EireBanshee


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Played: 23 Jan 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 1:08 Outcome: Successful escape!

Nice puzzles, some got a but tricky but everything made sense and was satisfying to solve.

There was one puzzle, however, which required what we would consider "outside knowledge" and we had to do some googling to get the information that we needed.  Would have preferred to have found the necessary references in a book in the room, perhaps.  

It's worth noting that each player must solve every puzzle individually.  This was a problem for us when I got stuck on a slider puzzle for a long period of time.  My partner was waiting for me to catch up but there was no option to skip the slider puzzle to move one with my partner.

We enjoyed it, however, and we will come back to play more from these creators.

Played: 16 Jan 2022 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

This was a good game, however, we did get frustrated with the method of communication/entering codes.  You have to type what you want to do into a text box, but you have to say it exactly the right way at exactly the right time.  We spent a lot of time knowing exactly what we needed to do, but unable to word it in the way that the game wanted us too.  Or, on one occasion, BEFORE the game wanted us to.  So this took away a bit of the joy from the puzzles.  Lovely story, though.

Played: 10 Jan 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 41 Outcome: Successful escape!
quite easy
Played: 8 Jan 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 90 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulimmersive

I was pleasantly surprised with this game.  Fantastic graphics and ambient sounds really immerse you in the atmosphere.  A nice variety of puzzles, some of which were tricky but due to my own fault making mistakes or missing things.  

Downsides: (1) There is a time penalty for hints, including those first "I already knew that" ones.  (2) When playing remotely with others you have to use share screen, and I would much prefer for us to all be able to look around and work independently. 

I look forward to seeing another game from this company.

Played: 2 Jan 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: about 90 min Outcome: Successful escape!

We really enjoyed this one, although it did run quite long at around 90 minutes.   It could be done in two parts, there is so much to it.  We enjoyed their previous game and this one has been done even better.  You do have to explore a very large space with lots of areas, so there is a lot of navigating top be done, but the puzzles and story were both satisfying. 

I really liked the ambient sounds and sound effects. 

Would recommend.

Played: 2019 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
Played: 2021 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
Played: 31/12/2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 1:38

This game appeared to start off well.  The computer graphics were pleasing to the eye, and the puzzles in the first area were enjoyable.  The problems began when we left the first area and began to explore the large area of the ship.

There were so many alternate angles of each scene, and each angle view could only be found be clicking on a different random pixel on the screen.  Although you might be able to see something from many angle, you may only be able to interact with it from a particular angle.  OR, the thing you need to see will only be seen if you click on a magic invisible pixel through sheer luck.  We had great difficulty finding the angles that we needed to be able to find/interact with things.  

Navigation was also frustrating.  Finding the correct click points to move where you wanted to go.

 We were also unable to find some elements that we needed.  We only knew that we needed them because when we got stuck, the hints system referenced them.   But we couldn't find them anywhere, and the hints did not give us the information help us to find them.  

Overall, the "playability" could use some work.  

Played: 25 Dec 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 28:00 Outcome: Successful escape!

Cute, simple.  Very guessable word answers to each puzzle.  We found ourselves often only half completing a puzzle before guessing what the answer must be.  But hey, we still had fun!  A light and easy Christmas snack.

Played: 24 Dec 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 49:30 Outcome: Successful escape!
quite difficult

This one (in "standard" mode) was quite a bit trickier than "The Mother".  But tricky in a way that perhaps could use more signposting in places. Definitely an improvement from their first game in that there was more to it.  

 Some clever puzzles but also some questionable ones.  A word puzzle with many possible solutions required us to use the hints, and a combination whose ordering has no explanation, even in the hints/solution. 

The background music was very loud, so we had to mute our browsers which is a shame, a bit of forest ambient sound would have added a more immersive vibe. 

Disappointing how the game ends with a blank black screen?  Have a feeling that was a glitch?

Played: 19 Dec 2021 Team size: 3 Time taken: 30:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
quite easy

A nice little Christmas game.  I like that when one person solved a puzzle, it was solved for all.  Cute graphics and easy to use interface.  The puzzles were quite easy (except for some pretty tricky anagrams!) but the game was still satisfying as there was plenty to do.

Played: 19 Dec 2021 Team size: 4 Time taken: 20:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
very easy

I loved that this game highlights the different ways Christmas is celebrated around the world and would best be played in a casual way, taking time to read the information for each country. 

This game is non-linear and as 4 players we were able to get through it rather quickly, but it should take a good bit longer for smaller teams.

Played: 18 Dec 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 20:00 Outcome: Successful escape!
very easy

Although we expected the game to be easy (being Christmas and all) we didn't expect it to be quite so short (20 min for 2 players).  Not as smooth a production as their Yeti game, but cute and probably best for families with young children.

