Grim Facade: The Message Collector's Edition
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Amax Interactive presents the next chilling installment of the Grim Facade series!

A medium’s letter about her dark premonitions brings you to the city of Mordamo. Your investigation into dangerous dealings in the town quickly turns the tables on you when you’re accused of murder! Can you uncover the real culprit and save the city in time? Find out in this spine-tingling hidden-object puzzle adventure game!

  • Save the city and stop a killer in the bonus game!
  • Collect creepy items to discover a dark history.
  • Replay entertaining mini-games and HOPs.
  • Advance effortlessly with the strategy guide!

Game System Requirements:

  • OS: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 10
  • CPU: 1.6 GHz
  • RAM: 1024 MB
  • DirectX: 9.0
  • Hard Drive: 815 MB

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Grim Facade: The Message Collector's Edition is rated 3.4 out of 5 by 18.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Zzzzzz! Hello friends! As usual, I review mostly on the game play and leave the story line to others. Well, unless I lost count somewhere along the line, I believe this might be #10 in this series. No, I do not have them all either. The graphics were actually very well done, very clear, with no real noticeable blurring. Game play was quite good and the scenes fit my large screen very well. Animation is really nice and realistic. Voices were not bad. The "bad guy" had quite a sinister voice, but the old man needed to actually sound like an old man. The one thing I really do not care for is the need to "choose" what I want to say. I wish to play a game, not figure out what I'm going to ask next. I haven't seen that it makes a difference which dialog you choose either. Music was the same few notes and got quite annoying very quickly. Sound FX aren't too bad. I did hear some background sounds now and then, but not a lot. Color was much better in this addition, than in previous games in this series, clearer and brighter. Again, we have the annoying "memory sphere" that collects energy to give a ghost enough power to help you out now and then. This really takes the fun out of a game for me. Be aware that when you are in the "dream" mode, there are bright lights. Fortunately, not often. HOPs were a combination of interactive lists and silhouettes. The scenes were fairly clear and items were not difficult to find. Puzzles weren't all that challenging, but did take a little time to complete. None were really hard to figure out. The hint system is quite helpful, but there is no transport feature on this game. We do have a jump map, but it is very bland and only useful if you want to jump to a different location, assuming you know where you need to go. SG is the same and does show you where collectibles are hidden. Collectibles were disappointing. I accidentally found out that I collected coins to buy items that help me progress through the game. Again, we find skulls, which are plenty large enough to see, do don't worry about missing any. This game definitely needs more in this department. As with the last game in this series, I do not feel this game is CE worthy. The story was the same old boring line and moved too slowly for me. It was an okay game for a beginner, but it didn't have anything exciting to keep me interested and wanting more. Again, the lack of collectibles, choosing dialog and the boring sphere are the reasons I downgrade this game. I will recommend this one for beginners, but I don't feel a seasoned gamer would care much for this one. I'm sure there will be those who find this one fun, but it isn't for me, so no buy. As always, try it for yourself and see what you think. We all have different tastes in games and you may find this one to be exactly what you are looking for. Thanks for the reviews.
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ALL WE NEED NOW IS A CARNIVAL FOR MADAME FATE....er MADAME ESPERANCE Either I'm experiencing Deja-vu or this story is hauntingly familiar, and nowhere near as good either! The Message is loud and clear, Madame Esperance (that's way too long of a name, let's just call her Madame E) is a physic medium who foresees the future, even her own! Unfortunately, things aren't looking too good for Madame E, but at least her vision will buy her some time to contact a detective, to get the ball rolling on her pre-murder investigation.. Once again, I play the role of a Detective, and apparently I'm not very good at it, because I never have a single penny to my name. To make matters worse, I have to resort to thieving coins in order to buy objects from shady vendors. I never get a receipt so I'm assuming these are stolen goods, which is surely another reason I'm not a very good detective. As with most of these games, you get to choose profile picture avatars. There are 3 different male characters and 3 different female characters to choose from. Basically a brunette, blonde and red haired detective available for either male or female avatar. Another unfortunate scenario in my detective career, I once again get equipped with a Spirit Collector. I don't want to talk about it, seriously disappointed, nuff said! Amax Interactive is definitely digging their claws into these older games, as they desperately try to revitalize these long time standing series' they inherited from ERS. Each game they release lately, are ever so slightly better, it's clear to see they are putting forth great effort, but in the process, they seem to have lost sight of what a Collector's Edition is all about. I expect more collectibles in a CE, not less, and they've never even attempted to add Morphing Objects or any new features, why? Besides looting coins, the only collectibles offered in this Collector's Edition version, are a handful of Madame E's personal belongings! I remember filling out a BF survey a while back that was intended to provide insight from game buyers, as to what they desired within a CE. Did they receive hundreds and hundreds of requests to remove CE bling? The Hidden Object Scenes are in typical form by this dev, but fortunately, they have called for a cease fire, on doubling up HOP's in repeated locations. There are Interactive List finds, but most of the Hidden Object Scenes are in the form of Keywords in a sentence, which is a very popular way devs use to incorporate more details of the plot. When I say popular, I mean that almost all of the devs use this method, which is why I loved the method used in Phantasmat, of telling the story through unexplained "visions" which is so much more realistic and far creepier. There aren't any alternative puzzles to opt for, but there are some HOP's that have a small puzzle of some kind to solve. The Mini Games are just okay, neither good nor bad. Most of the games are available in a Casual or Hard difficulty mode. Below are brief descriptions of some of the games you'll encounter during the demo: 1) Move the dial hands so they land on their matching symbols, by selecting a dial and swapping icons to a highlighted slot. 2) Several mini games that require you to click buttons, piano keys etc. in a specific order by trial and error. 