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 posted in Golden Trails: The New Western Rush on Jul 15, 10 8:48 PM
I've just finished the game and enjoyed it.
Fairly straight HOG but there is a little interaction between scenes. Not quite what I would call an IHOG but some others might.

Graphics were sharp and clear. I liked the artwork.
I found the objects were well hidden but in plain site and were appropriate to the scene.

No timer.

Not sure if there is a penalty for over clicking as I never ran into it.

Plenty of bonuses including extra hints and points for quick finds, no hint use and, oddly enough, for finishing continuous scenes without leaving the game.

The mini games in between were the only negative for me as they were extremely repetitive and insanely easy. But they were very short and quick so not a bother.

The random shooting, (bad guys pop up) during the HOG scenes, which adds extra hints, is slightly annoying but easily ignored if it bothers you.

The music was repetitive but I turned it down low and it wasn't distracting.

The game, along with the bonus scenes, took me a little over four hours but I relaxed and took my time.

The replay value may be quite good for some as there are many different trophies and achievements to go for.

After completing the game and finding enough hidden sheriff badges it also unlocks an unlimited mode.

This has all the extras of a CE including wallpaper, soundtracks, walkthrough and background construction.

On the whole I found this a fun game with nicely challenging hidden objects.

As a side note I must add:
I do think it's funny that the story starts out with a old time sheriff needing a vacation and his boss sending him off.... ...did they get vacation days back then???
 posted in Golden Trails: The New Western Rush on Jul 15, 10 8:19 PM
It took me a little more than 4 hours, including the bonus scenes, but I took my time to find everything including the extras. No timer on this so I just relaxed.
 posted in Cleopatra: A Queen's Destiny on Jun 19, 10 1:50 PM

I've played this game before under a different title.

This is a traditional point-n-click adventure set in Egypt . You play in first person as Thomas, an apprentice astrologer. You find your girl "Iris" and her father "Akkad" have disappeared. The object of the game is to find out what happened and why and track them down.

The game is in 3D. Graphics are beautiful and in my opinion the best part of the entire game.

Nice ambient sound, lively soundtrack and great use of surround sound for audio effects.
Voice acting fair. They sound quite rushed at times.

Puzzles are mainly inventory based though there are some logic puzzles. All are well integrated into the Egypt of the time. Most of the puzzles are of a medium difficulty. Though often the difficulty lies in finding an essential object.

Solving the puzzles give a cut scene.

Game length is nice and not too short, especially for BF's price . 17+ hours if you take your time as I did.

Mild Spoiler Alert:
Unfortunately there are only three venues, Akkad's garden, Royal library and Alexandria lighthouse. There are a couple of brief visits to Cleopatra's palace, but no significant gaming action takes place there. I wish there had been more.

Greek text instead of hieroglyphics is used throughout the game, which is a nice touch and perfectly accurate for the period in question.

There is a system of choosing astrological sign which tailors the puzzles as easier or harder (good day/ bad day). In practice there is not much difference. Bad day requires a few more steps or pieces to solving a given puzzle.

The game ran without problems on my son's older XP and fine on my Vista.

I would have liked more historical info but I guess you can't have everything.

This is a nice enough game for adventure enthusiasts who are looking for lots of puzzles and long playing time.

Good bang for the buck!

 posted in The Crop Circles Mystery on Jun 16, 10 12:42 AM
I beta tested this one. Seems I remember that it was kind of dull. I'll go take a dip in the demo and see if I am recalling correctly.

Update: Yes, unfortunately I remembered correctly. IMHO repetative and dull. Cute concept, fairly bright and clear graphics but the story faded away and lost me. Maybe it just wasn't my cup of tea but others might enjoy it's slow and easy pace.
Have a great gaming day Fellow Fishies.
I also Beta tested this and have been impatiently waiting for it's final arrival! Very excited for the HD. Graphics in this game are beautiful. No demo for me...straight to buy! will have to to play....have a great day fellow fishies.