Played: 12 Dec 2021 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
quite easy

This was a nice game, we enjoyed it.  It is quite easy, although we did find it difficult to locate click-points at times.  

Played: 5 Dec 2021 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
family friendlyvery easy

Oh what fun!  A lovely  and cheerful presentation with some humor.  The puzzles are easy - so ideal for a family.  But just because the puzzles are easy doesn't mean you'll be finished in a flash, it's a fulfilling game with story and very cute visuals/videos.  I love the combo between actors and graphic art.  

We did experience some type of glitch in the game, however, the creators responded very quickly and were able to get us back on track in no time, so we were still very happy with our experience.

Played: 2 Dec 2021 Team size: 3 Time taken: 16:24 Outcome: Successful escape!
overpricedvery easy

There is not much too it.  It took us 16 minutes to complete, and that's only because the evidence is time-released.  You receive new bits of information at timed intervals.  If we received it all at once we would have been finished in moments, we were waiting around for the next batch of info to come in.  When it arrives, you match the info to the suspects, and then you wait for the next batch to arrive.  OK, It's for charity, it's for charity, it's for charity... 

Played: 30 Nov 2021 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
Played: 27 Nov 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 38 Outcome: Successful escape!
Played: 27 Nov 2021 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
story-drivenfamily friendly

Whether or not you enjoy this game will very much depend on what you are looking for.  Unfortunately, this game was not a match for us, although I cannot criticize it.  It is an impressive production for what it is.  

So, what is it?  It's mainly watching a narrative with graphic art images.  The characters tell you the story, while you watch.   Every now and then you are asked to have a quick little interaction with the game, but for the most part you are a spectator.  For us, this wasn't enjoyable.  When we play we want to solve puzzles and to interact with each other, so we found the long narrations tedious and we just wanted to get involved.

It is visually very pretty, and I think it it would be an interesting game for older kids/early teens.  Although it wasn't what we were looking for in a game, it's still very interesting and unique - and well made.

Played: 21 Nov 2021 Team size: 3 Time taken: 47 Outcome: Successful escape!
family friendlyquite easy

A fun and festive game, nothing too strenuous but it was enjoyable.  The very abrupt ending was a bit of a downer, no fanfare or sound effects just a sudden and silent return to the main screen.  Worth playing.

Played: 20 Nov 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 1:40 Outcome: Successful escape!
very difficult

This was the most deviously difficult game I have ever played!  

This game seems to have been made from a pop-up portable type of game, so set and decor is not exciting, but that's not a problem for us.

The puzzles were very difficult, and the annoying voice that regularly spoke over the game was very distracting.  But what was terribly frustrating was trying to FIND things that were impossible to find!  Invisible clickable places.  (also an transparent maze that was impossible to see).  We got stuck for ages on not being able to find something.  The hints system gave us the answer to the lock, but we were still not permitted to open the lock until we found the thing we could not find, and the hints did not direct you in searching so you were just stuck stuck stuck stuck!

A nice challenge for high-level puzzlers, maybe, but bring your magnifying glass and a player who can click on every pixel of the screen with patience.

Played: 14 Nov 2021 Team size: 3 Time taken: 90 Outcome: Successful escape!

This game requires 2 players on 2 devices, more people can play but they have to choose which of the 2 player screens they will be working with.  The Player 1 screen gets one set of information and the Player 2 screen gets a totally different set of information.  You must use good communication skills to share information and solve the puzzles.  

I love this premises of communicating to share different pieces of information.  We found the puzzles juicy and satisfying for the majority of the game.  Towards the end we got frustrated with one puzzle which we had to get the solution for from the hint system, but the reason for the solution was not given.  So we still don't understand why that was the correct answer.   And secondly, there was a random thing that needed to be done - I don't think any of us would have thought to do it in a million years without getting it from the hint system.

The hint system is an external page, rather than being built into the game.  We would much prefer a built-in hint system.

So overall this is a nice game, although the 2 frustrating points at the end left us a bit flat at the finish.

Played: 13 Nov 2021 Team size: 3 Time taken: 90 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulcleverimmersive

Very well made, slick production.  Incredible graphics and sound.  I love a bit of humor in a game, and this has several sneaky laughs.  The "catch up" option is fantastic and I was delighted to use it once.  Really well done!

Played: 31 Oct 2021 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

A fun little game with good puzzles and bad jokes, lol.

Played: 31 Oct 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 23:00 Outcome: Successful escape!

It was OK.  It was very, very SHORT.  I understand that this was designed to be an "easy" game, but it would be better value if there were enough puzzles to keep you busy for longer.  

Played: 26 Oct 2021 Team size: 1 Time taken: 40 Outcome: Successful escape!
quite easy

Nice graphics, good puzzles though simple but enjoyed it.   Not a fan of the hint system (external html link with a list), but still enjoyed the game.

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