Dark Parables: The Exiled Prince Collector's Edition
Good game for start
I played first in Red Ridding Hood and Cindarella from this series, but I guess thi game was first one. Well, it was good, had some problems but overall it was a good start before other a-we-so-me parts.
August 9, 2013
I bought this game to add to my collection of Dark Parables games. I was not let down.
The graphics were well done. The puzzles were a nice challenge. But, there were too many things to collect over the course of the game. I really had to rely on the strategy guide for this game and that is rare for me. Sometimes it seemed like it took a long time for the hint button to recharge.
There is allot of walking around and revisiting the same rooms over again to find puzzle parts and to finish tasks. The tasks were a nice balance of medium to hard.
The sound quality was a none irritant. I did mute the music, but not the background sounds.
If you want a decent challenge and do not mind allot of going back and forth, give this game a go.
December 15, 2012
Good storyline, great graphics, sometimes random
The storyline and look of the game were great. I loved the fairytale theme.
I think this is a more than competent game, but the style of the game didn't suit me that well. I think this is a matter of personal taste though.
Things I particularly didn't like much were the method of navigation...often it was not intuitive where you had to go next, often you had to rely on consulting the map to find that you have to go to a completely random location to completed a HOS. Then there is the HOS scenes They are rendered beautifully, but often you can complete them without looking at the list of things to look for.
June 8, 2012
not what I expected
The game gives you items that are not used for awhile. The hint button is only good for HOS that are not hard. The map does not really help that much. Lots of going around with and still not sure where to go next. better games out there for me. No voice over but graphics are good.
May 8, 2013
OKAY FROG ABOUT A FROG FAIRY TALE!
Beautiful, detailed art work. I never liked the "frog turning into a prince fairy tale" story particulary well. Finding parts of objects are not fun as colors, shapes, etc. can be misleading. Bright colors and many puzzles will be fun for those who don't mind fragmented object games--just not for me!
December 27, 2011
I was expecting more!
I so so wanted to enjoy this game, having played the first and throughly enjoyed and playing the demo which gave me a good flavour of this game.
In the demo I noticed that there was a lot of HO scenes but didn't think anything of it in particular as some others of this genre start off with a good few at the beginning but once a bit farther in to the game they get less frequent, here however they just kept going on and on and on. Also some of the pieces to find were perhaps a little too well hidden.
With regards to the mini-games, while unique, they didn't seem to be well thought out and a bit confusing for me at times, thus they didn't seem to be any satisfaction with completing the games and when I had clicked on the correct button (to complete the puzzle) it just suddenly opened, thus there was no satisfaction of completing the puzzles, it was just a case of pushing buttons until the right combination came about. This was not the case in all the mini-games but certainly in the vast majority of them. This therefore left me very disappointed with the overall game as as I said I really wanted to enjoy this game.
The storyline, graphics, voiceover, sound-track etc were all supurb, but it was just the general gameplay that left me feeling a bit deflated. I did finish the game, but only because I had paid for it, and to be honest I did want to follow the story through, but the general gameplay did let it down for me, big time.
July 5, 2012
Unchallenging, easy, sliding down towards boredom
I guess the Dark Parables series isn't for me. I had only been mildly happy with the first one, Curse of the Briar Rose, positively disliked the Snow Queen and can't find any real interest in this Exiled Prince.
Besides it is much too similar to Macabre Mysteries: Curse of the Nightingale, which I reviewed and rated 2 stars, except that this one is slightly better.
I didn't see a nightingale in the former, but there are plenty of frogs in this one.
Other than that:
- the puzzles I saw in the demo are not devoid of originality, but they are dead easy to solve
- the tasks and actions are unimaginative and identical to those you can find in many other games
- there are too many HFOGs [Fragmented Objects] for me.
Nothing thrilling in all of this.
It seems this developer came up once with a fairly new recipe that they are now re-serving each time they release a new game, with the same basic ingredients but with a couple of changes in the seasoning, and each nicely presented on a different plate.
In other words, once you've played their first installment, you've played the rest of the series and the clone with it.
Of course, the artwork is splendid, the musical intro almost fantastic, the in-game music not bad and not disturbing.
But the wrapping of a present is not sufficient for me to like the contents when the said contents lack the essential.
Since I found it a bit better than the other games I already mentioned, I am awarding 3 stars to this Prince, in the hope that, some day, this developer offers us a truly enthralling adventure, full of suspense, challenge and novelties.
December 24, 2011
Great background graphics. Good storyline. Hidden object art poor. When you show an object that needs to be found it should look like that object and not a different color or shape. Very misleading.
January 15, 2012
I debated on coming back to write a review
A always read the reviews before playing a game. The reviews for this game were excellent so I was excited to play. The first part was okay because I still had hope the HO games would slow down. They didn't in fact became annoying. It might have not been so bad if they weren't pieces of an objects. Most of them you can't even see so you end up just clicking randomly hoping to find a piece. The other thing that started to wear on me was all the unnecessary back tracking. I typically like that but there again it was excessive with no real reason. Why go clear back to the caves just to do another HO game for a piece that has nothing to do with anything in that area. I hate to not finish the game because I paid for it and the story really does have me intrigued. I guess it's each to their own.
May 23, 2013
Far too many HOS
If you like many, many HOS, this games is for you. As well, the HOS are all the same - pick object symbols from the scene. The scenes are all the same, just the objects change. There were so many HOS, I lost track of the story line. I bought the CE and the same stuff in the bonus game. Won't play this one again. The only thing that got me through this game and the hint refreshed quickly and I had the strategy guide.
February 15, 2013