As a web designer let me add:
multiple involved graphics= large file= longer download.
Patience is it's own reward!
 posted in Puppet Show: Souls of the Innocent Collector's Edition on May 28, 10 11:56 AM
About 4 hours in length for the game (though I was up from my desk a few times), and about 40 minutes for the extra game play.
Extra story line sets up for next game in series....YAY!
Graphics are incredible! No blur or excessive darkness and beautifully done.
Story line is logical and interesting.
Music not intrusive.
HOGs are clear and memory retentive. If you come back a second time the articles from the first search are still gone.
Hints are endless and refill fairly normal.
Skip button for mini-games.
Many different mini games. No repeats that I remember.
Guide is game accessable. No having to go back to menu. I did not use the guide so not sure how clear instructions are.
Worth the money to me. This game is very well done. Though I must say I did find this one much easier than the first but still entertaining.
The spider robot is back......and still kinda creepy in IMO.
On the whole I'd give this a definite
 posted in Puppet Show: Souls of the Innocent Collector's Edition on May 28, 10 11:37 AM
Extra game play was about 40 minutes myself but sets up for the next version. Well done.
Was worth the extra $ for me but only as I was impatient and couldn't wait for the regular version. The wallpapers and screen savers mean little to me. Never used the guide at all since the game was straight ahead and pretty logical. I do not regret the extra expense. I love this series!
 posted in I Spy Fantasy on May 25, 10 9:24 AM
The "I Spy" series are great for kids. The graphics are always bright and entertaining. I would most assuredly recommend this for kids under 10.
 posted in Tiger Eye - Part I: Curse of the Riddle Box on May 19, 10 6:16 AM
I enjoyed this game very much.

Loaded in and ran well with no problems.
The graphics were clear and well defined. I have read complaints that some objects were hard to find but I found the way they were hidden fun and challenging. No junk pile but well hidden. My older eyes didn't have many problems finding anything.
I enjoyed the mini games immensely. They played into the story well. Nice variations of all kinds.
Only 2 hints used throughout game and thumped my head when I saw what I missed.
Hints are added with every chapter so I'm not sure if you can run out. I never had a problem with it or the recharge.
Cursor will go crazy for a very short time if you overclick. Had to find this out by intentionally fast clickling though as I never had it happen in the game.
The story line is interesting and held my attention. I was sorry that this was a cliffhanger and was disappointed when it ended. I wanted to go on and find out the rest of the tale.
The music was very complimentary to the story and not repetitive. Voice acting fairly well done. I agree with another comment that said it was nice to see drawn expression and emotion as opposed to stoic faces.
The length was worth the cost. No short game here. It took me about 5 hours but I'm fairly quick with HOGS and had gotten up from my desk quite a few times for varied reasons.
The "Romance" warning had to do with comic book style kissing and a few suggestive comments but on the whole very tame.

Looking forward to Part 2.
Enjoy Fishies!
 posted in Deadtime Stories on May 4, 10 10:55 AM

