Nightmare Adventures: The Witch's Prison
Fun Hidden Object Game
I clicked on everything, some very funny responses.
December 17, 2011
I looked up Ghost Ship Studios after playing this game as the credits showed a very small production company with one PC programmer, one Mac programmer and a very small handful of artists. I think this game makes a fine example of what can be done in a small company. The disadvantage of course is that it has taken a bit of time for their next game to arrive.
Although this was posted as a HOG I found it to be much more puzzle and story focussed. Some of the puzzles were fairly simple while others were a challenge but there was a bit of something for everyone. One thing I appreciated about the puzzles was that they weren't the usual ones you see in most of the adventure games. There were some word puzzles, and the "organizing" puzzles were a bit different than the usual (turn the circles until the gems are in the right place and in this case also the Roman numerals adding an extra bit of challenge). It was also possible to skip the puzzles.
Graphics: Not bad. Backgrounds were good, but the characters could have used a bit more work.
Sound: To be honest, I usually turn most of the sound off, so can't say much about it. The characters did speak, but also have text boxes during the cut scenes for those who don't use sound.
Hints: The few times I used the hints, I found that some of them were graduated -- that is the first hint was a puzzle in itself, followed by a hint that was a bit easier to understand. At the same time, some of the hints left me clueless while others gave too much away. So, in other words, a mixed bag. I found I needed to use a walkthrough in some places.
Story: I liked the story, a little odd and quirky. It definitely had the mystery element but the ending was unexpected and was definitely a teaser for what's to come in the next game of the series.
Technical: My only glitch was sometimes the inventory didn't come up when I needed to get to an item. I'd have a puzzle up on the screen, but couldn't pull up the inventory. I'd close the puzzle get the object out of inventory but then couldn't reopen the puzzle. It would eventually work but it seemed to require positioning the mouse at some arbitrarily chosen location.
Summation: An entertaining game with enough content to keep going for awhile. If you like the puzzle adventure mystery with some creepy monsters and skeletons, this game is definitely for you.
July 31, 2013
An Old Style Adventure Game
Witches Prison is a step back into classic adventure gaming. There are a number of puzzles and 'find and use' challenges but no HOS screens #which for me, is a plus!#. Puzzles are varied with clues that make sense. Cut scenes are still drawings with written dialog, which gives the game a low tech feel. The story made sense until the very end and I am still not sure what was resolved in the final scene #other than you survive!#.
The game could have been improved if instructions were provided for the puzzles. A number of times, I did not know how to interact with the puzzle interface and the hint button provides spoilers, not operating directions!
This is the first Big Fish game that did not run seamlessly for me. I have an older PC with Vista and the game would slow terribly when puzzle windows were open. Seemed like a memory issue because it resolved by closing the detail window and reopening it.
Having said all this, I would still highly recommend this for an adventure gamer looking for a reasonable challenge.
July 29, 2013
Older game, with mushy graphics and slow loading, but very good puzzles, and a lot of them. Pretty challenging, and kept me interested. Long game play, as well. Not pretty, but worth the purchase.
December 13, 2012
Creative storyline, challenging puzzles.
The storyline was creative. You play someone that inherits an asylum and you are trying to figure out your family?s history. You discover one of your ancestors entombed a witch. The ending was a little bit of a surprise twist. I played casual mode and it is indeed challenging. Many of the puzzles are tough to solve and require good thinking and patience. Figuring out what to do next was not difficult though. There are no hidden object scenes only interactive scenes. Hint recharges very slowly. Overall, I think it was good and would recommend it.
August 18, 2012
I liked the creepy atmosphere in this game. It is really dark, and lots of spooky places to visit (abandoned buildings, dark churches, graveyard) that really fit the story. I had trouble passing through one scene when my game closes down by itself, but luckily it goes on. One thing that should be better is the sound, because it is almost completely like playing on a silent movie, no sound whatsoever from the game, from the characters. Even if there is, it is way to low. Almost can't hear anything. But overall, a neat game.
June 29, 2012
I really like it
I used to be an addicted PC gamer when adventure games ruled the land. Then came FPS games and I played mostly web games. I finally decided to try BF games and the reviews on this particular game seemed rather good. I have to admit. I am having fun. The puzzles are pretty good. Nothing really hard but still a challenge and fun. The lack of voice is acceptable and sort of provides a strange ambience as it creates this quiet, spooky atmosphere. Text at the top is hard for me as that is not where I look for it. All in all I recommend this game. It is a real adventure and not a HOG. Story is compelling. If I can find more like this then I will be a Big Fish Games fan.
May 20, 2012
The Witch's Prison
An excellent combination of story and game play. Graphics were great and the way the story was told, you were there before you knew it and wanted to retrace your steps because the adventure was that good. Grab your broom and fly...
May 13, 2012
Lots of puzzles!
And hard ones, too. Skipped most of them, as there were no instructions on most of them. No HOS in this game. Be sure to look carefully all around the areas as the items you need are in very obscure places. Cursor kind of slow and clunky. Story good, humorous. No VOS. A lot of reading. My time: casual 4.5 hours.
April 27, 2012
Good Detective Game
This game has a good story line where the player tries to discover what happened to her father, who worked at a secret government installation. The storyline is smart and the puzzles are just right - no frustration. The ending makes sense and prepares the story for a sequel.
March 23, 2012