Dark Parables: Rise of the Snow Queen
Maybe it's just me...
This game is very polished and professionally put together from the lavish and absolutely gorgeous graphics to the the splendid music, the delicate little fairy tale objects to collect, and the unique if a little silly storyline.
Normally I really enjoy fragmented object games where instead of searching an area for specific objects, instead pieces of objects are located a bit at a time until they form an item.
As polished and professionally executed as it was I just did not enjoy playing it.
The mini-games were repetitious and easy.
There was a tremendous amount of running back and forth, here and there, and up and back - the map and beautiful graphics helped a bit in that category.
Throughout the game several types of items need to be sought out in each area each time it is visited.
For example, a "cursed" object may not be present the first 10 times through the door of a room but it is on the 11th.
There are also other things to pick up in order to have access to the parables and get other types of recognition.
Game play consisted primarily of moving from area to area to complete Fragmented Object Scenes. Once a certain number have been reached of the same object then a mini-game is played followed by a progression to the next chapter.
The game was certainly beautiful, certainly well executed, and for me anyway, certainly no fun...
For myself, I do not recommend the game. Folks who love the fairy tale castles, mystical objects, and saving the children, I suspect it will be a real hit.
February 20, 2012
I LOVED briar rose the first in this series, enjoyed exiled prince and was really disappointed in this game.
I would have given it 2 stars for my personal taste.
But I know all the people that just love FROG (this is all FROG scenes) and a LOT of them, very few puzzles will love this game. So will do my pro and list to give you info about the game, although you won?t agree on which list I put some items!
-Morphs on a SE which also lead to faster hint button
-Exclamation mark on map, to let you know if something needs done
-Collection of 5 different sets of gems to open up short parables in your diary was a nice touch
-If they gave us a map they could have made it an interactive map as the backtracking in this game, was a lot.
-Repeating at least twice of all the FROG scenes some 4 times and random click penalty
-So many FROG scenes, some straight after each other
-Repeating of puzzles ? one puzzle was repeated five times, another 3 times!!
-Very few puzzles
If you love straight FROG, HOGs, picking up things, but not many puzzles then I do recommend this game to you.
I don't mind FROGs for a change although they aren't my favourite but lack of puzzles, repeating them as well as the FROG scenes just left me as cold as the setting of this game.
March 5, 2012
I can't believe a Dark Parables game disappointed me!
I love (and purchased) the other Dark Parables, but this one was sorely lacking. The characters were more comic book-like, very flat and so few of them. Very easy format, so it would be good for a beginner, but really no challenge or appeal for a more seasoned HO enthusiast. I think it's time for the creators to take a break and instead of just churning out a game every couple of months, they should review what made the series so popular, and then go back to the original formula.
January 1, 2012
It was OK
Visually, this one was great!!! The story was somewhat interesting but not one of those enthralling atmospheres that you just can't put down. Some of the puzzles were fun and challenging and others seemed way too easy and made me guilty for attempting to solve them. It wasn't a bad game by any means, but really just average and nothing more.
January 8, 2012
Not a great hidden game
It was fun and definitely not boring but the hidden game aspect was horrible. I didn't even have to look at the object key to know what I was looking for (the objects where that easy to locate) and once you've played it once, that's it. It's exactly the same each time. The puzzles were fun at first but then they started to recycle and it was just the same over and over again. Not the best I've played but not the worst either. Wait til it's on sale though IMO.
September 6, 2012
Amusing for a while
Graphics were not as good as i hoped and the characters seems a little too cartoony. However, the story line was good and it had just the right amount of challenge to the game
July 4, 2012
Not For Me
After playing the trial version of the game, I decided this wasn't the game for me. The visual aspects of the game were perfect. I just couldn't really get in to this one. I just did not care for the back & forth aspects of the game. If I were more in to it, I probably wouldn't have minded it. The storyline wasn't strong enough for me to commit to buying it, (even though it was 1/2 off this weekend). This game has great reviews from others. So maybe it wasn't just for me. I only recommend playing the trial version before committing to buying it. Otherwise, I do not recommend this one.
December 15, 2012
looked forward to this but the graphics let it down, the hidden objects were a change at first but when you've done a few with this format they got quite boring.
January 22, 2012
A C+ Game
I enjoyed this game but found the hidden object scenes too numerous/tedious. The saving factor is that the hidden fragments are pretty easy to find (even when you don't look at the list). There are many areas to travel through and a good map to follow. The map is not clickable but it does help as this game is complicated. This game is enjoyable but its not as good as Dire Grove or Enigmatis.
January 21, 2012
Yet another "grieving mother sacrifices all life on earth to save her dying child." SIGH! What I wouldn't give for a plain and simple female villain.
That being said, the HOS scenes are a cut above the usual "hunt for random objects on a junkpile" scenes. Each HOS is a hunt for the pieces of a needed object, and the scenes themselves are true to the theme. There is a nice mix of easy and hard to find pieces, so that the beginner will be encouraged, while the advanced player will still find a challenge. The objects themselves are quite stunning. A lot of time has been put into the graphics on this.
The puzzles, however, quickly become redundant. There are only two or three different types. Granted they become more difficult as the game progresses, they don't really add much to the game.
The map is useful in figuring out where to go next and how to get there. As with most of these games, at some point the flow is lost and all you can do is follow the map.
One question remains -- where is the child's father? Maybe that was explained in the parables, which I did not bother to read, but I found it more than a little creepy that we have Snow White, her father and her son, with no Prince Charming in the picture.
June 4, 2013