Your cousin sent you the family symbol and asked for your help. Travel back to your childhood town with your father and unravel the dark secrets of Wolfhill. Can you solve this werewolf curse that runs through your bloodlines?
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Name: Shadow Wolf Mysteries: Curse of Wolfhill Collector's Edition
Release Date: 28 February 2016
Developer: ERS Game Studios
It has now come to the sixth game in this seemingly never-ending HOPA franchise, and it is back with another mundane, recycled plot. Once again, you need to solve the family werewolf curse - it might sound fresh the first time, but definitely not the sixth time round. The developer did add some nice backstories to add some variety, but they are not enough to distract us from the uninspired, same-old and absolutely boring plot.
Shadow Wolf Mysteries: Curse of Wolfhill has the kind of visuals you would expect from an ERS-G's game. That is, decent enough, but nothing mindblowing. Nonetheless, we do appreciate the beautiful hand-drawn artwork and pleasant colors. It would have been better if the art team has tried something new with the graphics, instead of just reusing the same style and color palette from the previous installments in the series. As for the soundtracks, they are sub-par - which are miles better than the annoying and unnecessarily dramatic voice-overs.
If you come in expecting a challenging and creative gameplay, we are sad to say that Shadow Wolf Mysteries: Curse of Wolfhill is basically the opposite of those two terms. There is absolutely nothing unique about Curse of Wolfhill; from its predictable gameplay and tedious tasks to its insultingly easy puzzles and average hidden object scenes. Yes, they are clearly professionally-executed, the gameplay is cohesive and the game mechanics flow very well together. But aren't most of the Collector's Edition games nowadays also tick all of those boxes?
When it comes to the Collector's Edition, Shadow Wolf Mysteries: Curse of Wolfhill offers all of the standard features. This includes a strategy guide, wallpapers, concept art, screensavers, cutscenes, replayable hidden object scenes, replayable puzzles, achievements, collectibles and an interesting bonus chapter that is probably better than the main game itself.
Overall, Shadow Wolf Mysteries: Curse of Wolfhill is forgettable and downright pedestrian. ERS-G should stop dragging this series on and on and start coming up with something more refreshing, a new series perhaps?
Graphics: 4/5 Stars
Sound: 3/5 Stars
Story: 2.5/5 Stars
Originality: 2.5/5 Stars
Originality: 2.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 3/5 Stars
Puzzles: 3/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 2.5/5 Stars
Extras: 4.5/5 Stars
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