Nightfall Mysteries: Curse of the Opera
My least favorite of the whole trilogy
The only reason why I went ahead and paid for the full game is because I wanted to own the whole series. Not my best idea. I won't go into too many details about the poor graphics and the weird ending, since so many other reviews have. I will say that the music was OK, though.
May 20, 2013
oh those HOG's...
i liked the game..except for those tiny HOG's that had nothing to do with the theme of the scene. (a fried egg on a dresser mirror is worse than a sucker and a guitar in a cemetary lol)..stick to the theme so we dont get distracted from the point of the story, and pleeeeaaaseee no HOG's in EVERY scene!
geeze give us chance to walk through a door or down a street w/o an HOG every two seconds...
February 4, 2012
It was... Okay... But not my thing.
I am not saying it was bad, or good, but I simply didn't enjoy it that much. Too many HOG scenes, barely any puzzles, and an extent of limited gameplay. The storyline was fair; I could understand the point, but I think that some things were a little off at times. I would suggest that this game is only thought of after playing the demo and enjoying, not to be bought without an idea of what you're going into.
I think someone would like this game, just not me.
March 5, 2012
Okay as a Sequel, Better as a Stand Alone
I played the first Nightfall Mysteries Game about the Asylum and was excited to try out the sequel. Knowing the back story already, it wasn't difficult to figure out what was going on with the character histories. I will say that I wasn't a fan of the heroes, from the first one, this second time around. This was part of my rating for the game. I also wish they had kept the same look of the characters.
I missed the eerie spookiness that was in the first one. The graphics were more cartoonish in the sequel and while some of the music sounded creepy, it mostly reminded me of the Haunted House ride at Disneyland. Even the found object sound in the HO scenes sounded like Tinkerbell. "Look, Tink has found a dagger!"
The length was good but I will say several of the objects in the HO scenes are annoyingly well hidden that even after using a hint, you're still left thinking, "Really?! Really?!!" Also, the puzzles start easy but get more complicated with no help from hints ("I think I need to use the marbles"). Yeah, thanks, Sherlock. Then there's the downright "Where in the heck did you even get that number from" puzzle on the Count's Safe. Not a fun challenge; an aggravating one.
Perhaps it was just over the top revenge taken too far that left me wishing the entire lot of characters had perished, but this just wasn't near as good as the first and left a Blech taste in my mouth.
Get if you're curious about the continuing storyline to the series but use a credit or wait for a DD on this one.
Overall Grade: C
March 12, 2012
Eyestrain is probable
I bought this game at the sale price, so I'm not too upset. It isn't the worst game I've played, but it is certainly far from the best. If you adore hidden object games, this is for you, although some of the items are unrecognizable. The "cow" silhouette is actually a sheep, and the "acrodian"...well, you can figure it out! And I absolutely hate puzzles that have you filling bottles of liquid at different levels. In all, the storyline wasn't too bad, but the Rube Goldberg ending was out of left field. Try the game; you might like it.
February 4, 2012
Not bad for a first game
This game was not bad for a first attempt. The storyline could have been better and the ending was lacking.
March 19, 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
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
THIS GAME IS OK. IT WAS TOO EASY FOR ME. THERE ARE LOTS OF HO SCENES. IT WAS KIND OF DARK TO SEE ALL OF THE OBJECTS AND THE STORY LINE WAS JUST OK. I THINK THAT THIS GAME IS GOOD FOR BEGINNERS. IT COULD HAVE BEEN SO MUCH BETTER!
November 21, 2013
HOG all but impossible without using hints
This game had a great story line and not too many places to jump back and forth to. What lowered the rating is too many HOGs with objects too hard to find. Many of the objects were hidden in dark areas that only a hint could locate. Extremely frustrating. Because of this every time an HOG came up I wanted to quit playing.
March 3, 2013