Alicia Griffith: Lakeside Murder - New Adventure Lite on Big Fish

Posted by: Marian

Alicia Griffith: Lakeside Murder - New Adventure Lite on Big Fish - 05/22/17 08:56 AM

Today's game for Club Members, tomorrow's game for all.

You can download Alicia Griffith: Lakeside Murder here.

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After a famous crime writer is found dead under strange circumstances, Alicia Griffith finds herself immersed in an investigation like no other. Expect the unexpected as this unusual plot twists and turns its way through the seemingly sleepy lakeside location. Help Alicia get to the truth in Alicia Griffith - Lakeside Murder!

Solve a bizarre murder case
Amazing characters and locations
Unlock flashback animations
Earn over 30 achievements
Play tons of exciting mini-games


As always, please remember to come back and tell us what you think.

Happy gaming! wavegirl
Posted by: MaG

Re: Alicia Griffith: Lakeside Murder - New HOPA on Big Fish - 05/22/17 09:02 AM

Thanks Marian! sherlock
Posted by: Marian

Re: Alicia Griffith: Lakeside Murder - New HOPA on Big Fish - 05/22/17 09:03 AM

I just changed the description of this game to adventure lite, as I am reading that there are no hidden object scenes. If someone finds out differently, please let me know. wave
Posted by: BrownEyedTigre

Re: Alicia Griffith: Lakeside Murder - New HOPA on Big Fish - 05/22/17 09:39 AM

THanks, Marian!

Ana wave
Posted by: 8dognight

Re: Alicia Griffith: Lakeside Murder - New HOPA on Big Fish - 05/22/17 11:22 AM

"Please, return award winning turnip" is a notice on a bulletin board outside of the sheriff's office, a plea I thought both funny and a way of explaining and enhancing the small town setting.

Voice acting of the main character is abysmal; I would have preferred a better actor whose English was terrible to the leaden tones of Alicia Griffith as voiced. Additionally, the demo plays like an extended tutorial, and the puzzles are way too easy, even for the beginning of a game. Nevertheless, there is potential here because some of the comments on clickable objects actually advance the story or are reasonably amusing asides instead of the usual boring remarks on how to use an object.

I will use a coupon code on Alicia Griffith.
Posted by: dorish

Re: Alicia Griffith: Lakeside Murder - New HOPA on Big Fish - 05/22/17 11:23 AM

I am playing it now. It's a good little game, and, as you said, no hidden object scenes.

Doreen
Posted by: Marian

Re: Alicia Griffith: Lakeside Murder - New HOPA on Big Fish - 05/22/17 11:59 PM

Thank you both for your comments on the game. wave
Posted by: Mad

Re: Alicia Griffith: Lakeside Murder - New HOPA on Big Fish - 06/05/17 01:57 PM

I'm playing it now, too, and am really enjoying it.
Plus it's none the worse for not having any hidden object scenes lol
Posted by: Marian

Re: Alicia Griffith: Lakeside Murder - New HOPA on Big Fish - 06/05/17 01:59 PM

That's good to know, Mad. I used a coupon code on it but haven't played it yet. Always nice to have a pleasant game to look forward to. yes
Posted by: Mad

Re: Alicia Griffith: Lakeside Murder - New HOPA on Big Fish - 06/05/17 02:29 PM

Yes. I used a "code" myself .... thanks very much to the generosity of our latest Big Fish code donor praise
Posted by: meryl

Re: Alicia Griffith: Lakeside Murder - New HOPA on Big Fish - 06/06/17 03:09 AM

I'm just about to do the same Mad, also with the code from the same lovely donor.
Posted by: TLC

Re: Alicia Griffith: Lakeside Murder - New HOPA on Big Fish - 06/06/17 02:16 PM

I'm playing it now and can't figure out what to do with the crystal in the crypt. I click the hint and take the crystal, then click the hint again and wants me to put it back? What do I do here? Thanks.
Posted by: Mad

Re: Alicia Griffith: Lakeside Murder - New HOPA on Big Fish - 06/06/17 02:24 PM

Originally Posted By: meryl
I'm just about to do the same Mad, also with the code from the same lovely donor.


