Penny Dreadfuls? Sweeney Todd
Very Unique and Lots of Fun
A lot of hidden object scenes with a unique flair. Very good story line and the operatic music was very enjoyable. This game is excitingly different from any game I have played. Five stars all the way!
January 4, 2013
Narrator is great! Very well done! It's dark but you laugh!
Penny Dreadfuls: Sweeny Todd
Game is based on (in my opinion) the horrible play (Sweeny Todd) but it?s a good game! I did skip over the actual Singing parts in the cut scenes, once was enough! The scenes are pretty clear and interesting! The locations are graphically very nice, and you don?t travel and walk endlessly. It has a transporter map with pictures of where you are and places to go! As you are finishing tasks the places on the map turn black and white (closed) letting you know there is nothing left to do there! All come back in the next chapter. It has the funniest British narrator that insults you constantly, it was my favorite part of it all. I told him to zip it so many times and really did laugh out loud at him! He?s what makes you want to play onward! He gets bored when you take to long and hums! Or tells you to move along. If you use an inventory item in the wrong place he says things like (And you really passed P.I. School? Or While many crimes are happening all over London you tried that again) and so on!! It's dark in more ways than one, some HOS objects are hard to find! And some scenes are just gross, keeping with the play that spawned the game very well! Slow hint re-fill, and I found I needed it quite a bit during the HOS. My favorite part even though it?s a good game is still the snaky voice from the narrator. Without sound I don?t know if I would have enjoyed it! He does such a good job you find yourself wanting to please this cranky faceless voice and finish the game! When you do something right he does say a quick ?Good Job? or ?Well Done? but his sarcastic remarks are plentiful and caused me to not be able to stop playing!
This a short review because I forget fast what all is in a game and did not take notes while playing. I can say it?s a good length and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
December 18, 2012
If you are stuck they expect you to purchase the Collector's Edition
I was enjoying the game until I got stuck. I don't mind being stuck - I am relatively good at these games so getting stuck means I like the game all the better because it isn't too easy. My complaint - and I am surprised there aren't more of these - is that if you are stuck and you click "Help" it takes you to the general "how to play page" and then tells you to click the walkthrough. But when you click the walkthrough tab - it tells you that it is only available in the collector's edition. So I will not be purchasing and will not continue playing this game. This is the first game I have come across where they make it absolutely impossible to move forward if you are stuck. And it is insulting to tell you that you have to buy a more expensive version if you want help. FAIL.
PS I read about people complaining about the singing - I always turn the music off in these games - there are some horrible choices for music out there!
October 7, 2012
Creepy, but fun
Yeah, creepy and gruesome -- that's Sweeney Todd in a nutshell. And this doesn't really back off of the gruesome aspect. It does have musical interludes, which I thought was a kick (I love musical theater). The music itself gets a bit monotonous by the end, but I applaud the effort.
The game is a long, challenging game. That's good. The HOG scenes are plentiful and they really require some concentration -- both in terms of seeing the object and in terms of knowing names of period objects. It did look like most everything was true to period (I think, if I remember rightly).
My only annoyance was the Inspector's constant voice in my "ear." Him, I could have done without. (Why do devs think that having somebody continually mocking your efforts = fun gaming experience?? Am I the only person on this planet who does not think "rude" = "funny" ?) I tried turning the sounds off, but I missed the environmental atmosphere.
Some of the inventory tasks veered into the completely ridiculous, but on the whole, I enjoyed the game play.
I would play another Penny Dreadfuls.
May 16, 2012
Too Many Hidden Object Scenes
If you like finding hidden objects, this is the game for you. To me, it felt like I spent most of my time going from one hidden object scene to the next. There were only a few games and they weren't that great. The sound and visuals are good and having a map to jump from location to location helps. But, overall, I didn't find this game any fun.
February 4, 2012
I found it very difficult to finish this game; darn my compulsion to finish what I started! If you like the play, My Fair Lady, I guess this is the game for you, although the singing in this game is amatuer theater at best. The constant wisecracks from the Cockney dude are enough to make one swear off games. Game play is awful, with super-hidden, not just hidden, object scenes with a slow hint clock. Other objects needed are also super-hidden in some cases. The story is dumb, too. The only good thing about the game is the map that allows one to jump around instead of click-clicking around.
February 8, 2012
I loved the sinister quality to this game. The singing barber who kills people in his barber chair and the women down the street who sells meat pies with suspect ingredients. Loved how the cut scenes were sung. The story takes place in old England and the lead inspector offers sometimes amusing comments and encouragement throughout the game. The map is how you travel from on location to another.. and there are many. You must pull all of the clues together to complete each chapter. At the end of the chapter you are graded on how well you did. I did find the HO scenes a bit small but not overly difficult. The game moved along quite well. The hint system was very helpful if you were stuck. Overall I was sorry to see this one end. Different, entertaining and fun.
March 4, 2013