bfgKenai
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Reviews for Shattered Minds: Masquerade Collector's Edition

[Post New]by bfgKenai on Nov 27, 11 12:18 AM
Hi Fishies!

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Edited on 11/27/2011 at 12:19:20 AM PST


 
mst3kr
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Re:Reviews for Shattered Minds: Masquerade Collector's Edition

[Post New]by mst3kr on Nov 27, 11 12:36 AM
After 25 mins of the demo:

You are a detective asked by your boss to investigate a strange fog that has settled in on New Orleans. In the process it is having some disfiguring affects on the people. In addition, the chief's daughter has gone missing. So, you are committed to two objectives immediately as the game begins. Side-note: I loved how the our beloved BFG mascot, Felix, got a Harlequin/clown-like makeover as the game started up.

This is from Vast Studios, makers of such games as Nightfall Mysteries: Asylum Conspiracy & Nightfall Mysteries: Curse of the Opera. Game play is smooth, graphics are clear & crisp, and is great to look at, although it does have a grainy quality to it. The latter is probably more intentional than a mistake. Your nemesis is a "magician" named Visage, a skull-faced villian.

There are no difficulty levels or options for the sparkles, however there are voice-overs. The puzzles I encountered weren't overly difficult. The creepy factor is solid as you see the disfigurements first-hand right at the beginning.

There are also several morphing objects to find throughout the game. Think 'Return to Ravenhearst' and you'll get the idea.

From what I played, this IS a pretty good game. However, I wasn't immediately pulled into the story and had to warm up to it, a bit. So I'm still up in the air to by this as a CE or SE. However, if I don't buy it as a CE I will definitely buy it as a SE...

I give it a 4 outta 5. Happy gaming!!

ETA the morphing objects. I complete forgot about those!

Edited on 11/27/2011 at 9:59:00 AM PST


 
lw2016
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Re:Reviews for Shattered Minds: Masquerade Collector's Edition

[Post New]by lw2016 on Nov 27, 11 12:41 AM
It's the first time I saw that the demo file is larger that the unlimited game.

I am downloading now to test this game

 
CasualGran
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Re:Reviews for Shattered Minds: Masquerade Collector's Edition

[Post New]by CasualGran on Nov 27, 11 1:01 AM
Goodday fishies and thank you Mst3kr for your excellent review!

A new production of Vast we've got here for the weekend. And it's looking quite good with colourful scenes and atmospheric environments. New Orleans always scores in games like this, doesn't it?

The story is intriguing enough to make you want to play. The graphics are good, but somehow earlier games of Vast looked a bit better, at least in my eyes.
There are sparkles, which can't be avoided if you'lld like to. But to me the well done voice overs make up for this well enough.
The H0 scenes (after MCF Escape from Ravenhearst it's nice to me to see them again ) are well done. The minigames though are pretty easy, but of course, this is a strictly personal experience.

Good game, worth playing. 4 out of 5

Enjoy!

ETA: There ARE morphing objects too! But then as an extra, as we're used to.

Edited on 11/27/2011 at 1:43:05 AM PST


 
LovetoMissLisa
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Re:Reviews for Shattered Minds: Masquerade Collector's Edition

[Post New]by LovetoMissLisa on Nov 27, 11 1:04 AM
My review is based after the full demo. We've seen the story before in "Grim Facade: Mystery's of Venice". The graphics are very pretty, but a little blurry. It does have Widescreen,Voiceovers,Cursor options,Sparkles(with out option to turn them off) although they are fewer than in some games. I like the game enough to get it as an SE only. IMO I really did feel like I was playing "Grim Facade", although Grim has alot better graphics. Overall it's a good game, but I will wait for the SE and get it with a punchcard only. It's definietly worth a try. I do like it, but I feel like I've seen and played it before. Enjoy!

I rate this game: "PIGLET"
Good game. I like it! Hog,Frog,Ihog,Adventure . For true lover's of these types of games
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Re:Reviews for Shattered Minds: Masquerade Collector's Edition

[Post New]by heatherington on Nov 27, 11 1:06 AM
I must have beta tested this game cause I SO remember playing this before. I remember the non faces of the people and the casino and all. Its been quite a while since I did it and I even checked my user account to make sure I hadn't played this before. Maybe just a strong case of Deja Vu or something. Anyway after not being able to play Escape from Revenhearst because of technical stuff I'm glad they put a game out I can play. Just hope I don't buy and find out that there is something wrong with this one too mid way through. So far its a fairly usual puzzle/hidden object game and since its made by Vasi Studios you know its got to be good.

 
govegril
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Re:Reviews for Shattered Minds: Masquerade Collector's Edition

[Post New]by govegril on Nov 27, 11 1:16 AM
Another monster story. I own 75 CE's/PE/s- the majority of those are HOG's from BFG about monsters but I have reached my monster story limit.