We are very lucky, meryl !! happydance

Sorry, TLC, I haven't reached that part yet so Can't help slapforehead
Posted by: TLC

Re: Alicia Griffith: Lakeside Murder - New Adventure Lite on Big Fish - 06/06/17 02:26 PM

No problem, Mad. wavegirl
Posted by: Marian

Re: Alicia Griffith: Lakeside Murder - New Adventure Lite on Big Fish - 06/06/17 03:00 PM

TLC, I hope someone that has played the game will be able to help you out. wave
Posted by: TLC

Re: Alicia Griffith: Lakeside Murder - New Adventure Lite on Big Fish - 06/06/17 03:08 PM

Thanks Marian, I finally figured it out, I had to put the crystal in a different spot, then put it back. But I am stuck again. lol rotfl
Posted by: Marian

Re: Alicia Griffith: Lakeside Murder - New Adventure Lite on Big Fish - 06/06/17 03:19 PM

Out of the frying pan into the fire. lol
Posted by: Mad

Re: Alicia Griffith: Lakeside Murder - New Adventure Lite on Big Fish - 06/07/17 05:10 PM

Nearly finished this game now and I would heartily recommend it !! yes
A well made yay "lite" with an interesting story
Posted by: Marian

Re: Alicia Griffith: Lakeside Murder - New Adventure Lite on Big Fish - 06/07/17 05:17 PM

I'm looking forward to it. smile
Posted by: Reenie

Re: Alicia Griffith: Lakeside Murder - New HOPA on Big Fish - 06/15/17 09:11 PM

"No HO scenes?" Wheee! I'll check that out. happydance I don't have the uninterrupted time these days for a full-on PC game, and haven't been all that excited about the ones I've seen, so a casual is just right to fill in the edges.
Posted by: Marian

Re: Alicia Griffith: Lakeside Murder - New HOPA on Big Fish - 06/15/17 09:50 PM

I hope you enjoy it, Reenie. smile
Posted by: CountZero

Re: Alicia Griffith: Lakeside Murder - New Adventure Lite on Big Fish - 12/31/17 05:36 PM

What is the difference between a hidden object scene and pixel hunting in an adventure game?
Posted by: Marian

Re: Alicia Griffith: Lakeside Murder - New Adventure Lite on Big Fish - 01/01/18 10:04 AM

That's a good question. From the standpoint of the developers, in a hidden object game their trying to keep something hidden is intentional. In an adventure game that's a pixel hunt, I don't think that's always (or even most of the time) the case.
Posted by: Reenie

Re: Alicia Griffith: Lakeside Murder - New Adventure Lite on Big Fish - 01/01/18 03:04 PM

In my experience, the two genre evolved completely differently. At the inception of the purely HOA games, the hunt for hidden things was all there was to the game function, aside from a tissue paper "plot" to give the game its raison d'etre. Gradually, the genre has been evolving to be more "Adventure-like," with the HO part reduced to periodic interruptions requiring you to look though piles of nonsensical stuff to find a few arbitrary bits (that usually bore no relevance to the plot of the game, such as looking for a pair of ice skates when your story was set in Africa). Even that has evolved and improved. Now, the HO you are searching for might be the tool you need to move on with the game, so HO games are becoming more like an mini-Adventure game in that respect. Still, you pretty much are on a "track" in these games, with one scene leading to the next, and only recently did they provide more open-ended play.

In contrast, "pure" adventure games were story-driven from the beginning, since they began life purely as text games on the earliest computers. When they became more visually graphic, searching for objects was added, predicated on the need to find tools to interact with the game environment. The games were wide open, and you always needed to take notes of where you were and what was happening in an Adventure game. Their complexity demanded this. When I played Anachronox and Outcast, I compiled a 3-ring binder as I progressed through the game. There are complex character interactions that can change the game's outcome, depending on how you respond to them. Their focus still remains more on exploring the environment based on a plot. In some of the recent ones I've played, there was very little pixel-hunting.

Just my impression of the differences. I'm simplifying, I know, and this turned into a comparison between the two genre somehow. ha ha
Posted by: Jenny100

Re: Alicia Griffith: Lakeside Murder - New Adventure Lite on Big Fish - 01/01/18 06:07 PM

Originally Posted By: CountZero
What is the difference between a hidden object scene and pixel hunting in an adventure game?

With a pixel hunt you can't see what you're looking for and have to click around with your mouse to find an interactive hotspot.

Usually the "hidden objects" in so-called "hidden object games" (at least in the older ones) are not hidden or are only partially hidden, and you can find them by carefully searching the screen with your eyes. This can still be challenging if the objects are small or dark or blurred or otherwise obscured.

