steve_san
Clownfish
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Re:Reviews for Cursery: The Crooked Man and the Crooked Cat

[Post New]by steve_san on Nov 9, 13 6:43 PM

There was a Crooked Game..

After only the first 30 seconds, I knew I would never buy this game.

Rehashed story, overly colorful drawings, bleating sheep, cawing crows and screeching cats.

The game is clearly aimed at the lovely ladies among us. Enjoy ladies!

Not for me.


 
JadedBlonde
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Re:Reviews for Cursery: The Crooked Man and the Crooked Cat

[Post New]by JadedBlonde on Nov 9, 13 10:11 PM
steve_san wrote:
There was a Crooked Game..

After only the first 30 seconds, I knew I would never buy this game.

Rehashed story, overly colorful drawings, bleating sheep, cawing crows and screeching cats.

The game is clearly aimed at the lovely ladies among us. Enjoy ladies!

Not for me.




Now, now, Steve, lets not be sexist. I'm with you on this.

I am stunned I am not going to buy this, a Blue Tea game. It's like a sign of the Apocalypse or somethin'.

The cawing crows, hissing cats and otherwise irritating noises were ...well, irritating. I was utterly put off (in about 20 seconds that every...single.....time I clicked on any....thing I'd get a black bar across the top Blah Blah Blah, pointing out the obvious, being chatty, explaining what I just saw, should see, need to see (and my usual favorite - "the box is locked; I need a key") expounding endlessly as if I'm 8 and won't figure it out if I had a second to look at it myself.

I thought the graphics were blurry and too dark. I'm puzzled by this since they were great graphics, but looked like someone went nuts with the Black Sharpie and charcoal. The screen was stretched and this made things even more blurry and warped.

I made it to the 2nd location where, blitzed by black bar info, I found that everything I looked at didn't work yet, needed a key, was explained to me, didn't work, didn't run, was missing a part, ad nauseum. Oh! What Ho! A trunk with vines on it, I bet I can't open this yet (even though I had a saw. And probably some napalm and a flamethrower...you get my sarcasm here, I hope) Sigh. It just felt like constant interruptions and the game never got going. I am bored of Fairy tales, bunnies, demons with red eyes, whining chicks with heaving bosoms and teary eyes.

Maybe the SE, maybe with a PCC. I go back to my corner and await that OMG game that I'm sure has to come out this year. I hope. Won't it?

(hey, I'm a squid!)

Edited on 11/09/2013 at 10:12:41 PM PST


 
kpajak
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Re:Reviews for Cursery: The Crooked Man and the Crooked Cat

[Post New]by kpajak on Nov 10, 13 6:33 AM
What a fabulous game! The mini games are so creative and beautiful! Love these games,, been too long since I've enjoyed a game this much!!! Happy Gaming!

 
ruadhan
Starfish
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Re:Reviews for Cursery: The Crooked Man and the Crooked Cat

[Post New]by ruadhan on Nov 10, 13 12:24 PM
Blue Tea have done it again.

In the spirit of their Dark Parable games, but with a slightly darker edge, they've turned to nursery rhymes.

Their innovation is not in the area of the gameplay, which is basic hidden object scenes mixed with mini-games, it's in what they do with the storylines.

Taking fairy tales and now nursery rhymes and putting an unusual and unique spin on them, so that they're different from the version we all know, yet not so changed as to be improbable.

Combine that with absolutely gorgeous graphics (seriously, the amount of work that must go into creating these is incredible), pleasant background music, a choice of three levels of difficulty and an interactive map (so no need to trek backwards and forwards), and you've got another winner on your hands.

If you're looking for a completely new twist on HOGs, this is not it. It's a tried-and-tested, familiar formula. However, they manage to keep it fresh by the spin on the plot - if you think you know the story of Little Red Riding Hood or, in this case, the Crooked Man, think again.

If you're very sensitive to hints of magic or ghosts or skeletons, be warned that these do appear in this game. However, it's the furthest thing from explicit gore you could ask, and apart from one bit where it may be intended to make you jump with a scare, it's not really a frightening game at all.

