Haunted Legends 2: The Bronze Horseman SE
Options include separate sliders for Music and Sound, plus full-screen and custom cursor. There are two difficulty levels -- Regular and Expert -- and this cannot be changed during gameplay. The tutorial is optional if you're on Regular mode, and not available on Expert. I of course chose Expert mode.
There is NO MAP. In addition, HINTS refill at different rates depending on which mode of play you've chosen, but ARE NOT AVAILABLE during the adventure portion of the game. No map and no hints... and that's OK, because the game is really not challenging enough to need them... at least not for this gamer. If you do need some help, there is a link to a walkthrough in post #1 of this thread.
The journal not only collects info and gives story, but almost literally hands you the answers to puzzles. I'm on expert mode, I would have liked to make that connection myself, thank you very much!
We collect 24 crystals during gameplay, but this is not a bonus -- it's necessary and part of the plot. Don't worry, they're pretty much impossible to miss
, and they won't be cluttering up your inventory. We have a pretty bookshelf to keep them on until they're needed. Just click on the crystal in your taskbar to see the ones you've found.
We have blatant black-bar hints when we click on things, so if you don't want to know, try not to look
The hidden object scenes are frequent and interactive, with items listed in orange needing some kind of action before they can be found. Scenes repeat.
The graphics are nice, albeit a bit misty, and I had the sound turned down, so I can't report on that.
SO, the above were my initial impressions of the game. As I progressed I found a bit more of an adventure element to the game. We're still inundated with HOS, but adding a bit more adventure was a definite plus for me. I never got lost, BUT, those crystals that I said you can't miss? Oh yeah, I missed two. Now I have an excuse for one of them. I was playing on expert and missed a hotspot. The darned thing was hidden in a cupboard that I didn't notice! The other, though...
Right in plain sight, I don't know how I missed it. Seeing as how there are no hints during the adventure part, the walkthrough ended up being VERY useful, after all!
The journal it turns out only gave away the solution to the one puzzle early on. The rest of the minis were doable, save one which I didn't understand. By the time I figured out what was going on, I'd accidentally solved the puzzle!
The rest of them were solved with a bit of patience.
Truth time! I blindly bought this game because I rather liked the first game, and at the time I had to have all of the games in a series -- One of those OCD, game-hoarder-type things, you understand
For the first 30 minutes or so of the game, I was only playing because I'd already bought it. I was a little bit irritated at the amount of HOS and lack of challenge... and I certainly didn't care about Mr. Big-head Dwarf! (Seriously... his head is as big as his entire
torso!) Well, THAT part didn't change -- I've finished the game and still don't care about Mr. Big-head. HOWEVER, I did come to truly enjoy the gameplay. It's a nice game to relax with. Surprisingly, I think I had more fun with it than with the first game!
The ending of the game was a bit abrupt, but it was still satisfying enough. I'd like to know where the bonus chapter went, but not enough to buy the CE.
If you don't mind HO-heavy games, I recommend giving it a try