A keeper!
 posted in Vampireville on Mar 16, 10 10:38 AM
This game was hilarious! I enjoyed it more and more as it progressed. Though not hard it was challenging at points and never bored me.
There was a fair share of logical and understandable interaction.
The HOG sections were imaginitive and story/ theme driven.
The mini-games were varied and entertaining.
The story line was very amusing and consistant.
The music unobtrusive.
The graphics were colorful and clear. There is 2 very brief "flashlight" sections but they were bright and not at all rough on the eyes.
The overall feel of the game fit the storyline very well.
There are cut scenes but they are brief and entertaining.
The hints and skips recharged though I didn't use but 2 throughout the game.
No penalty for poking as this it is part of the game.
Your "saves" occur at the end of each chapter.
There are 25 chapters plus a wrap-up to the story at finish.
It does get a little more challenging as it progresses as, at points, it stops giving you directions how to proceed but never really difficult if you poke around.
Well worth your money for time and entertainment value.
And did anyone else notice that the main male character in this "vampire" tale definitely resembled and sounded like Keanu Reeves? That cracked me up!
 posted in Dark Parables: Curse of Briar Rose Collector's Edition on Mar 12, 10 3:24 PM
I do love this stye of game. This is an adventure game as much as a HOG as you will be going back and forth and interacting with objects. The music was light and not distracting. The graphics were clear, the colors warm and the needed objects were not dark. The story line was fairly easy to follow and the puzzles were interesting but not extremely hard. I found I only needed two hints in the entire game. I was however disappointed in the ending as it just seemed to end. No tally on the morphing though it had given a number count throughout the game. It would have been nice to be able to go back and look for them. The "novels" are nothing more than short fables. The extra adventure was fun but short. I do think this is a very replayable game as when I started a second time the difficulty had increased. The game took me about 4 hours but I did play with only minor pauses. All and all I wish I had waited for the standard game but it's not a great disappointment as I did enjoy it over all. Thank you BF for an interesting afternoon.
 posted in Love Story: Letters from the Past on Feb 25, 10 8:23 AM
jgriffin43 wrote:I am having trouble with the screen "Insert the scrapbook item that belongs in the memory". It appears to the the basket ball in the gym but nothing is happening while trying to play here. Any tips to finish this screen??? Thanks

Take the basketball and put it on the sparkles when in the gym HOG scene.
 posted in Love Story: Letters from the Past on Feb 25, 10 8:21 AM
tame62 wrote:Can anyone help me, I am stuck at the drive-in movies? I see the part of the car that is sparkling but can't do anything.
Most appreciated

Take the movie tickets and put them on the sparkles.
 posted in Love Story: Letters from the Past on Feb 25, 10 8:06 AM
Not sure why the objects were considered small or "microscopic". I'm in my 50's and my vision is not what it once was, (wear glasses when on computer), but I didn't have any problem with size. Some objects were hard to spot but only because they were well hidden in the scene. I did have to use the hint a couple of times but kicked myself for missing the obvious when I did. I thought this was a sweet story and I wanted to find out how it ended. I thought the mini-games were quite entertaining, varied and imaginative for such a gentle HOG. The game was not hard but not boring and had many more chapters than I expected. Was pleased to discover that finding the letters was only a quarter of the chapters and it continued on.The music was lovely and quite a surprise since there was not as much repetition as you find in most games. Not a really challenging game but sweet and relaxing. I bought it and recommend it.
 posted in Nightfall Mysteries: Curse of the Opera on Feb 25, 10 7:43 AM

The game definitely gets more challenging as you go along. i actually enjoyed the game. I wouldn't compare it to any game in particular but it definitely has a lot of elements found in some of the better games.

If you liked PuppetShow & Dark Tales etc. you may like this one.

Margie B

I agree. I found this game quite fun and in some spots quite challenging. Some proofreading would have been nice as some objects are mis-labled, (comb=brush), but otherwise the story was interesting and held my attention. Length was not bad. No too long but long enough to be worth the money. Nice graphics, music not intrusive while adding to the atmosphere. Would recommend!
 posted in Nightfall Mysteries: Curse of the Opera on Feb 13, 10 11:43 AM
Add glitch up 'til then. Total freeze upon completion of puzzle.

...whoops..(kept replaying puzzle)..third times a charm. It finally advanced to the closing scene. Loved the game! Well worth the money spent!
 posted in Mystery Stories: Berlin Nights on Dec 11, 09 10:48 AM
Ridiculous story line that, if it has a point, I lost interest in. Tedious graphics and the stills in between look absurdly happy. I am very sorry I spent money on this game. Only the second time in the 50+ games I've bought from BF that I have been disappointed.
The last time , (The Dracula Files),was only because I did not read the reviews in the forum. My bad! I guess I was due for a
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