Fabled Legends: The Dark Piper Collector's Edition
For the first time in a long time, I was not impressed by a CE. It was just plain long and tedious. There was far too much back and forth for me, and doing the same HOG scenes over and over never gets a good vote from me. This game irritated and frustrated me more than anything.
It has a few redeeming qualities however, such as nice graphics and a few challenging mini games. So while I do not recommend that you spend the cash for the CE, I believe a lot of people might like the standard edition.
May 10, 2012
passes the idle time
passes the idle time away some objects are tuff to find
May 13, 2012
MET MYSELF COMING AND GOING
This is one of those games where you can't figure out where to go next without referring to the strategy guide, which, thankfully, was built in. Sometimes you could tell where to go by the items in your inventory, but you would get most of the items in your inventory way before you needed them in the game, so their future use was no help in finding where they belonged. The hint button worked in a scene if there was something left to do, but if not, all you got was a message saying "nothing to do in this area", which is not help at all. There is a map, but it is pretty much useless, and seemed backwards to me. If I wanted to go up a level as shown on the map, I often had to go down a level in the game to actually get to the intended place. Right and left moves also seemed to be backward on the map. The map did not show active areas where you could find the HOS games or other areas that needed action. The few areas it did show as awaiting attention where totally misleading because you couldn't complete the action without finding other items in other areas. And the map did not enable you to move between areas by clicking on it. You have to go back to the game and move "5 steps down, 4 steps left, one step forward" as an example. I hate games that work like this. I am an impatient player, which is why I used the strategy guide a lot. There seemed to be little linear logic to the game, just hit and miss movements until you suddenly found something to do. When I have to use the strategy guide as much as I had to with this game, it irritates me and takes all the fun out of the game.
I'm not going to recommend this game, nor am I not going to recommend it. I know some players like this kind of game, but I don't.
June 29, 2013
Dark Piper - Good name for it!
'Dark' is the operative word here. In as much as the graphics of this game were superb [as are most Blue Tea Games], it wasn't enough to overlook the theme of the game.
Just because the word Dark is in the title doesn't necessary mean the whole game will have a dark theme, it may be just a character in it. Not so with this game. I just didn't enjoy the storyline at all and because of that it wasn't fun for me. I couldn't wait for the game to finish so I could play something else.
If you are someone who doesn't care about dark themes then you would definitely enjoy the game as it has all of the great mini-games and bonus play features we enjoy.
February 7, 2013
I bought this game because I love their previous installment, the Macabre Mysteries (MM). And I love anything fabled turned into games. But unfortunately this is not as interesting as the MM. First it started interesting, but then you get to discover who is the Dark Piper quite quickly in the game, and practically after that you have to chase the culprit. I prefer to know the culprit at the end and gives more sense of thrilling of finding out who the real criminal is. There is some point where we have to kill people, which I don't like. We are detective, not a judge who can decide the bad people's fates. There is few mini games in this game which I like, and the items in the HOSs are easy to find but I dont like it that we can choose several items when we have to pair ups and basically those things are not even on the list. It is frustrating that we can pick up objects that are not useful to pair up. The map also not interactive while we have to go back and forth all the time. These are the downsides. The bonus chapter, I don't really see the point. The good thing is, there are lots of extra contents in this CE, although it can only be accessed until even after the bonus chapter is completed.
I hope their next game is better.
July 9, 2012
A bit of a disappointment...
Note: My review of the CE version is totally based on the demo.
For a game in general, this one is a bit of a disappointment due to various factors. For a Blue Tea game, this one is a huge disappointment, as they've done so much better with other games of theirs I've played.. Based on playing the demo of the CE, I opted to purchase the SE instead, since while it didn't seem CE worthy, I was hoping it was better at a lower price. I'm definitely glad I didn't buy the CE, as I'm not sure it would have been worth the extras.
Much like any CE, this one has extra gameplay, strategy guide, wallpapers, etc. And of course, you can't look at any of that unless you purchase it, so I can't comment on those much. I will say in the process of playing the demo, I noticed several issues with the game. There are spelling errors, language barrier issues (poorly done sentences, in other words), and a few items in hidden object scenes that the names will have to be looked up by many. While I don't necessarily mind having to look something up to know what it is, generally using a more common name for it is going to make more gamers happy. These issues, as well as others, become even more obvious once you're actually playing the full game (since I suspect the later versions of them beyond the demo are there in the CE as well as the SE).
The graphics are relatively good, though the characters move a bit stiffly at times. This game also has the morphing objects that are in other games made by this developer, which can be a good or a bad thing depending on your preferences. The game doesn't mention them though, you just sort of come across them eventually. The cat you grab at the beginning for your hint meter is a bit of a disappointment - it almost seems like it'll interact with you during the game, but no, it's just there to click on if you need a hint. I'm guessing they chose a cat because a game involving the Pied Piper involves rats. (Get it? The cat will help you defeat the rats with hints! Ha!)
The puzzles/mini games I came across during the demo were overly easy. If they're the same between both the CE and SE, they continue to be overly easy. This is also not a fragmented object game like many of the other games put out by this developer, it's much more of a typical hidden object game. You have a list of objects, and you find them in the scene. And you do this repeatedly. The hidden object scenes are also a bit odd in that they let you pick up things you won't need to use at all during that particular search, which I wasn't able to decide if this was to throw you off and make it more difficult, or an error left in the game.
Ultimately, what I got out of this demo is that it's not awful, but not worth the CE price, which is why I went with the SE instead. So I can't say I'd recommend the CE version.
June 22, 2012
Another fun Blue Tea game
I've bought all the games in this series. Once again you are a detective summoned to solve a mysterious crime. Story is good, but not for younger players. I played the hardest mode and still found it to be pretty easy. HOS were interactive which is always a bonus. Puzzles were way too easy for my taste. Game length was decent and the bonus game was great. I don't mind the back and forth as others do since it extends the play time. Scenes and graphics were really great! I loved the interaction with some of the characters as the game goes along. I recommend this game.
June 3, 2012
Played the demo for only ten minutes and I find the graphics just too small. I really would like the game but just can not see the items listed. I play a lot of hog games and was looking forward to this one. I will not buy this one for that reason. Too bad.
May 11, 2012
I am very disappointed in this game
As one of the other reviews said, you end up going round in circles and wondering where you should go next. The hints more often tell you there is 'nothing to do here' and there is no guide to get you over the humps.
I have finally dumped it, which is not like me at all
December 20, 2012
dosnt work. you have to klick and klick and klick, its driving me crazy. sorry I had to pay for it.
May 31, 2012