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SummaryNice try... but this could've been so much better!
The GoodGraphics: Well, to be honest, I liked the graphics. They were nice, but they weren't "wow, this view is breath-taking!". If you don't expect eye-candy here, you'll be pleased, and a bit surprised.
Interface: Clean. You only get to choose between three actions: "Look", "Take" and "Talk". The inventory was clean also; the items that are not longer useful will banish from there 'almost always'.
Sound Effects: Uhm... "suitable" I'd say. Nothing impressive, a bit repetitive. Sometimes scary, but sometimes boring (more of this later).
Dialogs: They were funny; I liked the dialogs. Ren will make some jokes here and then; nice clever character. Pretty sarcastic too. I loved the crazy computer! Too bad this was obscured a bit (sometimes, not always) by bad translation (again, more of this later). But I enjoyed the dialogs anyway.
The BadMusic: I don't remember any music, except by the rap music that played while the credits are shown, every time you exit the game and when you beat the game. I actually liked that ending theme, but that lady didn't have a melodic voice (to my taste).
Length: A bit short... well, the story deserved more development. Ren, as a character, had a lot of potential. This was a missed opportunity; there could've been a lot more puzzles, more characters, more twists... plenty of room to be an epic story. Too bad. Also the story sometimes felt broken. I would've loved more character background and more story development. Sometimes the characters seemed to be emotionless and the cut-scenes were so brief and disjointed that I felt that perhaps I skipped one of them accidentally. The ending was a bit generic. But don't get me wrong, I did like the game.
Stability: I'm afraid it was just bad... bad, bad... I didn't play the "out-of-the-box" version, I installed the latest patch available at the moment (v1.4) before playing. And the game crashed like 8 times, from the beginning until I finished it. And the game crashes every time you exit from it, every time the credits start to scroll down the screen and that rap music starts playing. I got Windows XP with Service Pack 2, by the way. On the bright side, I saved often and all my saved games were always intact. Oh, and don't "Alt+Tab" while playing also; the game will crash too.
Voice acting: While I liked the dialogs and the personality of the main character, the voice acting was not very good. Some characters, especially the female characters, had voices that were just too... "soft". It was like the vocal actors were faking how "soft" their voices were. Some characters sounded lifeless also.
Puzzles: Mostly inventory-based puzzles... don't get me wrong, I liked them, they were logical, perhaps a bit easy for some players, but I liked them. But there is some abuse of pixel-hunting... sometimes I couldn't tell the difference between the background and some items. And there are two mazes. Not difficult (I got out of them in a few tries), but I really hate mazes. Just a note in case I'm lucky enough and an adventure game designer is reading this little review: please, do not abuse of pixel-hunting. More (varied) puzzles. And if you include a maze, make it fun to navigate into.
The Bottom Line"Legacy: Dark Shadows" is a classic point & click adventure game. By "classic" I mean all the actions are made with the mouse (except by a puzzle in which you got to use the arrow keys... but it's just a puzzle), you can't die (I like when a game does not punish me when experimenting, by killing my poor character instantly), you can save whenever you want, no time limits, etc, etc.
It's set in the distant future and you play as a single character, Ren, a private investigator which is on vacations on the Mars. But soon your plans of having a good time will end, as you receive a call from a friend of yours, Hacker. Something terrible just happened back on Earth. Duty calls.
Problems aside (if you decide to play this game, save often! and by often I mean every time you solve a puzzle or visit a new location) -and they were a lot- I can't say I disliked this game. It was a nice little adventure, which I enjoyed while it lasted. Perhaps a bit easy, a bit short, a bit unstable. But I liked the leading character. Too bad the developers/designers didn't make a deeper plot or managed to squash all those nasty bugs.
So, should you, dear reader, get this game? If you can forgive the bugs, if you are interested in a "light" adventure, if you don't expect something epic, if you just want some days of entertainment (I think you should be able to find a copy this game quite cheap now), I'd say yes, you should get it.
But have in mind that there are other (better) adventure games you could play instead of this one. For example, you could play "Sanitarium", which is an excellent horror game. Or "The Longest Journey", which is epic and has great characters. Or "Syberia", which has a lovable story... I could mention several titles that I could recommend you over this game. Sadly, yes, there are lots of better adventure games out there.
So, if you had to decide, I'd recommend you to get and play "Legacy: Dark Shadows" only if you already played all those big titles. But if you are an adventure gamer, starving for something new, and haven't played this one (and if you are able to forgive all its mentioned short-comings)... give it a try. If you know what to expect from it, you won't be disappointed. At least I wasn't.