The quality of the game graphics was more on par with Nightmare at Sea- which was an SE - rightly so.

So those that still like monster stories and do not mind sub par graphics might enjoy this game.

For me- no sale!


 
Jools_99
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Re:Reviews for Shattered Minds: Masquerade Collector's Edition

[Post New]by Jools_99 on Nov 27, 11 1:20 AM
I finished demo in 45 mins without using SG or Skip/Hint. It does not feel like a CE game... Lask of options on game play and no bonus collectables on the way. I enjoyed the game but as yet unsure if it's a buy for me.


Jools

 

Re:Reviews for Shattered Minds: Masquerade Collector's Edition

[Post New]by dobbiemijnboekje on Nov 27, 11 1:20 AM
I like the game and I am going to buy it. The HOS are clear and nice. Puzzles so far not difficult.

Thanks BF and VAST Studio.

 
gamergirl675
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Re:Reviews for Shattered Minds: Masquerade Collector's Edition

[Post New]by gamergirl675 on Nov 27, 11 1:26 AM
Fun game! It is creepy cool which is my definition of a good game. There are some scare moments and I was freaking my kids out playing at night in the dark. LOL. It fills my widescreen with no adjustment needed which is wonderful! They also have made a start towards immersion by making the wallpaper available after finding 10 of the 20 illusion objects (their version of morphing objects). I'm really burnt out on them after MCF but that isn't this games fault. It would have been an instant buy on seeing them before MCF destroyed the fun factor in them. I hope devs keep moving in this direction... of course lock the extras in the demo but once a game is paid for do NOT force us to finish the game (or find x of y) in order to access them.

It looks to be a fairly long game... 6 chapters and after 45 minutes I haven't finished the first one yet. (Granted I was checking out the options etc but still.) The graphics are nice enough... a little grainy on my computer which I didn't like. Also on the cartoony style for those that care about that. Also a bonus chapter but the SG was locked after the first chapter so I'm not sure how long the bonus play is. (Another thing devs should allow... show us the page numbers at least so we have an idea of length... the chapter list is a good start though.)

I'd say a good 4 star game... a little too easy which knocks it down. Add in a choice for easy/hard and make the hard actually hard and it's closer to 5. The SG won't be needed. The hint system functions outside of hog scenes which is great! Love to see that. All in all I think the devs did a nice job and paid a lot of attention to detail and it shows. Oh almost forgot the best part... great voice acting! Of course not as good as the MCF actors but still very nice.

 
addictedtofish
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Re:Reviews for Shattered Minds: Masquerade Collector's Edition

[Post New]by addictedtofish on Nov 27, 11 1:38 AM
I like this one however, I've promised myself that I won't buy any more CEs and will wait for the SE - one bonus level isn't worth the cost of another full game to me.
The really good thing about this game is that it loaded fast and runs great on my computer which can't be said for some games we've had recently eg Ravenhurst, Awakening The Goblin Kingdom - 2 that I'd love to have (have all the others in both series). Can't understand how some work well and not others - surely that says it's not my computer.

 
cbtx
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Re:Reviews for Shattered Minds: Masquerade Collector's Edition

[Post New]by cbtx on Nov 27, 11 1:43 AM
Based on the trial.

This game has the misfortune to be the first CE to follow the excellent Ravenhurst game, so that may have a good deal to do with the overall negative feeling I have about it.
NO aspect ratio offered so many of us have NO widescreen. NO difficulty option. NO preview of the actual pages of the bonus game so you either blindly trust that the devs have given us a nice long or interesting bonus or you wait for reviews. I'll wait---if the devs can't be bothered with widescreen, then they can't be trusted for good value elsewhere.
The story was ok, but is very reminiscent of Mystery of Venice (I think that's the one)--just getting to be too much me-tooism. Puzzles are way too easy and the hidden object scenes equally so. Nice that the SG keeps its place.
Graphics do look sort of fuzzy but are ok I guess.
Overall, nice enough for a SE but no way it measures up to CE standards that are set by other devs. Too bad, but the for the bigger money, the bigger quality should be there as well, and this game simply---doesn't. No buy here.

 
slepless777
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Re:Reviews for Shattered Minds: Masquerade Collector's Edition

[Post New]by slepless777 on Nov 27, 11 2:07 AM
After playing the whole demo:

The PROS: Nice graphics, story seems cool enough, morphing objects to find yay!, hidden object scenes are clear and puzzles are not too hard.

The CONS: voice acting, seriously this is New Orleans and everyone sounds either British (the villain) or from the Midwest (everyone else)?!? ooookay, whatever, moving on... hidden object scenes are junkpiles, there are sparkles and no way to turn them off, no difficulty levels, the music is awful and boring.

