Akenta
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Todays DD 29 June 11 Comments and reviews.

[Post New]by Akenta on Jun 29, 11 2:18 AM
Any comments? It's the end of the month and my card is already filled up, so will need to be spectacular for me to buy anything today or tomorrow :-)

 
lordkalvan
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Re:Todays DD 29 June 11 Comments and reviews.

[Post New]by lordkalvan on Jun 29, 11 3:04 AM
I got this one when it was new. I loved it, but felt it was a bit on the short side. It's definitely *different*.

 
JessF
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Re:Todays DD 29 June 11 Comments and reviews.

[Post New]by JessF on Jun 29, 11 3:07 AM
lordkalvan wrote:I got this one when it was new. I loved it, but felt it was a bit on the short side. It's definitely *different*.


Could not have said it better. A bargain at DD prices.

 
PurrrThang
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Re:Todays DD 29 June 11 Comments and reviews.

[Post New]by PurrrThang on Jun 29, 11 4:18 AM
I love music boxes and was excited to try this. Instead of all the instruments I think they should have had the songs played as music box tunes. That might have encouraged me to buy it.

 
snapnhiss
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Re:Todays DD 29 June 11 Comments and reviews.

[Post New]by snapnhiss on Jun 29, 11 4:39 AM
Interesting game, even to a non-musician like me. You need to arrange little tiles in correct order to play the song. Lots of history info when you hover over paintings and other objects in the scenes, which I always appreciate and you also find items you'll need to proceed in the game. I'll definitely be taking a better look at it when I get home from work tonight.

 
ember89
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[Post New]by ember89 on Jun 29, 11 5:27 AM
i purchased this... i don't know how long ago! loved it and i keep it in my replayable block in my game manager...

there are hidden objects and interactive scenes from which you claim musical tiles that fit in music boxes throughout the house... once you have all the pieces for a song, you will see that it's complete in your 'music book' and then you can go and do the musaic box puzzle... it's a mosaic in a music box... put the tiles where they belong depending on the part of the tune they represent until all the tiles are in the right place... then 'voila' the music plays and you're one step closer to finishing...

it really is a very unique little game and is a great deal at $2.99!

 
Daisy_May
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Re:Todays DD 29 June 11 Comments and reviews.

[Post New]by Daisy_May on Jun 29, 11 6:46 AM
I usually run the other way at the first sight of the words HOG scene in reference to a game, but I love this game .

The majority of my time was spent on working out the song puzzles anyway, but it's not like a HOG junkpile where you look for things in a random mess. It is more as if you are exploring a room yourself, moving things, switching things on and so on, to find what you need. As someone already said, there is no click penalty & if you stop clicking for a short while, you will get a sparkle. (If you don't get a sparkle it may be that you have a full music puzzle in the book and need to solve that next).

SPOILER ALERT (in white text): If a sparkle tells you something is there but clicking does nothing: you may need to do something to a nearby object to get it to show up. I mention this because I got (very briefly) stuck in the first room with a sparkle on an (apparently) blank wall and needed to (specific solution here): switch on the lamp next to it, to see the outline.

Anyway, the puzzles make that little bit of searching well worth while . Each is a sort of inlay puzzle but the pieces could fit together in multiple ways & the game's unique bit is that you can click on a piece to hear what part of the tune it is playing to help you work out how far along it goes. When you fit pieces together you can play them together to see how they sound. You don't have to keep hearing the whole thing over unless you want to: You can click on a particular column to start playing from there and click anywhere outside of the music pieces to stop playback. I liked some tunes enough to play them over.

I believe no specialist musical knowledge is required. I am not up on the names of tunes, but I recognised the fragments and could tell the correct order of the main tune and take it from there. The graphics for that part are nice too - music box style musicians playing when you click on their colour of block.

I am probably not getting across just how lovely this game is. I strongly recommend trying it (especially at DD price!).

I hope that tells you my answer to your question Akenta . It would be an instant DD buy for me if I hadn't cancelled for this month. I don't want to rejoin today.

But it's definitely on my 'to buy' list . I will probably use a May punchcard coupon on it next month.

 
KitSeason
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Re:Todays DD 29 June 11 Comments and reviews.

[Post New]by KitSeason on Jun 29, 11 4:09 PM
I think this is the first time I've bought a game without actually trying it first (except for Chocolatier, MCF sequels etc and even those I think I downloaded and played before buying). After reading these forum posts and looking at the video and looking at the graphics, at 2.99 I decided this would definitely be my cup of tea. (It's true, needing to fill my game card probably had something to do with it - but there are other games I'd also like to get.) Maybe tomorrow I'll let you know how much I liked it. But what appears to be the general consensus - this game isn't like all the rest and as a musician, I'm particularly drawn to that element.

 
WestElkTinker
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Re:Todays DD 29 June 11 Comments and reviews.

