Dark Parables: The Exiled Prince Collector's Edition
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
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
Worth it and more.
I played on the hard mode, and even as expert I needed to consult the hint once and the (integrated) strategy guide once. The puzzles really weren't that hard, but there were a few times when you had to "think out of the box" to figure out what to do. Morphing objects were there to speed up the hint button. The music was nice and unobtrusive. A non-interactive map showed active areas. HOS were fragmented objects. Older style voice overs and animation.
But two things about this game made it worth every penny to buy it and more, for me anyway. One, the graphics were absolutely stunning. The colors used were rich, the images beautiful. I could have consulted the map to know where to go next but I didn't because I really liked just seeing the scenes again.
The second was the interesting take on the ordinary stories of the prince and princesses of fairy tales. I don't want to give away the story for you, but I can say that it captured my interest and held it despite the somewhat predictable ending. That said, the bonus play in the CE gave a further interesting tease to the story as well as introducing the next installment of the series.
I recommend it for anyone who wishes to play a captivating story in a beautiful setting.
June 22, 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
I agree with the previous review, BUY THE COLLECTOR'S EDITION !!! THEY ARE WORTH EVERY PENNY, I enjoyed every minute of all the Dark Parables games. (Blue Tea Games is one of my favorites.) I won't repeat what all the other reviewer's said, except you will not want these games to end.
July 27, 2012
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
Loved every min of it.
One of the best story lines I have seen in a long time, very nice graphs. Keeps you wanting to see what happens all the way to the end.
December 27, 2011
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
Dark Parables-The Exiled Prince Collector's Edition
This is one of the best games ever with fabulous color, excellent story and the best graphics.
November 21, 2011
it has a great story to it and it's fun to play with others.
April 26, 2012