Jul 28, 2013
User review by jyannis
I hold sentimental value towards the Puppetshow series because Mystery of Joyville is one of the earlist HOGs I had played. But the previous installment was a let-down and I considered giving this one a skip, but sentimentality won in the end, and thus I embark again on the journey into the world of Felicia and creepy puppets.
The story brings us back to the very beginning, when Felicia was still a little girl and needing help in locating her missing father. Gameplay, to me, is a step up from Return to Joyville - simply because it doesn't feel as mundane and repetitive. There's a much better usage of items, more widely-spread out HOGs in my opinion, and better puzzles. However, HOG searches are inconsistent - some scenes has two of the one item on the list, too small/blurry items etc. The travelling back and forth also feels like an attempt to prolong the game.
ERS are known for detailed graphics, and this game is no exception. In saying that, some scenes do feel recycled. Even so, there are lots to explore, and there's a helpful little puppet which you can name and dress up in hats (it's a mini-game to assemble each hat and there are 16 in total). He's less creepy than the menacing Spiderhead villian.
The story starts off with plenty of intrigue, with Felicia behaving strangely and the introduction of shady and suspicious characters. It is a race to find the Puppet Master and to discover exactly why he was kidnapped, and it all comes together in a full circle at the end, however, I did not appreciate that it all ties up only with the bonus chapter. The story should ALWAYS end satisfactorily in the main game.
Would love to give it a higher rating but overall, the game is very middle-of-the-road to me. I feel that this franchaise has run its course, and Destiny Undone is a worthy conclusion to a mostly successful series.