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Reviews for Tales of Sorrow: Strawsbrough Town

[Post New]by bfgBiwa on Aug 19, 12 12:36 AM
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Re:Reviews for Tales of Sorrow: Strawsbrough Town

[Post New]by bfgBiwa on Aug 19, 12 12:36 AM
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Re:Reviews for Tales of Sorrow: Strawsbrough Town

[Post New]by Valdy on Aug 19, 12 1:18 AM
Morning, all...

There are 2 gameplay modes.

There is a choice of custom and system cursor.

There is voice-over.

There is a widescreen option (which didn't work for my laptop).

At the bottom are 2 tabs: Inventory and Goals

There is no diary.

There is a MAP at the left. It only shows you where you are. You don't see where there is an action to perform, nor can you use it to jump.

The HOS (hidden object scenes), over which you stumble frequently, are not interactive. Also, the graphics, which look very nicely done in the main scenes, could have been better in them.

The HINT button is at the right, and takes about 55 seconds to refill in Normal mode.

When using the HINT button outside of the HOS, you will get a whole list of what you need to do (a mini walkthrough).

Puzzles can be skipped. If you want to skip a puzzle, you click on the HINT button after it has filled up (55 seconds in Normal mode). You will then be able to skip the puzzle.

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The game plays a little clumsily, I find. Sometimes it takes a couple of seconds go get from one scene to the next, and when you are in the Option section, you don't stay there after you have clicked on something. Also, it took me a while to get to the Main Menu.

Not too happy with the font used for this game. Why do some developers feel the need to add a font that is not a straight forward one, and harder to read. *sigh*

All in all, I like this game, and will buy it.

Happy Sunday, everyone.

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[Post New]by TimeKilla on Aug 19, 12 1:29 AM
Geez, this game feels so much like a first effort that I don't want to be too critical. Let's start with the good. (From the demo only.)

The story is familiar - You play as a husband whose wife has fallen under a curse, you must figure out what has happened and save her - but it's engaging. Professional voice acting makes the hero very empathetic and adds depth to the people he encounters on his journey.

Although this style of art is not my favorite, the devs did a great job with it. The music was pleasant, added to the game without becoming annoying.

Game play is fairly linear. You meet someone, perform a task (usually finding several things) and in return they help you. Some things are hidden in the environment, some need a few steps, like find a tool in an H0 scene and use that or play a mini-game to get a piece.

Mini games are mostly interesting and usually include a neat twist. In the demo there is a shooting gallery game, mixing a potion in the right order, a jigsaw in which you manipulated the pieces with levers and two others which were animated so scene was in motion as you put it together. There was also a concentration game. Puzzles, dialog and H0 scenes are pretty well paced.

The hint system is very well designed. During H0's, it showed you a close-up of the area around the item, so there was still the fun of finding it. During game play, it brings up an illustrated walkthrough of your objective with a list of steps. It's very nice to have an in-game strategy guide for an SE.

And the not so good - This game drags and feels very slooooooow. Dialog can either be skipped entirely or you need to sit through every word. Because the story is interesting, I listened but would rather have the option of clicking through. The map doesn't let you jump, so there is some backtracking. there were a few too many H0 scenes for my taste.

Every single item, finished H0 scene or completed puzzle has a pop-up screen which fades slowly and can't be clicked away The shooting gallery game took several tries and became frustrating. The potion mixing is trial and error but there is a pop-up screen after every attempt. It all felt as if the devs were trying to pack on time.

All and all, it wasn't bad and I would like to know what happens but I think I'll wait to buy. I do recommend that you try it for yourself. People who enjoy more relaxed experience will find much to like in this game.

Edited on 08/19/2012 at 1:33:09 AM PST

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Re:Reviews for Tales of Sorrow: Strawsbrough Town

[Post New]by cbtx on Aug 19, 12 2:00 AM
There are several things to find fault with in this game, as Valdy and TimeKilla have pointed out.
-familiar story
-game play is a bit awkward
-HOS are not as clear as they should be
-widescreen option that DOES NOT WORK
and I'll add that the dialogue does not stay in synch with the spoken words.

But there are positives, as well.
-nice mini-games
-helpful hint system
-interesting story

So it comes down to the most basic question of all----is the game fun to play? And the answer is, yes, it is. So it's a buy for me!

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Re:Reviews for Tales of Sorrow: Strawsbrough Town

[Post New]by Poutoule on Aug 19, 12 3:15 AM
Played 30 minutes casual

- 2 modes, casual and hard
- Objectives show at the bottom of the screen
- Inventory as well
- Map
- Voice overs
- Clear H0 (a lot of them). You don't interact
- Mini games : if you want to skip you have to click on the hint button
- Outside H0 the hint turns into a mini SG, giving your instructions
- Good graphics
- Interesting story if nothing too new

All in all a nice little game, will spend a punch card credit on it. Nothing over thrilling but it can be quite enjoyable.

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Re:Reviews for Tales of Sorrow: Strawsbrough Town

[Post New]by Sherryah on Aug 19, 12 6:05 AM
I am enjoying the game with great voice overs and pretty graphics .
I do miss the interactivity with hidden object screens
still has interesting storyline.

