patnsky
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Re:Your Comments and Reviews for Twisted Lands: Shadow Town

[Post New]by patnsky on Oct 22, 10 7:01 PM
Well I guess I am in the minority on this game. I think the graphics are not very good. Part of each scene I did in the demo are murky or smokey which makes those parts hard to see anything. Poor graphics are not necessary to make a game hard, or good, or IMO desireable. I had the music turned off so I can not say one way or the other. I used the game cursor and had not problems with it which is a plus for me.

This is a great big thumbs down for me.

Pat

 
Misty40
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Re:Your Comments and Reviews for Twisted Lands: Shadow Town

[Post New]by Misty40 on Oct 22, 10 7:12 PM
I just noticed that it's TGT....LOL. How could I have missed that? I'm gonna download it now. It looks like a good game. I never played the CE demo.

 

Re:Your Comments and Reviews for Twisted Lands: Shadow Town

[Post New]by cleokelani on Oct 22, 10 8:53 PM
Hello fishes,
I was waiting until that one ,I find it very interesting and keep me into the story and oh,I think is great,i will buy and enjoy it ,happy gaming for all there...

 

Re:Your Comments and Reviews for Twisted Lands: Shadow Town

[Post New]by LadyVampy on Oct 23, 10 7:14 AM
I thought it was good and well worth the cost of a credit. The gameplay reminded me quite a bit of MCF: Dire Grove. The plot twist at the end was good but definitely made me want to know what happened next.

 
Poutoule
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Re:Your Comments and Reviews for Twisted Lands: Shadow Town

[Post New]by Poutoule on Oct 23, 10 11:58 AM
Just finished it and I must admit I'm still a little shaky writting these lines. What an horrible ending, you just start breathing, feeling evreything is fine and...that !! Gave me the creeps, reminded me of an horror picture which I saw when I was 15 (that's a long time ago). Otherwise loved the game, good graphics, good (horrible) story, turned the music off as I was nevous enough without it, hope there is a sequel.

 
brookings
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Re:Your Comments and Reviews for Twisted Lands: Shadow Town

[Post New]by brookings on Oct 23, 10 12:31 PM
I played the CE, but was waiting for the time when we could use 2 game credits to buy. I really like this game, so I bought the SE. This is the first game in a long time I thought was worth buying at $6.99.

Try the demo, I liked the game, and you can always get help through the walk through. The game is not timed, which is a plus with any game. It does provide some help, through "sparkles" and the hand to pick up an object.

It also provides some humor, when trying to perform a task with an object that won't work. It tells you nice try, or I don't think so. I've only played about an hours worth, but can't wait to finish the game.

 
PlumPuddin
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Final Scene?

[Post New]by PlumPuddin on Oct 23, 10 12:38 PM
Hi... loved this game! Very long, well done, great graphics. Were there alternate final scenes. Someone said about it ending in black. Mine didn't, and it was quite amazing at the end. Surprised me at how awful it was. Awful, as in graphic content, no story line. Anyone else a tad horrified by the end, or super surprised as what was shown???

 

Re:Your Comments and Reviews for Twisted Lands: Shadow Town

[Post New]by CalifDreaming on Oct 23, 10 1:21 PM
"Final Scene?" Posted by PlumPuddin.
Yes, I also thought the ending was strange. I knew something was happening to the main character, but to have it end like that?
Sequels don't always mean an understanding of what happens, just another game w/a cliffhanger for another sequel.

 
Leanda1
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Re:Your Comments and Reviews for Twisted Lands: Shadow Town

[Post New]by Leanda1 on Oct 23, 10 5:21 PM
I just finished (well in 24 minutes with 36 left over) the demo for the CE of this game. Not sure why it took me so long as the CE came out last month?? Anyway, I did like the game - or should I say what the demo allowed me to play. I thought it was a pretty easy game thou and not quite sure what all the fuss is about. Would love to know what the end was all about because I don't think its a buy for me.

 
genkicoll
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Re:Your Comments and Reviews for Twisted Lands: Shadow Town

[Post New]by genkicoll on Oct 23, 10 7:54 PM
Twisted Lands: Shadow Town (Adventure/IHOG)

I hesitate to actually add "IHOG" to the description of this game. The game is scattered with hidden object scenes, but I think it would be more accurate to call this an adventure game, as the further you progress, the fewer hidden object scenes you will see.