3) Move the inner lock pieces so they fit in the outer lock pieces by swapping one key piece from each side. 4) Use directional arrows to guide the ball through the labyrinth to the hole. 5) Assemble the dream-catcher by attaching the string and hanging feathers. 6) Make matches of at least 3 identical tiles by swapping adjacent tiles, in a Match 3 game to collect 12 Fists and 12 Shields. 7) Move the ropes by selecting and swapping 2 rings making sure none of them intersect. 8) Use a map to navigate through the tunnels. 9) Use a magnet to drag a pin through the paths without going outside of the lines. GRIM FACADE GAMES AVAILABLE Title***Collector's Edition Release Date***Average Rating 1-Mystery of Venice (June 2011) 4.2 2-Sinister Obsession (July 5-12) 4.1 3-Cost of Jealousy (February 28-13) 4.0 4-A Wealth of Betrayal (April 24-14) 3.2 5-The Artist and the Pretender (September 18-14) 3.6 6-Hidden Sins (June 18-15) 4.2 7-Monster in Disguise (May 19-16) 4.0 8-The Red Cat (October 22-16) 3.8 9-A Deadly Dowry (September 23-17) 3.2 10-The Message (December 28-2017) n/a by: Amax Interactive This Collector's Edition version has 6 Wallpapers, 6 Concept Art pictures, 6 Screensavers, 4 Music Soundtracks, 11 Movie Videos, 16 re-playable Mini Games and Hidden Object Scenes, 20 Achievements to earn (one of which is to skip a mini game?) 7 Collectible Madame E personal items) collectible Coins, a built in Strategy Guide and a Bonus Chapter.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a bit short , a bit absurd , but rather fun Easy and a bit on the short side , the main adventure can be made under 3 hours. It will not stick much in mind, but altogether it is a funny one. in any case more dynamic than Deadly Dowry. Big drawback : the amulet to detect spirits. It is so disappointing to see so many HO games with this gimmick ! The storyline is about the mafia with a supernatural aspect , the plot is preposterous with incoherences, but the characters without being very deep are funny in their own kind. It came to mind that there are no differences between a PuppetShow and a GrimFacade (except for the puppets): the same graphics, the same musics, the same pace and actions, I like the HOS and the mini-games are easy and varied. In the bonus level, we play as Mrs Esperance who gives a hand to the police, the level has a correct duration (under one hour though) and is a bit less obvious than the main game. Extras : 16 replayable HOS and 16 Mini-games , 4 musics , 11 movie videos, 6 wallpapers 6 screensavers, and of course the strategy guide.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Excellent graphic but boring story It was a really boring game/story - not exciting at all. Somehow it was pretty clear who the bad guy is, but it does not make any sense anyway. I had it through very quickly - from time to time I needed a hint for a minigame but most were very easy to solve. I have played a lot of better games - too bad, It has much more potential, because graphically it was great.
Date published: 2018-03-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A game as dead as its townsfolk Unfortunately, there wasn’t much to like about this game. The story was bland and predictable, the voice acting was monotone (and often sounded robotic), and the puzzles were uninspired. I’m a fan of games where the player must earn/find money to purchase things along the way, but having just the right amount of coin basically handed to you just before needing to buy something sort of misses the point. I’m giving the game two stars since there was an interesting twist on a hidden object game. Unfortunately, this twist only appeared in one area, the rest were the standard find-and-click. This game was so frustratingly dull and unenjoyable, it will likely be the last game I buy in this series.
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It's a Mystery Why Anyone Wants to "Take Down" Mordamo In a small town, the local medium, Madame Esperance, claims she has been helping to protect the town from evil for years by helping the police. She sent for you to help solve her murder. You arrive in time to see her murdered thru her window by someone wearing one of those beaked masks that keep showing up in games. After you work your way through her security system, you are in time to be caught with blood on your hands and tasered by the police. You quickly find yourself in jail. Good News: Some fool will let you out for 24 hours to find evidence in your favor. Bad news: The murderer has a head start on killing other townspeople! Good news: the story is better than several of the previous entries in this series. Bad news: It's still not that good! There seems to be some indecision on the part of the Devs to settle on a time period or a game style. Worse news: They did agree to use some of the most deadpan VO's I've ever heard. And they have you running all over town stealing and waving a Spirit Catcher around when you see a cat! The story is as big a muddle as the rest of the game and left me wanting to escape Mordamo as much as the detective should. Please try the demo for yourself.
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from This one had me at a 'NO' when. . . . . .at the game's start, I arrived at the Medium's house and the front door had 5 or so locks on the OUTSIDE of the door (huh?). Yet, while I had to 'puzzle' my way in through a side window, the cops simply breezed in without either a kicking in of the door or, at the very least, show where they shot at the door to enter in (now THAT would be detail). I also don't like having to do so many tedious/menial tasks, at the start of ANY game, to get out of a situation (i.e., getting out of the prison), nor do I care for 'gimmicks' (a deal breaker); all of which interferes with the flow of a game. I have long-ago bypassed this developer's offerings (previous group and these folk who have assumed them), as they have long lost their edge in game originality. Their games have great visual and sound quality, but that's exactly where they leave their talents at. I strongly echo others in that we all have diverse game preferences. But, as for me and my household. . . .
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from If I've set the option for 'voice' to 'off', that should mean 'off' Others have spoken about the gameplay so I won't rehash that. I generally dislike the voices so I turn them off. In this game, however, 'off' only means 'off' sometimes. Irritating enough that I uninstalled the game partway through the demo.
Date published: 2018-01-14
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