Nilosh
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Reviews for Spirits of Mystery: The Silver Arrow Collector's Edition

[Post New]by Nilosh on Dec 12, 13 1:34 AM
This series has had its moments, and one of my favorite was the Song of the Phoenix. Now it seems we are back as Princess (sorry guys but it looks like you will have to change genders here)and we are in love. (I wonder what happened to the other Prince, I swear in the last game there was a Prince). Anyhow, i this story you have found love at first sight and a silver arrow will seal the deal with the ever so charming Prince Phillip. But it looks like you have a deadly rival who fully intends to steal your man and so your mission begins. Now you need to battle wits with the notorious shape shifter and track him down to get back the arrow before his mysterious client takes your place at the altar.

It looks like our bunny team has taken a step back and there doesn't seem to be much improvement with the overall game mechanics here. A standard HOPA game with the ever so familiar graphics, voice overs, music and storyline. So much so, once I could hae sworn I played this game before.

Again we have a weird looking creature who helps with translating animal talk to us. We have a jump map that also indicates progress and tasks as well as a journal. There are HO scenes that vary in style; the ones I played duing the demo required placing items back to their proper places. Mini-games are also familiar and relatively easy to solve. Mostly adventure gameplay which includes mixing potions and collecting inventory items. There are collectables, tiny pearls that amount to gold coins which you spend on decorating a room and there are very basic achievements that are very easy to complete.

The game is really a no brainer and unless you play in the hard mode which will also disable your black bar tips, the game may offer some degree of challenge. It really is a case of deja Vu here and I suppose fans of this genre may enjoy. I on the other hand already have similar games that are far more interesting and so I think I will wait for the SE on this one.

Edited on 12/12/2013 at 8:00:02 AM PST


 
sassylassie
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Re:Game reviews for Spirits of Mystery: The Silver Arrow Collector's Edition

[Post New]by sassylassie on Dec 12, 13 2:22 AM
Well another superb game by ERS our bunny team. The voices are done are done superbly. They couldn't of done a better job getting the voices to match with the characters they are portraying. Right from the beginning I felt it made you want to play the game to see what happens next. The collectibles in the game are pearls which you use for your tower to tidy it up, furnish and decorate it. I think it's cool and a different concept

Story: Well the man of your dreams you had your eye on since the beginning wants to get married and he believes in the fate of his silver arrow that it will find the bride for him. (I guess back then men didn't believe in courting). Well the arrow was meant for you but some shapeshifter was hired by another woman to steal the arrow from you. The other woman couldn't come herself? What a wuss! Now you have to go on your journey to get the arrow back so you can marry the man of your dreams!

Graphics: Simply awesome. I would love to see a pic of these artists. No flaws what so ever in their artwork. I love the vibrant colors, especially the one who drew this Prince, Dupin and some other male characters. They may be young enough to be my sons, but the eye candy.

Music: Fits beautifully with the game.

Mini games: Just right for me. Just the right challenge.

Hint System: Works well in and out of H0G scenes.

Map: It's a jump map that has the 'arrow' for you are here, the 'exclamation point' for something to do there, and the 'checkmark' for area completed.

I look forward to playing the rest of the game and see what awaits our Prince and Princess. What evil that shapeshifter has in store for us since that other woman can't do her own bidding. To me this definitely 5 stars plus. Kudos to the team!

 
cbtx
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Re:Game reviews for Spirits of Mystery: The Silver Arrow Collector's Edition

[Post New]by cbtx on Dec 12, 13 2:26 AM
I agree with most all of what Nilosh has said above ---- very standard HOPA game, with a very high degree of familiarity.
But that's not so surprising to me with ERS ---- I mean, using the same mechanics, virtually a re-hash of an already told tale, with all too familiar VOs and music ---- just make for another game so similar to many of their others.
But then you have to ask yourself ---- is it fun? And, yes, elements of it are. I could do completely without the goofy-looking critter that speaks "animal" (just plain silly), and I'm not big on potion mixing, but the HO scenes were interesting, the difficulty of the puzzles have been ramped up a bit, and the adventure element is more logical than most ERS games ---- so. like Nilosh, I'll wait for the SE and pick it up with a coupon.

 
greenshade
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Re:Game reviews for Spirits of Mystery: The Silver Arrow Collector's Edition

[Post New]by greenshade on Dec 12, 13 5:14 AM
I so much wanted to add this game to my collection but that creature who "translated" what animals were saying was so annoying I stopped the demo as soon as I got out of the castle. (it got on my last nerve!) However, was enjoying myself until it arrived... especially loved the fact that I came across HOs that weren't the standard lists.

