Reviews for Mysterium: Lake Bliss Collector's Edition

[Post New]by JustTheFacts on Dec 21, 13 2:37 AM
Nice Game, Just Nice

BASED ON DEMO


FIRST IMPRESSIONS
The opening scenes are eerie, ominous, but low key. Nothing too overwhelming. But it is obvious this game is going to be spooky. This game looks good and has the right atmosphere, and while the story starts out on a very familiar pattern – detective hired to find missing loved one, the details offer a fresh approach.

SIGHTS & SOUNDS
The graphics are very pleasant to look at. Realistic, but with a soundness around the edges that gives the game an artistic feel. It is also very consistent in its depiction of art deco era visuals. The atmosphere, while eerie, is also dreamy. The music is perfectly matched for this, also era-appropriate, tinkling along, sometimes there, sometimes not, never irritating. Background noises are soothing. No attempt has been made to lip synch the very professionally done voiceovers. Which I always think looks the best.

WHAT’S HAPPENING
Seems like the town of Lake Bliss is suffering from the attentions of a siren. Young men are disappearing. Bodies are found in the water. And Molly’s very sensible fiancé Tommy does not turn up at the altar. You are the detective called in to investigate. All your actions and equipment, including the tools and so forth found in town, reflect the 20s era story.

MAKING PROGRESS
HOPs and other puzzles form most of the gameplay, but there is some adventuring to be had as well. The HOPs are either fragmented objects or word lists. These are not much in the way of interactive, but the last (inventory) item is found in a different way for each HOP. Hidden objects are very well hidden without distortion. The puzzles so far are easy and familiar. There is an interactive jump map, directional hint and a useful diary.

One unique touch I liked, the notes that are being taken in your notebook are displayed briefly above it in glowing letters, so you know what is going in there without needing to look immediately. Another oddity is the Spectral Fluid Container, which soaks up supernatural barriers.

CE BLING!
There are many Achievements presented very nicely in an office, 54 Collectible dragonflies, Concept Art, Wallpapers, Music. The SG is helpful. And the Bonus Chapter of course.

FINAL VERDICT
All around nice game. But that is all it is. This is not a blockbuster. I will be very happy to buy the SE of this game, but I don’t think it is quite up to my CE standards. Many others will however.

I recommend this game!

Edited on 12/21/2013 at 8:37:26 AM PST


 
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Re:Reviews for Mysterium: Lake Bliss Collector's Edition

[Post New]by reddleman on Dec 21, 13 6:47 AM
Thanks for the review, JustTheFacts.

 
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Re:Reviews for Mysterium: Lake Bliss Collector's Edition

[Post New]by sollys on Dec 21, 13 7:36 AM
Wonderful game. Will definitely buy. No problems at all.

 
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[Post New]by mst3kr on Dec 21, 13 7:37 AM
Nice game for a dreary Saturday. Being asked by a young woman to look into the disappearance of her fiance on their wedding day, you scour the town of Lake Bliss for clues & answers... The game is presented very well. Nice graphics, smooth gameplay, good voice-overs, jump map, suitable music... There are 3 difficulty levels. I played on the hardest and still got sparkles denoting HOS and more than enough hints from my journal. The inventory doesn't lock. So it just goes up & down as your mouse hovers over it. For some reason that just irks me to no end. With a game being touted as a CE, a lockable inventory list is a standard these days. Puzzles were pretty easy. The few I came across were a jump-the-marbles-over-each-other kind of thing, click-these-in-order puzzle, and a turn-off-the-valve puzzle. Each were solved in less than 30 seconds. Not hard at all.

There are collectibles within the game, but given the above about the puzzles, the inventory, and the simplicity of the hard level, in my opinion, this is NOT a CE worthy game.

Still, try it for yourself. Happy gaming!

 
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[Post New]by Robsim on Dec 21, 13 7:39 AM
reddleman wrote:Thanks for the review, JustTheFacts.