[Post New]by WestElkTinker on Jun 29, 11 4:18 PM
This game is different, clever, and fun! I am an HOG, mosaic, and adventure fan. This game is a refreshing change for me, and I don't know how long it is, but I hope it goes on for some time. And I hope there are sequels. I do read music and play piano, and stringed instruments, as well as recently taking up the snare drum, but that hardly counts, as there are no notes involved per se, just the ability to count.
I would like this game even if there were no story line. As all HOG Fishie fans must know, grandfathers make up the majority of story plots, and if it weren't for grandfathers, there would be very few games. Why is that, anyway? But I digress. The fun in this game, to me, comes from being surprised by what songs are going to appear, how they will be orchestrated by the little om-pah band, and how funny they will sound before you are rewarded with the blaze of light telling you the correct mix of tiles has been found. The easiest solution is to line up the red/pink tiles to make the melody line first. Once that is in place, it's just like a jigsaw puzzle or sorts, making sure there is only one of each other of the colors in each vertical row. The red/pink melody color does not always have to be the top note in the column. This gave me fits until I figured it out...duh!
I haven't tried the creative section of the game yet, but I am anxious to. I just wanted to post this before the day is out so anyone wanting to take advantage of the DD could read another positive review. Happy times with this one, Fishies!

 
Bpup
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Re:Todays DD 29 June 11 Comments and reviews.

[Post New]by Bpup on Jun 29, 11 6:52 PM
What a cute and unusual game! This is one of those games that I've seen on the inventory and thought to myself, "Ugh, an all-Simon-type game" but it's not that at all. You have to recreate the original music, true, but you're not under any time pressure and you are arranging tiles containing musical phrases, rather than trying to hit musical notes in a correct order. The H0 scenes are interactive so that adds interest. My hour demo went by in a flash; I'm definitely taking advantage of the DD. This is a nice little change-of-pace game, a - dare I say it - hidden gem.

 
WestElkTinker
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Re:Todays DD 29 June 11 Comments and reviews.

[Post New]by WestElkTinker on Jun 29, 11 8:56 PM
Me again. One other thing I REALLY like about this game is that you can click until you little finger is a nubbin, and nothing bizarre will happen to your cursor. It won't explode, or spin, or crack the screen, or do any number of other annoying things. YAY! I wish other devs would take note. The purpose of these games is to use the cursor, so why would one be punished for doing so? Always been a pet peeve of mine.
I have been playing this game for 5 hours, and I'm getting sleepy and have to call it a night, but I sure hate to put it away! The music is just wonderful. I'm sorry I called it an oom-pah band. The music is really nicely played and the music scores you have solved you can go back and listen to over and over. I haven't unlocked "Creating Your Own Music" yet. Can't wait. I hope many of you play and enjoy this one. It's lots of fun!

 

Re:Todays DD 29 June 11 Comments and reviews.

[Post New]by rosie28sammy on Jun 29, 11 11:06 PM
This is a really interesting little game. At first, I didn't care for it at all. On my notebook, it was almost impossible to find those tiny sheets of papper. I felt like I was just clicking all around with no rhyme or reason. I got out of the demo after the first ten minutes thinking I would just delete it as it wasn't for me. I went to the review thread to see if others thought it was as bad as I did or if I was missing something. I saw all the great reviews so I went back into the game to try to figure out what was wrong.

The second time I still had some moments of random clicking, but I slowed down, took my time, and started to "get" the game. I am a music lover and former musician/singer myself so that part of the game really appealed to me. After playing a bit, I understood the directions and it became really fun. I realized this isn't just your normal HOG. I was sad when the hour demo ran out. I have already filled up two punch cards this month so I can't purchase this one right now, but if it ever shows up as a DD again, I will get it. As others have said, it is a great deal at $2.99.

 
Tikatoy
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Re:Todays DD 29 June 11 Comments and reviews.

[Post New]by Tikatoy on Jun 30, 11 5:44 PM
I took piano lessons for 9 (very long) years, but now that I'm recovered from the trauma, it was nice to recognize some of the songs I used to play in this game. I tried to put the puzzles together almost entirely by sound, and only went to the geometry when there were 2 similar bars of music. This probably took longer than going with a combined approach, but it's a pretty short game anyway, and that was more fun for me.

I really liked hearing the different parts of the melodies and putting them all together. I didn't care for hunting down all of the outlines, but if you just don't do anything for a moment they sparkle.

Short game, but it was worth it at the DD price!

 
cyndrap
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Re:Todays DD 29 June 11 Comments and reviews.

[Post New]by cyndrap on Jul 1, 11 5:58 PM
I must have missed this one as a regular release - tried the demo and for the DD price bought it
It is an odd sort of game
not sure if I am all that thrilled with it
so far fairly repetitive - I hope it gets more interesting as it progresses

 
 
 
 
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