bfgZambezi
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Your comments and reviews for Hidden Identity: Chicago Blackout

[Post New]by bfgZambezi on Mar 3, 10 9:44 AM
Hey Fishies!

What do you think of Hidden Identity: Chicago Blackout? We value your reviews, as do many of the other fishies in our pond, so feel free to post your comments and reviews in this thread! Remember, a lot of people who will be reading this thread will have never played the game before. If you are posting spoilers, be sure to include SPOILER ALERT at the top of your post.

Happy gaming!

 
Poodlebear
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Re:Your comments and reviews for Hidden Identity: Chicago Blackout

[Post New]by Poodlebear on Mar 3, 10 10:13 AM
Wow, good ol' ST and the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" style of game development. If you like the Amazing Adventures and Mystery P.I. games you'll like this cuz it's the same game wearing a different outfit. I snoozed through the demo. Since I still have Escape Rosecliff Island on my desktop that I hack away at when I want super simple HOG play I don't need another one.

One thing I *do* really like about these games and wish we'd see in a more interesting game structure is the word play clues on Object Lists. It's a small thing, but the extra brain power used to figure out what the clue is looking for, similar to a crossword, is the most interesting and entertaining part of these games.

Pass for me, though nothing wrong here. Just the same game as the above mentioned.

(up for word play, down for not much else )

Edited on 03/03/2010 at 1:22:33 PM PST


 
admiral1133
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Re:Your comments and reviews for Hidden Identity: Chicago Blackout

[Post New]by admiral1133 on Mar 3, 10 12:18 PM
I don't play timed games. boring and very slow moving..

 
Itsupikachu
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Re:Your comments and reviews for Hidden Identity: Chicago Blackout

[Post New]by Itsupikachu on Mar 3, 10 12:58 PM
I played the trial of this on another website and even though I liked Escape from Rosecliff Manor, I didn't care much for this one. I guess part of the reason is, I didn't like the music at all-much too jazzy for me. I know I can turn off the music but I don't like doing that. The other reason I didn't really care for the game is that, if I remember correctly, it's a straight HOG which is fine but I'm more into IHOG games, now. Those of you who like HOGs and jazz ought to really enjoy this one. As Poodlebear pointed out there is nothing wrong with the game. It just a matter of personal preferences.

 
wrennie
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Re:Your comments and reviews for Hidden Identity: Chicago Blackout

[Post New]by wrennie on Mar 3, 10 1:40 PM
I liked this game. The music is quite indicative of the period (the 1930's) I was surprised that they did not use the name of Chicago's zoo. It should have been Lincoln Park Zoo. I only played the demo so I don't know if the rest of the game is true to the actual landmarks.

 

Re:Your comments and reviews for Hidden Identity: Chicago Blackout

[Post New]by inkydotz on Mar 3, 10 2:15 PM
Chicago Blackout has a fresh perspective, unusual clues, and witty messages. I think it's a refreshing change of pace, including the upbeat sound of smooth jazz. It's an innovate presentation of a Hidden Object game, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

 
fifegal
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Re:Your comments and reviews for Hidden Identity: Chicago Blackout

[Post New]by fifegal on Mar 3, 10 2:50 PM
wrennie wrote:I liked this game. The music is quite indicative of the period (the 1930's) I was surprised that they did not use the name of Chicago's zoo. It should have been Lincoln Park Zoo. I only played the demo so I don't know if the rest of the game is true to the actual landmarks.




Hey, how about the Brookfield zoo also. I liked the game so far, but am worried about the length; heard a few comments about it being real short. Anybody know the length. thanks

 
NanaLoona
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Re:Your comments and reviews for Hidden Identity: Chicago Blackout

[Post New]by NanaLoona on Mar 3, 10 4:54 PM
I this game! It is a standard HOG from ST, but they have really used very imaginative clues and mini games. The mini games I've played so far have been very different and a lot of fun. I really have to expand my thinking to figure out what the writer intended for the clues. There are many humorous touches and a couple of laugh out loud moments for me. Add to that a jazzy soundtrack and noirish feel and I'm one happy time waster.



Nana Loona

 
SublimeOne
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Re:Your comments and reviews for Hidden Identity: Chicago Blackout

[Post New]by SublimeOne on Mar 3, 10 8:08 PM
The best part of this game is the word play in the clues. I love this concept and I wish more games would use it.

That's the good news.