Ditto!!

 
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Re:Reviews for Mysterium: Lake Bliss Collector's Edition

[Post New]by bfgWendwater on Dec 21, 13 8:34 AM
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Edited on 12/21/2013 at 8:35:19 AM PST


 
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[Post New]by bfgWendwater on Dec 21, 13 8:34 AM
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Re:Reviews for Mysterium: Lake Bliss Collector's Edition

[Post New]by CoolGrammy1 on Dec 21, 13 8:38 AM
Despite some glitches and the game being very slow, I did enjoy the demo...I will however wait for the SE as it is very easy game play......

 
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Re:Reviews for Mysterium: Lake Bliss Collector's Edition

[Post New]by tophen on Dec 21, 13 8:53 AM
may be worth the sale today

 

Re:Reviews for Mysterium: Lake Bliss Collector's Edition

[Post New]by NancySusan on Dec 22, 13 5:46 AM
I played the demo (which, by the way, downloaded just fine and played fine as well), after I read the reviews and wanted to like the game a lot more than I did. It's a very nice game -- I agree that the '20's period touches work really well (except for yellow police tape, which is a very recent invention). So, the game looked really good, played well, was interesting, but I wasn't blown away -- I'm still finishing Fate's Carnival and I just bought Smithsonian. This game, while a really good game, just didn't compare. I did note that there seemed more HOP's than I like, kind of around every corner, but that's just me. I might reconsider it as an SE, because the only collectibles I found were fireflies and they tended to blend in, until you searched a little more carefully, and there they were to be found -- kind of like the game as a whole, interesting and a really nice game but, ultimately just not as challenging as I would like for the CE price. But I think a lot of people will like it a lot, because taste is, as always, very individual.

 
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Re:Reviews for Mysterium: Lake Bliss Collector's Edition

[Post New]by Sprattie on Dec 22, 13 8:57 AM
I think JustTheFacts said everything I wanted to say, thank you! Based on the demo, this was just a pleasant game with simple puzzles, basic hidden object scenes, nothing new that I could see. The graphics are a bit bland although I do love the 20s atmosphere. The telegraph machine was more of a fantasy object than the real thing, and I've bleated on at length in the past about needed objects being hidden in bizarre, illogical places. However I guess that's what makes the puzzles puzzling.

However, the big no-buy reason for me was the inventory bar that would not lock in place. Seasickness ensues from watching that blasted thing pop up and down.

Looking forward to some knockout, original, challenging, gobsmackingly exciting games in the new year!

Edited on 12/22/2013 at 9:01:37 AM PST


 

Re:Reviews for Mysterium: Lake Bliss Collector's Edition

[Post New]by daisyduck352 on Dec 22, 13 11:31 AM
An interesting game, like the puzzles and HOG.s are standard. Story not bad and map to go along with the hints. Like the music, puts me in a story solving mood, if that makes any sense. So many good games and not enough time to play, maybe I will get caught up after the Holidays.. Give this a 3 out 5 stars..

 
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[Post New]by care___916 on Dec 22, 13 12:56 PM
Just finished the game. Liked the storyline. Good graphics (only a few times had hard time seeing) Game well worth it.

A little glitchy today a few items would not pick up in the frags/frogs. Even the hint would not free the piece up.

I did want it a little scarier lol. But really enjoyed this CE.

Happy Holidays and have fun gaming

 
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Re:Reviews for Mysterium: Lake Bliss Collector's Edition

[Post New]by BlackWaterRules on Dec 24, 13 2:14 AM
Based on the demo.

This game had a lot of promise: great H. O. scenes, fun mini puzzles,
an interesting storyline, and the collectible dragonflies,
but after 18 minutes of the demo
I felt like jumping into Lake Bliss out of boredom.

The game moved too slow, the music put me to sleep, the characters
were lacklaster. Even the little dog in the beginning was one dimesional
and unrealistic. It could have been a hot game but instead
was just luke warm.

