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Re: What Casual Games Are You Playing Right Now? - Part Two [Re: Marian] #1249343
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8dognight reviewed Macabre Mysteries in our Reviews thread.

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Macabre Mysteries: Curse of the Nightingale

Blue Tea, 2011

Most people who play these games already know that Curse of the Nightingale, apparently a stand alone as I could not find any others available in a Macabre Mysteries series although there may have been some, is a great game. The plot doesn't revolve around a kidnapping. The graphics are pleasing, particularly in the HO screens. At some point, Blue Tea went a hair blurry in the overall look of some of the games, although I hasten to add that those games are usually well above average, too.

One particularly useful facet of Curse of the Nightingale is the diary/journal which contains a map and cast of characters with blurbs about them that are fleshed out as the game progresses. The map is also a minor hint system (it's easy to get a bit lost in the theater) but not one that overpowers exploration. The same is true with objectives; they're in the journal but you don't have to consult them. For inventory hints, I discovered this time around that I could place an object over the eye on the extreme left of the inventory bar and get a close-up of where to use it. I should mention I usually skip tutorials even when I could have used one later.

I normally avoid playing games set entirely within a theater because they feel too confined. Not this one.

HO screens give off a slightly out of focus bubbly quaver to alert the player, and sometimes a spark or two rises from other hotspots. But this is a wonderful game, so those visual cues are forgivable. There were two inventory items I wouldn't have found otherwise although in my defense I am less observant when developers hold my hand than when they don't.

Steven Xhao was the main creative force behind this game. From cursory googling I gather he is now making VR games. It's almost enough to prod me into investigating them.

To get a 2018 HOPA as immersive as Nightingale, I would pay twice the price.

ETA: I noticed another good quality. After finishing the game, I started the bonus game then closed out. When I returned, I carelessly clicked on the main game which started up again from the beginning. I thought, "Darn, now the bonus game will be chained up again." No, that didn't happen. Under the same profile, the bonus game remained open. Very thoughtful of Blue Tea.

Re: What Casual Games Are You Playing Right Now? - Part Two [Re: Marian] #1249349
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I have actually played Macabre Mysteries, probably after reading this review of 8dognight but even re-reading it now, I can't remember anything about it. I'm pretty sure I liked it though.

Re: What Casual Games Are You Playing Right Now? - Part Two [Re: Tally Ho] #1249365
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Originally Posted by Tally Ho
So Mad - yes I did buy that game, and yes I like it. Will likely do more of the series.


I'm onto the bonus game of Chimeras : Cherished Serpent now, Tally Ho.

The main game didn't seem as long as that of the Mark of Death one and I, personally, didn't think it was quite as good a main game either .... although it WAS still pretty enjoyable yes

EDIT :

Yes. I definitely found it shorter - and have now finished the bonus game as well grin

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Re: What Casual Games Are You Playing Right Now? - Part Two [Re: Marian] #1249700
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I started playing Drawn 1: The Painted Tower tonight for the first time. It is quite different! I'm playing from a disc in my Windows 7 computer but it still opens up the BF app which drives me crazy and when it closed, my desktop went blank with only my background picture on it and no icons or task bar or anything. Scared the heebie jeebies out of me for about 30 seconds which seemed longer. Then everything came back. Whew! Don't like that! This game is from 2009.

Re: What Casual Games Are You Playing Right Now? - Part Two [Re: oldbroad] #1249703
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Weirdly, over the years, games I have bought on disk have, at some time, appeared without warning or a given reason, in my Big Fish Purchase History woozy

So I've tended to play the BF version on a re-play.

And I do have the two "Drawn" games on disk but haven't noticed if they also have appeared in my account as BF versions.
So I will look .... when I think on !!


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Re: What Casual Games Are You Playing Right Now? - Part Two [Re: Marian] #1249711
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The game doesn't show in my purchase history, only acts as if it is. I've had other casual disc games do that on occasion. I don't like that.

By the way, there are three Drawn games.

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Oh, yes !! I had forgotten about a third game.
I don't think I ever bought it.
But I'm not sure - without going to look 🙄


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Re: What Casual Games Are You Playing Right Now? - Part Two [Re: Marian] #1249795
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I can't remember if I ever played the third Drawn game. Will have to look into it!

Re: What Casual Games Are You Playing Right Now? - Part Two [Re: Marian] #1249808
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If you've played the third one, you might remember the croquet game where you have to play through about ten wickets, taking turns with an opponent every time you miss.

Re: What Casual Games Are You Playing Right Now? - Part Two [Re: Marian] #1249813
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That doesn't particularly sound fun Uncle Reg. I do plan on playing all three games though.

