3 Cards to Midnight
3 Cards to Midnight
The story was riveting. Graphics included both still scenes and live action video. Game is a combination of two genres - word and hidden object. Different objects are available for play on Easy/Normal and Advanced levels. This gave double the gameplay. Puzzles were challenging with some unique twists.
The word associations were sometimes obscure and required hints to complete the chapter. Too much dialogue, with only a partial skip option, when replaying the chapter for a 4-star rating.
January 20, 2012
It's different from everything else I've played
It combines a brain game with a hidden object game. The sequel is awesome, too. Take the time to watch the scenes between levels, because the story is actually quite entertaining.
November 18, 2011
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
Great change of pace for HOG
I'm getting tired of the typical hidden object games, so this word association spin on HOG was different and fun, but very challenging at times, especially in the gamer mode. The plot in the cut scenes was also really intriguing and definitely worth watching. Overall, a great game.
June 5, 2012
Not the usual H.O. game but still challenging. The word association hidden object clues were a good change. The dialog and story line although necessary and interesting did get a tad tedious as the game wore on.
December 12, 2011
Not as good as dead time
It seems that the developers had complaints about the difficulty of dead time that they had to dumb down the play. You can get away with a lot more here. So if you liked dead time but found it too difficult this one should interest you.
If you haven't played dead time then you should know that the game play here isn't like most HO games. This is a category play where they don't come out and say what you need to find but give you a category and you find items that would fit into that category. A very unique play. Head over to the Forgotten Riddles games if you liked this.
July 27, 2012
I really enjoyed the game. It's definitely different. The hidden object scenes don't have a list of things to find, instead, you have to solve word puzzles to find the objects.
You have to have patience and watch the cut scenes. The story is worth it and there are things in the story that you'll need to know.
The down side is that some of the puzzles (at least one) are too hard. There's no way to solve them without looking up a hint to at least get started.
And the other is...WHY did they give Jess a lisp?? It's gone in the second one and that actor's voice has been in other games without a lisp. It's very annoying.
December 2, 2011
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
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
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