Nilosh
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Game Reviews for Dangerous Games: Prisoners of Destiny

[Post New]by Nilosh on Jan 2, 14 3:42 AM
It’s the era of the Depression and jobs are rare. After having received a letter from your old friend Ben, you leave the big city to start a new life in Brownville, Louisiana, where both Ben and Louise have lined up a job for you. Upon arrival, your new boss, Simon, invites the four of you play a nice game of cards and naturally you accept, after all, he is the Boss. And so your adventure begins as it soon turns out that this simple card game teleports you into a strange world and you are stuck. Not only do you have to find a way back but you have to make sure your friends make it alive as well and all of you become pawns in someone’s deadly game.

Dangerous Games: Prisoners of Destiny Collector's Edition is another standard HOPA that does look a bit dated with the graphics and artwork. Nevertheless, I did enjoy the vibrant colors, settings and voice-overs. Not very sophisticated, the look and feel of the game dates back to earlier HOPA Games if you take into account the games we have had earlier this year. Game menu offers three levels of difficulty which you can also customize. Tools of the trade include a diary and a map that will allow for travel and also indicates areas of interest. You also have a deck of cards that will help you with certain tasks like freezing, opening up portals and the rest which I have yet to decipher.

Although I wasn’t overly impressed with the look of the game, I did enjoy the game play during the demo which went by very quickly. I just managed to complete it with one minute to the clock. Unfortunately I cannot tell you how many chapters there are as the SG does not provide this information until purchase. I really would prefer to know before I decide to purchase.

Game play is your standard adventure with Hidden object scenes that are basic list of items with some interactions. There is a lot of backtracking to do, picking up clues and items along the way. The map is of great help here which makes it easier. If you do play without black bar tips, the game does become somewhat challenging as you travel from one scene to another but the HO scenes are very easy to do as are the mini-games.

There are collectables, a set of hidden puzzle pieces as well as very basic achievements. In my opinion, Prisoners of Destiny is much more suited for beginners. I personally did find the story line interesting but the game play was just too easy for me, rather uncomplicated. It is a good game but not exciting enough for me to immediately push the buy button. There lacks that particular WOW factor most of us look for as well as a level of challenge which I prefer with HOPA games.

The developers have always put out good games but I just wished they would be a little more creative with their graphics, puzzles and mini-games. At best this game would be suited as a Standard edition rather than spending double for it. Sorry but I will pass for now.


Edited on 01/02/2014 at 8:42:47 AM PST


 

Re:Game Reviews for Dangerous Games: Prisoners of Destiny

[Post New]by JustTheFacts on Jan 2, 14 5:12 AM
Entirely New Story!

BASED ON DEMO



FIRST IMPRESSIONS
This one gets 5 stars just for the story, because it is something completely new and different, and reflects a truly active imagination. But full marks are justified for other reasons as well.

SIGHTS & SOUNDS
The graphics are high class, fantasy-styled, a little cartoonish, and perhaps a little too water-colour for me, but definitely beautiful and easy on the eye. The cut scenes are marvellous, especially once you are into the game proper. The voiceovers are good, spoiled a bit by an attempt at lip synch that doesn't come off. I still think it’s better not to try unless you can do it right. The music is excellent, pleasant with a sometimes Aztec sound to it. The game also has Aztec imagery throughout, but the interface leans towards dreamcatchers.

WHAT’S HAPPENING?
Your friend invites you to join him and his wife in the town they have settled in, where there is plenty of work and opportunities for a young man like yourself. Turns out he is not doing you a favour, but I am not sure he knew that when he sent the invite. Simon, the new ‘big man around town’ who is offering these opportunities asks you to play a game of cards with him before you’ve even washed the dust off the road down your throat.

That is where the story really begins. You find yourself trapped in a magical world of the cards, and the only way to escape is to survive the game. But Simon has been ‘turned’ by the game, and he no longer plays fair. It is almost impossible to hope to survive. Every object in the game can and usually is turned against you. Still, if you ‘play your (magical) cards right)’ *groan*, you might make it.

