Please post your REVIEWS for Mexicana: Deadly Holiday here

[Post New]by pondprowler on Apr 16, 14 12:37 AM
A thread for your reviews!

Edited on 04/16/2014 at 8:21:29 AM PST


Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Mexicana: Deadly Holiday here

[Post New]by JustTheFacts on Apr 16, 14 12:39 AM
Pauper’s Calavera!***


At first, the obvious rip off of Calavera: Day Of The Dead annoyed me so much I couldn’t get into this game. I mean, the exact same story – fiancé/e kidnapped on the Day of the Dead and a journey into the afterworld to rescue him/her! Outrageous. And by comparison, this one just doesn’t have a ghost of a chance. But it grew on me a little.

This game’s graphics are very bright and colourful, a little too light for me, I like a fuller colour. Very cartoonish. But nicely done, just not on a par with the mega-games of 2013. The music is a big plus for the game, ethnically appropriate, and tuneful and lively. There is, in both the sights and the sounds, a hint of the humour found in Calavera.

There are no voiceovers, this is a low budget game, but the dialogues do not interfere too much with the action. Voiceovers would have been much better though.

As I said, kidnapped fiancé, the need to cross over to the world of the dead to rescue him. In this story, the fortune teller helps you concoct the magic potion and complete the ritual required to make the journey. There we meet lots of specific characters belonging to the myths and traditions of the Day of the Dead.
The approach to the characters is odd. Each time they appear a scene appears with a poster-like look to it with the creature’s image and name.

Again, the game is low budget, so there is not much new here. There are progressive silhouettes and interactive word list HOPs, and an assortment of others, including some carnival ones, and some casino games. These are played too slowly, detract from the game because of it, and are just time fillers as far as I could see. A lot of the game so far has been the kind that includes recipes and spells and finding lots of ingredients.

The most noteworthy feature of this game is the map of the world of the dead. It is flabbergasting. I have no idea how it works – but it does. I have no idea how to use it – but I did. It is beautiful, original, and sufficiently interesting to me that I will buy this game in order to study it more closely. You have to admit, that must be some map! It does show you the places you can go, but I could never describe adequately. There is also the directional hint and journal to help.

The most annoying thing about this game is that when you enter a close-up window, you cannot back out, you must close it by clicking on the x in the top right corner. VERY irritating.

A lesser quality game that is a rip off a better one, but which has a quirky bent and some interesting ways of doing things that make it worth it for novelty value.

I (cautiously) recommend this game!

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Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Mexicana: Deadly Holiday here

[Post New]by tookat on Apr 16, 14 1:06 AM
Thank you JTF for the honest opinion.
Lol, not that other reviews are not honest.....I am indebted and happily so, to all our game reviewers.
Thank you reviewers for all your hard work.

I was not going to give this a chance because it sounded like a bad rip off of Calavera which I absolutely loved.

Knowing that the game is quirky....well, I like a quirky game.....I just hope it turns out to be way quirky and not impossible to play.

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[Post New]by jennsmom on Apr 16, 14 3:46 AM
JustTheFacts, I wasn't even going to try this game after you mentioned searching for ingredients and recipes -- one of my least favorite things. have me intrigued regarding that map, so I'm off to try. Thanks for your honest review.

Edit after attempting a demo: The game looked interesting, but I was thrown out 4 minutes into the game with an access violation, so I guess I'll never know about that map.

Edited on 04/17/2014 at 6:55:30 AM PST

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[Post New]by Robilyn on Apr 16, 14 3:54 AM
I played the demo and loved the music. The hints fills up quickly. I did however have the game freeze on me 3 times. But what I played I enjoyed. The music alone is worth the price of admission. I have also already posted in the tech thread.

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[Post New]by katycoogan on Apr 16, 14 7:28 AM
So....tried the game. Not bad. But am not seeing a map. JTF said it was unusual. I was looking all over for it--very curious. If someone could please let me know if I need my glasses cleaned or what. Thanks in advance.

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Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Mexicana: Deadly Holiday here

[Post New]by bfgVaiya on Apr 16, 14 8:21 AM
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Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Mexicana: Deadly Holiday here

[Post New]by Penguin29 on Apr 16, 14 11:00 AM
I've been playing for about 2 1/2 hours now. No tech issues at all. Really enjoying this game. I hope you give it a try. There are many variations in the hidden object scenes... something I really enjoy.

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[Post New]by sunnyglow on Apr 16, 14 2:34 PM
¡Feliz Día de los Muertos! Get your "ofrendas" (altars) ready, tidy up your relatives' gravesites, and let´s all picnic at the local cemetery as we await the spirits of our dearly departed to enter the physical realm. Isn´t it great our dead relatives enter the "real world" and eat dinner with us once a year on November 2? It's always a pleasure to have Grandma over (from the other side) for dinner! We also enter the mysterious world of "Santería" (Mexican voodoo) with its spells and incantations. (Geesh, BF what´s with all the games lately dealing with voodoo? Is someone into Magic (not the game, Geeks) huh? with a "brujita" (little witch fortune teller) by our side. "Hay solamente un problema (There is only one problem) - it is 5 months late! No problema! We are on "la hora española" (Latin time) in which time has no meaning.

