9: THE DARK SIDE OF NOTRE DAME


by  PLAY FAVORITE GAMES; BIGFISH GAMES

Jud’s Game Rating:

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

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

GORGEOUS!

The Festival of Fools is in full swing in Paris when the gargoyles of Notre Dame Cathedral abduct a festival-goer in plain sight. What was assumed to be a festival stunt turns out to be something much more foul. You are hired by the Paris Police to work the arcane angle of the case in this fantastical re-imagining of Victor Hugo’s classic tale. (BigFish Sales Blurb)

This is a brilliant game, both visually and as a story.  It’s clever and imaginative, with well designed Graphics, well thought out characters, and pleasing dexterity for the Gameplay, aka Navigation, with a crisply clear Cursor that has direct action.  The Graphics are fairly clear, though just a little fuzzy in some of the Hidden Object sites, and gloriously colourful, tempting you to play the game, and keep playing the game.

There is a Basic Options, with Casual/Advanced/ Hardcore Difficulty Modes for all types of players – from those who like to be relaxed and enjoy their games, to those who like to struggle and be stressed to get their kicks.  There is an Interactive Map that proves very useful the longer you play the game – as you tire it’s good to know you can jump from site to site to save you time and physical wear and tear due to the clicking.

It has a cool opening, and good Tutorial for those who are first timers -always a good idea to check the Tute in case there are new twists to the gameplay.  The story drives the game so is well integrated.  Also it draws you in can a sense of urgency creeps into your gameplay, despite you knowing that it is just a game.  It is a little scary at times with sudden unexpected attacks.

You search for the Clan Amulet, the partner to the Guardian Amulet that you wear, and use to cast out evil from the Gargoyles, reviving them as you progress.  Make sure you keep an eye on the Amulet in the bottom of your screen, as it will flash to let you know when to use it to locate Hidden Symbols that will release the Gargoyles.  This does not happen very often, but is just another facet to this complex game.  You also have the usual Interactive HO sites, plus others where you find pieces of Items to assemble them for use.  Of course there are more HOs scattered around the locations, missing lock-items to find and use, and many Puzzles – some really cool and some gross, which you can Skip.

The Collector’s Edition no doubt has many Bonuses, and I believe that the next Case for the Detective to solve – the ‘London Case’ – may be the Bonus Game.  Or it could be a sequel in the near future.  However I waited for the Standard version as I had vouchers to use, and have already bought so many games. 😀

I highly recommend this game.

Jud House  6/09/2013

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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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