Haunted Legends 1: The Queen of Spades
First thought: This is perfect for the time of year - it looks like a Halloween advertisement! Be advised that there is disturbing imagery
in this game.
There are separate sliders for sound and music, plus options for custom cursor and full screen. There are two modes to choose from: Regular and Expert. The tutorial is optional. I originally chose Regular, but quickly exited and re-started on Expert mode due to the excess of hints. Upon replaying that very first section, I found that the hint that had pushed me to restart was NOT there. Yay!
The opening scene is voiced-over and skippable (though why you'd want to is beyond me
). Latter scenes are subtitled, but without the voice over. The music ranges from bouncy to creepy to downright annoying, depending on where you are in the game.
It quickly becomes apparent that you must collect 52 playing cards during the game, so be on the lookout for them! You MUST find all 52 in order to complete the game!
The HINT is refillable during the HOG scenes, but no hint is available during the adventure play. You do have a journal (diary), and it contains extra story bits... and no unsolicited hints, even in Regular mode!
The HOG scenes themselves are the your typical junkpile, but they aren't too cluttered. Items are neither obscured by darkness, nor too tiny to see - simply well-placed. Definitely a plus! There is a fast-click penalty. There is sometimes something interactive during a HOG scene, but you won't know it unless you happen to mouse-over the item and see your cursor change to a hand. This could be different on Regular mode, of course
You will revisit scenes, but the list of items to find will be different.
At this point I am about half way through the game, with 25 out of 52 cards found. The story is interesting, though not as immersive as I would have liked. I can't really pinpoint what it is that's keeping me from truly getting in to it, but I am enjoying the game nonetheless.
At times, items you need in order to progress are right nearby, at others you will have to hold on to things for a long time before figuring out what to do with them. There are some unsolicited hints here and there, but I was happy to have them at times. Some things they want you to do I simply would not have thought to do
Overall, it's a very well-made game, fun, and seems to have a nice length to it. Glad I bought it!