It seems pretty clear now that ERS-G is running out of tricks! In this sixth installment of the tiresome Haunted Legends series, Lucia and Roberto's wedding is about to go downhill when Roberto went missing and Lucia is blamed for the crime. Although the storyline might sound quite decent, all you get to do in the game is the same-old.
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Name: Haunted Legends: The Dark Wishes Collector's Edition
Release Date: 08 May 2015
Developer: ERS Game Studios
If you are already familiar with the Haunted Legends games, or even other games by this same developer. Then, do not expect The Dark Wishes to deliver anything out-of-the-ordinary. On the bright side, the storyline in The Dark Wishes is actually quite thrilling. There are loads of actions at every turn on the road, plenty of exciting events and the stake seems to be high most of the times - the urge to learn more about the story is one of the few motivations for us to complete the game.
Another plus for The Dark Wishes comes from its visuals and audio. The Dark Wishes features amazing visual design; gloomy settings, engrossing graphics and moody atmosphere - a perfect combination for a horror game. The audio also did a good job on building the suspense, while the voice-overs are simply terrific.
So what makes this game much less entertaining than it could be? Basically, The Dark Wishes shows no signs of creativity whatsoever. The gameplay is very straightforward and easy, as if designed for the beginners. Despite the fact that there is a handful of tasks to do in a single location, those tasks are nothing we have not seen before and they can all be completed in just a couple of minutes due to the game's linear gameplay.
Moreover, the hidden object scenes are not too impressive either. The objects are far too easy to spot, and the scenes repeat themselves; which we found unacceptable in today's era. Besides, the puzzles offer boring on the familiar ones - they also lack the challenge. As a gimmick, the game includes one special feature; the Magic Staff which has a Magic Orb attached to it. They can be used to absorb energy from magical threads, nothing to be excited about.
To further disappoint us, The Dark Wishes also has a very short length. We completed the game on the easiest difficulty setting in just a little over 3 hours, and the bonus chapter lasted around 45 minutes or so. The extras in the Collector's Edition are the standards, the full list can be found below.
To conclude, the captivating story and awesome production of Haunted Legends: The Dark Wishes is ruined by the no-brainer gameplay and boring game features.
Graphics: 4.5/5 Stars
Sound: 4.5/5 Stars
Story: 4.5/5 Stars
Originality: 2.5/5 Stars
Originality: 2.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 2.5/5 Stars
Puzzles: 3/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 3/5 Stars
Extras: 3.5/5 Stars
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