Fabled Legends: The Dark Piper
Not as good as the previous blue tea games
Downloaded the trial as I was previously enjoying all the other games done by Blue Tea, but I got fed up of it before the end of the trial. Frustrated by a useless hint system as it doesn't even give you a hint of where to go if you get stuck, just a 'nothing to do here' and not a clear map.
June 11, 2012
Gorgeous game...but kind of confusing...
This is absolutely a beautiful game. The colors, artwork, and music are top notch.
My main gripes?
I am a "casual" player (that's always my difficulty choice), however, didn't have much fun playing this game. I play games a little each night so it's crucial to have a map and a reminder of objectives since I play in small sessions.
In this game, the journal is broken into several parts and map is incredibly frustrating since you have "objective" areas highlighted on the map with nothing to do in that scene. I spent a lot of the game clicking the hint button to find out where I was supposed to go next.
I also didn't feel like the use of the inventory items was always logical. And, with no map to remind you which items were still pending (and where they were), I found the game more frustrating than fun.
July 4, 2012
Lots of places to "click" but . . .
This game was just barely o.k. (I do give kudos for the graphics though. They are sharp and visually appealing). It could have been much more interesting if all the places to click were actually part of the game play instead of glitz, idle chatter and empty minutes. Because of this, I lost interest in the game, fast and didn't finish the demo. I kept wondering when what I collected was actually going to come into play. Of course, all this may have appeal to some if it adds to the length of the game, but my personal preference is to for the game to be enough of a challenge that I find it a satisfying way to waste my time.
Finally, I'm sick of those games that say "there is nothing else to do here" when I ask for a hint, and games like this are a generally 'NO BUY' for me because of it. Some hint! Save the effort lazy developers, and consider the fact that you really need to put a bit more effort into it. Even I know when there's nothing else to do in a scene. At least give us a tiny arrow as to the directon we should go in. This seems to be a characteristic SE versions of CE games - obviously a ploy to promote the CE version. Before you spend the big bucks on CE games, take a look at all the FREE - yes FREE - game walk-throughs, spoilers and how-to's available from non-affiiliated web sites. Gamezebo is one example. You'll think twice about EVER buying a CE again.
I'm not narrow-minded and know this game will enjoyed by many people. So I DO recommend the game.
June 23, 2012
Not for me...
The game was very tedious for me. The map was not very helpful and I'm not a big fan of "There's nothing to do here." The graphics and storyline were good, just too much searching.
June 27, 2013
I stated this was a challenging game because the hint button was of no use, the compass was ridiculous and you have to have the programmers mind to accomplish the puzzle without going back and forth. Thank goodness for the walkthrough or else I don't think I could finish it. The mini-games were the same through out and were easy.
June 18, 2013
Can be annoying
My criterion for judging games is "am I having fun?". This game at the start had a lot going for it, with a convoluted storyline that throws in a few curves. The HOS were easy to solve, but I disliked the muddy colors. Since one lingers quite a bit on those scenes, they should be pretty to look at.
I liked the inclusion of the grails.
There was a lot of backtracking. That it an annoynace, but that can be obviated by a transporting map that tells you where you can do something with what you have, or a good hint system. This has neither. What you have is a map with long term goals, which is not useful if you do not have the right tool in the inventory. So you have to go back scene by scene to have as hint "nothing in this area" And sometimes when you do that, the hint discharges and you have to wait. A few times you are completely out of inventory items, with no idea what to do or where to go. And "nothing in this area". A that point I decided "I am not having fun. I am just very, very annoyed - as Marvin would say"
So, unless your threshold for annoyance is greater than mine, do not get this game.
May 28, 2013
Yes .. and No for me
Too many plot holes.
Unhelpful Hints (except in the HOs)
(HOs are pretty good. in that there's a reasonable number of items to find, they're not junk piles, and, for the most part, objects are logically placed.
I put this game in my NO pile but there's definite potential here so I'll keep an open mind for their future endeavors.
For now, can't recommend. Sorry.
December 31, 2012
This was one game that I was actually glad when it ended! It would have been GREAT, except for the continuous "to and fro", without any direction from the hint button.
Great storyline, graphics, sounds, music, etc. So sad it was such a disappointment. I had high hopes for this one.
June 15, 2012
More frustrating than anything else
This game, although beautiful in appearance, was the ultimate in frustration. The story was creative, but the narrative was not logical and I spent a lot of time wondering what to do next. The map was no help, either. Many times, it had several locations marked, but there was nothing to be done in any of them, and it turned out there was something to do in a location not marked. The hints were of the "nothing to do here" type, so they were next to useless. There was a lot of backtracking, and no fast travel. There was also a lot of inventory, but most of it wasn't used until much later. Every time I'd get a new item, I'd wonder what the heck it was for, and rarely got anything that excited me because I knew where to use it. The puzzles were very simple, almost too simple. I think there might have been a creative one or two in there, but my frustration at this overly long, confusing, tedious game has wiped out any positive memories. I believe this is the first game I've played by this publisher, and I'm loath to try another.
January 24, 2013
I like Hidden Object games usually but this one was very disappointing. VERY Slow to load most scenes - you often heard the voice over before seeing the visual. Lots of HO scenes but not many mini games and what there are are very easy. Also lacks logic in what inventry item to use where - for example why use sour milk to put in an urn to get a key why not water?
June 30, 2012