Nightfall Mysteries: Curse of the Opera
Nightfall Mysteries: Curse of the Opera
I really liked playing this game. If you enjoy mysteries, you'll love this one. Its about a killer that is killing off the characters one by one, and you don't know who it is because they (the characters) are all kind of weird in the first place. Well what do you expect in an opera company? The mini games were fun, and this game kept me guessing all the way through. I do enjoy playing this one over and over. If you are a murder mystery fan, you'll enjoy this one!
February 6, 2012
A fun, unique entry to the series
The first game in the Nightfall series is one of my all-time favorites and I really enjoyed this sequel, too, despite that it doesn't follow the same format as the first and third games.
Here's the thing: if you don't like HOS, then you won't like this game. It is 90% HO. This is different from the first Nightfall, which was a great adventure game with some HO in it. Personally, I like both types, so I was ok with the change. There is also quite a bit more humor in this game (reminded me a bit of MCF: Madame Fate). Don't get me wrong - I prefer the format of the first game and am glad the developers returned to it for the third in the series. But I also thought the change of pace was a nice "break" in between the heavier, more challenging #1 and #3.
And yes, the game is definitely on the easy side. A map tells you where to go next, as do the other characters you speak with. You are confined to a relatively small amount of screens, so if you do get lost, backtracking is a cinch.
The puzzles are easy to moderate in difficulty and have a skip button, which charges very quickly. The hints recharge ridiculously fast, too. The HOS were drawn beautifully, crisp and clear, although I agree with some of the reviewers that some of the items were on the difficult side to find (think tiny).
One thing I was really, really happy about was that they kept the voice actors from the first game (bravo!) I usually hate voice acting and could do without because it's just terrible. Not so in the Nightfall series. I really like the voice acting in this series and actually enjoy listening to the characters speak. The music, too, is beautiful and very well-suited to the atmosphere of the game.
I have two small gripes: first, the makers of the game completely changed Christine's appearance - she looks nothing like she did in the first game (what was wrong with how she looked in #1?)
My second complaint is that the story didn't entirely mesh with the first game. I don't want to give anything away, but there are a couple elements to the ending of the game that don't fit in with the first game's story. There is very little mention of the asylum. That having been said, I personally liked the ending and thought it provided another level of insight into the characters and how they came to be where they are. But, I would say that if you haven't played the first game then the ending here might seem a bit like it was an afterthought for the developers. Furthermore, a better intro could have been provided so that those who didn't play #1 could still play the second game and get some of the back story.
Anyway, I guess the point I'm driving at is that, overall, I think this game is a fun, unique entry to the series that deserves more praise than it gets. If you like HOGs, try it! You might like it.
June 20, 2012
Good Old Fashioned HOS fun
I originally played Nightfall: Asylum Conspiracy which was meant to be the prequel to this one... well apart from using the same characters, the storylines don't match...
BUT, the game is fun anyway. Lot's of Hidden Object Scenes, puzzles and a few little spooks along the way. The game takes about 30 mins of solid playing to really get into it, but once you do, you're hooked..
I recommend it for anyone who enjoyed the first (and best) Mystery Case Files games: Huntsville, Prime Suspects, Ravenhearst & Madame Fate.
July 15, 2012
Even though I played this game quite a while ago, I recently played it again and was compelled to write a review. It's much harder to review older games, as graphics and sound have continued to improve in hidden object games, but it would be wrong to think this is one you shouldn't check out if you haven't already.
What I enjoy most about this game (which is the start of an ongoing series# is the plot. It's a murder mystery with several twists, and for once, when you finally discover what's going on at the end, it makes sense while simultaneously ending on a cliffhanger. Too often when playing these games, you're forced into purchasing a CE to get a satisfactory resolution. This game made me appreciate the time spent getting to the bottom of the mystery while also making me very excited for the next installment.
You will notice this is a product of earlier days. Cutscenes have a great animated look, and the voice acting is quite good, but the HO scenes themselves do suffer from a junkpile quality and aren't that great looking. You'll collect items and then find one additional item to interact with before picking up what you need. You will be using the hint button, as unfortunately some of the items are far too difficult to see, but it charges quickly. You'll be doing some backtracking, to be sure, but sparkles always indicate areas to explore. #Veteran gamers would appreciate difficulty levels, I'm sure, but alas, none to be had here.)
