It was a daaaark and stormy night...Nightfall Mysteries: Curse of the Opera
is an IHOG very reminiscent of Mystery Case Files: Madame Fate
(although Madame Fate
is a straight HOG). This game is heavy on the hidden object scenes, but you have the freedom to wander to and fro as you wish. The game makes it easily evident where you're supposed to go next via the use of both a journal and a notepad that has both your objectives listed and a map you can use to get your bearings. The map does not allow quick transport, but it will show you where the points of interest are. One thing I really like about the game is the ability to go where you like - you're not "locked in" to going to one certain place right at that moment. If you want to explore, you can! I appreciate that we can revisit finished hidden object scenes, too, which many games don't let you do. There is a lot of back and forth, but that does not bother me a bit - it's the hallmark of an adventure game, after all! :D
I mentioned that this game reminds me of Madame Fate
. This is because of the style of characters and because you have two kinds of hidden object scenes to do: The usual find the items on a list play and the find x-number of items on the scene play - There are a lot of find x-number of items, so if you like those, you're in for a treat. There are also door puzzles scattered about, though these don't seem as diabolical as the puzzles in MF. In other words, I was able to figure them out without having to resort to the walkthrough!
Time consuming, but interesting and doable. There is a SKIP button if you do not wish to do the puzzles.
Hints fill very quickly. The graphics are appropriately spooky, but not dreary. The cast of characters are all voiced, though you have the option to turn off the voice-overs if you wish. Nice, long game with an interesting story to keep you wondering, "What's going to happen next??" The music is repetitive, so I turned it down. Sound effects just right.
I think that anyone who likes IHOGs and enjoyed Madame Fate
should try this game.
Now, I'm part-way through chapter 4, so if you'll excuse me, I have a game to finish!