Collector's EditionAnother Great Nautical Adventure
BASED ON DEMO
There are so many of these lately, they practically constitute their own sub-genre! Not that I’m complaining, I love them all. This one starts off very low key, only becoming truly exciting ‘after the hanging’. But all the signs are there of another Eipix sensation.
SIGHTS & SOUNDS
Graphics are superb, although the cut scenes look kinda weird in texture, but I suspect that the inadequacy is in my graphics software rather than the game. There is plenty of rich colour and variety, and the incorporation of live actors (which I now recognise as Eipix team members!) into the visuals is exceptionally well done.
The music is delightful. Nautical and cheerful, very Caribbean. The voiceovers are nearly synced and chosen well. Ambient sounds, wonderful. Sound can really make a game an experience, so I appreciate the effort Eipix puts into them.
We are a lady detective in an era when, in reality, that would not have been possible, but it is still fun. A pirate is hanged, throwing a necklace into the crowd and challenging them to find his treasure. The young boy who grabs it brings it to you.
Before we’ve had a chance to decipher its significance, we are summoned to the baron’s manor, where he hires us to find the treasure for him. To ensure our cooperation, he holds the young boy hostage. So we are off on a voyage that MUST succeed. The proceedings are complicated by the history of the baron, his wife and the pirate, so don’t expect smooth sailing!
Mainly HO puzzles, with interactive lists, and a zoom-in HO scene with silhouettes inside each one. You can choose to play a Match 3 game instead - it is colourful and fun too. The few mini-games are easy and fun. The adventure tasks are helped by an interactive jump map, a directional hint that will transport you the next location if you are too far off base, a detailed journal and an objective list. Again, nothing too hard, but fun.
CE extras include the standards, plus replayable HOs & mini-games, achievements and collectibles. These are pages from a code book that we will presumably need sometime, so I doubt that they’re exclusive to the CE.
FAMOUS LAST WORDS
Love it! Can’t wait to get back to it. What else can I say?..
I recommend this game!BASED ON COMPLETED GAME
Loads to like about this game. Looks good, sounds good. Fun gameplay with lots HOPs and puzzles. Useful hint and map. Choice of difficulty. A story based on historical facts, that at times seems confused but is definitely intriguing. Pirate’s treasure, evil baron, a little romance, and of course, adventure on the high seas. You gotta love it. A couple of things I noted:
• VOs were synched to a portrait image of individual, while the person in the scene remained still.
• There were items which could be combined in inventory.
• It’s always nice to see a change in the weather.
• Each HOP had a mini-HOP with object outlines within it.
• The scroll holding the collectible pages stayed unravelled until you found the page in that scene.(CE only)BONUS CONTENT REVIEW
In total, I must say I don’t think the bonus content lives up to the main game’s standards.
The main game finishes well enough, and if you didn’t know there might be more to the story in the exclusive chapter, I don’t think its ending would frustrate you. Yes, we go one step further, but the information isn’t vital. The bonus chapter lasted only 50 mins for me, which is less than my usual time.
The game area uses a couple of old scenes with minor changes and about 7 new ones. Likewise, there are some new HOPs using interactive list, and some old ones with object outlines only. The puzzles (about 4) were all new, but were considerably easier than the ones in the main game.
There are collectible pages of a code, which get entered into a book found in the achievements room, and at each stage of the alphabet a section of interesting trivia about this pirate’s true career is decoded. This was definitely fun. The achievements are not too interesting, almost all being fairly predictable.
The gallery includes: game wallpapers and pictures of the developer’s team having fun (which they seem very good at), movies, music, a ‘making of’ home movie (funny), and replayable HOPs and puzzles.
There is, of course, also a built-in Strategy Guide.
Would I buy the CE again? Probably not, because the bonus chapter was somewhat disappointing. As an SE, this is an incredibly good game and worth every cent!Still recommend this game!