Dark Dimensions: Wax Beauty Collector's Edition
Dark Dimensions: City of Fog was one of my favorites, so when this came out, I did what I rarely do: I bought it without trying the demo first AND I bought the Collectors Ed. I'm not quite all the way through it and I'm tempted to just quit. The mini-games were different but some were not challenging and others were just too tedious to bother doing. The HOS were interesting with several interactive elements in most, but there were an awful lot of them. Someone said the voice overs were good?? They were awful, totally out of synch with the visuals and wayyy too slow. I don't mind a lot of back and forth and walking around, but after a while, you just got the feeling that it was all in there just to make the game longer. The graphics were great but the story just wasn't grabbing me the way City of Fog did and I never felt any attachment to any of the characters. I waited anxiously for this and it's a real let-down. I've never not finished a game before, but I'm considering leaving them all waxed.
August 15, 2012
stunning graphics, but otherwise ho-hum
this hidden object game takes place in Red Lake Falls, in a wax museum (or maybe the entire town has been turned to wax?). the "star" of this game seems to be a teen girl who was seeking to escape this little "cow town" by competing in beauty pageants, much to her twin brother's consternation. but she disappears and your job is to find her and to "save" the town. but from what? and from whom?
graphics: gorgeous! this game uses some of the highest quality graphics and animations i've seen yet in a video game on this site. i enjoyed the use of actors for the storyline, which adds to the overall realism and quality of the game. also, in the hidden object scenes, at least some of the objects must first be assembled.
puzzles: pleasant but not at all difficult or challenging.
music: ok, but not inspirational.
complaints: the voiceover soundtrack was not synchronized with the actors, which was really distracting. the scenes were often dark (as in "poorly lit" or "with little contrast") which made it difficult to see things (brightening the computer screen didn't help). although there is a notebook, there isn't a map, so lots of clicking around is necessary.
my interaction: one hour demo, casual mode.
although i will not purchase this game (unless there's an SE that is offered for a special reduced price), i do recommend it -- with reservations. those who liked "City of Fog" will like this game (this is the sequel), those who are new to hidden object-mystery games will like it and those who are fans of video game art will particularly enjoy this game. those who have played several hundred of these games and are looking for something new and different probably won't be as impressed.
May 31, 2012
Back to the drawing board, please.
I think that this game had the potential to be outstanding. It was beautifully drawn with a captivating, dramatic story. But there were so many flaws in the details that I really am a little disappointed.
First, the voices weren't anywhere close to synchronous. There was a lot of lip movement going on with no voice and vice versa. That was really a let-down.
Second, the mini-games.
I'd consider myself a 100% hidden object/mini-game expert. I've played hundreds of HO games and I know all kinds of mini-games. But I never encountered a game where I simply didn't have the faintest idea what to do or how to achieve the goal.
For example, the mini-game on the door with the golden chains and the "infrared" wax: Turn the gear in the top right corner left until the other gear is on the top position, put the switch to position 1, repeat two times, turn the gear at the bottom left corner right to move the gear on lever 2 to the right, pull the lever, then put gear ... wait, what?!
I swear to God that this is the first game EVER where I had to skip not only one but several mini-games, because I found them too complicated. That's not challenging, that's frustrating.
So, mini-game design: F. Repeat class.
I guess, someone who is more into super-tricky riddles or complicated mechanisms would have a real good time playing this game.
Overall, I would recommend this games, although the above reasons significantly decreased the fun for me.
June 3, 2012
i had a go , but i didn,t really like it and not good such as the first one is the best my friend gave me a cd the game ended silly even the bonus not interesting and attraction but wouldn,t recommend CE ,wait for SE, it good for fun instant nothing
May 20, 2012
Short and WAY too obvious a plot!!!!!
I have finished this game and find that it was definitely too short. The game play was fine...nothing great - could have been better for a CE. What I REALLY had trouble with is the plot - I won't give it away but let's just say that this has been done at least 5 times in movies that I can think of off the top of my head. As soon as I realized that I was right about the plot details (and this was really early on) I just lost most of my interest beyond playing another ok game. If I had known that it was just a trite remake in an ok HO game, I would have waited for it to come out in normal version and used a game credit or coupon instead. I ONLY recommend the game if you have NOT guessed anything to do with the plot...kinda hard but go figure.
May 2, 2012
Dark Dimensions.......Well i found the whole game Dark in i cannot see very well on HOG. The story is a little flat also. a 3 or 3.5 at a push for a CE game.
July 26, 2012
short but nice
my trial on this game was 2 short ,but it looks great
May 11, 2013
Good game, not as great as others
The game was Ok. The storyline was more on the odd side. The ending was kind of lame.
Graphics were great, however, I could only play it in the evening because the colors were so dark that I could barely see what I was doing in the day time.
I also did notice, when the characters were talking, their words were not in sync with their lips......conversation was over (no more talking), but their lips were still moving.
All the HOS and puzzles were fairly easy. Did have to use the hint to direct me to next location. Towards the end when I was in the cave under the floating museum, I couldnt find what to do next so I used the hint. The hint directed me all the way back to a house (the one near the robot).....there was nothing to do at the house. So I did have to glance at the strategy guide due to the hint glitch.
I finished the game in about 3 hours.
March 3, 2013
I played this immediately after I played City of Fog so I can compare almost immediately between the two. Although City of Fog was released ages ago, I don't see much different with this one except that it has a faster skip button (I play casual) and that it is widescreen now. The story is not bad, but the SG is the same style, no index, bunch of sentences piled up together and it's not even interactive. If it's released as a sequel, it should have had better navigation. There is no map and interface is the same. One disappointing thing is that the quality of graphic which seems to go downhill. City of Fog has excellent graphic that is so lifelike. I tried to make it fullscreen, but there is no such option. Quite disappointing. I don't really care about live actors, to me they add nothing. Voice overs is better in City of Fog. Those who like City of Fog may find this game lacking. For a CE it lacks the special factor like achievements. Nothing here, quite a bland game. If the dev. ever going to release another sequel, they better fix those things!
February 22, 2013
Dark Dimensions . . . Keep On Tracking
This game started off with some real potential -- Good art work, layed out the potential for a good story
BUT . . . that's as far as it goes. I struggled to stay with the game for 44 minutes.
Once the story gets started, it looses traction. Basically, you move back-and-forth between hidden object scenes. These scenes are pretty short with only 12 or so items to find. In each scene, you have objects that require at least 2 actions. No real excitement here. After doing this once or twice, it become pretty boring.
You have mini-games, again, no challenge. You can play in two modes, I'm not sure what you get when you plan in expert mode, the game just is not challenging.
Boring probably sums up my feelings about this game. Certainly not worth the cost of a Collector's Edition. Even in standard version, this game just misses the mark.
April 26, 2012