Dark Parables: The Exiled Prince Collector's Edition
Do NOT like sparkles!
I was able to turn down the offer of a tutorial (but still got one anyway when the map was presented!) but I was NOT offered a more difficult mode of play. Woodjay said that you play on hard mode the second time around... and that's too bad because I won't make it through the first time around.
I refuse to buy any game that leads me by the hand with sparkles on every active area as does this game... with no way to turn them OFF.
This game was just too easy. I play for the brain-exercise and this game offered none. Even the couple puzzles I encountered in the 20 minutes I played were way too easy. The only thing challenging at all were some of the FROG scenes where some of the fractured bits were very hard to see.
That said, the music was nice, the artwork good. I didn't mind the voice-overs or the cutscenes... they were all good, too.
I really wanted to like this game but... those sparkles made that impossible. At 15 minutes into the game, I went to "options" and the main menu to see if I could possibly find a way to change to a harder mode, but there was none, so I didn't spend any more time on this game.
Sorry, devs, but not offering different levels of challenge is a deal-breaker for me unless the game is dang hard to begin with. As I think about it, another pet peeve is encountering a gate that needs a key... the very next puzzle... you GET that key and it's even marked that it's a GATE key so that there is not even a question about where that key gets used. How about a little challenge?
June 2, 2012
Not my cup of tea, at all!
I played 40 minutes of the trial version and quit.
Maybe some would like this game but I was totally bored. The hidden object scenes were all fragments of fabricated items so it is a matter of finding parts of "mystical" things by looking at the silhouette of the fragments and finding them in the scene. Most of them were super easy to find (think a part of some mechanism sitting in a bush) but some of them are hard because they don't necessarily look exactly like the silhouette and aren't in the same position.
The graphics and music are pretty good but the story line was practically non-existant. The puzzles were extremely easy.
No challenge and no fun for me on this one.
July 29, 2012
I?m sure I?ll get a lot of flak from the HO lovers, but here goes.
Based upon completion of game?and was that a chore! Purchased on BF special sale CE for $6.99. Since it had such high ratings and raves I did not demo, my mistake. I like a few HO with my games to break up the tediousness of straight adventure, but I personally do not care for games that only have HO and nothing else. This did have some mini games which I love, but that was not enough to make this an enjoyable experience.
?The story is a good one, the art work fabulous, game play not.
?Hint button that doesn?t work anywhere except HO scenes and there are A LOT of them, basically every scene!
?You have a map but it doesn?t tell you the name of the area so you better have a good memory of what?s where.
?HOS (FROG) are beautifully drawn, but the items are miniscule. Sometimes the color the item you?re looking for does not match the item displayed.
?Music, I just didn?t even notice.
?Voice overs are well done.
?A LOT of to and fro
?Bonus is locked until completion of bonus game. There is the usual concept art, music, screen savers and mini games.
I guess the rave reviews are from HOG lovers and I can understand their love of this game, it has a lot (did I already mention that?) of HO and they are gorgeous. I want a good story with my games, and this one has that but it is lost when every (seriously) scene is a HO.
So?.recommend for straight HO lovers only if you want adventure/investigation choose a different game.
July 29, 2012
Sorry, this doesn't cut it.
Another Blue Tea with Fragmented Hidden Objects and a story line that makes no sense whatsoever. Emblems, emblems, emblems. Grainy display. I prefer things that relate to real life not fairy tales and Dungeons and Dragons fantasy. Don't waste your money.
August 6, 2013