On the fence with this one. After the latest MCF which I absolutely loved, I'm going to have to get used to playing lesser games again LOL. I still might get this CE, though. Still thinking about it.

 
Valdy
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Re:Reviews for Shattered Minds: Masquerade Collector's Edition

[Post New]by Valdy on Nov 27, 11 3:10 AM
I just finished the trial version, which took me exactly 59 minutes.

I love this game, and think it's worth as a CE. The graphics are well done, although they could have been a little less rough in the HOS (hidden object scenes).

There are 3 different styles in the HOS: finding objects in the open, combining objects to make a whole before clicking on them, and finding objects in secret places.

There are 6 chapters plus the bonus game.

There are 20 morphing objects, called "illusions" to be found, which open extras once they have been found.

There is voice-over, and a choice of custom or system cursor.

There is no choice of normal and advanced mode. You can only play in "sparkle" mode.

The HINT and SKIP buttons fill quickly.

There is a journal, but no map.

Gameplay and puzzles are fun and entertaining.

The SG (strategy guide) only showed the part you play in the trial version.

I will wait to see what others say about the bonus game, but I am pretty sure I will get the CE.

 
sunidayz
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Re:Reviews for Shattered Minds: Masquerade Collector's Edition

[Post New]by sunidayz on Nov 27, 11 3:21 AM
I thought this was a great game. Finished the demo in 45 mins. The graphics were very good as well as the music. The gameplay was pretty straightforward. I only found myself using the Strategy Guide once. The **** Scenes were a little challening , as someone else had said kind of like junkpiles, so they took up a little more time than usual. The mini games were fairly easy. And as someone else had noted, it looks like a long game as well. I can't afford the CE right now, but will be eagerly waiting for the SE. I would rate this game a 9 out of 10.

 
vievieta
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Re:Reviews for Shattered Minds: Masquerade Collector's Edition

[Post New]by vievieta on Nov 27, 11 3:23 AM
a nice game,I like it

 
lovely62
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Re:Reviews for Shattered Minds: Masquerade Collector's Edition

[Post New]by lovely62 on Nov 27, 11 3:32 AM
I really liked the game, When this game comes out in SE I will buy. Graphics was awesome and I loved the sounds.. Thx Dev's and BF..

 
cherbtoo
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Re:Reviews for Shattered Minds: Masquerade Collector's Edition

[Post New]by cherbtoo on Nov 27, 11 3:58 AM
After coming from playing EfR to this I found myself automatically looking for morphing objects and was really pleased when I found my first illusion . I must admit though I am rather glad that there are only 20 to find in the 6 chapters as it makes the chase more interesting when they are scattered randomly and you feel that you have achieved something when you find one .

I do like that this game has interactive hidden object scenes , mind you I wouldn't be averse to having a few more interactions per scene, nudge nudge .

Strangely enough I don't normally find these sort of games spooky but I did actually jump when a shadow passed behind me on one scene . The other thing I really liked was the little touch of being able to squash a cockroach and turn it into a nasty coloured mess .

I wish all the devs would let us squash all the cockroaches and spiders that they litter our games with as I am sure it would cure some people of their phobias but I guess the animal rights people would object to that .

As far as the rest goes I enjoyed playing it and I did find the graphics a bit blurry but the style suited the game and although I did feel a bit of deja vous I will be buying it eventually but am just not sure which version as I don't use wallpaper, the music player, look at concept art and I didn't need the strategy guide in the hour I played. I am however slightly curious about the Puzzle Challenge that is part of the Extras so I might just opt for the CE especially if the bonus play is of good length.

Cherb

 
euphoria
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Re:Reviews for Shattered Minds: Masquerade Collector's Edition

[Post New]by euphoria on Nov 27, 11 4:26 AM
I just beta'ed this game two days ago, so I'm surprised to see it here already! I didn't notice any morphing objects, so maybe those weren't included in the beta. I didn't use the tutorial, though, so perhaps it was mentioned and I just missed it.

The puzzles were a bit too easy, but I had to be somewhere in a couple hours, so I appreciated that I could get through them quickly. There were sparkles, but only for hidden object scenes; you were pretty much on your own for the rest, though it wasn't difficult to figure out what needed to be done. This would be a good game for a beginner to these types of puzzles.

The graphics were good; the music not all that noticeable and by the time the demo ended, I was really into the storyline. So it'll be a buy for me once the SE is released.

 
slotfish
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Re:Reviews for Shattered Minds: Masquerade Collector's Edition

[Post New]by slotfish on Nov 27, 11 4:26 AM
I like it will buy it good game.

 
 
 
 
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