The puzzles are well-done variants of the usual suspects: Rube Goldberg contraptions, filling two jars with water, and memory tests. They are decently challenging. Where this game truly succeeds is establishing characters and setting the mood. Since 75% of HO games now use a spooky setting, we forget how innovative the early ones were. Do yourself a favor and check this one out. It's well worth your time.
May 17, 2012
Not Great/Not Bad!
Strangest game I've ever played! Too many HOS for my liking, just one after the other for no real reason when in fact half the items could of been picked up from anywhere in the game rather that HOS on every corner! and not forgetting to mention the items were tiny and often too dark,so thankfully the hint button charges after 15 seconds. The story was ok but the ending, err what ending? a bit silly really, it's like it was rushed because it was so abrupt and didn't explain much really. Glad it's over tbh.
March 11, 2012
Great HOPA but storyline spoiled it
Brilliant game. Loved the HO's and puzzles/mini-games. Some had me scratching my head but worked them out eventually. Never ever read journals but this one insisted i did so to figure some puzzles out. Might have reformed me as I enjoyed reading through the journal. What spoiled it for me was the change of accents in the characters and ultimately when Viggo/Vincent explained how he met Christine/Carolina. He told it different to how it was told in Asylum Conspiracy. That said, it was just a little annoying as the game itself was brilliant. I'm off to play part 3.
March 7, 2012
Who will leave the game alive?
Ok, I read some of the reviews, and I have not played the game through fully, I like to take my time with a game and savor it when I like it....so I cannot say whether I like the ending or not, but with seeing several so-so reviews, I am afraid many folks will pass up an enjoyable game at a great sale price.
I played the demo of this game when I was a newbie, and I got stuck and very frustrated early on, but I played the first sequel and very much liked it although the game style is quite different than the first one. I am sorry to say the Third sequel didn't catch me, but I will be looking for it on sale, because Elephant makes a very respectable and better than average game.
When I came back to the demo this time around, as a far more experienced player, I found it challenging, but very doable.
This version has great voiceovers and animation.and The characters are richly drawn and acted.
Some of the HiOS had items very smalls ome were too light and very hard to find, but not impossible and the hint button recharges quickly.
The "penalty" for over clicking isn't bad and only seems to occur if you click on the same object too often, but there is no screaming banshee.
Sometimes there are a lot of comments to enjoy if you explore the scenes before and after dialogue and games, which I personally love. It took me a little bit to find out how to find these without random clicking, but it was worth it.
there is a map, and though it doesn't take you to any destinations by clicking on it, you can see where you are and what areas are closed.
The artistry of the game is not really crisp and clear, which is what I prefer, but it has a pleasant painterly quality and it is not impossible to see and find what you are looking for.
There are mini games but not enough in my opinion, and not enough variety in the HOGs which are somewhat of the junkyard variety, but are better than some of the garbled layer over layerr over layer hogs I have seen.
I think it is mostly the story line that will keep a gamer happy, but this is not so bad to pass it up on a good deal.
March 7, 2012
Good game, two things spoiled it for me, the lack of any hints / clues on how to start the puzzles and some of the puzzles themselves. I play for fun, I don't want anything too complicated / difficult or I wouldn't have chozen a HOG! The HO scenes went from easy to quite challenging. Storyline was interesting, but the ending was very lame. Having said that its a good length and took me a few hours to complete and I have to admit having to consult the walkthrough about the puzzles on more than one occasion (just one comment on how to start would help enormously). I got this as a Daily Deal and consider it a very good deal indeed - will play it again probably better 2nd time round.
February 5, 2012
This game is not the usual h.o. game because of the format, which is; here is part of the storyline, here is what you need to acomplish for this phase, and while on the trail to do just that, you run into the h.o. scenes. The characters in this game are fun and quirky, the makers must have had a sense of humor and you can see where they may have relegated some of the characters into what they were by watching an old cozy mystery movie. Sometimes they are quite comical. The game does have its challenging moments, but I dont think it would have been as fun if it were just a "straight forward" typical puzzle game. The story line, like the characters is a little quirky, at times hard to follow, at the end maybe somewhat of a let down, and can leave one wondering if maybe there will be a second round. One hopes so. It is a nice, long game, which is replayable, because you wont be able to remember some of it. So, just like an old, silly mystery movie, go with it and enjoy.
February 4, 2012
Loved this game
Loved playing this game. It is of a good length, kept me going for hours. Maybe just a few too many HOS, but the quickly recharged hint button made it easy to finish them in no time if wished. The story is interesting though a bit morbid to my liking, but not too gruesome :) Definitely recommend buying this game.
February 10, 2012