Re: What Casual Games Are You Playing Right Now? - Part Two [Re: Marian] #1249816
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I just finished replaying the CE version of Nightfall Mysteries: Black Heart. It is a satisfyingly long game with a combination of hokey stuff ("NYAH-HA-HA" villains with outrageously bad accents) and great graphics with tough puzzles. I think it is about three years old but has held up well. Good Game Manual if you get stuck. The Map keeps track of where you are and locations where there is action to be taken. Most of the time, you are alone inside the castle, but there are a variety of outdoor environments, occasional meetups with others and a lot of running back and forth. The HO scenes aren't bad on the whole; just a few with VERY small parts or very well camouflaged. The story is loosely based on a vampire family wanting to resurrect its leader but you, as the intrepid detective, are tasked with preventing this. It is a good, long game and I think I enjoyed it more on replaying it than originally. The last scene foreshadows a follow-up story/game, but I don't know if one was created.

Re: What Casual Games Are You Playing Right Now? - Part Two [Re: Marian] #1249819
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There is a game after this one called Nightfall Mysteries: Haunted by the Past. I don't know if it follows up on Black Heart or not since I haven't played them yet. If you don't have it, maybe you can check it out. (Or maybe somebody else already knows and can tell you.)

Re: What Casual Games Are You Playing Right Now? - Part Two [Re: Marian] #1249820
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There are four Nightfall Mysteries games.

Black Heart was the third game and Haunted by the Past was the fourth. Not sure if the fourth game is a continuation of the story in the third, but it apparently has some of the same characters from the third game.

Black Heart, by the way, was released in 2012. Haunted by the Past was released in 2015.

Re: What Casual Games Are You Playing Right Now? - Part Two [Re: oldbroad] #1249821
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Originally Posted by oldbroad
That doesn't particularly sound fun Uncle Reg. I do plan on playing all three games though.

If I remember correctly, it doesn't matter if you win the game or not, you'll still get what you need, so it's really not so bad.

Re: What Casual Games Are You Playing Right Now? - Part Two [Re: Marian] #1249824
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That croquet game doesn't ring a bell, Uncle Reg. I am quite certain now that I haven't played the game.

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Originally Posted by Uncle Reg

Originally Posted by oldbroad
That doesn't particularly sound fun Uncle Reg. I do plan on playing all three games though.

If I remember correctly, it doesn't matter if you win the game or not, you'll still get what you need, so it's really not so bad.




Sounding better. wink

Re: What Casual Games Are You Playing Right Now? - Part Two [Re: Marian] #1249870
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Playing Macabre Mystery - Curse of the Nightingale. I quite like it! The hidden object scenes are that style where you assemble an object from twelve hidden pieces, all very ornate. I admit to using a technique that might not be totally legitimate, but it works well. Instead of looking at the necessary pieces first, then searching the scene, I scan the scene picking up what looks like pieces without even knowing what they are yet. Goes pretty fast, and usually results in finding 9 or 10 right off, then actually searching properly for the last few.

I remember seeing the Blue Tea logo before, but can't recall what games I might have played. (Not this one, to be sure)


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Tally Ho, Blue Tea is the developer of a lot of the earlier Dark Parables games. They also did a few other games as well.

Your technique for picking up the fragments is the same as mine, actually. I don't consider it to be cheating. grin

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I also use that technique Tally Ho!

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I just replayed Macabre Mysteries, Curse of the Nightingale and enjoyed it all over again. And yep, I'm another one that does a "Scan/Click" of the pile first, too. Sometimes, more than half the items will pop up readily, then you pick out the stragglers. I really don't enjoy "make work," like HOG scenes, and just want to get through them and go on with the game.

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I am not happy right now. My Drawn game is causing issues. To make a long story short, there was a crash, a BF manager error, some other error, and then it seemed to right itself but now I have to start the game from the beginning again. ARGH!! I'm sure it won't take too long to get back to where I was even though I had been playing for 4 hours, except for at least one puzzle that I'm not sure I can complete again, though I guess I can skip it since I know I solved it once.

I knew when the disc game opened up the game manager that I should have made a different desktop shortcut but being lazy I didn't. I have now, and hope that will help. I really should always do that since I don't really like the manager opening every time I exit out of a game.

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Oldbroad, if you open up Game Manager and click Options in the upper righthand corner, the next screen will show you four things with some boxes that you can check or uncheck. Check the box that says Quick Exit: Skip the Big Fish Games app when I exit games I've purchased.

If you do that, you won't have the Game Manager opening when you exit out of a game.

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Glad I'm not the only one using that method. (and I thought I invented it LOL !)


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Thank you for that information Marian! I've never seen that.

Although the problem I had last night wasn't while trying to close the game I'll still do that, but the other desktop shortcut I think keeps you away form the game manager altogether.

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Yes, I did not think this was necessarily related to your problem, but good to know about it in any case.

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