Maestro is one of ERS Game Studios' long-standing Hidden Object Adventure franchise, and in this fourth game, it seems as if ERS-G is running out of fuel to continue the series. Maestro: Dark Talent tells the story of an Opera singer, who called herself Diva which is rumored to possess the ability of draining people's souls during her performances. The problem arises when your friend decided to join her show; rescue your friend from Diva's capture and end this catastrophe!
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Name: Maestro: Dark Talent Collector's Edition
Release Date: 12 September 2014
Developer: ERS Game Studios
Unlike in the previous Maestro games, Dark Talent does not feature any music children stories. Well, some might consider that a good thing considering that the game should be less childish and so on. We found the storyline in Maestro: Dark Talent to be fairly average, nothing beyond our expectations or anything that really sparks excitement - it is far too predictable and unoriginal.
Regardless of that, we found ourselves enjoying the game. Dark Talent is a very smooth gameplay, perhaps too smooth that it reaches the point of being overly-easy. There is nothing innovative in the gameplay, or even in the puzzles and the hidden object scenes. While every aspect of the game is very well-exquisite, they lack the challenge and all the bells and whistles. Most of the puzzles should be relatively easy for most players, and the HO scenes are not particularly difficult as well.
Then comes the production, in which Maestro: Dark Talent seems to have achieved. The graphics are obviously ERS-G; dark, a little eerie and high in quality - again, nothing remarkable. Nonetheless, the cutscenes and their animations are very impressive, we just wish ERS-G would have incorporated more of those 3D-style artwork in the actual game. Despite Dark Talent being a musical game, the soundtracks are not exactly exceptional. What is worse is the voice overs, they are odd and emotionless which got on our nerves a little bit.
Finally, one last Maestro: Dark Talent has is the length. Maybe it is because the gameplay lacks the challenge factor, the main game of Dark Talent only lasted under 3 hours for us - plus, an addition of a 35-minute bonus chapter.
Maestro: Dark Talent is nowhere near the epicness of its predecessors, although it is still arguably entertaining. The Maestro series has already lost its charm and can now be added to the large collection of we-wish-they-would-have-ended-but-they-never-end franchises from ERS-G.
Graphics: 4/5 Stars
Sound: 3.5/5 Stars
Story: 3.5/5 Stars
Originality: 3.5/5 Stars
Originality: 3.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 3/5 Stars
Puzzles: 3.5/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4.5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 3.5/5 Stars
Extras: 4/5 Stars
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