Before I start, let me just say that I think this is a fantastic game, a must-buy.

Options include separate music and sound, full-screen, custom cursor and easy mode (uncheck for no sparkles).

The opening sequence is skippable, and you can speed it up by clicking through it, always a nice option to have.

I did not like the game when it first started. If I hadn't known that there was more to the game (evident by the spooky menu screen and the beautiful task bar), I'd have stopped playing within the first five minutes. I had an instant dislike for both of the main characters. I don't generally care for the style they used for the characters, but that's not the problem - it has something to do with their attitudes, which rubbed me the wrong way.

The beginning of the game is all background information which is in tutorial mode. You CAN, however, skip the tutorial if you wish. The hidden object scene hints at the quality of the game, but it's not immediately evident that this is going to be something special.

You're going through the steps, then abruptly everything changes... and I DO mean abruptly! It's quite confusing, actually, one minute you're doing something, and the next you're thinking, "What the hell? I must've missed something!"

I think this abruptness was intentional, to give you an idea of how the main character is feeling. I understand, but I'd have liked the transition to be a bit smoother.

Now the game starts getting interesting. A couple more HOG scenes, a bit of moving around, and then the whole feeling of the game changes. It is no longer a game, it is an immersive adventure, from the wonderfully dramatic music to the spooky graphics, it is evident that this is not your average game.

(Continued...)

Edited on 10/23/2010 at 7:55:24 PM PST


 
genkicoll
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Re:Your Comments and Reviews for Twisted Lands: Shadow Town

[Post New]by genkicoll on Oct 23, 10 7:57 PM
(continued...)

Little touches throughout the game add up to make this a game of high production values. During hidden object scenes, there are animated items, some of which you may have to collect (unusual in my experience). You will repeat hidden object scenes multiple times, but you have a different list of items to collect each time. There is movement throughout the game, sometimes tiny details which you may not notice if you're not paying attention, sometimes unmistakable, such as rolling fog. Like The Great Gatsby, the attention to detail and the understated animation impresses me more than I can fully relate. Suffice to say, I am extremely impressed.

I mentioned the toolbar earlier - it is fantastic. Who'd have thought that one could ever describe a toolbar as fantastic?? What makes it so different, you ask? It is retractable, like many toolbars, it has a HINT button (refillable) and a journal like many others, so what sets it apart? It's beautifully done with animated statues on each side (when you pull it up and when it retracts). They added even more detail when you use the journal, having a tentacle that settles back upon it when you've finished reading it.

Speaking of the journal, a lot of information goes in there - things you experience, extra story... but also some hints of what you're supposed to do, which is both good (if you need help) and bad (if you don't want the help). You will find that there is a LOT of story to this game, should you decide to immerse yourself in the newspaper clippings, diaries, etc that you find throughout the game. You do not HAVE to read all of this information to proceed in the game, although you may have to click on said items to progress.

The story is gripping enough that I am now on my second time through the game... today. It has its confusing moments, but overall, a solid storyline.

Navigation is done via crystalline directional arrows. When you move the cursor to make a movement, ALL possible exits to the scene will light up, a MUCH-appreciated touch, as it cuts down on confusion.

The HINT button is available throughout the game and has a moderate refill speed. During a HOG scene, it will circle a hidden item, during the adventure portion of the game, it will show you which direction you need to go, or highlight an item you may have missed.

(continued...)

Edited on 10/23/2010 at 8:01:06 PM PST


 
genkicoll
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Re:Your Comments and Reviews for Twisted Lands: Shadow Town

[Post New]by genkicoll on Oct 23, 10 7:58 PM
(continued...)