GAMEPLAY
Whilst you will find HOPs and other puzzles and mini-games which are fairly standard, there are different types of gameplay to match the different story. You acquire magic cards that can perform certain spells, such as an ice card. To move up levels in the game, you must also find teleportation cards. All cards must be activated by a particular process.

to be continued...

Edited on 01/02/2014 at 5:16:04 AM PST


 

Re:Game Reviews for Dangerous Games: Prisoners of Destiny

[Post New]by JustTheFacts on Jan 2, 14 5:14 AM
Entirely New Story!

BASED ON DEMO


GAMEPLAY

Continued...


For the rest, the HOPs have the usual number of interactive items to be found, but some of the interactions are much more involved. The puzzles and games are not overly difficult, and other game mechanics are the expected. You have a journal, an interactive map that jumps (within that world), and a helper. Yes, I’m sorry, the magical animal is indeed cute, in a wonky sort of way, and climbs and digs. It redeems itself, however, by also being very funny. I love the video where it slides down the waterslide, and tumbles down to where you are waiting.

CE BLING!
There are collectibles. There are 30 plain looking jigsaw puzzle pieces and seem to relate to the “secret game” in the extra content. There are also achievements, displayed in a casino-style environment. The SG is well written. There are replayable mini-games, the Secret Game (which looks like a jigsaw), and the usual gallery items. 9 wallpapers, 14 concept art drawings and sketches (very good in their own right), 7 music tracks, videos. And of course the bonus chapter.

VERDICT
An excellent game, in which I am very happy to see a totally new story for the first time in... well, forever!

I recommend this game!

 

Re:Game Reviews for Dangerous Games: Prisoners of Destiny

[Post New]by FarmerT on Jan 2, 14 6:23 AM
Thank you both Nilosh and JustTheFacts! I rely on both of your reviews. Just wanted to give you both a pat on the back for well written and succinct reviews.

 
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Re:Game Reviews for Dangerous Games: Prisoners of Destiny

[Post New]by bfgWendwater on Jan 2, 14 8:41 AM
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Re:Game Reviews for Dangerous Games: Prisoners of Destiny

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Re:Game Reviews for Dangerous Games: Prisoners of Destiny

[Post New]by sollys on Jan 2, 14 8:53 AM
The graphics in this game are simply outstanding and the imagination of the artists and developers are awesome. This game is cetainly a buy. Such a beauty and the storyline is so different.

 
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Re:Game Reviews for Dangerous Games: Prisoners of Destiny

[Post New]by jonah11 on Jan 2, 14 8:59 AM
I also liked the game. However for a CE i do not think it is worth the money. I think it is a good game for Se. Not too difficult.

 
BlackWaterRules
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Re:Game Reviews for Dangerous Games: Prisoners of Destiny

[Post New]by BlackWaterRules on Jan 2, 14 9:15 AM
Based on the demo

The graphics started out lackluster in the beginning then became more brilliant as the game progressed. The sound track was boring and two low key. The voice overs were very good.

The storyline was interesting. The player takes a bus to get a job from an old friend during the depression, meets his friend's strange boss, and is hoodwinked into playing a card game, where he becomes trapped in the ultimate game of survival.

The hidden object scenes are not bad, junkpiles with some interactivity. The mini games were pretty interesting. Throughout the game there are objects to collect to win an achievement. There are also achievements for finishing the hidden object games and mini puzzles without using hints.

There is a cute fuzzy purple little helper animal to retrieve things for you.

There are a lot of bells and whistles that could make a good game but this game was just too slow moving with too much handholding. It might be a good game for beginners or players who want something light and easy.

There was nothing in it to warrant a CE.


 

Re:Game Reviews for Dangerous Games: Prisoners of Destiny

[Post New]by LuvDemGames on Jan 2, 14 10:58 AM
i have to have this one! I love the story line and the cute animal helper. I did find the H0s a little on the dark side but I got through them okay. Love the graphics, sometimes I just stared at the screen taking in the scene, instead of looking for objects to use.

