to turn it off, it seems to be built into the game automatically. I don't this those hints as I want to search myself. It feels like the game is geared towards new gamers or young children. There are also too many cutscenes. My game goes slow after that, and I dislike it. You also have to collect coins in piggy banks which you can use to restore an Eiffel Tower or Statue of Liberty. For what, you wonder. So do I. It has nothing to do with the game, only for fun. The other extras in the game are the same old stuff. You won't miss them even though you don't buy the CE. Overall, I like their ideas but hate the new concept. I wish they just go back to their dark atmosphere of the game. They are changing way too many things in this game. Sorry, will pass on this one. September 7, 2014
It was free This is game is major disappointment. At least it was free in the Labor Day sale. I thought I had liked previous installments but maybe I looked at the wrong ones in purchase history. It seems like it was made for kids. I will probably struggle through it eventually. While it is colorful the instructions as pictures are less than challenging and demeaining. Again it was free. September 2, 2014
A BIT DISAPPOINTING BUT OK I have a few new games I haven't played but when I saw a new "puppet show" I put them on hold. I have always loved the series but this one wasn't nearly as good as past ones. There aren't any typical HO's instead you need to find items listed. I liked that part. The storyline seemed to be okay in the beginning, but it went downhill as I kept playing. The bonus game was the same. It started to give a new twist on the main game, but then I was more confused than ever. I even played the "movie" scenes to make sense of it, and I couldn't. It almost seemed that this game was thrown together without a proper story in place. Inspector - check, love story - check, helping police - check and maniac - check. In my humble opinion I would try the free hour before purchasing. August 26, 2014
Lame The overall game was not to bad. However the spelling and phrasing left a lot to be desired. This was not one of the better games in the series. I was very let down. Waste of time August 26, 2014
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