 
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Re:Game reviews for Spirits of Mystery: The Silver Arrow Collector's Edition

[Post New]by bfgWendwater on Dec 12, 13 7:58 AM
Hey All!

Thanks a bunch for getting the reviews thread started Nilosh!

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Re:Reviews for Spirits of Mystery: The Silver Arrow Collector's Edition

[Post New]by Penny1942 on Dec 12, 13 8:52 AM
I won't bother with a review, I've already bought it. I'm just sneaking in here to tell you welcome to the forum bfgWendwater! Hope you enjoy!

 
bpurdum2
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Re:Reviews for Spirits of Mystery: The Silver Arrow Collector's Edition

[Post New]by bpurdum2 on Dec 12, 13 11:09 AM
I don't know if I will buy this one as much as I like the story. I am tired of HOS where you have to find an item by shape to find another item. This is tiring. I would like a game with just items to find on a list and not by shape. I know everyone will like these types of HOS. I am sorry do not. It is an excellent game otherwise.

Edited on 12/12/2013 at 11:10:55 AM PST


 
dancemom1
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Re:Reviews for Spirits of Mystery: The Silver Arrow Collector's Edition

[Post New]by dancemom1 on Dec 12, 13 1:14 PM
Well, this one has me on the fence, to say the least. Game play is good. Graphics seem old school...maybe back a couple of years, and a little washed out. Music isn't too bad. There is a locking inventory bar and a jump map. Jump map is not identified by location, only a picture...I lose interest in this type of set up quickly. At least the SG doesn't say "return to the tower," it tells you how many steps to go back, which can be quite a few.

HOGs are okay, although straight silhouettes is very boring, and I like HOGs. Puzzles are not difficult, but take a bit to complete (the cup game was easy to figure out). There are some sound FX, e.g. birds, bugs, water, but not a lot in the way of dialoge...except for the interpreter animal. Ug, extremely grating voice and why do we need to interpret animal speech when it is the land of magic and you just wave your hand? Did not care for that at all. Hint system is helpful and fills quickly.

Not a lot I can say about this game. Only collectibles are the pearls and you only use them to upgrade the tower (yawn). It did not grab me and make me want to buy it to see what happens. The story is nothing new, location is nothing new. The game was not challening to the point of needing to use the SG to figure out what to do next...not necessary at all. I do not see that this game is CE worthy, but I may get the SE if there is a hot deal down the road. I sometimes find that a game is worth buying if I play it a second time, when the SE comes out, although not often.

It is time that the devs do some upgrading of graphics, story and challenge...especially challenge. Really tired of the same old stuff.

As always, try it for yourself and see what you think. We all have different tastes in games and you may find this one to be exactly what you are looking for today. Thanks for the reviews.


 
sunnyglow
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Re:Reviews for Spirits of Mystery: The Silver Arrow Collector's Edition

[Post New]by sunnyglow on Dec 12, 13 6:24 PM
We have another in this series from the GamERS. Boy - with all the games, movies TV shows, and books dealing with archery, guess I will have to take up the sport. Hunting with bow and arrow is really a big deal here in my part of the world. Must be latest "rad thing" to get into. Shoot an arrow into the sky and you have no idea where it will end up and why! Archery is probably not for me however. Can't imagine being a Bambi thumper or a "bunny" thumper either.

I am definitely on the fence with this one. The story is rather bizarre. A prince who is looking for a bride and he shoots an arrow into the sky and where it lands determines who he will marry. Actually he loves a certain princess and thinks it is a done deal, but it's not. There is an evildoer who plans to marry the prince herself. The story is rather strange, but what could possibly be wrong with shooting an arrow toward your intended? After all, Cupid has his arrows of love, right? The graphics are very beautiful. I always enjoy the graphics from this dev. They are definitely on the cutting edge in this area.

The HOG scenes are interactive and I like these better than most HOG scenes. This dev always creates very unique HOG scenes. You need to process medicines and potions. However, in the beginning, one of the process labs had instructions but the other did not. Rather confusing to me and I deal with chemicals daily! Humph! The puzzles I encountered were somewhat unique and to me, a little challenging. These devs always have oodles of cutesy animals and in their games and this one is not any different. You have a little "Furbie" friend which is your animal translator who helps you understand their language. You also collect pearls which allow you to decorate your residence. This dev tends to do this in their games well.