I don't keep the music on, so can't comment on that. I do love an interactive map! Really hate walking from scene to scene, I'm spoiled I guess. But this game has so many things going for it besides the interactive map, and the graphics and the story line, well you get my meaning.

A very definite buy.

 
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Re:Game Reviews for Dangerous Games: Prisoners of Destiny

[Post New]by LovetoMissLisa on Jan 2, 14 11:04 AM
I like the graphics and the storyline enough to buy this game. Although, it still is very familer...with all or most of the games...we've been given in the last couple of years. I would really love to see some really NEW storylines.

But this is worth trying forsure. And always give every game the full trial to see what it's about. Things change as the games move along. You never know where it's going after only a few minutes. Take advantage of the free hour trial.

I rate this game: "PIGLET" I would have given it a better rating...but we've seen similar storylines over and over again. But beautiful graphics and a buy for me!

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The absolute best of the best! It has everything you want in a game and things you didn’t know you wanted in a game.
It is a rare beauty and a must have! Beyond expectations! I really love it!

“FINE SWINE”
Great game! Best graphics and storyline. All the bells and whistles! The best and greatest of games! I love it!

“PIGLET”
Good game. I like these little gems! This game is for true lovers of these types of games.

“PORK BELLY”
May be a likable game for some, but not for everyone. It’s just mediocre.

“TROTTERS”
Don't run away with this pig’s foot. LOL

“PIG DOWN”
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Re:Game Reviews for Dangerous Games: Prisoners of Destiny

[Post New]by dancemom1 on Jan 2, 14 2:38 PM
A new story for a change! Graphics are very cartoony, but have very bright, nice colors and are well done. Game play was good, although moved a bit slowly. Nice voice overs, but very few and far between. Music wasn't too bad, but got annoying after a while. Inventory bar did lock, so you don't constantly have it jumping up and down.

There is a helpful jump map, which you will use a lot. There is a lot of returning to the same location for one thing or another, so put on your tennis shoes and get ready to exercise. Didn't use the hint, so can't comment on how fast or slow it recharges. We have another magic animal in this game, but he is quite funny and fun to watch.

HOGs are very simple and again, you need to find a part of something before you can pick it up and remove it from the list. Items are not hard to spot, but I found a few movements that didn't make much sense to me. Puzzles are very simple so far..hopefully they pick up as the game goes on. SG is helpful and locations are well identified.

The only collectibles I have seen are the cards that you need to collect and charge up before you can move to the next level, and the jigsaw puzzle pieces you collect in each scene. Not sure what you do with those, but I would guess it has something to do with the bonus level.

I really found this new story line to be interesting, but it was lacking something that would draw me into the game...not sure what. I do recommend this game for beginners, but not for the expert who wants more realistic graphics and a little more challenge. A game does not have to be extremely challenging for me to like it enough to buy it, but this one did not make me want to buy it as a CE. I have frequently changed my mind once I replay when the SE comes out, so never say never. For now, this game goes in my puddle for "maybe" later.

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 reviews.

 
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Re:Game Reviews for Dangerous Games: Prisoners of Destiny

[Post New]by sunnyglow on Jan 2, 14 3:27 PM
We have a "card" game by the Blamster. This game is somewhat a compilation of the board game "Jumanji" role playing card games like "Magic" and reality shows like "Survivor" all meshed together. I know, weird, huh?

It is the Depression era 1930's South (the game description states it takes place in Louisiana but I found no evidence it was actually this state) and you are looking for a job. Your friend works in a garment factory and believes he can get you can get employment in this factory., Your friend introduces you to his creepy boss (you would have to be desperate to work for this guy) who offers you a job only after you play cards with your friend, his wife and him. When he hands you a card, you enter into an alternate world called "The World of Fire." The game seems to indicate there will be more worlds you must enter, but I didn't get that far into the game, You must become a "team member," (boy does that sound job related, right?) and only one of you will survive to the next level. You receive "power" cards to help overcome the obstacles in the game. Only the person who survives the rounds is the winner. Yep, this game is very much professional development at most workplaces. Only those who "think outside the box" or play cards (or golf) with the boss become the survivors. Bosses also like to throw workers into many "worlds" of problems and chaos. LOL.

