Jun 9, 2011
User review by cakefordinner
A good game ruined by awful mechanics in 2 puzzles and forced marches to locations. Some improvements (shooting gallery less cluttered and distracting, logical trophies to achieve) from the first game, but glaring failures with the mechanics for otherwise decent puzzles (2, later in the game).
Fun and challenging was turned into torture (got a headache) by forcing 8 clicks where others would have click and drag, once. Puzzles should have only taken a minute or 2, but took close to 20. By that time, I was irritated enough to curse out loud (did). And, no option to exit a puzzle once you begin.
Issues with the Shooting Gallery...when I scored over 30. I scored 31, in 3 different games, and it froze and wouldn’t continue to the next Episode. Had to shut down with my Task Manager and replay, making sure I stopped when I reached 30.
More random errors: 1 scene with no Lucky Clovers, another with 1 you couldn’t click on, puzzles that randomized to already solved and only needed something moved, then moved back to complete...happened with 3 different puzzles. I played, concurrently, with 2 different profiles and it happened in one, but not the other. Most errors occurred later in the game (after demo expires).
Pros: good graphics, well-planned scenes, decent music and sound effects, large variety of gameplay, some challenging puzzles and bad romance novel story (I thought it was unintentionally funny).
Cons: spotty voice acting (okay to pretty bad), forced march through locations, distracting scene animations, minimal Strategy Guide inaccessible from the game, terrible puzzle mechanics.
Overall, it’s worth 3 stars. Did I like it? No, I HATED it because of the horrible puzzle mechanics and the forced march through the locations. I did not enjoy playing the game, when all was said and done, and probably won’t try number 3, if there is one.