Big City Adventure: Vancouver Collector's Edition
B+ for effort
All the Big City Adventures are pretty standard and formulaic to be quite honest. When you purchase or demo one, you know exactly what you're getting if you have played one previously. But if you are in the mood for just plain 'ol HOG fun, than these should fit the bill.
I kept thinking, man they really need to change it up a bit. Maybe the developers were thinking "why mess with success?" But in this collector's edition #the only one they've offered as near as I can tell# there was effort to change it up and add more features.
All the stuff from the regular games are still there, in the exact same format I believe. I think what makes it a collector's edition are the walkthrough, extras, and bonus rounds #of which there are only 2 or 3 but nothing to get excited about#. There are about 4 or 5 mini games that occur after each HOG. Super easy they are, and super boring about halfway into the game. Unfortunately you can only skip so many times in timed mode.
So in summary, good job developers for adding something new. Let's take it up a few more notches in the next game. Something we haven't seen before. Add a bunch of new mini games. Change the look and feel of the whole, postcard, "continue" page, little steps routing to the next location.
To the players, if you want a solid 98% HOG + mini games. this is one of the better choices.
As a side note, I also played "Family Vacation: California" at the same time, and game play/mini game-wise they are pretty much the exact same game with a different look/feel. I found that strange.
August 14, 2014
Big City Adventure - Vancouver Collector's Edition
This is a long, repetitive hidden objects game. You and your family are visiting the city of Vancouver, but rather than seeing lots of the sights in this city, you see the same 10 or so scenes over and over again. There are 69 rounds to the game, so that means that you see the same scene around 7 times. Postcards pop up for each round giving you information about the site you're visiting. These are different each time. So there's lots of reading if you're in the mood. If not, there's a Continue button. There are different objects to find each time a scene is repeated. Most objects are fairly easy to find, but some are very tiny, or else they are the same color as the background, or else they are half off the screen or only partially shown. In between the hidden object scenes there are mini-games. These are also very repetitive. You work jigsaw puzzles over and over, as well as doing word finds, placing shapes in boxes, placing colors in a grid so there is no repetition, changing pipes around so the water flows correctly, and figuring out the order of colored cards. Over and over and over. For every 6 or 7 games you get ONE skip button. That means that if you have trouble with the mini-game ( not likely, but possible once or twice), and you don't have a skip button, you're stuck. You just have to tough it out and solve the game anyway. In the Collector's Edition, once you've finished the main game, you have 5 rounds of another game, with different kinds of activities along with finding hidden objects. There is also a walkthrough of some kind, although I didn't use it. You can also listen to the music from the game and get a screensaver. So bottom line, if you're looking for something mindless, where you do the same kinds of things over and over, this is your game. If you get bored with repeating the same things over and over, skip this one. I'm not recommending the game.
October 14, 2013
Big City Adventure: Vabcouver, isn't half as fun as Sydney.
The mininigames, they were much better than Sydney. Mum and I fought over the crosswords
As with all the other games, taking a virtual tour of Vancouver as you play through the levels
The challenge of trying to find certain objects
The Return of all the characters, and no replacments like in games such as the Dash series
The Zoom in part, it took away the fun of the game
Some minigames such as the Bobsled
Many levels repeated
I only reccomend ths game for boredom, or filling in time, and I usually LOVE hidden object games
April 28, 2012