This is basically an adventure game with fewer puzzles and more HOPAs, at least for the demo I played. The game gives you three levels of play plus a fourth option to customize, which to me, is greatly appreciated. The HOPAS are interactive. The "muzac" is not the greatest but at least you do not have to listen to it to play the game. The puzzles are standard fare (I only played two through the demo ). The graphics are somewhat "cartoonish," but I think that it is appropriate for this type of game. This is an average 3 to 4 star game to me. It is a decent CE, but not the best we have had better games from this dev. Will I purchase? I will have to see what kind of cards BF will "deal" this weekend and what I will have to ante up to continue on in this game.

Edited on 01/02/2014 at 3:27:50 PM PST


 
steve_san
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Re:Game Reviews for Dangerous Games: Prisoners of Destiny

[Post New]by steve_san on Jan 2, 14 3:44 PM

Destiny rides again

This is a new game, but when I read the summary it sounded familiar. I definitely have beta'd this some months ago.

I did like the concept of the game and the story as it unfolds. It is not entirely a new idea, but not one that has been worn out either.

The artwork is not dazzling, but it is certainly adequately done. Don't judge the game by the look of the very beginning. It gets better and the style changes to a fantasy style. Cut scenes are ok but not spectacular.

Voice overs are just Ok and the lips do not synch with the words. Also, the words at the bottom of the screen are center-justified which looks odd, especially when there are only a few words on the last line. These are small but noticeable flaws.

There is a jump map and it is needed as there is a lot of backtracking. There is also an annoying black screen each time you navigate from scene to scene.

You pick up a purple furry rabbit/monkey that is your "helper." When I beta'd the game, this was a new idea, but now it is common. Personally, I could do without them. This one is no exception.

Hidden object scenes and puzzles are clear and easy, but the use of objects is not always clear or logical, and there are many active areas that are easy to miss. So look around a lot.

There are collectibles and pseudo-achievements. I say pseudo because you have to do them to advance.

Is it worth the CE price? Not to me, but few games are. I like this one a little but I can certainly wait for the SE. Maybe they'll fix Haunted Halls?




 
Tiger2010
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Re:Game Reviews for Dangerous Games: Prisoners of Destiny

[Post New]by Tiger2010 on Jan 2, 14 3:55 PM
Review based on entire game plus bonus.

I have always enjoyed Blam! Studios' games. Is this up to a par with The Keepers? Probably not, but does it deserve all the bad hype? No, I don't think so either. You really have to give this one more than 10 minutes or an hour for the demo to judge. Within that time you are nowhere near the best of this as their games tend to be long (and we haven't even got to the bonus yet).

I didn't find the graphics outdated, fuzzy, unclear or anything of the sort. For me, they were bright and perfectly clear.

The gameplay is different and it's already been said so well by others, so I won't go into it all again. Suffice to say, it's different to what we're used to. For that alone, it should get kudos points.

One thing about the bonus gameplay - as ever with Blam! it's a very good length and I almost always enjoy that part more than the main game. Here, in this one we understand that the villain in the main game really isn't so bad, after all. More a character of unfortunate circumstance.

I've never watched Jumanji other than the trailers and a few minutes, but I'm aware what it's about. This, to me, is more like a warning to us all not to meddle with strange games, riddle boxes (another movie altogether) and the like for fear of what may happen. Of course, it's all complete fantasy, such as vampires, and at least to me, this game wasn't at all occult. It was just a bit of fun.

Yes, you don't require to be Einstein with this one, but in my opinion (humble or not) it's a darn sight better game than we've had with the recent Emerald Maiden and Love Alchemy.

Looking forward to what Blam! will do next.