The bad news is that those clever clues are wrapped up in a pretty boring game. The graphics are nice enough but the sounds are thoroughly annoying and the gameplay itself is ordinary. Straight HOG scenes (3 in a row) followed by a simple little game/puzzle. Things like putting together a shredded piece of paper or a simple match3 type game. Very ordinary.

It's all tied up in a pretty simple "who am I" "who done it" type of story that never drew me in enough to care.

It's frustrating to me that the smart and funny clues are stuck in such a dull game. Once again, a game that had real potential that's never fully realized.

Still, if you want a basically straight HOG with no frills and some smart clues, this is your game. I wanted more, so it's a no sale for me.

 

Re:Your comments and reviews for Hidden Identity: Chicago Blackout

[Post New]by carolemoore1961 on Mar 3, 10 8:27 PM
I'm in agreement with everyone. VERY SHORT game. I finished it in the hour demo time. Got all the notes for the extra...but just started the credits i think after the guy's standing there holding a pizza and done...so I won't know what the extra thing is for getting all the notes. I liked the game but if I can finish in an hour not worth a credit.

 
Faylyn
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Re:Your comments and reviews for Hidden Identity: Chicago Blackout

[Post New]by Faylyn on Mar 3, 10 8:50 PM
I don't like games with slow hard-to-manage cursors and this one has that type of cursor with no option to change it out. I played demo but won't buy because of that. Sorry.

 

Re:Your comments and reviews for Hidden Identity: Chicago Blackout

[Post New]by missa2j on Mar 3, 10 9:24 PM
It is too short, I regret buying it. They should tell us how long the games are before we buy them. Wasted my coupon

 
who44
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Re:Your comments and reviews for Hidden Identity: Chicago Blackout

[Post New]by who44 on Mar 4, 10 2:12 AM
can someone tell me where does the cigarette goes????????????

 
MamaK9
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Re:Your comments and reviews for Hidden Identity: Chicago Blackout

[Post New]by MamaK9 on Mar 4, 10 2:29 AM
who44: If memory serves correctly, the cigarette goes inside a circle on the top, towards the left of center. You can just see "flames" inside the circle, so once you place the cigarette there, it becomes a no smoking sign.

I guess I'm in the minority, but I am enjoying this one and bought it. I usually only get to play these games for a few minutes early in the morning with my coffee before getting ready for work and this one fits the bill for getting the 'ole brain cells going. As they say, "different strokes for different folks".

Edited on 03/04/2010 at 2:31:05 AM PST


 
Jobo34
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Re:Your comments and reviews for Hidden Identity: Chicago Blackout

[Post New]by Jobo34 on Mar 5, 10 6:58 AM
I'm ditto to all from Txhusky!

 
exact
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Re:Your comments and reviews for Hidden Identity: Chicago Blackout

[Post New]by exact on Mar 5, 10 9:59 AM
A fun game! Used a credit. Enjoying graphics and unique way to select some of the Hidden objects. Makes you think a little more but not too much. It would be worth paying for it, It's cleverly done.

Edited on 03/05/2010 at 10:01:58 AM PST


 

Re:Your comments and reviews for Hidden Identity: Chicago Blackout

[Post New]by auntieuffta on Mar 5, 10 2:17 PM
Where does the stupid pipe go?

 
buddhabme
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Re:Your comments and reviews for Hidden Identity: Chicago Blackout

[Post New]by buddhabme on Mar 5, 10 3:18 PM
auntieuffta wrote:Where does the stupid pipe go?


What pipe? Where are you in the game?

And how do you know it's stupid?

Edited on 03/05/2010 at 3:19:17 PM PST


 
scarlet_11dy6
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Re:Your comments and reviews for Hidden Identity: Chicago Blackout

[Post New]by scarlet_11dy6 on Mar 6, 10 12:52 AM
Btwn 2 other stupid pieces of pipe?

 
Nagasse
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Re:Your comments and reviews for Hidden Identity: Chicago Blackout

[Post New]by Nagasse on Mar 6, 10 7:55 AM
Its an ok game but leaves out alot to do with Chicago, I wish it were more Chicago style I think it would have made the plot more interesting. Why not use Chicago landmarks? Casinos are not Chicago, why not use stores, parks, the lake? Its not a bad game just not all that exciting either, I played the demo conflicted on if I should purchase, if so I hope it gets more interesting and the scenery/graphics could have been better

 
 
 
 
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