FINAL CUT – DEATH ON THE SILVER SCREEN Collector’s edition

by IEPIX; BIG FISH GAMES

Jud’s Game Rating:

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

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

EXCELLENT

Apart from the fuzzy HO graphics, this is a great, really loooong game.  I bought it immediately and am glad I did.

Unravel the mystery of your father’s death and brother’s bizarre disappearance in Final Cut: Death on the Silver Screen! Your father was a famous movie director who liked to invent elaborate locks and devices. A mysterious villain demands you track down the pieces to his greatest – and perhaps most deadly – invention of all time! If you don’t, your brother will suffer the same fate as your father.        SALES PAGE BLURB

So the focus of the game is on your exploration of the Art Deco Mansion and Movie Studios to locate and free your brother – and in the Extra Bonus Game of the Collector’s Edition, to then disarm the bomb and escape from the Studio in which you find yourself trapped at the start of this extra gameplay.  The story has neat twists that seem to alter your direction several times in the game.  It seems to me that the Collector’s Edition is the way to go with this game – the extra play is substantial, and completes the story more satisfactorily.  Plus the on-screen Guide is invaluable for the few times in the game that you get stuck!

The game-play focus is equally on Hidden Objects and Puzzles – the latter being devices of your father, locks on everything you can imagine (and more), that require logic, persistence and patience to solve.  Some are easy, but not all.  And this is where a little of the FF and TF come in – as well as from the frequency of the puzzles and the amount of going to and fro that you must do to only gain one item at a time.  And of course from the peering at the fuzzy graphics in the HO sites to try to see what you are looking at.

However the Graphics are really authentic, extremely well-designed, and well laid out.  Plus they are colourful, gorgeous, sumptuous and decadent as good Art Deco should be.  The Architecture is the sort you would love to live in – if you had an income that would allow it.  S i g h . . .   The Studio Sets are also cool, and create the illusion that you have entered another world at times – yet are artificial enough when you need to demolish parts of them in order to complete your tasks.

You need to collect 20 House Photos, 10 Father’s Magic Cards, 5 Zodiac Signs, locate and turn on 10 Light Switches, and locate, collect and install Pieces of the Projector Device which are scattered throughout the Mansion and Studios.  I think that I missed a few of Father’s Cards.  The Options are good, you can choose Regular or Expert Modes of Play – I always use Regular to lessen the FF – and the Tutorial is quick and informative, but there are no surprises re Play.  And I advise you turn down the music – changes for the different Studios, but gets repetitive and intrusive – I usually turn the music and FX sounds down low before I start.

I highly recommend this game.

Jud House  9/06/2012

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