Edited on 01/02/2014 at 4:01:01 PM PST


 

Re:Game Reviews for Dangerous Games: Prisoners of Destiny

[Post New]by CathyCatfish on Jan 2, 14 6:21 PM
i usually enjoy blam! games, but this one, not so much.
i gave it the full demo time to make up my mind and my mind said "no". but, i can understand if others make up their minds sooner. i was ready to quit after about 20 minutes but didn't want to not give it "a fair chance".

the dev has allotted us a certain amount of time to make up our minds and if they put the best parts of the game AFTER that allotment, well, that's not my issue. and, if they fail to hook you within the first five minutes or so, that's probably not wise business, either. i have been known to exit a game only 10-15 minutes into the demo if it's something i *really* don't care for.
everyone has their own standards and grievances and are allowed to make their own decisions as to how much time they will spend/waste demoing a game that seems early on not to be suitable for them.

so, while i did enjoy the story idea, it was just too much. there were logical fallacies again.... i can freeze fire and such, but i can't freeze the molton lava to make a bridge? why not?

the HOS were beyond junkpiles. the "achievements" were silly. and while cartoon-y graphics might work in some games, i didn't care for them here.

with all the different languages these games are programmed for, i understand the lips not matching the VOs and i can live with that. i'm generally reading and clicking to speed the dialog up anyway and don't usually even notice the disparity.

as a final comment, i am sick to DEATH of "cute fuzzy helper pets" ESPECIALLY those i am asked to name.
[moderator removed the name i gave my pet, so you will just have to use your imagination]
the name i gave it (and all cute,silly "helper" pets) seems apt, considering my level of disdain. that right there is enough to keep my cursor off the "buy" button. this trend needs to STOP, IMHO.

ETA:
by definition, reviews are our opinions of the game in question, and why we will or, in my case, will not purchase it.
this is my review, therefore my opinion, of the game.

Edited on 01/07/2014 at 12:59:39 PM PST


 
lvmurfee
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Re:Game Reviews for Dangerous Games: Prisoners of Destiny

[Post New]by lvmurfee on Jan 4, 14 8:33 AM
I thoroughly enjoyed this game, including the bonus chapter. It is unlike any other game, very creative and imaginative. The graphics are great and the little guy who helps you is rather funny. This game is 1.2GB and I played it through without taking a break as it has a really good storyline. I just wanted to see what was next. If you are tired of the games that you have been playing, this one is an excellent one to play.

 
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Re:Game Reviews for Dangerous Games: Prisoners of Destiny

[Post New]by CoolGrammy1 on Jan 4, 14 11:56 AM
I really enjoyed this game. It is a new kind of storyline and I found the game quite fun. It has a map which allows you to jump locations, the hint charged pretty quickly and the music went well with the gameplay. I liked the colorful graphics as well. This will be added to my must have list although I will probably wait for the SE due to having to pinch my pennies.....

 
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Re:Game Reviews for Dangerous Games: Prisoners of Destiny

[Post New]by tesamoine on Jan 5, 14 6:58 AM
I was excited to see an offering from Blam! but this game failed to impress me. The cartoon-ish graphics did nothing for me. The story line itself was different. However the game was very easy. Besides for the cartoon-ish graphics, when I got the helper pet [Removed by Moderator]. it all went downhill from there. The HOS were definitely junk piles. The games were ehhhh ok. I saw nothing to warrant the CE price, although I am not a big fan of CE's to begin with. If a developer cannot provide the player a suitable ending without needing a "bonus chapter": then that is a game I shall pass on. There have been many soft releases of late which rank miles above these fancy blingy CE offerings. This is a pass for me.

Edited on 01/06/2014 at 11:47:18 AM PST


 
jcsgame
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Re:Game Reviews for Dangerous Games: Prisoners of Destiny

[Post New]by jcsgame on Jan 24, 14 1:19 PM
I enjoyed playing this game. The graphics were nice and clear.

The story was different and quite interesting.

There was a "jump-map" but I really didn't need to use it. The game-play was not a "run your shoes off" type of game. It was quite easy to navigate.

 
 
 
 
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