Dark Parables: The Exiled Prince
Borderline to boredom
A bit better than the other two in the series, but totally unchallenging.
A very nice package with very little contents: great graphics, good music, professional voice-overs.
But... puzzles far too easy, too many Hidden Fragmented Objects Scenes, tasks similar to those you find in other games, low suspense, no challenge.
3 stars for the wrapping.
December 24, 2011
fragmented objects in hos
I found that there were far too many hos games which distracted you from the story line.
The hidden objects were, regardless of other comments here, very hard fragments too find, and had i not had the hint button i surely would be stuck. Many of the fragments did not resemble what you searched for, some were almost impossible to see.
You cant use the hint button for anything other than the hos games, so you can be charging all over the place (which i did)to find where you need too be next.
The map is useless!
I got stuck so many times that in the end i required a walkthrough, i wish i'd not bought this.
August 6, 2013
A good idea gone bad
I am a fan of fragmented hidden object scenes -- I like feeling that the objects that I am finding have a purpose other than just as filler. However, far too many of the fragments in this game were impossible to find without a hint because they were a different color than what was shown, and on occasion, a different shape.
And there were too many of them. Half of the objects could have been found rather than being constructed. Other than a few useful items, the only things that were found were "hints," which were nothing more than additional maps or letters that did nothing.
The map was not interactive and in a game that covers this much virtual territory, that matters. There are, in fact, four different maps, which should give you an idea of how big it is. In the final two chapters, you have to go back to the beginning area -- and I could not remember how to get there. The map was no help, as it did not show the connections between areas.
Collecting the various items to open puzzles was a nice change from the eternal hunt for keys, but the puzzles themselves were pretty standard. Most were almost insultingly easy.
The storyline is pretty sexist, even for these games. The Frog Prince has apparently been married five times, and outlived each bride. At the end, he is reunited with his first wife, his "true love." So what were the others? Second best? The only reason they were brought into it was to expand the search for items and the number of locations -- each wife has her own residence.
So, why do I recommend it? The graphics are quite stunning and its certainly not the worst game I've played.
June 8, 2013
Fun game with ridiculous storyline... (spoilers included)
I loved Briar Rose so I was looking forward to the next installment in the Dark Parables series. Exiled Prince also has beautiful graphics and is another fun FROG game which is a nice change from the incessant search for an object in a junk pile that most HOGs tend to be. I started this game with high hopes for another fun and twisted fairy tale adventure, but was sadly disappointed with the storyline. It almost seems to me that the creators of the game could not decide on a set plot so they basically borrowed from every fairy tale that they could think of to create this one. I have never loved the tale of the Frog Prince, but was still looking forward to another of the Dark Parables adaptations, so was excited to try it. I played the entire game but was annoyed by the storyline of all the princesses and how eventually anyone the prince touched turned into a frog... I was very disappointed in this game and only finished it because I had read all of the glowing reviews and hoped that it would get better. The FROG scenes were ok, but sometimes the fragments of the objects weren't even the same color as they were depicted in the picture below. The puzzles were of medium difficulty and some of them were fun, but the directions were very unclear for many of them. If you are looking for a fun FROG and are not as concerned with the plot line, then this game may be for you. If you are looking for a game with an intriguing plot, I do not recommend it.
January 20, 2013
Good storyline, otherwise it just passed the time
This game had great visuals and storyline, it just fell flat in my opinion with the hidden objects and games. If you like to find and piece together different pieces (glass, metal, etc.) to create an entire piece, you will like this game; personally it is not my cup of tea. At some points it got a little frustrating and redundant, which is odd as I like HOG games most of the time.
January 10, 2013
Absolutely loved "the curse of Briar Rose" and expected this to be as good. Unfortunately there are far too many HO scenes and not enough puzzles. Also the change in the hint system is irritating; the ordinary hint will not tell me if i can find no more in a scene and need to look eleswhere, while the map clues give far too much away and make the search too easy. The story line was still good as was the artwork but I am now wondering how much I will enjoy the other games in the series (Which I have already bought)
December 22, 2012
OK, But No Cigar!
This game was ok. I thank God for having trial versions of the games before we buy them. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't awful by any means. Although I am not going to add it to my collection of games, I admit I am a little curious to how it ends. I just don't want to purchase it to find out. The visuals were excellent, (as usual from the Blue Tea Games I have played). The storyline had me intrigued somewhat. You will just have to see for yourself on this one. As for me, I pass.
December 15, 2012
This is my second Dark Parables games.. I liked 'The Snow Queen' so I decided to buy the rest in the series, one by one. This one I think is the previous one before the Snow Queen. I like Blue Tea Games and I know they don't really do HOG scenes but instead the fragmented items. I didn't know it was this many in this game. It was quite a surprise, every move and turn there is a HOG scene and quite frustratingly, the map is not so clear and the hint is not available unless it's on the HOG scene. I have difficulty going around the area so I have to use the blog walkthrough. The game itself is average length. I think it's a bit short, every chapter is short, but moderate length overall. I like that there is Snow White and Cinderella and the story itself is quite good. Since I took a step back before the Snow Queen, the game is rather frustrating in help department, but other than that, it was great. It will not hinder me from buying other games in the series.
December 1, 2012
Boring. Don't waste your money or time
The fragmented hidden objects in practically every other scene were annoying. The objects were so tiny and many blended in to the background that made it impossible not to use the hint button. The games are so easy and silly. It is a long game with a boring storyline. Then when I was almost through it an error come up that caused me not to be able to complete a necessary task.
November 19, 2012
ANOTHER "PET PEEVE" GAME
I have both the SE and the CE of this game, and, thankfully, played the SE first. Now I won't waste my time playing the CE. This game is guilty of the one thing that drives me crazy; sending me forwards and backwards and sideways until I'm dizzy and don't have a clue where I am or where I need to go. The map was little, if any, help and contained such good advice as "Find all the hidden objects." Often, the map wouldn't even show you where you where or where you needed to be until you backed out far enough for the applicable piece of the map to show. The hint button did not work outside the HOS, so was no help in getting to the next place to play. By the time I had been run around and around, I had completely lost track of the storyline and all I wanted to do was get done with it, as I never give up on a game, no matter how bad.
October 29, 2012