Not alone am I looking forward to the next instalment in the "Dark Parables" series, now they've got me hooked on their "Cursery" series as well.

Excellent game, would definitely recommend it!

 

Re:Reviews for Cursery: The Crooked Man and the Crooked Cat

[Post New]by daisyduck352 on Nov 10, 13 1:09 PM
Love the game, and enjoyed the different game play. Had great graphics and like that it has a different feel to it. Blue Tea always have good games and gives you a challenge on puzzles and a new way to do your tasks.. Like that it has a map too. Will give this 4 out of 5 stars..

 
Hespera
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Re:Reviews for Cursery: The Crooked Man and the Crooked Cat

[Post New]by Hespera on Nov 10, 13 3:29 PM
Based on the demo:

There was a time when the name 'Blue Tea Games' would have me buying without thought. But I'm sad to say that day is long gone.

The game is graphically beautiful and the "fractured fairy tale" is superbly done. However, the game 'formula' is old, outdated and without challenge. You can spot the 'frog' elements without looking at the pictures (and I'm using a laptop) and even the achievements are uninspired (really - we get that you want us to solve all the puzzles - so all of the first twenty or so could have been one achievement.)

There are still [obnoxious] black bar tips which keep hardcore gamers from having a challenge and the "cursed" (aka 'morphing') objects are so easy to spot, they may as well turn into a sign - "cursed object here".

The puzzles are clever-blah, blah - but we see the same thing game after game after game - and they get easier all the time.

However, for those looking for a delightful, unchallenging fantasy to spend the day with, this may be what the doctor ordered. For me, though, I need a specialist.

 
chumface
Herring
Herring
355 Posts

Re:Reviews for Cursery: The Crooked Man and the Crooked Cat

[Post New]by chumface on Nov 10, 13 6:04 PM
Bought it and wished I had not! At first I thought I would like it, but toward the last third of the game I just WANTED IT TO END!

 
PMcOuntryGirl
Guppy
Guppy
112 Posts

Re:Reviews for Cursery: The Crooked Man and the Crooked Cat

[Post New]by PMcOuntryGirl on Nov 10, 13 11:58 PM
I've been waiting for ratings to show up on the main page for 2 days now, but something must be wrong with BFG site. I have been reading these and have decided to wait until I have time to demo it and/or buy the SE. Thanks for the insightful reviews!

 
sea_maid
Guppy
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115 Posts

Re:Reviews for Cursery: The Crooked Man and the Crooked Cat

[Post New]by sea_maid on Nov 12, 13 5:56 PM
After the demo, I have to say that I didn't wish to actually finish it.


For the first time, Blue Tea has made a game that it hasn't quite measured up to its standards. Basing a game on a nursery rhyme was difficult to begin with, but could have worked if they had actually written a whole story around it instead of stretching a simple premise ( deranged man kidnaps girls because his fiancee is dead). The wonderful graphics that Blue Tea is known for in its games? Gone. None of the usual sharpness that impresses, and the colors just above dark pastel. Soundtrack? Looks like it was half-borrowed from the first Dark Parables, Curse of Briar Rose.

Speaking of which, what the heck is up with putting a penalty for skipping a puzzle (hint would lock for a few minutes)? That was only done in the Dark Parables series when you played in hard mode (which was optional, btw). Having a penalty, in casual mode for skipping a puzzle, is a big no-no in my view.

In sum: not recommended. I just hope that the next installment of the Dark Parables, which is supposed to be based on "Jack and the Beanstalk", doesn't turn out to be this bad.

