The Stroke of Midnight
By NAMCO BANDAI Games
Open the Mac App Store to buy and download apps.
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN A MYSTERIOUS MANSION TO REUNITE LOST LOVERS
-Over 20 unique 3D locations to explore
-Overcome countless unique puzzles and challenges
-Search for clues and key items in over 10 hidden object scenes
-Dive deep into the storyline to unravel a love triangle between Vlad, Lidia and Eve
A struggling romance author’s discovery of a Victorian-era love triangle will provide her with much more than a new storyline: it will provide an entire novel’s worth! The Stroke of Midnight plunges players deep into the haunted past of a mansion and the haunted lovers who walked its halls. Can you solve the heartbreaking mystery?
Decent game, poor app store description.
The only thing I had to go on when purchasing this game were the beautiful screenshots and intriguing plot synopsis. There's absolutely no description of the gameplay, not even a mention of genre. There's no telling from the screenshots and tagline whether it's an action/adventure or survival/horror game. I had to read one of the reviews to determine that it's a puzzle game. The links to the game's website aren't any problem. I wanted to post a negative review complaining about this lack of information, but was informed I had to purchase the game before I could post a review.
So I did, since given the meager information it seemed like a kind of game I'd like. So far I really like the game's ambiance and plot premise. I'm finding even the initial puzzles a bit challenging, and I wish the capable voice actor who narrated the introduction would lend her talents to some of the on-screen prompts. I probably would have given the game a higher score were it not for the lack of information on the app's page and on the developer website. If you like old-school point-and-click puzzle adventures, it's a reasonable bet you'll like this game.
Decent graphics, but very linear, non-interactive game play
I'm a sucker for eye candy. This game caught my attention because it reminded me of the worlds I would get lost in as a kid when playing all-text adventures (or those with limited graphics). I would spend endless hours and school nights with those. Unfortunately, this game just doesn't seem to have the same interactivity. Movements and game progress are very guided and linear. You're pretty much forced to solve each puzzle. You can't interact with your inventory. It seems like the game just puts the object you need in front of you (after first giving you tons of objects at once from another room). Your mileage may vary, but I didnt even like the game for the "discounted" price I got. It seemed on par with something generic you would play online (that is, doesn't actually get "installed" on your computer). I actually didn't finish the game out of boredom and frustration with the way the game plays out, but I may on a rainy day to give it more of a chance.
Glad I got the deal
So I'm glad I bought this when it was on sale. It wasn't a terrible game, great way to kill about 2.5 hours but that was it. This game took no time at all to beat and I felt like I was moving really slow. I would have enjoyed a few more complicated puzzles as well, nothing really became increasingly complicated as the game progressed. Also when trying to save Vlad's life the ticking is extremely annoying without actually being timed... Overall, it was worth the five bucks to kill a couple of hours, but I do enjoy puzzle games. Ways to make it better: Make puzzles increase in difficulty in a noticeable manner, and work on the accents (those were terrible...)
- Category: Games
- Released: Feb 10, 2011
- Version: 1.0.0
- Size: 396 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
- Namco, The Stroke of Midnight, and all related logos, designs, and elements are the trademarks and © of Namco Networks America Inc. 2011. All rights reserved.
Compatibility: OS X 10.5 or later