Some of the newer "hidden object games" do have pixel hunts because of having "interactive" hidden object scenes. Objects that require "interaction" before collecting them are usually listed in a different color from the regular objects, and may or may not be pixel hunts. For example "lit candle" might require you to use matches on a candle before you can collect the candle. But a different interaction might require you to open a box before collecting an object inside -- and no way to predict that object would be in a box. You would search the screen with the mouse until the cursor changed to indicate possible interaction. But you have to explore with your cursor, just like with a pixel hunt in an adventure game, to locate the interactive objects that aren't clued.

I prefer the older type of hidden object scenes -- either lists or silhouettes -- where the objects can be found 100% by eyeballing and don't require scrubbing around with your mouse, looking for invisible interactions. Although I don't mind something like "lit candle" where you can see the candle and matches on the screen, there are some newer games that take 4 or 5 interactions to find an object, and the object you're looking for has no obvious connection with the first few interactions, which are all "do it because you can and see what happens."

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A discussion of the differences between hidden object scenes and pixel hunts probably deserves its own thread. I expect anyone who regularly plays hidden object games knows the difference.

But I may be in the minority in preferring the older searches that didn't require interactions -- at least not multi-step try-it-and-see-what-happens hidden object searches. I may be in the minority in thinking that the multi-step try-it-and-see-what-happens hidden object searches are more like pixel hunts (and less desirable) than the hidden object searches in the older games.
Posted by: Reenie

Re: Alicia Griffith: Lakeside Murder - New Adventure Lite on Big Fish - 01/02/18 07:51 PM

It appears there is no "Trial Game" option on this one? You have to buy it, sight unseen?
Posted by: Marian

Re: Alicia Griffith: Lakeside Murder - New Adventure Lite on Big Fish - 01/02/18 07:58 PM

Not sure what you are looking at, but the download page with the trial version is here. wave12
Posted by: BrownEyedTigre

Re: Alicia Griffith: Lakeside Murder - New Adventure Lite on Big Fish - 01/02/18 09:13 PM

I see the trial version also.
Posted by: Reenie

Re: Alicia Griffith: Lakeside Murder - New Adventure Lite on Big Fish - 01/02/18 10:18 PM

Well, I downloaded the game and the usual dialogue box pops up, but ~ instead of offering me the Trial Game to play ~ the screen says, "Time's Up! Your free trial is over."

I have not played ANY of it yet. Only downloaded the files! The single option available to me now is the Buy It button. crazy

I guess I will uninstall it and try downloading it again. So weird. Never had that happen before.

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Edit: Well, I just unloaded and reinstalled it and it did the same thing again. It finished installing and immediately said, "Trial Expired." So, I guess I'll skip that one for now.
Posted by: Marinus_Louis

Re: Alicia Griffith: Lakeside Murder - New Adventure Lite on Big Fish - 01/03/18 07:14 AM

I got Alicia Griffith Lakeside Murder from www.denda.com and it is the Dutch version of the game. As I understand it, the game was made by Denda games. Denda is a hugh platform for hidden object games.

In the past Denda offered free trail versions of their games. You could try out a Denda game for 1 hour to decide if the game was worth buying. After 1 hour playtime your trail expires and you could not load it again.

Recently Denda games has decided to quit with trial versions, instead they have lower their prices for there games and they have fix their prices at 5,99 euro per game. Don't know exactly how much this is in US Dollar, but giving that one euro is more than one US dollar it would probebly 3 or 4 US dollars. If you got this game through Big Fish then I believe that Big Fish isn't allowed to offer a trial version for Alicia Griffith. You have to buy the game

Marinus_Louis (Louis Koot)
Posted by: Reenie

Re: Alicia Griffith: Lakeside Murder - New Adventure Lite on Big Fish - 01/03/18 11:52 AM

Thanks, Louis. What did you think of the game itself?
Posted by: Marinus_Louis

Re: Alicia Griffith: Lakeside Murder - New Adventure Lite on Big Fish - 01/03/18 01:54 PM

Reenie:

I found Alicia Griffith Lakeside Murder a nice game to play and I'm hoping there wil be a sequel. I did a detailled walkthrough for Alicia, you can find it on my site at www.pcgameswalkthroughs.nl. Sorry for this, but you can leave it to the Dutch to grab every opportunity to promote their own stuf, and I'm Dutch so I'm afraid that I'm not an acception to this rule.

Marinus_Louis (Louis Koot)