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    PuppetShow 1: Mystery of Joyville

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    genkicoll

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    PuppetShow 1: Mystery of Joyville

    Post by genkicoll on Sat Jan 07, 2012 11:47 pm

    PuppetShow: Mysteries of Joyville
    by ERS Game Studios

    Series links:  PuppetShow 1: Mystery of Joyville, PuppetShow 2: Souls of the Innocent, PuppetShow 3: Lost Town, PuppetShow 4: Return to Joyville, PuppetShow 5: Destiny Undone, PuppetShow 6: Lightning Strikes, PuppetShow 7: The Price of Immortality

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    The puppet show in Joyville was once a wondrous attraction  until the great fire. Now, rusted gears and dark mysteries lay within  strange machinations and disheveled puppets. A young boy, Simon, is the  most recent in a long line of missing people. In PuppetShow: Mystery of   Joyville, you are tasked with solving nefarious puzzles, finding hidden clues, and uncovering the dark secrets of a town that is anything but  joyful.

    • Beautiful, immersive world
    • Find hidden clues to solve puzzles
    • Uncover a dark mystery!

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    JustTheFacts

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    Re: PuppetShow 1: Mystery of Joyville

    Post by JustTheFacts on Fri Dec 06, 2013 4:07 am

    Simple But Elegant Game

    Sunny Sunny SunnySunnySunny 

    BASED ON COMPLETED GAME

    What a treat it is to be playing Mystery Of Joyville again. The GRAPHICS are simply beautiful – bright, colourful, exquisitely detailed. Even the ‘ugly’ scenes look wonderful.

    Compared to the later PuppetShow games, Joyville is very simplistic, and very much a HO GAME. There are HOGs everywhere you turn, and each LIST is full of items such as “4 clocks”, so you get to stay put for quite a while. There is some INTERACTION, but it is not indicated on the list, only by sparkles.

    The PUZZLES were delightfully simple; in a couple of cases I was waiting for the catch! For me to call a puzzle easy, it must be very simple indeed.

    Some of the appeal of this game is, in fact, its simplicity.

    The story is simplicity itself. You are asked to investigate the disappearance of a young boy. His family inform of a rash of disappearances from the town that seem to be connected to the old puppet theatre. So you investigate the theatre.

    I liked that there was NO MAP, NO HINT outside HOGs, NO VOICEOVERS, NO VIDEO CUTSCENES. I’m not saying I’d want all games to go back to that quieter game style, but it is nice for a change.

    I also love the way animation is implied by a series of stills.

    I got a real buzz out of replaying this little gem.

    I Recommend This Game!

    RenaissanceMom

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    Re: PuppetShow 1: Mystery of Joyville

    Post by RenaissanceMom on Fri Dec 06, 2013 6:55 am

    Nice review! Okay 
    I liked this first Puppetshow all right, but I really enjoyed the second one, Souls of the Innocent. It's been years since I played it but it seemed 'meatier' to me.

    JustTheFacts

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    Re: PuppetShow 1: Mystery of Joyville

    Post by JustTheFacts on Fri Dec 06, 2013 6:58 am

    Yes, it is meatier, I think. I loved those two specifically. I never took to Lost Town at all. I like string controlled puppets, all these mechanical ones give me the willies.

    Thanks for commenting on my reviews. I may not be seen by the 100s I get on BFG, but I get more feedback here. Makes my day every time! Offering 

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    Re: PuppetShow 1: Mystery of Joyville

    Post by RenaissanceMom on Fri Dec 06, 2013 2:07 pm

    Are you kidding? I *so* appreciate the time and energy you put into writing out your thoughtful, detailed reviews. I always mean to write some of my own but... um... Embarrassed

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    Re: PuppetShow 1: Mystery of Joyville

    Post by JustTheFacts on Sat Dec 07, 2013 6:58 am

    Well, I began reviewing games just so I could keep track of which I liked, and even more importantly, why I had not bought a game that seemed okay months down the track. Then someone suggested posting them, I went to the bfg forum for the first time in my life - and now they own me! OH! 

    I knew I never liked forums for a reason, and if I didn't know that there *were* 100s of people who read my reviews I'd not bother with them at all - they are a catty bunch. Then genki asked to post one of reviews here, and it was love at first sight! Wub 

    Believe me when I say it is my privilege to write. I have been ill for a long time (nothing truly awful, but obviously serious, please don't feel bad that I told you), and eventually it has got to where I can no longer work in any capacity, and doing the reviews keeps me feeling purposeful. I get up every morning and go to 'work', and I look forward to my next productive day. So does my fluffy grey baby, who has my office as her territory, and therefore gets to spend more time with me if I'm on the computer. Big smile 

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