Players Review of Facebook's The Vampire Diaries: Get Sucked In Game
The Good and the Bad
You're new to Mystic Falls and it isn't long before you're meeting all the denizens of the show, The Vampire Diaries. They'll give you tasks to complete. You have to do some clicking to find objects, as well as rewarded items after taking the trivia tests. And that's about it. It isn't complicated.
The good is the game is billed as being a living thing. I get more of a kick out of it when the game turns to night and there's little lights in all the houses. There's even a light at night in the tomb. I also like the graphics. Gives you a real feel of the show, if you're a fan. You also get a new stamina point every three minutes which is good, so you have have to wait for your stamina to build up to complete tasks.
The bad is some of trivia questions in the trivia games you have to answer have wrong answers. The worst one is the one where they ask who Elena danced the first dance with at the Miss Mystic Falls thing. The answer is Damon. Unfortunately, they give names of universities, so answering that question right is virtually impossible. Through trial and error I found out the right answer to the questions is Duke. There's a couple of other questions I question the answers to. Like Luka and Martin were working for Elijah because Klaus was threatening to kill Luka. Wasn't it because Klaus had Greta? And they ask why Damon wanted to become a vampire, and they say the answer is because Stefan got Damon to drink blood and told him about all the cool vampire powers, but Damon wanted to become a vampire because he was in love with Katherine and wanted to spend all eternity with her.
Another problem with the mini-trivia games is you're only given 20 seconds to answer as many questions as you can, and some time the game is draggy. By that, I mean it runs so slow it takes forever for the trivia question and answer to display. Of course, the kicker is the timer ticks off normally, so you're lucky if you have enough time to answer two questions.
The other mini-game is the Mystic Pixs. They show you two pics and you have to spot the differences. The ideal game is to get through two pics in twenty seconds. I haven't been able to do it, once. Whatever you do find, you do get credit for it.
The mini-trivia and Mystic Pixs games are hidden in the fog. Sometimes you're stuck in a part of the game and need to collect all of items in a particular collection. The scissor one was the worst one for me. I'd been through the southwest fog five times and couldn't find the fountain pen, so I choked out the money to buy it so I could move on in the game. Of course, fight after that I got it. Once you clear all the fog, you have to wait sometimes over 24 hours for the fog to return to try and find the item you need. The alternative is to fork out some money for the Facebook gold coins or to take some surveys or complete one of the offers and get rewarded the gold coins. I ultimately had to do that.
Another problem, well not really a problem, is the Mystic coins. You get rewarded them, and they say you need to collect them to buy items, but you can't buy anything with them. The only way you can buy items is through the Facebook gold coins. Which I kind of find rather annoying.
And I think that's basically the gist of it. They've only got one chapter done. I found that out when I finished all the tasks and found out that's all there is for now. I really don't care for the storyline in the game. The ending was so creepy and corny. There were a couple of other scenes that were also the same. Like having to go get my diary to go to Elena's house to write in my diary. Isn't that supposed to be something private. Made me feel like Stefan and Elena are in some diary writing cult where all the members meet at Elena's house to write in their diaries simultaneously.
What follows is the fog areas you can find the items to complete the necessary collections to get to the end of chapter one:
The High School Bleachers Fog:
The party collection and the and the MF high school collection.
The Bus Stop:
The sapphire ring collection and the grimoire collection.
The Southwest Fog:
The study collection and the gold collection.
The East Fog in the Cemetery:
The emerald collection [to unlock the church] and the lapis lazuli collection [to unlock grave 1].
I didn't need to unlock grave 2, and I was able to find all the pieces of the map collection in one clearing of the fog. I got lucky.
One last tip, buy Vervain Tea to get your full stamina refilled, and buy it from the collections and not the store. For the collections box it's only 5 gold Facebook credits. If you buy it from the store it costs 14 gold coins.
In conclusion, it's a bit of mindless fun, especially if you're a fan of the show. And if you're a Damon fan, at one point in the game, you get the pleasure of having him kind of come on to you, which was fun. I can't wait until chapter two is done and available.
NOTE: To purchase Facebook gold coins you need to go to your Facebook account settings and click payments and then click more options. When you click the radio button for earning credits, you'll be taken to offers and surveys you can do to earn the gold coins.