Summary: Sequels are always sketchy, because if it was great the first time, it's expected to be fantastic the second time around. Although visually similar to the first Maestro, I found this game a little boring, and lacking character. The VO's were badly acted, and I just found that it was way too easy to figure things out. On a positive note, there were plenty of HOs and backtracking wasn't too bad.
Summary: If you like the first one, you'll be likely to love this one. It won't disappoint, but nothing improved either. The visuals and music are average. Voice acting pretty awfully done. The whole plot sounds childish and lacks credibility.
Summary: The graphics design is possibly the best part of Maestro: Music of Life. Unfortunately colors are muted and and the graphics often blurred and partially obscured by haze, which may account for the surprising lack of atmosphere. Objects in HO scenes are usually large enough to spot despite the haze. Music is VERY familiar if you've played the PuppetShow games. The plot is really dumb, and basically a rehash of the first Maestro game only with an evil kid thrown in.
Summary: This is second in ERS' Maestro series, and features the same villian continuing her evil ways from the first installment, but with a more than willing accomplice to help her. If you've played ERS games, you'll be familar with the game mechanics. Junkpile and detailed HOGs, gloomy and decrepit in most game locations, with the overgrown shrubs and fallen walls etc etc. Puzzles are also nothing special - puzzles, sliders, etc.
Summary: I played the CE demo and thought this adventure HOG looked pretty good (plus, the 1st installment was decent), so I bought the SE of this one when it came out. Game turns out to be pretty much of a dud as I played through, getting really sick of it by the end. I have learned to basically ignore the bizarro "plots" of these things, so not counting that, game play itself wasn't much fun.