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[Post New]by tonic12 on Aug 19, 12 6:26 AM
Liked it, fast pace, interesting puzzles, junk HOS but not as bad as some.

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[Post New]by CoolGrammy1 on Aug 19, 12 7:26 AM
Well I could like this game but the graphics are rather dark and some HO items are tough to find. I like the hint system. The puzzles are interesting. The game is slooooowwww. I might spend a coupon or buy it as a two for one sale but I am really not so excited that I must have it.


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[Post New]by biscuitsmama on Aug 19, 12 8:23 AM
From playing the demo, I decided to buy the game. I like the music and the slow pace that may drive other players nuts. This will be a very relaxing and enjoyable way to spend my Sunday.

By deselecting the widescreen correction option, the game fills my widescreen.

It is nice really nice to see some HO games with good storylines and graphics that are not all CEs. In the last month we have had some great SE game options. I like that!

Since the forums are new to me, I would like to thank everyone for their reviews. I have always read the reviews on the game page and based my decision to download on the number of stars. I am finding much more accurate reviews on the forums page and find them really, really helpful. Thanks everyone.

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[Post New]by pubprof on Aug 19, 12 8:24 AM
This game has several unique features that I found useful. When you hit the hint button within a HO scene it provides an image of the general location of the item instead of pointing directly to the item. When you hit the hint button outside of a HO scene it give you information and images of your next few moves, very similar to a Strategy Guide.

There is a map showing all locations with arrows pointing to how to access that area.

I have played only about half of the demo and I already know I will be buying this game. There are several negative aspects that have already been mentioned in earlier posts so I won't repeat them. I will just say that all in all I enjoyed the game so far and look forward to finishing it later.

Thank you BF and Developer. A very nice offering.

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Re:Reviews for Tales of Sorrow: Strawsbrough Town

[Post New]by ELadyG1013 on Aug 19, 12 9:36 AM
After playing the Demo I'm not going to purchase this game. The hidden object scenes are just way too dark for my taste. using the hint button is really not much help. I don't mind games with some dark scenes like night-time, but please don't give me an entire game that's DARK !!

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Re:Reviews for Tales of Sorrow: Strawsbrough Town

[Post New]by saphhire on Aug 19, 12 10:49 AM
MY OPINION This game is very different from the other games we've (I've) played. Yes the game is slow, but not as slow as some games I've encountered. Would of been better if the dev crossed out tasks when accomplished.
I've seen darker HO's then this, and I didn't buy because of that, but this game is not so dark, I'm buying.
Were all asking for a different kind of game play, well I think this is different, improvements can be made, but It's not a bad little game.

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[Post New]by seajay123 on Aug 19, 12 11:02 AM
I am not thrilled with this game. Like others have said it feels like a first time effort. The screen modes also didn't work with my computer. The hogs, I can hardly see some of the Hog objects. I also am not a fan of this kind of art work. I was hoping for a new HOG today that i liked so I could do the 2 fror 1 but that is out the door.I can say i liked the hint system though. I would not even think of buying this one. I don't think I played 15 min.

Edited on 08/19/2012 at 11:04:49 AM PST

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Re:Reviews for Tales of Sorrow: Strawsbrough Town

[Post New]by marg6043 on Aug 19, 12 11:12 AM
This game is a cute but twisted fairy tale story, the graphics are excellent the story is one that we are familiar with.

The hidden objects are OK, I like this game and for a SE is worth the price.

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[Post New]by Nana6177 on Aug 19, 12 12:14 PM

Liking game, does bug me that I can't speed up or click through a sentence, I don't want to miss the whole conversation.

Love it has VO, and hinit is more of strategy guide...great deal for SE!

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[Post New]by sunnyglow on Aug 19, 12 12:20 PM
Another great game by these devs. I like this game so much better than the CE from last week. It seems we are getting much better SE's lately. I personally had no difficulty in finding the hidden object items. The graphics to me were superb. Really loving this game. Thanks BF.


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[Post New]by Old_Man_River on Aug 19, 12 3:42 PM
I think I'll relegate this game to a DD wait for. Starts out fairly well but soon goes down hill. I find I do not like going back to the old UPS games. (Get this for me, deliver this to so and so etc) I thought these type of games went out with bell bottoms.
Try it for yourself, you may like it.

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[Post New]by tempeasu on Aug 19, 12 7:37 PM

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Re:Reviews for Tales of Sorrow: Strawsbrough Town

[Post New]by tj1147 on Aug 19, 12 7:42 PM
Review after playing demo:

I kind of like the game. The H0 scenes are all right...the graphics too. I don't like not being able to click through the dialog and having to click the "X" to close the boxes...I do like just clicking "outside the box" and having them disappear. The game plays a bit slowly - gamewise and storywise. I don't care for the appearance of the characters. I don't know about voices or music as I don't use the speakers. Puzzles were OK. No technical problems encountered thus far.

I will put the game on my "future possibility" list but won't buy it now.

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