I'll check out the SE when it comes out to see if it moves any faster
but the CE is a "no buy" for me, even at the great sale price.


 
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[Post New]by endofmonth on Dec 24, 13 6:38 AM
Great game, high quality, really enjoyed it. i bought it because when the demo ran out I was hooked and just had to continue.

However, it was a bit short for a CE. Even with the bonus chapter it only took a few hours. No morphing items, just a single collectible repeated in 48(?) scenes and you get a trophy for finding all. The bonus chapter was good but NOT necessary to the SE story.

I have two complaints. One is that toward the end the artwork got very inconsistent. You could tell that there were different artists using very different techniques (including that plastic doll effect, ick). Rushed to finish, maybe?

The other is that an upcoming royal wedding was a big factor in the main game, but then the main game ended with nothing more about that! And then in the bonus game it was mentioned again and that's all.

Of course I recently played the new Fate's Carnival game and that one has set the bar extremely high. But Mysterium: Lake Bliss CE was a fun afternoon.

 
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[Post New]by nivlem007 on Dec 24, 13 11:48 AM
Good Game, not too hard. A few glitches which should be fixed. One thing is you need to think hard as well as just play the game. Makes it more interesting. Hope the dcevs sort out the niggling bits - then it would be a great game.

 
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[Post New]by dancemom1 on Dec 26, 13 6:44 PM
Well, back from Christmas vacation and too tired, so this is very short for a change. I agree with JTF (very nice, thorough review, as always). The one thing I didn't care for was the SG. Open SG, click to blow up picture so you can read the very small print, then have to click each box closed, can't just click outside the picture or box and have it done all at once. Small complaint, but annoying.

Not sure this one is CE worthy either. The devs are all going to the cartoon graphics, which is not always a bad thing. A little reality would be a nice change. Putting this one in my puddle as well and hoping for a really good special. I will buy it if one comes along, just don't know if it will be CE or SE. Anyway, on to the next game.

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

 
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[Post New]by jennsmom on Dec 28, 13 4:07 PM
Just finished the main game after struggling along with lags between scenes and the inability to hit just the right spot in HOS and puzzles. I purchased the game because in the demo, I had no problems. It wasn't until after I had made the purchase that the trouble started.

It's an OK game, but not when you have to wait between every single scene change whether moving yourself, or using the traveling map. That's just annoying. It took me forever to do the portrait puzzle, and there were objects in the HOS that I had to click 8 or 9 times before getting them. I most certainly would not recommend this game and am sorry I purchased it. I finished it because I paid for it, but I'm not going to bother trying to play the bonus game. I will be uninstalling it, never to play it again.

 

Re:Reviews for Mysterium: Lake Bliss Collector's Edition

[Post New]by roxief on Dec 28, 13 4:40 PM
Terrible game. Sorry I bought it!!.. Hidden object scenes are so scrambled that it looks like someone just threw the items around!! I just can't explain all the sorry graphics, maps ect!!

 

Re:Reviews for Mysterium: Lake Bliss Collector's Edition

[Post New]by Joey2825 on Feb 3, 14 3:07 PM
I agree with Roxie. Sorry to have bought it.
OK, I like HOGs and over the years I have tolerated/put up with/become used to story lines that are wobbly, at best. I have also learned to ignore clues that do not provide clues and hints that are not useful. Like I said, a good HO scene can make up for these shortcomings.

HOWEVER, this game is incoherent, not just the 'story', but the organization and arc of action. The HO games, when they show up, are easy and lame. Articles are retrieved and given one name, only to be required for action under another name. That is just lazy editing. And items are given the wrong names, or are the wrong items. A caterpillar does not have 100 legs; that's a centipede and after dragging a caterpillar around through a dozen scenes only desperation (and exasperation) drove me to try it.

I wish BF would identify the game author so I could skip certain brands.

 
 
 
 
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