Calavera: Day of the Dead CE
Options include separate sliders for sound effects and music, plus full screen, widescreen, low quality, and custom cursor. The game automatically adjusted for my widescreen resolution. There are three difficulties to choose from: Casual, Advanced, and Hard, and the mode you choose will affect whether or not there is a misclick penalty, among other things. As usual I went with middle-of-the-road with Advanced. The tutorial is optional (and probably not available in Hard Mode.)
The inventory bar is retractable, but can be locked in an open position.
The very first mini-game we need to do is timed and requires reflexes. On the plus side, with it being so early in the game, you'll know right away if you're able to do the game on Hard Mode (which has no skip available.) If you can handle this one, you should be able to get past the other activity-based minis peppered through the game.
The HOS are very lightly interactive, and the final item you find will be the one that ends up in your inventory.
Using a HINT during the adventure portion of the game will give you both a directional arrow and a comment from our Guide. For example, "Let's head to the tomb."
We have an interactive MAP with a jump-to option. Your current location will have a slight glow around it, and any location that has possible actions will have an exclamation mark by it.
Our journal serves as both story-tracker and companion. The Guide Book of the Dead is quite the character
and the notations in the book can be a lot of fun to read. Everything we see will be marked in the book, but it's full of hints, and the black bar hints are pretty blatant, as well.
Hopefully they're not so in-your-face on Hard Mode!
I had a few irritating moments with the game. First off is the fact that sometimes clicking on the background will close a pop-up scene, and sometimes it doesn't. Second is the fact that some of the mini-games rely on your reflexes. I'm not bad at this kind of thing, but I have friends who like to play on the hardest mode, but wouldn't be able to since they don't have the reflexes to do those minis, and they're not skippable in hardest mode!
Even I got impatient with the touchy controls on the final mini game and skipped it. HINT: There are four buttons there, and the bottom two don't always do what you want right away
I loved the original setting and art style the used for the game, and despite my small gripes, I thought the gameplay was very good.CE Extras:
- Integrated Strategy Guide
- Bonus Chapter
- 26 Collectible Sugar Skulls
- 16 Documents (surely this is part of the SE gameplay, but there's an achievement for finding them all)
- 20 Achievements
- 11 Wallpapers (Some in-game screens, but quite a few originals)
- 5 Music Tracks (does not have a save-to-computer option)
- 2 "Papercraft" - complete instructions to make 3D paper versions of the Guide Book and Train from the game
All extras are available at the beginning of gameplay, except for the bonus chapter.
The strategy guide will stay open to where you left it, and collectibles are shown in a separate section. Very nice if you need a nudge on gameplay, but want to find all of the collectibles yourself.
I missed two of the sugar skulls, and I know exactly where one of them was (guess you had to click in exactly the right spot, 'cause I know I clicked there at least five times!) but no idea where the last one was. You want to look for one on every single scene, and make SURE that you find them on the first two scenes you visit, for you won't be able to return to them later!
I came nowhere close to getting all of the achievements!Bonus chapter:
You get the choice of difficulty level again for the bonus chapter, in case you've changed your mind
The main game has a satisfactory ending, but the bonus picks up right where it left off, telling us of our final journey. All of the locations are new, and though there aren't that many, when you include the zoom-ins and HOS, it feels
like there are a lot. I may have liked the bonus even more than the main game, though it wasn't all that long.
I definitely recommend giving it a try!