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Weird Park: Broken Tune
Good to Be Back!
Years ago a high wire act went horribly awry. Some folks suspected murder, but nothing was proven. Now a reporter has gone missing, and you've been hired to find him. Just don't let that creepy kid in the jester outfit scare you. He doesn't? Good! Get ready to journey through a creepy park with amazing animation and spooktacular sound effects.
I'm also sure there isn't anyone trying to kill you, quite sure. Also sure that all those bumps and knocks you hear around you are just the game. That said, you might want to play this game with the lights on.
Thanks to Wild Tangent for the awesome download trail.
Thanks to Big Fish for all the photos.
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WARNING: This review contains spoilers.
Well worth your gaming time! One of my top ten all-time fave games.
Do Clowns Scare You?
Type: Hunt for Objects
Level of difficulty selection: No
Object: Solve the Mystery
My Rating: 4 out of 4 stars
I'd say teen for mild language and violence.
You play a detective, gender not fixed, so she could well be a she. Your case is to go to the abandoned theme park, which is rumored to be haunted. There was an ace reporter sent there, and he never came back, so you may find his body while you search.
As you put together clues and solve the crimes it becomes clear there is magic at work. No not real Wiccan kind, but close. Seems somebody made a deal with Loki for immortality. Well Loki is a naughty trickster, but here he delights in helping you.
A strange doll shows up at key points to let you know you are on the right track, plus each item you find is a clue as to where to go to next. Loki himself helps indirectly, as you'll find record parts and clues scattered around.
I kind of doubt the crazy clown kid hid them.
The graphics are wonderful. There's a lot of clean animation, explosions, movement, and all other sorts of goodies. As you enter your fourth hour of gaming the graphics are just as crisp even if you are getting bleary eyed.
Watch for all the fun animation, including the one after the credits roll. The searches are very easy so far as crispness and detail go. Though as you play, more and more items litter the search field. Or at least it seemed like it.
Music and Sound Effects
Excellent except for one thing. I played through straight and if I had been issued a gun in this game I would have shot my monkey helper. The sound effect of his creaking music box drove me nuts in the lulls between music. You only hear it if he is recharging a hint, but still.
The music was wonderful a sort of new age creepy carnival if that makes sense. It changed for different areas, and most sound effects were real life realistic. Steam hisses, keys turning, all sorts of fun ambient stuff. You can also turn off the music and FX if you wish.
Ease of Play
Once you figure out the found objects are hints, fairly easy. There were a few times objects refused to pick up on the first mouse click, and a black screen drag as different parts loaded on my computer late in the game.
I would have liked a faster hint recharge, but in the game's defense I always play a game through once. How else can I do a review for my readers? Expect some backtracking, and for some items to be repeatedly used, while others vanish after one use.
There's no selection of difficulty here, so you may be recharging that dratted monkey toy like I did.
Best and Worst Feature
Best feature was the slowly unfolding plot. First it seems like a mystery with someone human pulling the strings. The creepy kid, called a joker, could be part of a gang. But as the game goes on you realize that isn't any kid, there's magic involved, and somebody invoked Loki.
Worst feature? The characters you meet don't get voice overs! They are speaking and waving their hands, but you have to read the type above them. A disappointment as the rest of the game had lush detail.
I know, I know. Programmers only have so much time, room, and budget. But still.
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If you played, did you like the game? Did you like the hidden surprises and animations? Details please!