 
RoelV
Starfish
Starfish
57 Posts

Re:Reviews for Cursery: The Crooked Man and the Crooked Cat

[Post New]by RoelV on Nov 13, 13 8:44 AM
I am not sure to buy this game. It looks very good, maybe too good. Too much details. You can click on everything and then you get (useless) information in the black box on the screen, but then you cant interact with it. When there was less information and more interaction, I would buy this game for sure.

 
judyglenning
Guppy
Guppy
126 Posts

Re:Reviews for Cursery: The Crooked Man and the Crooked Cat

[Post New]by judyglenning on Nov 16, 13 12:31 PM
Dark Parables games are my absolute favorite and another game from these developers always makes me smile.
The beautiful HOP are what make the game for me.
With the CE sale going on this weekend I'll buy this one but I'm really disappointed.
I played the demo for about 20 minutes and did not find one HOP yet. Like so many other developers now days, they've forgotten that these are Hidden Object Games and cater mostly the the "adventure crowd"
Mini puzzle games are a filler for me, something to be tolerated till I find the next HOP.
Unless the next Blue Tea game returns to the beautiful HOP games they do so wonderfully, this will be my last one from them.

 

Re:Reviews for Cursery: The Crooked Man and the Crooked Cat

[Post New]by feenix2011 on Nov 16, 13 7:34 PM
I have to agree with the reviews that mention the suddeness of the ending. Very disappointing. The only other thing I really want to review is the mini-games. I was excited to see so many, as the mini-games are my favorite. HATE HOS, although these were done as my favorite thing. Find pieces of an object to put together. I love them!! Hate your run of the mill HOS. Anyway, what perplexed me with the games, was how different and yet how the same they were. There were some I could just breeze right through and others I ended up skipping. How could that be?? They were the same game!!! Well, the game itself was O.K. Couldn't find even half of the morphing objects, but then, that is not my primary objective in playing the game. Map was stupid and looked like a first grader had drawn it. At the end of the game, it doesn't even work. Well, all in all, if I would have to give this game thumbs up (which I never do!!) I would give it

 

Re:Reviews for Cursery: The Crooked Man and the Crooked Cat

[Post New]by feenix2011 on Nov 16, 13 7:37 PM
What is my review doing in that format!!?? Anyway, I forgot to sign my review.

feenix

 

Re:Reviews for Cursery: The Crooked Man and the Crooked Cat

[Post New]by Underthebridge on Nov 17, 13 3:07 PM
I usually like Blue Tea games but this one is terrible, that is all I am going to say

 
nikma
Guppy
Guppy
135 Posts

Re:Reviews for Cursery: The Crooked Man and the Crooked Cat

[Post New]by nikma on Dec 3, 13 12:48 AM
i giochi Blue Tea sono sempre veramente speciali.La grafica è così curata e riposante che invoglia al gioco. anche la storia è carina,in questo gioco,mi sono divertita moltissimo e aspetto il prossimo con curiosità....consiglio l'acquisto della CE ne vale la spesa....

 

Re:Reviews for Cursery: The Crooked Man and the Crooked Cat

[Post New]by PotionLover on Feb 12, 14 11:12 AM
Have to chime in with the mostly high praise for this game! I can't find a single thing to complain about here. Some reviewers have complained that the game makes it too easy for players, offering obvious and multiple hints...well, all I can say is, these adventure-type games are usually too hard for me, so I appreciate all the hand-holding

Pros:

-- flawless graphics and music,and scenery so beautiful that you want to linger in each location and the music and sounds enhance rather than distract from the experience

-- three levels to choose from (I am playing "casual," and while some may find this totally without challenge, I enjoy being able to move through the game and story without frustration)

-- a captivating, slightly sinister story and enjoyable animal guides

-- cute mini-games that you can skip if you like (someone else mentioned the three blind mice, that was a fave of mine too!) and a "hint" button that really does offer helpful hint (that's not the case for similar games)

Cons:

-- haven't come across one yet...others have said they found the end disappointing, I'll have to wait to see when it ends

Overall, I LOVE this game, it's a top ten for me, and will look out for other Blue Tea games in future!

 
sandicats5
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571 Posts

Re:Reviews for Cursery: The Crooked Man and the Crooked Cat

[Post New]by sandicats5 on Jul 15, 14 10:22 PM
Finished. I love blue teal games and buy them when I can. This one was okay but not one of there best.

 
 
 
 
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