Victorian Mysteries: Woman in White
Nohthing like a good old Victorian Mystery
I bought this game when it was first launched here on BFG and really enjoyed it. Compared with the modern games of this genre, I'd describe it as 'Soft Adventure HOG'.
The game gives a feel of Victorian times. For some times when I think Victorian, I think: "Grey, Black, White, Braun, Rain, Mourning, Desperation, Murders, Mysteries". Not necessarily in this order, but this collection of words pretty much reflects what I associate with the term and so do graphics and sound. But that is not a bad thing as both elements of the game really go well.
It's been a while since I played it, but I remember the HOG scenes being ok what concerns visualising items, but I remember coming across some items that I really couldn't make much sense of, such as "3 Face". I was wondering back then if this was a translation issue, but I don't think it is. My feeling is they have used some words and terms from Victorian times we today no longer really use nowadays and this made it all the more interesting for me. There are two difficulties (Casual and Expert), but be warned that playing in expert mode it takes a looooooooooooong time for the hints to recharge in this one.
There are some elements going into the Adventure HOG / IHOG genre we so often find with the modern games. But the game seems to be from the time when the transition from straight HOG to a more adventurous game play took place. So you'll need to unlock a few doors and solve a few puzzles, but nothing like in the more recent games. It has voice overs and the story line is well written.
I can highly recommend this game and especially for the price of today's Daily Deal, but I would advise to try it first.
June 2, 2012
A few frustrating issues
While the graphics are really nice, there were several puzzles with no real explanation of what you were supposed to do. I like puzzles, even hard ones, but I'd like to know what I'm trying to accomplish. If I don't know the rules or the object of a puzzle, I have very little satisfaction if I stumble across the answer. I want to feel like I figured it out instead of just got lucky.
On a couple of occasions, information randomly appeared in my journal - useful information, but information that I had not discovered in the course of play. Where did it come from? I really think all necessary information should be encountered in the game play.
There were periods of waiting for the game to load the next scene. I play lots of these games and this is unusual.
If it hadn't been for the beautiful graphics, this game would have gotten a lower score for the sheer unnecessary frustration and somewhat contrived plot line.
June 29, 2012
Not for advanced players
This can be a very relaxing game for beginners, but super boring for advanced players. Items were too easily accessible, and puzzles were very simple. I found the storyline utterly boring, and from the hour demo, it did not capture my interest at all. I would get this game only if I got it on sale, and will play as a very casual game, otherwise, not worth full price, or a game credit for me.
June 19, 2012
Completed game. Intriguing mystery ? heard it was based on an actual book. (Caveat: I just love mysteries and read at least one a week.) Nice to have a game without dilapidated houses, ghosts or portals.
Visuals were nice. Quite a few locations with some going back and forth. However you could easily figure out where you were going next and the pathways between the locations weren?t too complex. Some of the locations were only used once or not at all except as a pass-through. None of this took anything away from the game. Really liked the ending ? all but one loose end was wrapped up. Game was fairly short ? didn?t time it, but I?d guess 3 hours at most.
Game was more of a story than a straight HOG. There were a fair number of HOGs spread throughout, and it wasn?t particularly difficult to find the items. As far as I was concerned, there was one irritating con: sometimes the exact location had to be clicked whether it was in a HOG (ex: could collect glasses only by clicking the right but not the left lens) or using the inventory items (ex: weights had to be put at a particular point, which wasn?t always the obvious one, on a clock). You just have to click around sometimes, risking the appearance of a whirling cursor.
Voice overs were nice; you could determine what questions to ask certain characters, and you could follow the written dialogue as they spoke if you disengaged the sound. You automatically got a message that there was nothing to do in a location.
June 2, 2012
It could have been good. Cons: penalty clicking, puzzles you could not skip, short, could not skip opening scene, hint refill was way too slow. Pro: pretty good story thus the 2 stars and some nice scenery.
June 2, 2012
Liked Immediately!! Purchased Immediately!!
Without re-hashing other well-worded and articulate positive reviews, I purchased this well-crafted game with one of BFG's awesome "earned" credits within minutes of gameplay!!
It's one of those games I liked immediately. The game moves quickly, storyline attracted my attention with a haunting and foreboding atmosphere, enjoyable, non-invasive background music, "snappy" HO sound effects when finding an item that keeps me alert.
Maybe the best is multiple items are stored into inventory to use and completing just one HO scene. Objects are found with relative ease and used quickly. Definitely a great game!
Mama Mia hugs and kisses to BFG for making it possible that we members can earn free game credits to purchase high quality games!!
Enjoy! -Mama Mia-
September 6, 2012
Could have loved it but...
I actually really, really liked this game. The scenery was beautiful, the HOG's were pretty challenging, the mini games were ultimately easy once you figured out what your were supposed to do. It was the figuring out that was the challenge! I thought the hint button took awhile and I ended up muting the music about half way through because it started to get on my nerves. Great story-line, if not a bit convoluted, but that too just made you think. Technically the voice overs were glitchy, cutting out or not playing all together, but there was also script so to me it wasn't a big deal. There were lots of different scenes to explore and 2 different Victorian manors and I thought that was really cool. The reason I can't give it 5 stars is because I was really, really enjoying it, really getting into it and BAM, it was over. It wrapped everything up, but in voice overs, and I was left feeling "but, but, but!!!" It only took a few hours but I did buy it as a daily special so definitely worth that money, probably not the full price. Has the potential to be great if they just fleshed it out and expanded it.
June 13, 2012
Woman in White
I think this game is made with the same company that made Moonstone? However I like the latter game better. The game graphic is not that great. The 'woman in white' expression is the same throughout, looks like it is copied and pasted. The puzzle is not that challenging and the storyline is a bit weird. To me it's just an ok game. I recommend you try the demo first before buying.
June 10, 2012
A game I hated to Love!?
This was a game that was very frustrating for me but, I savored it and the outstanding storyline. The storyline was exceptional, other than appearing to be truncated in certain areas. The play on interaction with differing personalities gave it a touch of mystery often lacking development in similar games. If the original story led to a sequel, I would buy it as soon as I could (hopefully with more clarification)!
The weaknesses of the game came in failure to take more advantage of this fascinating story to flesh out something no less than a five star game. Characters were sometimes too transient as they would come on the scene and leave without further explanation (though all characters seemed to add to the storyline).
The most frustrating of all was failure to provide a hint as to how to tell what the ending point of the mini game should be. Additionally, the hints I normally use if I cannot determine where to go or what to do next would, in this game, usually point me back to the problem that had stopped my progress and would not give any explanation.
Since I cannot give three and a half stars, I will give this four stars. For any of you that may plod along at times, like I do, you may want to go ahead and open the walk thru for use as needed to avoid what would normally be slight inconveniences.
With all of this said, I highly recommend this game!
June 8, 2012
Who is the Woman in White?
Graphics and music are excellent - serves the time period very well. The object scences are well stocked, but not too difficult to locate items. You are basicly on your own in locating items in order to complete your tasks. You must search each room throughly or you might miss something important. "Keys" are the key in order to have access to the rooms in searching for items. Very awesome game, but kinda "eerie" yet not too disturbing. Oh, yeah, you find the loop-de-loop cursor in alot of games. "I like this game" and the parrot said "Thank you!"
June 2, 2012