Princess Isabella - A Witch's Curse
A sumptuous fairy tale that shouldn't be ignored.
I purchased this game two years ago now, and played it then with tremendous pleasure. I replayed it last night with the same delight.
A refreshing change from morbid locations, ghosts, demons, werewolves and other lovely creatures of like nature. I don't mind a few skeletons now and then, but the child still in me enjoys the company of little fairies.
And the one we have in this game is rather cute.
Nevertheless, as another reviewer rightly pointed out, Isabella is not solely meant for kids but for grown-ups as well.
I love the story, the gorgeous settings so well crafted and painted with such talent, the numerous splendid locations you have to explore, the tasks, and the puzzles/minigames which are not all easy.
I find it amazing how the artists managed to give such a contrast to one same scene, between its state while under the influence of evil [dark, grey, uninviting] and its renovation after the curse has been removed [bright, neat, luxurious].
Everything is good fun with Isabella; from clearing up a painting of its evil to restoring mirrors, via an impressive number of good puzzles and minigames or using special abilities.
Isabella keeps you busy in a very clever way, for there is plenty to do and each task is highly enjoyable, even the HO Scenes.
Classicism alternates with new ideas, "seriousness" with touches of humor [the males servant's face is just too much !], simplicity with challenge.
"A Witch's Curse" is one of the best games I have come across and it certainly would have deserved to be released as a CE.
It's a must-have which I highly recommend.
January 8, 2012
My favorite Hidden Object Game!
This game is just the greatest! I find it not too hard and not too easy, just the right level of challenge! The story is fun and the art is great! And what is better than to save a magical castle from an evil curse? You can see how each room changes from dark to magnificent when you solve a puzzle or remove all evil objects. Just right amount of puzzles and hidden object scenes. I absolutely loved it!
November 19, 2011
I wasn't too sure about this game when I first bought it. The storyline sounded like something that would be aimed at children rather than a 30 something! I was wrong, it is fun and really quite addictive. I must point out that it is a very easy game and your little fairy friend more or less guides you through it.
The only down side is the games length, it didn't take me long to finish, around 4 hours. It has a good ending and I will be buying the sequel soon!
November 30, 2011
A delight to the eye
This was my very first HO+ game. I loved it then, and I love it now. After all the other games, it still is great fun.
The graphics are amazing, as stated by others, going from dark and forbidding evil to bright, cheerful, gorgeous splendor. The HOs are good fun with some odd items to find. The puzzles for the most part range from easy to average, but there are a few that offer a bit of a challenge. The game just makes you feel good. Brings back the childhood memories of wonderment and "Tinkerbelle".
As stated this is a great game for kids. As an adult it is great to know that kid still lives in me.
This is one of those games you start and just don't want to stop, because it is so beautiful. You want to clear the curse in the next room just to see the transformation.
Everyone should own at least one feel-good game, and this is it. Definitely worth the price.
I highly recommend this game to everyone.
January 21, 2012
It Grows On You
I always hate reviews that say "Played it for 5 minutes and turned it off" and this game is the reason why. The first 5 to 1- minutes of the game - I really didn't like it very much. The fairy is annoying at first, it's overly corny and cartoony, and the puzzles seemed super easy.
But - after I got settled in - I pretty much got used to the fairy and only paid attention to her when I needed something smashed or I wanted a clue to clear the room. I got used to the visual style and liked it -- and once I was engrossed in the story - the games seemed to flow along with it really well. Sometimes - you just gotta give things a chance.
I am a huge fan of games with "Area Cleared" signs - particularly when there's lots of little things to pick up or look for - so this is a big help here.
The story fits the fairy tale model well, and the use of the mirror people and the diary entries was genius. By the time I put the mother's mirror together - I felt like I knew her from the diary.
There are a few things that didn't seem intuitive to me (such as going back to an "area cleared" room to find out a new hallwall was opened - but a couple of checks of the walkthrough was all I needed.
Only minus for me turned out to be the end games. If I wanted to do a timed HOS as a "shoot out" with the witch, I wouldn't buy games with relax mode. I play games to get rid of stress, not get it. Also the ending puzzle is a marble shooter, and I'm not very good at that (which is probably why I don't buy marble shooter games).
Overall, it was a cute, fun game and I"m glad I gave it a chance.
March 28, 2012
Princess Isabella - A Witch's Curse
This is a very challenging game but it does have a wonderful help system with the upper left hand question response and the clues in the journal. It provides a good map for traveling around the game. The little fairy has the cutest voice and actually made me feel good when I broke the spell in the various rooms. I did have to skip a few games but was able to complete most of them. The end is a real thriller because of the scene activity. Try it---I hope you love it as much as I did.
April 10, 2012
Fun and playable multiple times
There are few games I enjoy playing multiple times, but this is one of them. It's a lovely, casual game when you want something to solve and beautiful art to interact with!
November 13, 2011
Uninstalled very quickly
I read the reviews and thought this sounded just the game for me but I was wrong. I HATED it! On the plus side I agree the graphics are very pretty once you release rooms from the curse. It was the Fairy friend and her constant chatter that drove me to distraction. I found her tone of voice so irritating and her inane comments drove me to distraction. This is the first game in ages I have not bought after the trial but I only finished the timed session in order to justify the negativity I knew I would bring to this review. It is going to be uninstalled quicktime. Thanks Big Fish for allowing us these trials before we buy - you have saved me money. To those of you who love this game my apologies for not sharing your pleasure.
February 7, 2012
A whimsical game for everyone
This fairyland tale has it all, the kingdom under a spell, the good guys, the evil witch and who can forget the fairy! The graphics were very well done, VOs finally sounded real and not from a script, the puzzles are a definate challenge and I love the map that lets you jump from scene to scene. Whether you are a beginner or upper level player, this game appeals to all that have a kid at heart inside of them!
April 3, 2012
Right up to the end, I would have given this game 5 stars. All of a sudden you have time limits. The end itself felt just sort of slapped on. Normally the timer issue would have made me give just one star, but honestly this game was good enough, kept me interested enough to still rate 4 stars. They could have used better basic instructions on the puzzle mini games, it's not difficult though.
Yes, the fairy's inane comments and voice did get very annoying since she says the same thing over and over and over....
February 16, 2012