PuppetShow: Mystery of Joyville
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
Very good game - but feeling dated
I played this game again recently and felt that it was seemed dated compared to the two sequels that followed it. That is only to be expected as graphics have improved so much in the last 3 years. It is worth playing, though, if you want a fast, quick and easy introduction to adventure HOG games and if you want to learn the first part of the Joyville / Felicia story.
And that is what redeems this older game. The story of the puppets of Joyville is creepy but actually a bit more inventive than so many other HOG adventure games out there and the story continues well with the other 2 games in the series.
November 17, 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 as good as PuppetShow: Lost Town
I bought Mystery of Joyville after playing (and loving) another PuppetShow game, Lost Town. This one just wasn't as good, though. For one, I finished it in less than 3 hours--pretty paltry compared to Lost Town, which took me much longer than that--and the puzzles and hidden object sequences were just too simple to really enjoy. (I wasn't looking for anything overly complicated, but there should be at least some challenge.)
The visuals were great and it was fun while it lasted, but I was pretty disappointed by this one and am sort of sorry I didn't spend my money on a different game.
March 12, 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
Not up to Series Expectations
Rather disappointing compared to other Puppet show games.
?No Voice Over
?Graphics are drawn, but other Puppet Shows have better, more clear drawings..not impressed.
?Music, didn?t notice it
?LOTS of HO
?HO junk pile, small blurry items, click penality only kicks in if you go very fast...stay slow and you will not have any problems
?Puzzles, very good unfortunately some did not come with directions so you are left to figure out for yourself what to do, they do come with a skip button
?Not so much to & from, you?re prevented from leaving an area if there are tasks to do.
?Very short took me 2 hours & 15 minutes, and that included stopping to watch some music videos on TV with the hubby.
Not much more to say, not much of a game?Puppet show is a great series, this one was a disappointment.
If you love straight HO this would be great, if you want more chances to investigate and have an adventure you will not find it here.
July 30, 2012
Just not for me
Too many HO's for me, but I'm sure if you're into that sort of thing, you'd like it.
March 19, 2013
Nice game but too short
While this series does offer some good artwork and atypical puzzles, they're really short. Without using hints or skips, I was inside the theater in 45 minutes. That's less than a 2 hour game for me. So no buy on this one.
December 21, 2011
Waste of time
Basically it is just one game of repeated hidden object puzzles. There are no hint options in standard version and no real way of knowing what to do next.
I'm not wasting my time on the rest of this series. I just wish I hadn't wasted the money.
June 30, 2013