Dark Parables: The Exiled Prince Collector's Edition
TRAGIC STORY OF A FROG PRINCE
STORYLINE: People are disappearing while walking in the woods. The Chancellor?s daughter and her bodyguard have joined the missing and the Frog Prince has naturally boomed to the top of the suspect list. The ending was as suspected and gave a hint to the follow-up game in the snow-capped mountains. 10 chapters.
GAMEPLAY: Non-linear, although the direction to normally take is usually intuitive. Map shows where you are. No HOS ? exclusively fragmented object game. My one complaint is objects in the tray may not be the same color in the scene (e.g. rose colored object in the tray was actually green in the FRAG scene). Most puzzles are moderately difficult; skipping one will make the hints inactive for 5 minutes. Hints will show a partial solution for puzzles.
IMPORTANT ASPECTS: Top-notch graphics are absolutely spectacular, as are the production values. Music is non-intrusive. There are 20 morphing objects; each one collected will shorten the recharge time for the hint (which isn?t that long to begin with). I found all 20 ? the morphing objects may not appear in a location until a subsequent visit, so always be on the watch. The map will advise where there are FRAGs to be done, but it is not interactive. It does, however, list your next objective (though it need not be your next move as game is not linear) and sometimes has a hint for reaching the objective.
OTHER STUFF: There are two modes of play. You must play the normal difficulty first. You can play hard core after you?ve finished the game. Hard core has a few areas that you cannot access at the normal mode. Although a terrific game, I liked Briar Rose and Snow Queen better, which is why I'm only giving 4 stars.
November 16, 2012
Your been Exiled from your Castle.
Dark Parables:The Exiled Prince. they must be about 3 or 4 of these games ive got them all.This time your a prince you have to make amends to get back to your Castle as all ways in theses game the graphics are good and the items you need to play it are diffrent from other H.O games still one of the best games out there.
March 24, 2012
As with all Blue Tea Games, this game was a success!
Superb graphics, top-notch. Best graphics I've seen in a long time.
Absolutely loved the storyline. Needed to play on to see what had happened.
Great Hidden Object Scenes. Very unique.
Hint recharge was speedy. Got it back almost as quickly as I used it.
The strategy guide was very helpful.
The game is really addicting and fun.
While I wasn't a huge fan of the puzzle,s they were the best ones of the series
Did get completely stuck at one level. The game said I needed a "Frog Prince Crown" yet the strategy guide mentioned nothing of it, nor had I seen it, so I was really confused,
That's the only thing I could find wrong with this game, I really liked it. Bring on the next Dark Parables game!
June 27, 2012
Kitty's Thoughts: Wow! The Prince Kinda Deserved it...
Sorry, you have to already beat the game, and be a female to get what I am saying at this point. A male would probably get it to, but they had to be open minded about what females think. Anyway, on with the review:
The game starts off in the woods where the chacellors daughter was kidnapped by a strange person on exhiled prince road. When you approach the scene, the only thing you may find is her book. The rest is up to you to figure out what happened to the daughter.
Level of Challenge:
I had to say this game has the most brain scratching puzzles out of all the dark paraboles I played. This game I also labeled the hardest because there are a few puzzles that are brain scratches. I mean the game makes you think a lot, and I find myself easily lost in the game at some points. Regaedless, I still enjoyed the game all the way through.
Visual and Sound Quality:
It's definitely an improvement from the first game. It was annoying that every place you clicked sounded like rust bars in the first game. They got rid of that in this game. Furthermore, the sound and the atmosphere gives the game a sort of creepy investigation especially when you step inside the castle or in swan lakes and snow whites memorial areas.
Actually, this game is pretty fun, I enjoyed even the extra game that came with the collector edition and more. It has a lot of potential, and I would play this game again and again.
Overall, the game is awesome improvement from the first game. I strongly suggest playing this version.
September 9, 2013
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