That brings me to "Easy mode". Having the game on easy mode does not make it "easy", it simply gives you a bit more help. Hidden object scenes that need to be played will still have sparklies, no matter which mode you are in, but having it in easy mode will help you find items you might not notice, otherwise. The "sparkles" on items you should interact with are not "in your face" - they are understated, and if you're not paying attention (Hrmmm... Who, me? ), you may miss them. I love that you can have the easy mode on and still not feel like you're being hit over the head with unsolicited hints. If you are new to adventure gaming, I highly suggest leaving the game on easy mode.

I had "a-ha" moments several times throughout the game, as Shadow Town has elements of many games that I have enjoyed in the past: Vampire Saga: Pandora's Box, Mystery of the Mary Celeste, The Great Gatsby, PuppetShow, Dire Grove. It reminded me of each of these at different points, but this game is all its own.
Definitely a recommended game. If you don't like it at first, give it some time - I'm sure glad I did!

Edited on 10/23/2010 at 8:00:29 PM PST


 

Re:Your Comments and Reviews for Twisted Lands: Shadow Town

[Post New]by DivineThing on Oct 24, 10 12:49 AM
I am confused by the end. Did she kill him? Why? What happened to him?

 
Poutoule
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Re:Your Comments and Reviews for Twisted Lands: Shadow Town

[Post New]by Poutoule on Oct 24, 10 10:50 AM
DivineThing wrote:I am confused by the end. Did she kill him? Why? What happened to him?
SPOILER !!!!!!!!!!!

 
qpr1
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Re:Your Comments and Reviews for Twisted Lands: Shadow Town

[Post New]by qpr1 on Oct 24, 10 2:25 PM
a really enjoyable game, but at the end i still had 3 items in my inventory, i checked the walkthrough and the same thre items appeared there also!!!!!!

 

Re:Your Comments and Reviews for Twisted Lands: Shadow Town

[Post New]by satexasgirl on Oct 24, 10 3:06 PM
I had played the Demo for the CE when it came out and for whatever reason I was on the fence about it-I would have to go look my review to recall. I went ahead and bought the SE after playing the demo for it. I almost wish I had not. It really has nothing to do with gameplay as that was great, but everything to do with plot-it was never fully developed leaving me feeling confused. I supose the developers might have done that intentionally to make way for either a prequel or a sequel or both. I'm beginning to become irritated by that.

 
Howatch
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Re:Your Comments and Reviews for Twisted Lands: Shadow Town

[Post New]by Howatch on Oct 24, 10 3:09 PM
qpr1 wrote:a really enjoyable game, but at the end i still had 3 items in my inventory, i checked the walkthrough and the same thre items appeared there also!!!!!!


I believe that those left-over items in your inventory *would* have been used for the bonus gameplay in the Collector's Edition---the items show up there even though you bought the regular version.

 

Re:Your Comments and Reviews for Twisted Lands: Shadow Town

[Post New]by emma912910 on Oct 24, 10 3:18 PM
For myself this CE game was not worth the money because I did complete it in 4 hours. Other games have gone on for longer for less money. Maybe less problems but I found for the money I could put up with the problems. I was through the first part in 3 hours +/-, come on for $13.99 NO THANK YOU!

 
OzzyRobyn
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Re:Your Comments and Reviews for Twisted Lands: Shadow Town

[Post New]by OzzyRobyn on Oct 24, 10 11:58 PM


Five thumbs up! Great puzzle/adventure/**** game, and thank goodness for the free help to give hints on direction arrows. Not that I needed them often, of course....

The puzzles were logical and tied well into the story, unlike some. But what a way to treat the hero! No spoiler, find out for yourself.

 
OzzyRobyn
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Re:Your Comments and Reviews for Twisted Lands: Shadow Town

[Post New]by OzzyRobyn on Oct 25, 10 12:00 AM
patnsky wrote:Well I guess I am in the minority on this game. I think the graphics are not very good. Part of each scene I did in the demo are murky or smokey which makes those parts hard to see anything. Poor graphics are not necessary to make a game hard, or good, or IMO desireable. I had the music turned off so I can not say one way or the other. I used the game cursor and had not problems with it which is a plus for me.

This is a great big thumbs down for me.

Pat




They are murky because it's foggy.

 
 
 
 
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