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Re: Announcing Carol Reed Mysteries - The Fall of April [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1173757
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Not any harder and not any easier, I find the game the same as always. In some ways because I have played all of Carols games, I find that I have entered Mikaels mind and somehow know what he is after if that makes any sense. One piece of advice for his games is patience and the ah ha moments when you find something that will solve something you had found much earlier in the game...I do like that.


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Re: Announcing Carol Reed Mysteries - The Fall of April [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1173769
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Thanks for the responses. As I'm still stuck after going through everything again, I'm feeling it is harder. Maybe my brain is on vacation this week. Your comment makes sense GreyFuss. I've also played all of the Carol games. Right now, as I'm looking for a solution to the puzzle I'm stuck in, I have found myself saying "no, that's not how Mikael's puzzles usually work", so I think I know what you mean. wink

Re: Announcing Carol Reed Mysteries - The Fall of April [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1173772
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Originally Posted By: GreyFuss
I have entered Mikaels mind.

Please exit, or images of that mean looking demon in your avatar will pop up in my mind before I go to sleep tonight.

Thank you all for the interest in my game, and thank you Kim for the walkthrough!

It has come to my attention that some have missed that there is a link to a Mac version at the end of the email with the download links, and have run the Windows version on their Macs. While it is possible to do this, it may display the fonts in a very funky manner. Savegames are compatible between the versions.

As for the puzzles, it's always hard, if not impossible, to find the right level of difficulty. It certainly hasn't been my intention to make this game harder than any of the previous games. The hints in the journal might be a little more obscure than usual however. Oldbroad, if you find something more difficult or confusing that usual, don't hesitate to drop me a line. It's good for me to know, and I will also be able to push you in the right direction of course.

I have had lots of emails in the last days, which I haven't had time to answer. I will answer them all, but at the moment I only have time to answer emails with direct questions or queries.

While it is very stressful to release a game, it's also very rewarding, since I get lots of feedback from players all over the world (only positive this far, I'm happy to say, except from an iPad user that called me "counterproductive" for "not keeping up with the times" since "PC gaming is passé". However, that email did not burden my already overflowing mailbox for very long, since it went straight to the trash bin.

So again, thank you for all the kind words and for letting me know that you're not tired of Carol yet. Odds are that it might result in yet another summer with bizarre and even dubious travel destinations for me and my wife to document Carol's adventure from last year, which she's already outlined for me. Maybe it should be optimized for tablets, with a PC version without inventory, with keyboard navigation only, and only save on exit? smile


Re: Announcing Carol Reed Mysteries - The Fall of April [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1173782
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I am not complaining Mikael! I'll become un-stuck either on my own eventually, or I may take a peek in the journal. I find your games a good level of difficulty.

I think we are all hoping for another game, or two, or three...

I like inventory, mouse, and manual saving, so I do hope that last sentence of yours is just part of your wonderful sense of humor! yes

Re: Announcing Carol Reed Mysteries - The Fall of April [Re: oldbroad] #1173800
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"So again, thank you for all the kind words and for letting me know that you're not tired of Carol yet. Odds are that it might result in yet another summer with bizarre and even dubious travel destinations for me and my wife to document Carol's adventure from last year, which she's already outlined for me. Maybe it should be optimized for tablets, with a PC version without inventory, with keyboard navigation only, and only save on exit? :)"

We are definitely NOT tired of Carol and her adventures - and please, please keep on providing them.
[Without, of course, those changes you teasingly mention lol]


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Re: Announcing Carol Reed Mysteries - The Fall of April [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1173805
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I've been enjoying your games Mikael, just the way they are! And as to the tablet person he or she can get one that has a keyboard cover as you games run beautifully on my Surface Pro 3. :-)


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Re: Announcing Carol Reed Mysteries - The Fall of April [Re: Winfrey] #1173806
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I do hope that there are many more Carol Reed games yet to come. happydance

Re: Announcing Carol Reed Mysteries - The Fall of April [Re: Marian] #1173813
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Yes !! That definitely applies to me, too, Marian thumbsup


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Re: Announcing Carol Reed Mysteries - The Fall of April [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1173833
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I only have one question: Bigge? You will all know what I mean when you get there!

Re: Announcing Carol Reed Mysteries - The Fall of April [Re: Bristol] #1173838
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I haven't seen Bigge in the game yet, Bristol (and it's nice to see you posting)! wave

Re: Announcing Carol Reed Mysteries - The Fall of April [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1173865
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woot Third time around and my brain woke up. This time when I saw the clue, it made perfect sense. Before, it whizzed right past me. Moving on again!

Re: Announcing Carol Reed Mysteries - The Fall of April [Re: Bristol] #1173873
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Bigge? Yes, I know what you mean.
Click to reveal..
But which Carol Reed game have we seen him in before? His face seems familiar.

Re: Announcing Carol Reed Mysteries - The Fall of April [Re: Bristol] #1173886
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I have completed 'The Fall of April' too, thanks a lot, Mikael!

