Elixir of Immortality
NICE SOLID FAIRLY LENGTHY GAME
Entire adventure-HOG game a little over 5 hours. STORYLINE: Play a detective who goes undercover as a handyman at a castle, because every handyman ends up dead. Investigate the physicist, magician, alchemist and botanist to see if they are behind the deaths. Surprisingly, they each end up dead ? so who is the culprit? The unknown castle owner? Ending was a surprise.
GAMEPLAY: Plenty of clear, nicely done HOS (although a couple were slightly darker). Well developed story keeps you guessing to the end. You help each person with a task before they die and you keep getting mysterious notes about who not to trust. You have a diary with a task list to aid your investigation. There is some back and forth, but it?s hard to get lost. Puzzles varied and not too difficult ? you could skip if you need to ? and they tie to the story. Graphics are very nice and you keep moving along to your solution. There are no voice overs of the characters ? just a ?hmmm? sound. You have to read the dialogue. There was a kitten meowing through much of the game, but I never found it. Nice solid game.
June 5, 2013
I enjoyed playing this game after the free trial so had to buy it to finish it. It was mostly easy. I found most objects on my own and solved most puzzles by myself. Storyline was good but game could have been improved visually and with the way the storyline actually appeared on screen. I definitely recommend this game though as I don't like the way most other HOG games look. This one took me about 7 leisurely hours to finish.
April 24, 2012
Good game so far.
This has been a good game so far. The graphics are nice and the puzzles are difficult enough to keep my interest.I have been playing this game for about 12 hours and I am probably about half done. I would definately buy this game again. I feel like I got my moneys worth.
February 5, 2012
Simply a fun game
I found the game fairly interesting. There are many HOGS where I simply couldn't find some of the objects. Fortunately the hints don't take too long to renew.
I admit that I resorted to the hints frequently.
I don't think I could have finished the game without resorting to the walkthrough.
Overall it was OK.
December 13, 2013
I had a lot of fun playing this game. The story was interesting and kept me entertained until the end.
Graphics are stunning. Sometimes I found myself just looking at the scene, interiors are especially well designed. Music is nice, not annoying, but there's no voiceover.
There aro a lot of HOS but also interesting puzzles. Sometimes I didn't know what to do and on some previous screen a HOS reappared, that was the only thing that was a bit annoying.
January 22, 2013
Definitely worth buying. You will like it.
January 19, 2013
A solidly developed game
This game has excellent visuals, good characters, beautifully intricate ho's and a lot of them for those of us who enjoy ho's, and some tricky little puzzles built in. Very nice.
September 9, 2012
One of the better games I've played lately, challenging enough without being frustrating. Interesting minigames, just enough dialog.
July 8, 2012
I was enjoying it immensely until I got to where I had to use the gun. I had not put it together earlier in the game where I was supposed to now I can't go back and assemble it right now I'm stumped and I really want to finish this game.
March 5, 2012
More Fun Than Expected
Based on the trial, this game is primarily HO, with the occasional puzzle and a bit of adventure to give the gameplay some direction.
The story is a lighthearted 'quest for the elixir of life', as you'd expect from the title. You are a detective undercover as the manservant in a castle full of odd characters, all suspects in the murders of several previous manservants. Not a safe working environment!
The graphics for this one are better than I expected and handled widescreen without any distortion. Music was light and upbeat. No voiceovers.
The HO scenes were clear and most of the items were in plain view, which isn't to say that they were too easy to find, I'd say they were medium level difficulty. You do return to previous HO scenes, which I don't mind - once. Some scenes had too much rust for my liking.
In all, I will probably pick this one up for those days when I'm feeling too lazy for an adventure game, and want to stare absentmindedly at the screen :)
January 14, 2012