PuppetShow: Mystery of Joyville
Big fun but way to short or I am just that good. Easy and relaxing, thought the graphics were great. My first Puppet Town and was looking forward to the others but if they are short like this one, I don't know.
March 13, 2012
Too many HOS
To be honest, this one in the series had too many HOS.
I dont mind some HOS here and there in an adventure type game, but this had more junkpile HOS than adventure.
There is no map so I found myself backtracking most of the time.
There is no hint button in the main part of game, only in HOS. So if you didnt know where to go next, you have to waste time trying to find out where you need to go by backtracking to the different areas. No hints to direct you where to go.
On the plus side, puzzles were pretty good. Most were easy, some were more average than easy.
Graphics were really good too.
Story was interesting.
I recommend this game to those who like having a lot of HOS.
April 22, 2013
I decided to try this out since I was very much enjoying the 3rd in the series. I really like the storyline, but there is almost no challenge in this one and I would imagine it would complete quite quickly. I would rate it higher if it cost less, and I would probably purchase it. I'd like to see the games priced proportionately with gameplay time, with the easier, faster ones being less money. As it stands, I guess I will miss out on the first of the storyline. Not worth the $4.99 for just the storyline.
April 21, 2013
When I played free for an hour, really did not like it. Then I bought one and, that was it. The HO'S clear easy to find but not really all of them. I liked that. No hints on the regular game it, makes you use you brains. I purchased a CE there you can get a lot of help. I like that some time. Enjoy don't be hesitant. Like me.
April 8, 2013
Just two words, LOVE IT!
I played this one when it first out and never give a review. So yes, I really enjoy and having fun playing this game from beginning 'til the end. All of this series, is on my favorite list games I ever played.
Thanks you ers and good job! As always, I adore your graphics.
April 6, 2013
Loved the theme
I just finished playing it in under 2 hours. While I absolutely love the theme of the game, I feel it is WAY too short. The mini-games are easy enough and, as others have said, your inventory doesn't get too full because you use the items fairly quickly.
I enjoyed it but again, too short. :(
February 2, 2013
Mystery of Joyville
I played this game first on my iPad. It was fun but too short. I went to BF to see if there was a computer version. I was not disappointed. I also found that there was an entire series of PuppetShow games. I had trouble deciding which to do first. this one was more fun to play as the iPad version and it lasted longer. I recommend this game as well as the series.
December 28, 2012
Too Easy = Less Joyful - A Guy's Review
*review based on completing the full game*
I read the hype about the 4th game in the series (Return to Joyville) and figured I'd start at the beginning with this game. I am sure this game has aged quite a bit, but I will have to compare it to games of today's standards.
At the time of its release it is likely this game was among the better hidden object adventures, especially when looking at the graphics that seems good for an older game. Not as good as newer ones today, but still respectable on all accounts. It might be a bit cartoonish and slightly grainy, but never irritatingly so. The objects in the HO scenes are seldom small and they are more cleverly hidden than just transparent in the scene.
There is some foundation for a storyline in this game, but it is only that. A foundation. You get very little story as you progress through the game, and I really miss getting to know the characters better, the places and the reasons why all this happens. The foundation is good, but it is poorly executed so to speak. Another thing that is a minus for me personally is that it all ends in a "To Be Continued" moment at the end and no real conclusion.
There is very little adventuring in this game. It is basically more of a HO scene to HO scene that gets a few breaks with a few puzzles. Almost all item collecting are done through the HO scenes. It certainly does not help that it is just the HO scenes that offers any form of challenge. The puzzles are way too easy. I do not think I spent a full minute to solve any of them. This leads me to believe this game is aimed for beginners at the genre, as it offers nothing for more advanced players. It also made the game feel very short.
It also has only one level of difficulty, and only offers you the chance to do or not to do a tutorial in the beginning. All HO's are marked by sparkles and basically everything you can interact with glimmers. There is no map or journal. Not that you would need any of them. There is basically no backtracking or ways to get lost. And it is not that many scenes to go to.
A big positive is that you only do each HO scene once. Way too many games have you returning to the same HO scenes over and over. A slightly negative is that none of them offers much interactivity or originality. They are all cluttered scenes.
All in all it is a good game for beginners and for the ones who wants the full story and play through the whole series in succession. A warning to those who have played the sequels before this: You might get disappointed. I would not know for sure as I have yet to play the sequels.
I recommend to get this game on a Daily Deal or to use a Punch Card credit, mostly because of the short time it takes to get through this game.
For the guys:
Nothing much to say. It suits both genders IMO.
November 1, 2012
Not up to Puppet Show standards
I really enjoyed Lost Town, but this one was easier and much more HO-based, with not quite enough adventure/puzzles and challenge to suit me. The ending was also a bit un-climactic and oddly organized, particularly for such an otherwise well-done story. It wasn't a bad game at all, just not up to the standard I expected after "Lost Town."
September 22, 2012
Mystery of Joyville #1 of series
This is primarily a hidden object game with many, many HOS. The puzzles are either very easy, or I was just pretty lucky. No, I think they were pretty easy. The atmosphere and storyline were very good. The music and sound effects were quite subtle, and I never felt like I was hearing things over and over as is the case in some games. I trust my fellow reviewers that the Puppetshow games are worth it, and while this first episode was pretty easy, it was still fun, and I like the story enough to go for the next one.
September 15, 2012