You are a nervous bride about to be married to a very creepy guy. Boy - she must be desperate to marry this dude or maybe she is in a zombie trance? The veil between the real world and the spirit world is lifted for a short time on this date allowing our damsel in distress to rescue her kidnapped fiancé from the realm of the dead. We have another game from Alls a War which to me is pretty decent. Sorry JTF, I disagree with you. This game is definitely not like "Calavera" to me. I absolutely hated that game and the facts about the holiday are bogus. I like this game for three reasons - the artwork, the music and the authenticity. Okay - it is not a Diego Rivera masterpiece - but the game is fairly authentic artistically. Collecting skeletal art from Día de Los Muertos, I really appreciate the artwork in this game. For an SE, it is very good. It is a very simplistic game. There is no voice. The puzzles are very easy and old school. The HOP scenes are interactive and they also have authentic items from Mexico from this time of year. Very cool, devs! However, it moves slowly so it becomes little boring and I would bet that is why some do not like this game.

This is a great game to learn about Día de Los Muertos. There is even a nasty Fer de Lance (Mexican rattlesnake). I will use one of my BF coupons and play this game. Maybe if I play enough of these "voodoo" games I can become a powerful mambo or "curandera" Ya think? I give this game 5 "estrellas" (stars) out of 5 "estrellas" for an SE. "¡Es muy divertido!" (Great game!)

Edited on 04/16/2014 at 3:03:45 PM PST

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Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Mexicana: Deadly Holiday here

[Post New]by FORTUNATUS on Apr 16, 14 3:38 PM
Hi all.. nope, no vo's or woopdeedoo's and I agree with the above [Sunnyg/...] this is the real deal despite the low budget.

I am pretty certain I had done a beta test for this, yet the artwork and storyline was a bit different and to my eye, the graphics were a lot better in the original [no offense to the current art team, if, indeed different, just a matter of preference]. Despite the artwork... it IS, well, interesting [?] and sort of grows on you, and overall this game is SO much better than the usual, run of the mill... I wish it had the 'limelight' as tomorrow's game today, yet go figure.

So, bottomline: LOVE the music, artwork, general originality in development of plotline... which is adventure themed & a definite buy for this Senora! : )

Enjoy all!

Edited on 04/16/2014 at 3:40:52 PM PST

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[Post New]by MissAbby on Apr 16, 14 4:02 PM
JTF did the usual great review job!! Just wanted to add that I am really enjoying this game. I've been playing half the day and no end in sight, so it's pretty long! Not a lot of HO's but the ones that are, are varied. Haven't figured out the map very well, but doesn't seem like I need to really use it. Wait, I'll get all the way through and find out I should have right at the luck! LOL!

Great SE!! Thank you BFG!!


ETA: ETA: I totally agree with Fortunatus! There are no woopdeedoo's or vo's and la música muy hermosa! Just goes to show you we don't really need all the cutesy fluff! At least I don't!

Edited on 04/16/2014 at 4:14:50 PM PST


Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Mexicana: Deadly Holiday here

[Post New]by rosie28sammy on Apr 16, 14 5:52 PM
Reading the description, I thought this would be exactly the same as Calavera, but it is not. The game stands alone. Unfortunately, after five minutes of trying to play, the game froze twice and I received an error access violation code. When I clicked on the error access message, I then got a message that stated that Twisted Lands: Insomnia wasn't working. So, I think I will wait to try again after BF fixes the issue as it looks like many others are having the same problem.

In the short time I was able to play the game, I thought the graphics were good. Colorful and yet somewhat dark which is fitting form the storyline. The gameplay was enjoyable and it really looks like an excellent game. The music was excellent as well. There aren't the usual whistles and bangs, but I wouldn't expect that in a SE and really if the game is enjoyable, I really couldn't care less about having them.

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[Post New]by dgbtrbgh on Apr 16, 14 8:14 PM
I seldom review games, but I always read the reviews before I buy. JTF, as always, did a thorough review of this game. I'd just like to say that my first impression of this game was that it is really creepy ... and that wasn't a good creepy! Till I finished the demo, I had a completely different impression of the game. I don't know when I last played a game that made me laugh out loud like this one did. You really have to pay attention to the written dialogue! Oh, yes, this game is a buy for me! It just gets better!

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[Post New]by tillybaby on Apr 27, 14 2:47 AM
I have just finished this game and fortunately didn't encounter any technical issues. This game is one of the best I have played for a long time now and that includes all the collectors editions that I always buy. At first I was a bit skeptical and didn't really 'get it' but as I progressed I really was extremely impressed,. The game play is brilliant and well thought out and all I can say is don't be put off by the first 30 mins. or so as I was. The game is a long one too.

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