PuppetShow: Souls of the Innocent
I thoroughly enjoyed this game
The clarity was great. I liked the storyline. I did find the mini-puzzles a bit difficult as there wasnt much of an explanation on how to play them, so I just skipped the ones I didnt understand. I went back and got the Puppet Show - Mystery of Joyville which I am playing now. Looking forward for the next Puppet show they come out with.
November 13, 2011
Let me Down
I looked at the follwing aspects while reviewing this game:
Storyline: Good. Odd, but good. Made me want to keep playing to see what had happened 7/10 (B)
Graphics: Great, creepy graphics. Very well drawn and designed. 9/10 (A)
Hidden Object Scenes: Not good. The items were small and hard to find. 5/10: (D)
Hint and Skip buttons: Annoying. At 60 seconds, this was way too long for the hint button to recharge. 1/10 (F)
Overall Score: 22/40
Overall Grade: D
June 2, 2012
Which one is bigger? The age old Series Curse or the Soul-Stealing Evil?
Usually, in a series, the second part is not so great. Barney Stinson would say, "It's a thing!" Let's analyse it:
+ storyline is okay
+ graphics are okay too
+ items are not placed back in hidden object scenes
o trademark mechanical spiders
- very short
- very small objects in hidden object scenes
Bottom Line: Play it for the continuation of the story, but if you haven't played the first one, forget it.
February 12, 2012
I like the storyline of this game, and visual/sound quality is OK. The sound track is a little boring since it hasn't changed a lot. Hidden objects are kind of mess with some views.
November 20, 2011
Better than Mystery of Joyville.
?Graphics-beautiful, looks to be painted. Colorful and easy on the eye.
?Music-quick paced, taunting, but not annoying.
?No map- hope you have a good memory because you will be doing a lot of backtracking and going here & there.
?No journal- have a good memory or pencil and paper cuz you?re gonna need to remember puzzle sequences.
?HO-so cluttered, not the same painting as other game scenes. Some items not labeled as expected, ie: I forget what they called it but it was a tong (as in food), but they called it something so off track I don?t even remember what it was. No click penalty.
?Puzzles where the best, most were fairly entertaining with moderate difficulty, some were simplistically easy.
?No voice over, shame would have added so much?spend a little extra on the budget; don?t add so much junk in the HO.
Overall it was enjoyable, better than Mystery of Joyville, but none where as good as Lost Town (IMHO). If you?re new to the series I recommend Lost Town over all.
August 1, 2012
Too many hidden object scenes
I guess I've progressed beyond having so many hidden object scenes and more adventure type games. Seems like there was only 1 or two actions to do in each scene and then it was HO after HO. No hint outside HOs and no journal or map.
I was WONDERING why I didn't have this Puppet Show when the ERS games were on sale so I got this one. Since it wasn't my cup of tea I won't recommend this one but the others I loved.
November 20, 2012
Disappointed not what I expected after the first one.
I have played Lost Town & Joyville and love both of them! I was hesitant to buy this game so I tried the 60 minute trial. I quit at 50 minutes! They have crammed too much into the scenes, you cannot even see some of the HO's they are so small. By the end of my 50 minute trial I was soooo glad....I did not buy this game! Unnecessarily tedious and hard on the eyes! More is not always better, this is so true in this case!
May 29, 2012
Sucking you even deeper...
Souls of the Innocent is a direct sequal to Joyville, not only in story but in terms of game development too.
Sound and music remained as chilling but quickly same-y as before, and once again we are offered our story and plot by way of text rather than voice overs - which is something I don't mind in the least.
Evolving from Joyville, Souls has two difficulty levels which boil down to with sparkles or without, and 'hard' slows down your hint timer.
The graphics and image quality remain as steampunk chic as before but take further steps into the haunting. There are definitely some images in here that would be considered non-kid-friendly. Those whose age is in single figures should have the full game pre-played by an adult who knows them, to see if there's anything going to upset little eyes. I for one, when I could look past the macabre, was stunned with the inventiveness that went into some scenes and the portraits scattered around the castle.
Plot has come a little way since the last game too. No longer are you single-mindedly searching for a person, only to discover a little plot right at the end. Rather you are investigating certain high-jinks that will slowly unveil to you Felicia's grand plan, and you must learn enough to attempt to foil her. Plenty of relatively easy HOs and some great but easy mini-puzzles. In a speed run I took a little under two hours, almost 30 minutes longer than Joyville.
I reccomend playing it a lot slower than that first time through, though, and really immersing yourself in the artwork. The detail and thought that's gone into this shows.
May 20, 2012
A Throughly Enjoyable Hidden Object Game
Wonderful! A great game!! It has good graphics, a cool story, dark and mysterious objects and settings. It was challenging without being frustrating. I throughly enjoyed this game.
November 14, 2011
Souls of the Innocent - You know something bad is afoot...
This, the second of the PuppetShow series, took a big leap forward in graphic and animation quality. Beautiful. The puppets are excellently drawn - far more so than the "real people." The puzzles are a little more difficult than the 1st game, and the HOS are much more difficult. This is mostly because of the color and texture matching. I had to ask for a hint on the last item several times. (That was laziness I admit.) I recommend you get all the PuppetShow games as they are stylistically and thematically connected, and they are very well made.
FYI, here are the titles in order:
2009 - PuppetShow: Mystery of Joyville
2010 - PuppetShow: Souls of the Innocent
2011 - PuppetShow: Lost Town
2012 - PuppetShow: Return to Joyville
October 27, 2012