by CATEIA GAMES; BIGFISH GAMES
Jud’s Game Rating:
Frustration Factor (FF) ** Fair Play (FP) **** Tedium Factor (TF) Nil
Strange events are taking place in an isolated medieval monastery, set high in the Alps. Monks are vanishing without a trace, mysterious persons are being sighted running through the dark passages of the monastery and there are even reports that a statue in the center of the village is crying the tears of blood! A Vatican Cardinal has chosen you to travel to the monastery, undercover, to investigate these bizarre occurrences. Your duty is to reveal the secrets of the monastery, and monks who inhabit it, freeing this once sacred place from the evil forces currently in power. Embark on an amazing adventure and prove that your keen investigative instincts are up to this formable task in Where Angels Cry– a challenging and exciting hidden object puzzle adventure! (BigFish Sales Blurb)
This game has an excellent Options – in Settings there is Audio and Video, and in the latter there is an HD (High Definition) setting. There are Casual/Adventure/Challenge Modes of Play – Casual is hard enough. You get the choice of Interactive Help – worth using – and during play, the Book bottom right, when clicked gives you arrows through scenes till you reach the one you need, plus a hand to collect it if you are still baffled. This is needed occasionally as some of the Hidden Objects are extremely hard to find despite being visible. You need to find a series of Angel figurines – 20 to 25 in all – throughout the various scenes; Achievement Awards are also up for grabs by your skillful Game-Play.
Although the Game-Play is a little slow, the story is really intriguing, and integral to the game. You need to interview various people and make sure you take note of what is said – it points you ahead and provides the Tasks. This is an Adventure game – all the HOs you find are necessary for the game – there are no HO sites full of miscellanea. These items are strewn around various locations, you can combine some of these in the Inventory Task bar, and you solve the usual run of Puzzles to unlock entries to the next Chapters. I suggest you Skip the Skulls and Roses Puzzle – impossible – and the Match 3 game didn’t seem to want to work – faulty, I thought.
With a rather unexpected ending, I was glad that I had bought the game. I highly recommend it.
Jud House 3/01/2013
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