Originally Posted By: Mikael

As for the puzzles, it's always hard, if not impossible, to find the right level of difficulty. It certainly hasn't been my intention to make this game harder than any of the previous games. The hints in the journal might be a little more obscure than usual however. Oldbroad, if you find something more difficult or confusing that usual, don't hesitate to drop me a line. It's good for me to know, and I will also be able to push you in the right direction of course.

Well, I think that Carol games became much more easier after the introduction of first hints and then the ability to press space bar to see the active spots smile
But I have to confess that's probably the first time (at least with the recent games having those two options) that I was stuck and had to watch Kim's video walkthrough (thanks, Kim!) once. I am very bad with the colors, you know, and I could not solve that Horseback Riding Trail stones' puzzle by myself. That was that only 'hard' puzzle for me (or at least the one where the hints could be more specific).

Originally Posted By: Mikael

So again, thank you for all the kind words and for letting me know that you're not tired of Carol yet. Odds are that it might result in yet another summer with bizarre and even dubious travel destinations for me and my wife to document Carol's adventure from last year, which she's already outlined for me. Maybe it should be optimized for tablets, with a PC version without inventory, with keyboard navigation only, and only save on exit? smile

NO! 'Carol Reed' games is the one stable thing in our crazy ever-changing world, you know smile It is SO nice to be sure that the next New Year there will be another Carol's adventure, oh!
So we are certainly not tired! But that is thanks to your great talent. The pictures get more and more beautiful with each game!
And the best thing yet is that you never repeat yourself! That's totally marvelous.

Originally Posted By: Bristol
I only have one question: Bigge? You will all know what I mean when you get there!

Yeah, that's probably the only dissapointment. No real Bigge this time?

Re: Announcing Carol Reed Mysteries - The Fall of April [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1174068
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Did I see an (unintentional) shoutout to British actor David Suchet who played Hercule Poirot for 24 years in the conversation blurbs with Stina, when Carol asks her for more information about "David" Suchet? I might have imagined that, though.
This was another winner of a game.
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And then there was that "message" from Jonas.

Re: Announcing Carol Reed Mysteries - The Fall of April [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1174111
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Please keep those Carol Reed games coming. I love them.


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Re: Announcing Carol Reed Mysteries - The Fall of April [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1174434
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Finished the game tonight. After getting unstuck early on in the game, I managed to get through with no hints or help. I guess I just wasn't quite in "Carol Mode" at the time. I do think the game was longer but that may also be due to my being stuck for such a long time. Anyway, thank you Mikael for another wonderful adventure! I'm already looking forward to the next one. Maybe this year I will replay the games from the beginning.

Re: Announcing Carol Reed Mysteries - The Fall of April [Re: GreyFuss] #1176401
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Originally Posted By: GreyFuss
Not any harder and not any easier, I find the game the same as always. In some ways because I have played all of Carols games, I find that I have entered Mikaels mind and somehow know what he is after if that makes any sense. One piece of advice for his games is patience and the ah ha moments when you find something that will solve something you had found much earlier in the game...I do like that.


Hm. "Not any harder and not any easier". I have begun to replay the Carol Reed series. Remedy went alright but Hope Springs Eternal is HARD!! lol
I believe the games have gotten easier.

Re: Announcing Carol Reed Mysteries - The Fall of April [Re: oldbroad] #1176477
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Originally Posted By: oldbroad
I have begun to replay the Carol Reed series. Remedy went alright but Hope Springs Eternal is HARD!! lol
I believe the games have gotten easier.

What do you find so hard about it?

Re: Announcing Carol Reed Mysteries - The Fall of April [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #1176479
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Well, the puzzle type is different than now. In the games now, you will always find the answer or clue somewhere along the way. In Hope Springs Eternal you had the slider and two puzzles where you press buttons until they are all lit up (at the castle and on a purse). Not terribly hard actually but a little different type of puzzling I guess. Figuring it out by fiddling rather than finding a clue with the sequence.

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It's never been intentional to make any game harder or easier than the previous ones. But finding the right balance is almost impossible. I do believe that you're right though that some puzzles in the earlier games are more obscure than in the later ones.

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I like them all Mikael and it seems that most of us here do so you must be doing something right! I'm in East Side Story now.

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And I'm eternally grateful for that.

East Side Story was a very special game for me. It was the first game in which I used a high tech camera, and the game for which I started to use the game engine that I still use. It was also when I discovered my fetish for abandoned buildings.

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I rather like the abandoned buildings in your games also. They have good atmosphere.

Re: Announcing Carol Reed Mysteries - The Fall of April [Re: Mikael] #1176989
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Originally Posted By: Mikael
East Side Story was a very special game for me. It was the first game in which I used a high tech camera, and the game for which I started to use the game engine that I still use. It was also when I discovered my fetish for abandoned buildings.


And long may that fetish continue !!
I love your games - and welcome whatever fetishes they might contain lol


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