FIERCE TALES 1 & 2


Both of the games in this Series have well constructed stories, that draw you in so that you keep playing.  They drive the game-play which is great, though the newer game has far more facility for the players, which is to be expected.  The Graphics are wonderfully imaginative, colourful, and with careful attention to the details, though their clarity varies.

THE DOG’S HEART

by BLAM! GAMES; BIGFISH GAMES

Jud’s Game Rating:

Graphics **** Player participation (PP) **** Satisfaction Factor (SF) ****

Frustration Factor (FF) ** Fair Play (FP) *** Tedium Factor (TF) *

LONG SLOW STORY

The citizens of Houndspoint have always loved and trusted their canine companions, but a recent wave of coordinated attacks by a pack of strange dogs has thrown the snowy mountain town into a state of fear. After your beloved dog, Pippa, is kidnapped by the creatures, you vow to discover the cause of the sudden attacks and figure out who, or what, is behind it all. Explore beautiful hidden object scenes and mysterious locations to uncover the truth in Fierce Tales: The Dog’s Heart! (BigFish Sales Blurb)

This game has a promising snow scene Main Menu, good Tutorial, Basic Options, Casual/Advanced/Hardcore Difficulty Modes, and a Map that is lit where active and allows you to jump between sites, but shows no indications of Tasks or which sites are the next Hotspots.  The Graphics for this game are quite dark and hazy – it goes black screen between scenes for longer than it should (so hang in there).

Most of the Puzzle are fine with a few exceptions that need to be Skipped – unfortunately that includes the final Horn carving one which would work up to a point.  If you really get stuck, click on Hint and it will lead you to the next location and task.  The Player Participation PP is quite good too – you get to physically sort through items till you find the one/s that you want, plus the Hidden Object sites provide a degree of interaction as well.

The Story becomes more intriguing as you progress, but the ending it rather rushed, abrupt, almost incomplete and needing more resolution in order to be completely satisfying.  This may be rectified in the Collector’s Edition, but that really should be additional story rather than the completion of the main game.

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MARCUS’ MEMORY – Collector’s Edition

by BLAM! GAMES; BIGFISH GAMES

Jud’s Game Rating:

Graphics ***** Player participation (PP) ***** Satisfaction Factor (SF) ****

Frustration Factor (FF) Fair Play (FP) **** Tedium Factor (TF) Nil

WOW ALL THE WAY!

Solve the mystery of a seaside town and uncover your lost memories in Fierce Tales: Marcus’ Memory! After waking up on a deserted beach with no memory of who you are, you set out to find the one person who can help you. But when you arrive at the nearest seaside town, you learn that memory loss isn’t your only problem. The village is buzzing with reports of terrifying “sea people,” and uncovering the truth behind these strange creatures might just be the key to recovering your own lost memories. Hold your breath and dive into this thrilling Hidden Object Adventure game! (BigFish Sales Blurb)

This game has a WOW opening similar to STAR WARS: THE PHANTOM MENACE movie!  It has a good Options and Casual/Advanced/Hardcore Difficulty Modes where you can turn on the really helpful Interactive Map which shows Tasks and Hotspots, plus allows jumping between sites.  The Music is great, the character actors are well cast, and the character art-work/depiction is fantastic.

The HO sites have Lists, Silhouettes, and Interactive HOs, and once again most of the Puzzles are fine, with just a few exceptions which can be Skipped.  The Graphics are excellent – gorgeous, colourful, imaginative, innovative, and mostly clear – Yippee!  The Music is really cool as well and really suits the game.  You have to find Turtles, Sea Creatures, and Shells as you proceed through every scene – these help unlock the Bonus Games in the Collector’s Edition.

The Story is absolutely terrific – really well detailed, intricate, convoluted, driving the game-play and keeping you totally engrossed.  It’s addictive.  You stay up late to finish it.  It does jump around in time a bit which is a little disconcerting initially, but it is mainly due to the ‘your’ character’s slowly recovering memory.

I do recommend both these games, but particularly the latter one which was worth buying as a Collector’s Edition.

Jud House  25/08/2013

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About judsartwork

I write reviews of Adventure and Hidden Object games that are Crime, Fantasy, SciFi, Renovation, Travel, Quest and/or Mystery by genre. I have a Masters in Writing (2006) and have been writing novels, both crime and fantasy for many years; plus Haiku, verse, and prose both fictional and literary. I am also an artist of modern, Acrylic, textural and hard edge work, underwater, fantasy, expressionist, and Cosmos paintings. I use mixed media (Acrylic, Watercolour, Pastels) in textural Monoprints, finding surprises to expose within each work. Having both an analytical and creative mind has meant that I have strong powers of observation, and the persistence required to follow computer problems through till I solve them. Of course I am not always successful, but am willing to ask for a little help in order to then unlock the main problem myself. My Troubleshooting Blog, 'Problems and Solutions', was the result of my tenacity.
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