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Halloween: The Pirate's Curse

[Post New]by bfgFlounder on Oct 24, 12 12:29 AM
Everybody is having fun at the Halloween fair until a nefarious pirate captain casts a ghostly spell over the festivities transforming the revelry into a spooky and spectral affair. As you and your friends find yourselves trapped you must explore the haunted landscape to find the pirate captain responsible. Will you be able to save the fair and expel the curse? Find out in Halloween: The Pirate's Curse!

 

Re:Halloween: The Pirate's Curse

[Post New]by WolfenRaindancer on Oct 24, 12 12:39 AM
I demoed this one a couple or few days ago...it is the same format as the ones that came out around holidays in previous years. The kids are a little bit older, and the hog scenes are still cluttered but things are a bit more challening as some things are once again hidden. This time you have to find dracula in each scene, and sometimes he is really hard to find. Also some items have a back and forth jack o lanterns and skeletons and you get more points or lose points depending on when you click. The puzzles are a bit less childish, and more enjoyable this time, and seem to get more involved as you move on. It was not the game I was hoping for but I bought it with a pcc, and it will be one I will play for a bit each day until I finish it.

 
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Re:Halloween: The Pirate's Curse

[Post New]by DragonLadyOz on Oct 24, 12 1:18 AM
Hi WolfenRaindancer,
Thanks for the information regarding the game.
I needed some "light relief" from the usual heavy work commitments at this time of the year for me and this might fit the bill.
Cheers

 
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Re:Halloween: The Pirate's Curse

[Post New]by Hoggywizard on Oct 24, 12 2:06 AM

Edited on 05/08/2013 at 2:25:03 AM PST


 
tj1147
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Re:Halloween: The Pirate's Curse

[Post New]by tj1147 on Oct 24, 12 2:39 PM
Comment after playing demo:

I don't care for this game. The objects are so very tiny they are hard for me to discern. The premise of Halloween Trick or Treating is nice but not enough to overcome the difficulty I have in seeing the things I need to look for. The bit of interaction is good. The puzzles weren't difficult. I can't comment on voices/music as I didn't have the speakers on.

Probably a nice game...but not for me.

 
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Re:Halloween: The Pirate's Curse

[Post New]by judy76073 on Oct 24, 12 3:06 PM
tj1147 wrote:Comment after playing demo:

I don't care for this game. The objects are so very tiny they are hard for me to discern. The premise of Halloween Trick or Treating is nice but not enough to overcome the difficulty I have in seeing the things I need to look for. The bit of interaction is good. The puzzles weren't difficult. I can't comment on voices/music as I didn't have the speakers on.

Probably a nice game...but not for me.


I have to agree with you - even though it is a very colorful game and in tune with the Halloween season, (and I absolutely adore HOG/IHOG games) - I find this one very tedious because so many items are really small. Also, I found I had to click several times on the "continue" to get it to move forward to the next screen.

 
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Re:Halloween: The Pirate's Curse

[Post New]by chiari_survivor on Oct 26, 12 7:24 PM
Halloween: The Pirates Curse
Good family fun! Same maker as last years “Halloween Trick or Treat”with Mike and Sally, which we purchased last year & enjoyed very much. This round the 2 kids are teenagers Mike & Emma. They are choosing costumes & going around town once again for Halloween. They miss their friend Tom & set out to bring him back to the fair with them. Tom tells them some spooky tales about a cursed fair that his grandfather use to tell him about. As they make their way back to the fair a green fog settles over the fair and curses the rides & scenes. HO scenes are filled with skeletons, zombies & various spooky items. All the scenes are newly created from last years version but they do have the kids back in the sewer again this year as well as re-using a couple of the music clips that repeat through out the game plus quite a few graphics are also reused but the game is still worth $6.99 or a PPC if you have one. Last year we received bonus points for finding the Halloween candy canes & my grandson & I are finding that we keep clicking on them again this time around. I wish they had just left the candy canes out this time. A small cartoon Dracula can be found in each HO scene & he is often VERY well hidden. There are 2 levels to play. When you go to options you can adjust the sounds, music, full screen or mute all sounds plus it includes a tab for the credits of who helped to make the game. I played several rounds of both levels prior to purchasing & saw few differences. There were no tutorials, no sparkles & skips took slightly longer to recharge on the more difficult setting. Both levels the hint recharged in 15 seconds so it has a VERY fast recharge. The skip was an option after 30 seconds on casual & 45 seconds on the more difficult setting. Over all both versions are harder than last year’s game. Several types of mini games were placed between every 1-2 HOG’s. An example of the mini games played were put photos or Frankenstein back together, hex shaped puzzle, sewer lid puzzle, menu board puzzle, map where you match skulls, follow bats to Funny Bones store, untangle a mess of wires to turn on switches in the correct order, dart board math, fuses in correct slot to add up to a given number, arrange 3 shelves of books in the correct order, spot the 14 or 18 differences & find 20 cats & 20 bats.

One confusing part for kids (and grandparents too) is they sometimes have multiple items in a scene and you are to choose the correct one. It would be better to only have one broom, skull, arrow, pirate hat or O in a scene if that is an item that is going to be on the list of items to be found. Story helps to flow one scene to the next but it is not essential to read the storyline in order to play any of the games so, feel free to play with sound off or on and not read any storyline if that is the way you like to play your games! You do have to click “continue” to progress to the next scene which can be frustrating as it slows the progression as well as the shift between scenes does seem a bit sluggish or slow so you will likely read the boxes anyway.

Besides the multiple skulls, ”O’s”, brooms, pirate hat & arrows in a few of the scenes another difficulty came from language differences. So for those that may be confused as to what you are to find…A frogman is a scuba diver. A cockerel is a rooster. A Hell’s Angel is a logo on the back of a leather jacket. A bunting is a string of triangular flags. A abseiler is a person repelling down a wall. A cog is a gear. A ping pong bat is a ping pong paddle. Helter skelter is a lighthouse. A rosette is a ribbon award with gathered ribbon at the top and streamers hanging down. The waltzer is a twister ride at the carnival where the cars spin around.

Finally the item that threw me the most was the dart board math since I had never learned how to score points based on where the dart landed. The first 6 math problems were easy as it was just basic math. The difficult part is the problems that required you to know how points were awarded for scoring in the various red/ green sections. These are the basics. The very center is worth 50 pts the next ring around that center is worth 25. The next part to understand is each numbered section can have single, double or triple the value depending on where in that section your dart lands. The outer most ring of red/ green are double the number value and the inner ring of red/ green sections are 3 times the value of the numbered spaces. All other areas of those numbered sections are worth the single value. The last 2 math problems in this game totaled 27 & 39. Since both are unable to be divided by 2 evenly plus both are too high of numbers to be single values since the dart board goes up only to 20, means that they both will belong in the 3 times the value sections. Therefore divide both 27 & 39 by 3 to determine where the dart must land. It is important to not guess in these mini games because after a certain amount of wrong answer clicking your previous correct answers will be cleared & you will need to start again or else choose to skip that mini game.

This review is based on playing the complete game in both casual & challenging versions of play, multiple times.

 
 
 
 
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