3 Cards to Midnight
Not Your Average Hidden Object Game
This is a word game and hidden object game rolled into one very challenging and often frustrating experience. You're given half of a compound word or phrase and must find the other half in an object. Sometimes this was tricky because the graphics weren't up to par or because the word/phrase is uncommon in everyday language ("dead ball" versus the more familiar "dead duck"). After running out of free guesses and hints, I had to repeat a few levels multiple times or resort to using the guide, which takes a lot of the fun out of playing.
Something helpful is that if you're stuck and randomly click on an object and your free guesses number decreases, that object is connected to one of your other words, which saved me many times.
The cutscenes were okay at best, though the story was entertaining. The cutscenes are voiceovers with sometimes strange images.
I gave it 4/5 stars over something lower because it's difficult to find challenging HOGs and this was definitely a challenge.
I only recommend this if you're a word aficionado and love an extra challenge in a hidden object game.
September 29, 2012
I ike the hand I was dealt.
Great HOG with a twist-you have think as well as examine the scene, Puzzles are thought provoking as well. Good fun for all skill levels.
June 13, 2012
Movie Quality Story, Decent gameplay
First let me start with full disclosure: I absolutely love this development team. These are the same guys who did the Tex Murphy detective series & those games were Absolutely INCREDIBLE!!! They're stories & production is that of a major motion picture studio! They even did FMV right, even when everyone else was cheesing it out.
I'm not kidding, check it out for yourself. The story draws you in like you're reading a novel. You can't wait to see what happens next. The dialog, graphics & sound can't be beat. These guys must've attended some kind of audio visual school & it really shows.
The HOG scenes are totally different in that you have to find objects based on words, however I have a couple of issues with this. At first this was a refreshing change, but by the end of the day, you felt a little tied to the formula. However, they improved on this with the sequel: 3 Cards to Dead Time better, in that it gave you more free range to find the objects without being tied to a single word.
Also, this pattern of HOG - Puzzle - Dialog, kept on repeating throughout the whole game. It would have been nice to have some other aspects break up this cycle. Maybe a little scene navigation or including some inventory objects. I'm surprised this was not included since these guys are the Masters at this. For example, with Tex Murphy, they were the first to feature "free floating" navigation where you could squat & look up under a desk to find a hidden object! Sounds like nothing today, but this was back in the 90's when games like Myst had pre-rendered still scenes or Quake, which only let you move at the same basic level of perspective.
So I'm sure these guys have TONS of production in them, they just need the $tudio backing for them to put those kinds of gems out there. Overall though this game stands out from the pack on story telling & production alone, and it did have me coming back again & again to see what was about to happen next. I have to give it that. And I can't wait to see what this team will give us next - to me they are video game Royalty so I'm sure we will continue to see more great games ahead - can't wait!
August 5, 2012
i did not like this game
i have finished 3 cards to dead time and played until chapter 2 of 3 cards to midnight and did not enjoy either one.
July 16, 2013
It was ok!
3 cards to Dead Time is much better. Mini games were too easy and the graphics were a bit dodgey!
December 2, 2012
Not What I Expected
I guess I assumed that the game would be a nice change from the HOG games.. When I demo'd it, I thought it would keep my interest..WRONG! Frustrating, and some of the hints weren't even in the ball park. You get a word, and then start or finish it with an object on the screen. Tired of the repetition.....maybe in another year I'll give it another try and will do a new review.
April 7, 2012
very very disappointing
You cannot get to menu if you are in the middle of a puzzle. very frustrating...much too much repetition, and then some! I found this very frustrating, and some of the puzzle instructions were very vague.
July 26, 2012
Didn't love this one, the dialogue seemed to drag on forever. Some I was able to skip, but didn't have that option with all the conversations. Thumbs down.
April 30, 2013
Not as interesting as expected. The game was slow moving.
February 19, 2012
This game is suffering the same ailments as others in the series: slow, boring, with bad acting.
This is one game that should definitely have a 'skip dialogue' option. It seemed that all I was ever doing was hitting the skip button between scenes.
Maybe next time.
September 3, 2014