A pretty good game with two caveats...
Deadtime stories has very nice, illustrated graphics, pretty good voice-overs, and a bit of a real story. There are adventure game elements, so you're not just jumping from one HOS to the next. It's an interesting and entertaining game, longer than many HOG's, and well-made. This game has a lot going for it, but I had two complaints. The first is that the "narrator" (whom you see but don't hear--all text) is obviously a woman dressed up like a man, and is given a man's name. It's like they didn't have a male character handy, so they used this one and tried to make her look a little more male. That was weird. The other is that I noticed in the ending credits that Jane Jensen had a hand in making this game. The story in this game is decent, but not a worthy example of her talent. This is the story-teller behind the very popular Gabriel Knight adventure game series, and a successful author to boot. I'm surprised the story in this game wasn't better, but it's still got a lot more story than most HOG's. Aside from those very minor complaints, Deadtime Stories is still a pretty good game and worth playing.
April 7, 2012
Great story and setting - excellent game!
Great game! If you like old time New Orleans and horse-drawn carriages, you will love this game. Beautiful graphics with a spooky story and some do-it-yourself Voodoo. What's not to like?
March 11, 2012
I want more ...
I just finished playing this game and I can tell you that the only disappointment for me was when the game ended ... I wanted to keep going!
Really liked this game from the graphics, to the puzzles, to the story (which kept me interested and most don't) and the voices of the narrators.
Thoroughly enjoyed it and hope there will be more to come! Just make them longer next time. :)
March 10, 2012
fun hidden object game
the puzzles are very challenging. I've played this game twice and was still stumped on some of the puzzles.
February 26, 2012
Great Story over all too soon
I loved the story behind this game. I was hoping that there were several "stories" to be told. Maybe next time. Can't wait!!!
February 17, 2012
I Love It!!
this game was so awesome after i finished the game i wanted more cant wait till the next story
January 24, 2012
Spooky yet Awesome!
One of the few HOG games that (actually) looks good on 20in+ widescreen monitors. The graphics and excellent voice cast alone should rate this at least four stars.
The story at first glance may seem scary or even creepy, but personally I never found it to be either. I did find a wonderfully told story that fit almost perfectly with the atmosphere. Nothing seemed "unbelievable" or out of place, and the writers managed to avoid any "cliche" feelings in this tale.
The immersion into the story line was help out greatly by two things: 1- you don't have to pixel hunt and 2- the objects actually match the surroundings. While you end up visiting the various scenes multiple times, the list changes each time to keep it fresh. Watch out however, as items may not always be what they seem at first.
The mini-games and inventory puzzles were also masterfully done, providing just the right amount of challenge in which I didn't need to use the hint system but also never felt the puzzles "too easy". Subtle hints will also pop up at the top of the screen to further you along.
Those who are scared easily or aren't interested in voodoo magics in a New Orleans setting may find this game just doesn't sit right with them, as the main character is a (not so) newly deceased voodoo-priestess-spirit from beyond the grave. I suggest, as always, giving the trial a full out test run before buying the game if you're hesitant. While the game itself was by and large on the shorter side of things, most people will have no problems playing it at least once or twice more just for kicks.
January 20, 2012
I really liked the graphics in this game. Got stuck a couple of times but the hints helped. Once I really got the hang of it, it was over...
January 16, 2012