Dark Parables: The Exiled Prince Collector's Edition
Phenomenal Graphics, Heavy on the Hogs
I loved the game, but it did get a bit tedious at the end. The graphics are stupendous.
It is the typical story. Cursed prince captures innocent civilians. You must break the curse to save them. Yada, yada, yada.
There are lots of areas to explore. Nice map, but it isn?t interactive and, even when you know where you have to go, it is still hard to figure out how to get there.
There is a strategy guide, but I never used it, so I can?t comment on its usefulness. Within the game, on the Map page, there are instructions on what to do next. ?Search somewhere for a hidden passage way.? ?Complete all the HO scenes.? Etc.
You are going to need that help. Also on the Map page, there is a ?hint? for each mission. I used one for fun and it was somewhat helpful. I never tried to use a regular hint during regular game play, apparently, you can?t.
In general, I am not a fan of morphing objects, but this game did it perfectly. The more you find, the faster the hints recharge. I found 16 of 20 without trying too hard.
All of the HO scenes are FROGS. And all of the pieces come together to make three pieces of an elaborate item. The scenes themselves are all frilly and complex. (For example, a big bowl of flowers, cluttered treasure room.) It does make finding the pieces more challenging. Sometimes the pieces are very similar (in color and type) to the background. I did use hints often to find items in the HO scenes.
You will be revisiting each scene repeatedly. This game is loaded with HOS. That my biggest complaint about this game.
There are mini-games. None are particularly challenging or original.
IMHO, the bonus play wasn?t that great. I would not recommend buying the CE.
But, I would recommend this game. Beautiful with lots of FROGS (Fragmented Object Games) and frogs, like the prince.
August 22, 2013
Ya gotta love them FROGS!!!!
My what a handsome HOG to play!! Studded with jewels,gold,broaches,potions and tiaras!!
The graphics are extraordinary,colourful and bright.So, along with the pleasant music,sharp voiceovers & ambient sounds it all adds up to great play.
The Prince has been exiled & turned into a frog but has fashioned his own monument to himself as you will see with the help of an interactive map of all buildings and levels.
The game is equally divided into mini games and HOS, none of which are too arduous that they cannot be solved in good time and with lots of fun.
This game is very long & well worth the purchase!
December 9, 2012
I am addicted to anything from the Dark Parables story line. I love that you don't have to search through random HOS but piece together artifacts. The game is not short, the storyline is creative and captivating. The graphics and music are enthralling.
The only thing that could be fixed is the SG. When you use it you have to search for where you are in the game instead of it opening to the spot you are.
I enjoyed the CE and did not feel let down by the bonus chapter as I have by other CE's.
November 11, 2012
Another good game from BFG. It is really additive once you start you don't want to stop.
October 3, 2012
loved all the parables this is the second , four in total , i thought this got better as went on . try them you will enjoy
September 21, 2012
I have been enjoying these HOS type games for a while and once I fell on this game I became hooked. I needed to Search every where for Blue Tea Games...and I found more!! I LOVE the fact that instead of the regular Hidden Object scene with a list and you "click" them off, this game chose to give you the images of what to look for in broken pieces. Great for visual people like me :) I absolutely LOVE the story line with all these classic fairy tale stories I grew up on with an "After Story" to it. I can not wait for any other games on this series the company makes and hope they continue because I can't get enough of it!!
July 30, 2012
I loved this game, the story was excellent, the graphics were great accept some of the HO scenes were too muddy and dark which I don't like, plus there were way too many HO scenes!!! I'd rather have more artistic and interesting puzzles or more places to find things.
I'm a bit annoyed that I could not get the crown to get into the room with the frog lock, also there was a room that I got to in the end but never got the pieces to enter. So there are two rooms I never saw and from reading the forum I guess you only get in those if you play hard mode- not too happy about that. I don't usually enjoy playing hard mode.
Overall, I love the Dark Parables series and can't wait for more, just wish they'd chill on the HO scenes!!!
June 3, 2012
One of the Best!
The Exiled Prince is a winning sequel to lovely Briar Rose. It's a definite keeper. I've played it two or three times now, and always enjoy the gorgeous graphics and intriguing game play. My only complaint is a bit of storyline let down with both the crowned frog and the briar covered room!
June 3, 2012
Loved this game.
This game was one of my favorites! After playing one of the Dark Parables, I bought all of them and they were well worth the collector's edition price. Most definitely recommend.
June 2, 2012
My favorite Dark Parable yet
This game gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "It is better to have Loved and Lost than never to have Loved at all." The storyline captured my attention and did not relinquish its hold until I the very end. Bravo! Well done!
June 2, 2012