Nightfall Mysteries: Curse of the Opera
You had better like HOS to enjoy this game
The Curse of the Opera has a lot going for it. I enjoyed the story line and thought that it was tied up well at the end. At the end of each hidden object scene, there was an additional task to complete which added a twist. The hint meter refills quickly, which can be a plus. The mini-games were challenging enough to be interesting. My main complaint is that there are way too many hidden object scenes. I enjoy the puzzle and adventure parts of games much more than hidden object, so this game didn't end up being my style.
December 8, 2012
Frustrating - Lets the Series Down
I enjoyed the first Nightfall Mysteries game (Asylum Conspiracy) very much but did not enjoy Curse of the Opera at all. There were far too many HOS and the objects were quite difficult to find which slowed down my progress through the game and ruined the flow of the story-line.
If this was an old-school pure HO game then the difficulty would be warranted but Adventure/Puzzle games are where our taste is evolving and we need to be able to move through the HOS, get what we need and move on.
Lists of HO are out of fashion and the casual gaming community is now showing a preference for games which involve no HOS and searching for pieces of objects, all of which are relevant to the game.
I have never left a review on a game but was quite frustrated by my experience with this one. I carefully read reviews of the third game (Black Heart) before deciding to buy it. It was a lot better than this one but I'm glad this series has now ended. If there was a fourth game I would not buy it.
If you really enjoyed the first game and would like to finish the series then I would advise waiting until you can purchase the other two on sale as they are not worth full price.
October 1, 2012
Not Bad -- Not Good
I played about 45 minutes of the demo.
The story line is the same old, same old. Person gets stranded on deserted road, has to find town, weird things happen in town.
Hidden objects scenes are dark -- not scary dark or gory dark, just dark in atmosphere. I prefer bright scenes, as with Travel League or Matchmaker.
The hidden objects are not overly challenging and are straightforward, but do require some searching. The hint button recharges quickly.
I encountered only one mini game in the 45 minutes that I played. There is a skip button that charges a little slowly.
I would recommend this if it is a Catch of the Day or a Daily Deal, but not for full price.
September 24, 2012
I really enjoyed the first game and was looking forward to the sequel. This was an odd sequel. While the first game was well done, had a compelling story and moved along nicely, this game was poorly drawn, almost nothing but HOS and changed the back story from the previous game.
The HOS were very difficult, with some items so small they couldn't be found. The hint button does recharge quickly and you will need it. The mini games were so-so and the hint button was not at all helpful. The walkthrough is almost essential to understand what some of the mini games want you to do.
The voice overs were excellent, which was about the only enjoyable thing by the end of the game. I was disappointed the developers decided to change the appearance of the three main characters. I was also disappointed about changes to the back story. This game doesn't really serve to move the story along and I'm not certain what to expect from the third game in the series (which I've already purchased).
If you are a huge HOS fan, you will enjoy this game. If not, you will not enjoy this game.
August 11, 2012
love this site & its games
i love this game curse of the opers most as it is exciting & full of challenges...
July 28, 2012
Not for me...
I played this one just after "Nightfall mysteries: Asylum Conspiracy". That was a baaad idea! There is no comparison. The storyline is ok. But the graphics are not good. In the HOS, it's almost impossible to find all of the objects. And there are so many HOS! It was so annoying that I just used the hint button to be quicker... There is a good map. The puzzles are difficult (after the last one, the game crashed, don't know why). I enjoyed it for 1 1/2 hour, then I got really bored. I finished it only because I paid for it! There are surely people who will like it, but this was really not for me! I wonder how the third part is (Nightfall mysteries: Black heart)
June 16, 2012
Average Hidden Object Game
I found this game to be about average. Standardly used puzzles found everywhere, graphics were middle of the road, a few errors in the hidden object puzzles
April 24, 2012
This game needs a proper burial
Based on the 1 hour demo, which I couldn't waste my time finishing, this game is ba-ad on all points.
HOS everywhere and even they were bad. objects too small and more than one object in a scene but you needed to find the one they wanted. After you finished a scene your hand was held to do something. Quite Rediculous!!!
It was hard to follow the story because the HOS were everywhere. the graphics were badly outdated.
Unless you're a hard core HOG player I definitely DON'T recommend this game!
April 22, 2012
not worth it
I really enjoyed the "Ayslum Conspiracy" & was happy to find the sequel until I played it. I have rarely given a negative review but this one really really deserves it.
compared to the first the story line was lame & the ending very unsatisfactory, too bad I had high hopes for it hopefully the next one will be better
March 17, 2012
Many HOG's, poor quality of items
This game is primarily all HOG's with a few mini games. While I love HOG's, the objects in this game I found are hard to find. The graphics are blurry, sometimes hidden in dark corners that do not show up and not crisp as I've seen in other games.
Story line was OK at the beginning, the ending was very abrupt and didn't make any sense.
The mini games are not intuitive, there is no instruction of what you need to accomplish or what you need to do at all.
I recommend playing the free 1 hour trial first, then buy if you feel like it's a game you will enjoy.
March 12, 2012