Echoes of the Past: The Castle of Shadows
WHAT A GREAT GAME
First up, I loved the LOGIC of this game. I always knew pretty much what I had to do and set about doing it. The graphics are brilliant, as they are in all the Echoes of the Past games, and the music is good too. The actors' voice-overs got a bit cheesy and lost a little creditability. After all, we are talking Kingdoms, and Princesses right? Why then voice some of the castle occupants in broad, twangy, southern american accents. Nah, not believable.
The CE gives a bonus adventure which is pretty good - warning, no extra mirrors from HO scenes on the bonus, so at the end of the SG, what hints you have, that's all you get to keep. Found I didn't really need them fortunately, just took a little longer to look and think it through.
This game should appeal to beginners and intermediate players - the experts would probably breeze through it fairly quickly - though hopefully spending some time to appreciate the beauty of the graphics. Actually these graphics are on a par with those from the Puppet Show games - which says a lot!
Will DEFINITELY be on the lookout for more Echoes games, surely there's a few more miles left in that witch!
January 25, 2012
Only Played The Trial... Didn't Like It
But have no interest in taking it further. I found the poorish quality of the graphics - on some scenes not all, weirdly - combined with a stodgy gameplay and frustrating instructionless puzzles tedious very quickly. Background noises were good.
Wouldn't recommend this one, but the sequel is pretty good.
January 13, 2012
Great for a sequel
This is the 2nd in the Echoes of the Past Trilogy and I was pleasantly surprised for a sequel. The story line followed right in step and kept me interested all the way to the end. This one was slightly more challenging than the first, music was suitable, another good mix of HO scenes and puzzles. Looking forward to playing the 3rd in the series. Again, another great game for beginners or upper level players looking for a relaxing good time.
February 24, 2012
loved this game
i really loved this game. really long and plenty of puzzles. The expert level was plenty challenging. one of the best.
November 11, 2011
Another helping of fun
The second in the series, this game follows the theme of the previous game and extends it well. The graphics are excellent and the releasing of various characters develops the story. The level of challenge is higher than the other game and, although I haven't timed it, it feels longer. My only negative is the time penalty if a mini puzzle is skipped. It is probably sour grapes saying that, as I did skip a couple!!!!!! The book is helpful to check objectives and I like that you can earn more hints (as in the previous game). I also like that both games in this series ask you to replace items in a scene - a reverse HO if you like.
January 20, 2012
Echoes of the Past: The castle of shadows
At first I found this very challenging and fun, but when I got to the castle I found the puzzles very frustrating, there was no clear instructions even when you hit the hint button and when I went to the walkthrough the insturctions given made no sense. I don't like skiping puzzles but I found it the only way with quite a lot of them .
November 30, 2011
More good echoes
Did the last game first, loved it, and this one was really good, too. You have to find the amulet pieces to unfreeze the castle residents from the latest spell (this witch sure does get around, don't she!). Be sure to collect the mirrors in HO scenes for more hints. HOS very clear and interactive and some are put backs, which are really cool. Great graphics, storyline and VOS. My time: casual 4 hours.
May 9, 2012
What a FUN adventure game!
Echoes of the Past: The Castle of Shadows game is a perfect mix of hidden objects, puzzles, exploration, and a fun storyline! Not too easy, yet not ridiculously difficult. If you like adventure games, you will love this!
December 17, 2011
I enjoyed this game. There is a LOT of running around, though. Even back to places you have already thought you were done with. The HO parts are relatively easy, except for a couple times with one item or so. Without the running back and forth the game would be pretty short. But, all in all, I did enjoy it.
December 2, 2011
I have to say some of the mini-games were almost too hard for me. I didn't understand how to do them, so had to use walkthrough for the answer, but still didn't understand how it was done. stumped me!
The game was very long, which was excellent. Definitely got my money's worth! I didn't like crossing back on the raft. I think once you crossed the river, the other area should have been done.
Other than that, I really enjoyed the game. I like it when I have to think a little and this made me do just that. Didn't have to use hint too many times so had a good number of those built up. Great game...I would definitely recommend!
May 2, 2012