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#1128552 - 10/17/17 09:51 AM Shadow Shelter and Nevosoft
8dognight Offline
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On the basis of Vampireville and now Shadow Shelter, I've become a Nevosoft fan. I abandoned Shadow Shelter the first time I tried it after a few minutes of play when an HO screen asked for 12 faucets/valves. I have little patience with plumbing oriented tasks. For one thing, I knew perfectly well that if in reality I needed a faucet or valve and happened to have a cobwebbed pile of them, not one would fit and I would have to go--oh shudder--to Home Depot or Lowe's; for another, those graphics while well rendered were intrinsically, innately, and indubitably of faucets and valve handles.

This time I persevered after rereading a thread on Shadow Shelter on this board. I discovered a challenging stand-out casual game well worth the long loading times. Shadow Shelter comes complete with a helping hand reminiscent of a Jean Cocteau film for me and for younger players, probably of a Disney movie gone Goth. The hand is an essential part of the narrative and not cutesy. The circumstances of its gloomy back story force it to remain on a side table downstairs so you don't have to lug it around or watch it grow animated to force a hint upon you.

Forgive the faucets. Shadow Shelter is a Halloween treat.

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#1128555 - 10/17/17 10:05 AM Re: Shadow Shelter and Nevosoft [Re: 8dognight]
Marian Online   content
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This is a great recommendation for Halloween; I too enjoyed the game very much.

Being as you have become a Nevosoft fan, have you ever tried Mushroom Age? It's quite an old game now, but it's very quirky. Let's just say that it gives new meaning to the word "strange." laugh It was very popular with players when it was first released.

Another one worthy of mention is The Emptiness. Lots of players enjoyed it here and it's quite different from the usual fare. This one does not come from Nevosoft, but it would make a nice Halloween game as well.

Dreamland also has the Nevosoft name on it. Again, very popular with players. Quite a few puzzles and mini-games, as I recall (as well as some hidden object scenes).

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#1128608 - 10/17/17 08:40 PM Re: Shadow Shelter and Nevosoft [Re: 8dognight]
oldbroad Offline
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Thanks for the recommendations 8dognight and Marian. Marian, do you know if Dreamland plays on Windows 7? It only lists XP, Vista, and 8.

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#1128616 - 10/17/17 09:02 PM Re: Shadow Shelter and Nevosoft [Re: oldbroad]
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That's a good question. Looking at the year it was released, I played it on Windows XP, so I don't know for sure.

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#1128631 - 10/17/17 11:01 PM Re: Shadow Shelter and Nevosoft [Re: 8dognight]
oldbroad Offline
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OK, thanks. Wasn't sure if you might have played it on Windows 7 but even if you had, doesn't mean it would work on mine.

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#1128634 - 10/18/17 12:23 AM Re: Shadow Shelter and Nevosoft [Re: oldbroad]
Marian Online   content
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Games that support Vista generally run on Windows 7 as well, but who knows with this one. We can download the demo and give it a try.

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#1128761 - 10/19/17 08:39 AM Re: Shadow Shelter and Nevosoft [Re: 8dognight]
8dognight Offline
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I bought Dreamland a couple of days ago and was enjoying it until, oh curses and foul language, I hit a notorious glitch halfway through an HO screen at what is called the cafe. In the BFG forum I learned that in this cafe, which looks like a carnival food stand, different things can go wrong. Mine was the carrot; other players came to grief over cherries. Apparently earlier in the game I missed a crucial trigger. The forum recommendation was to start over with a new profile which was successful for some players. As I didn't see the trigger described in detail or in truth even delve further to find it, I am not yet ready to start over, maybe someday as Dreamland is quite good and a definite cut above the ordinary despite some sparkles and the obligatory search for a kidnapped relative.

When I restart Dreamland with a new name on the order of you-better-work-this-time-you-rascal, I first will read every post on the BFG game forum that has the word "cafe" in the title because in Dreamland I can see techniques and concepts that became the seeds of several other games and series.

EDITED TO ADD: Okay, I think I may have found the solution. At the cafe (and maybe elsewhere, I don't know), finish the whole HO before backing out or quitting. I found that in the technical issue thread and sounds right to me because I remember that advice for a few other games, so I am going to try it.



Edited by 8dognight (10/19/17 09:04 AM)

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#1128771 - 10/19/17 10:05 AM Re: Shadow Shelter and Nevosoft [Re: 8dognight]
Marian Online   content
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I hope that suggestion fixes things for you, 8dognight.

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#1128775 - 10/19/17 10:42 AM Re: Shadow Shelter and Nevosoft [Re: 8dognight]
8dognight Offline
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It did fix it. I have a good guess why the same thing happened to numerous other players with various items in that screen. The banality of the objects and the scene itself were visually boring, so I said the heck with this. I'll come back later, only to discover a glitch. While the cafe is dull, the rest of game is entertaining, not top ten ever yet standing up well over time.

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#1128819 - 10/19/17 08:21 PM Re: Shadow Shelter and Nevosoft [Re: 8dognight]
Marian Online   content
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Good to know.

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#1128946 - 10/20/17 08:55 PM Re: Shadow Shelter and Nevosoft [Re: 8dognight]
exalthim2 Offline
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Thanks for reminding me about Dreamland. I bought it in 2011 and never played it or I played it and forgot about it. At my age, either is possible. lol Either way, I'm off to play it now. BTW, Shadow Shelter is an awesome game.
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#1128950 - 10/20/17 09:51 PM Re: Shadow Shelter and Nevosoft [Re: exalthim2]
Marian Online   content
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I hope you enjoy it. wave

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