About The Game
Use your wits and a bit of mischief to explore, interact with your environment and solve puzzles in this bundle of four light-hearted, old-school adventure games: "Quiet, Please!", "Quiet Christmas", "Vacation Vexation" and "Candy, Please!".
Quiet, Please!: After an annoying day at school, you just want some peace and quiet, but everything at home is so noisy! Dad is channel surfing, Mum is on the phone and your pesky kid brother won't go to bed!
Quiet Christmas: It's Christmas Eve, and you just want to go to bed and wake up on Christmas morning. But the tree is broken, the house is too cold, Mr Peabody's tacky Christmas display is annoying and, as always, your brother won't go to bed!
Vacation Vexation: Ah, the family seaside vacation. Sun, sand and... annoyances galore. Explore, solve puzzles and play arcade minigames.
Candy, Please!: It's Halloween – a time to dress up, carve pumpkins and amass glorious amounts of candy. Let nothing stop you from getting your fair share!
Quiet Collection compromises of 4 separate adventure puzzle games that sees you take on the role of a young girl who often just wants some peaceful quiet and some candy in the final game.
The 4 games all play in the same fashion and style and revolve around finding a variety of objects and placing or using them in various places.
Some of these puzzles are one off events some open up the availability of more items and therefore more puzzles that can be solved.
The graphical style is very retro and blocky and it won’t appeal to all but I’d urge those on the fence that would like some puzzle fun to forget about the graphics and give this one a go it’s certainly worth the investment.
The first 2 games are very similar in terms of puzzles and content.
The exception being the first is just full of noise from dad watching the tv to mum on the phone to the neighbour and his lawn mower or his generally annoying dog.
The second is Christmas and your tasked more with getting everything ready on xmas eve than you are tackling noise, though some noise nuisance puzzles are still present.
The length of these 2 games will vary vastly from player to player if every puzzle just clicks with you they’ll be over very quickly but odds are at least some will have you stumped for a while.
Quiet please took me just over an hour as I tried again and again to find a missing item I knew would be required only to eventually notice there was one more room I hadn’t noticed existed and it all fell into place fairly quickly after that.
Quiet Christmas was over in under half an hour as I was now familiar with what to do and where most items were likely to be it was a pretty easy breeze through the game.
I'll be honest your female lead displays a lot of "bad behaviour" in this game all in the name of peace and quiet of course!
The second 2 games Vacation Vexation and candy please are much bigger games and should on the whole take most players a good amount more time to beat.
At the time of writing the review I haven’t beaten either of the final 2 games though my Halloween play through is very near completion.
Starting with the vacation game it’s the only one that sees a change in location of the 4 games with the home left behind for a hotel, beach, cafe arcade and more.
The arcade contains 3 machines from which you can play 3 mini games while they are all takes of old retro affairs such as Frogger they offer a welcome respite from puzzling and the opportunity to rack up a few high scores.
The Halloween game is my personal favourite of the 4 in the collection.
Rather than noise management or relaxation you’re tasked with filling your candy bucket with an excessive amount of candy.
Rather than collecting most items to perform tasks or make something / someone quiet is to take most of the items to your wardrobe and crate a number of costumes to fool people into thinking you’re a different person and collect candy from the same neighbour more than once.
Various little hints are included when trying to put materials together so you should never be completely stuck but at the same time it won’t tell you exactly what to use either so you’ll need to do a little bit of your own work.
My personal favourite costume is Batman made for your little brother and some f the quotes that go with it are very amusing.
Bat Man steals a crowbar off the floor all in the name of justice of course!
The games overall aren’t perfect other than perhaps a quick go on the arcade mini games in relaxation once you’ve beat them and know exactly what to do and what goes where there isn’t really any point or need to return to them.
Having said that given the start price in addition to any future eShop sales that might come along it’s hard to argue that unless you plan on opening a player guide to tell you how to solve every puzzle most will easily get a minimum 4 hours game play from the entire series and perhaps double that if time is spent on the mini games or one puzzle in particular has you stumped for a while.
There are many games in the eShop in a similar budget price bracket that won’t last you anywhere near that length of time.
Nor in my personal case give me anywhere near as much fun as this collection has been.
A couple more niggling issues that are sure to annoy a few revolve around Item management
You can only ever carry one item at a time and with so many items in each game it can become something of an annoyance when you constantly have to throw things down on the floor and remember where you left them while you take something else you know you need right that second to its required location.
My preferred method involved taking all items I could find to a set in location or room and leaving them all together so I knew where to find everything but even that method of thought will require plenty of back tracking to get all the items to your chosen drop off point.
The final little annoyance comes in the form of your in game little brother.
And to be fair to the developers he is supposed to be rather annoying so it does fit well with the character.
He’ll constantly pick up random items from the floor that you’ve placed down and run around with them .
You can tickle him to get him to drop items and he will within a few seconds throw them down bored anyway but on a couple of occasions he took an item and ran into another room only to discard said item.
I wasn’t paying much attention to him and trying to work out a current puzzle a little later in the game I found it odd that despite putting every item in the same place the thing I needed at present was now missing.
Of course it was only 1 room / screen over but as that room was a dead end and a room I hadn’t visited for quite some time I had no reason to look there and went with the assumption I’d probably accidentally thrown it down somewhere else.
Of course when I saw him do the same thing again a few minutes later I knew where my missing item was (that saved me some searching)
No I don't think it's going to work either!
With 4 games included that’s a cost of 75p per game in the uk.
A well written script full of witty dialogue throughout all 4 games.
Excellent puzzles some of which will take players a while to work out
All puzzles make sense when solved none of this how would I ever have figured that out in here.
A few puzzles have gentle hints while never screaming out at you this is how you do this!
3 mini games found in relaxations arcade to waste some time away on high score chasing.
The relaxation game has 3 mini games all complete with their own local high scores.
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
The ability to only carry one item at a time will grate with a few people due to the amount of back tracking involved (though none of the levels are that big and require a long time to back track)
The little brother constantly running off and ditching items is sure to provide something of an annoyance for some.
The graphical style won’t appeal to everyone.
This isn't the first or last time the little brother will be an annoyance!
I’m 36 years old and have been gaming almost my entire life.
I’ve never played that many adventure puzzle games during that time as I’ve spent a vast amount of it playing almost exclusively Nintendo and it’s not a genre that’s bursting at the seams on their systems.
I am of course familiar with the genre and this isn’t my first experience playing such games but still something of a rarity.
I’m not sure how much of it being something reasonably fresh to me had to do with it but I have thoroughly enjoyed my 4 hours with the game and will continue to enjoy the rest of my time as I finish the collection.
It’s not without a few little annoyances but for me at least they never got in the way too much.
The scripts are fun and I certainly got an attachment t my lead character as I tried to make her life a little more quite by any means necessary.
It’s retro look will always appeal to me personally but even if it’s not quite what you prefer given it’s price vs content if you’re looking for a puzzle game and a bit of an adventure this is a must buy on Wii U.
A review copy of the game was provided by Nostatic Software and reviewed in accordance with the review policy.