I really like the games from this dev; however, I am just not really into this game. It seems to move a little slow for me. I will probably purchase but as an SE, not a CE. Sorry, GamERS, but to me, not one of your best. And, as others state - judge for yourself. We all have differing tastes!

 

Re:Reviews for Spirits of Mystery: The Silver Arrow Collector's Edition

[Post New]by RosieBorders on Dec 13, 13 12:35 AM
Nice graphics and music, and outstanding animation on the "movies." However, although the demo ran fine on my Net Book, my display can't handle the full version. I have an unending series of horizontal lines that scroll upward the minute the opening scene begins.Reminds me of a 50's black & white TV. Happens every time I start the game. Bummer.

 

Re:Reviews for Spirits of Mystery: The Silver Arrow Collector's Edition

[Post New]by lepredot on Dec 13, 13 6:33 AM
Perhaps I'm too easy to please but as a busy working mom, when I finally end my day with a game, I really don't want to work too hard. As soon as I saw the opening banner and the game was by ERS I was interested. Once again the graphics are beautiful and even though it was a predictable must-win-my-prince story, I still wanted to play. I always play the trial version (just in case) and I purchased it within 20 minutes. Compared to other game companies I've come to trust ERS for a smooth game experience with beautiful graphics and attractive, charismatic characters. (alliteration unintended) Forgive me but I liked the translator. I guess it's just a matter of personal taste. Actually I was expecting it to fly over to the animal, touch it with magic hands, etc. and transform the animal into a talking beast. But maybe that would've been too predictable. I was also happy that in the HOGs (so far) the objects found were objects that had to be used in order to find other objects within the HOG. Traditional HOGs bore me to tears! This may not be an attractive game for an advanced player but for this tired mom it was just up my alley. PS I did turn the music off though. I'm also a musician and most game music gets to be too repetitive.

 

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[Post New]by Anna_Allison on Dec 13, 13 8:59 AM
Does anyone else feel this story line is sexist? You have to be chosen by an arrow and then fight to get it back? I'll fight to get ahead in the world, but if the prince is in love with me, he'll have to do the heavy lifting to catch me.

 

Re:Reviews for Spirits of Mystery: The Silver Arrow Collector's Edition

[Post New]by daisyduck352 on Dec 13, 13 10:44 AM
Bravo! Another great game from ERS... I enjoy their games so much. They bring enjoyment just to play and graphics are always wonderful. Story is so much fun and always look forward to new ones. Has a great map where you can go to where you need to do tasks. Hints reload fast... Puzzles are fun.. music great and the characters are always so much fun. Have only got into half of it but can't wait until I purchase.. A great Gift for a snowy day.. Give this 5 out of 5 stars..

 
steve_san
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Re:Reviews for Spirits of Mystery: The Silver Arrow Collector's Edition

[Post New]by steve_san on Dec 13, 13 5:38 PM

"The Silver Arrow" - barely hits the mark

As an owner of the other Spirits of Mystery games, this game is about the same as the others. However, one expects more as a series develops - and this game does not deliver. Same style, same villian, same characters. Nothing really new except a "helper" - more on that below.

Oh, and you can collect pearls in order have credits to decorate something - this is a feature I wish developers would just forget about, a complete waste of time and effort.

Judged by the standards of a year ago it would be a good game. However by today's standards it is just OK. Would have been better without the green Oscar the Grouch looking "helper."

Nuf said. Worth waiting for the SE or sale if you must play.


 
jennsmom
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Re:Reviews for Spirits of Mystery: The Silver Arrow Collector's Edition

[Post New]by jennsmom on Dec 21, 13 3:28 AM
Downloaded the demo just long enough to make sure the game worked. That was a mistake. Had I played the demo longer, I would not have purchased the game. I was expecting it to be as good as the other three Spirits of Mystery games I own. It is not. I find the "helper" to just be annoying, and I really don't need to decorate a tower. I find the game play to be illogical, and some of the puzzles, just annoying. It's pretty enough, and the "movies" are very well done. I finished the game, because I paid for it, and I'm starting the bonus, but it will not be among those I look forward to playing again.

 

Re:Reviews for Spirits of Mystery: The Silver Arrow Collector's Edition

[Post New]by Underthebridge on Dec 28, 13 8:59 PM
I own all the other games in this series, and I must say that I am glad that I have read the reviews on this one.. I usually by CE's but sounds like this one falls short. To bad ERS, and I was such a fan... guess I will save my money and maybe buy the SE ???

 
 
 
 
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