Dark Parables: The Red Riding Hood Sisters Collector's Edition
I was excited to see this game because I have all the others in this series, and loved playing them. Visually, this one doesn't disappoint. The graphics are beautiful, although the fragmented items can be very small. The soundtrack is good, the voiceovers are well done, and the strategy guide and map are well laid out. The story, however, doesn't seem very well thought out, and didn't hold my interest. I played the entire game, and can honestly say it pales in comparison to the others. For me, it was very short and the level of challenge was minimal. I would recommend it to newer players or to those looking for a less difficult adventure game.
September 21, 2012
REVIEW OF COMPLETED GAME
A pretty-pretty type game that hooks gamers in with it's outstandingly beautiful graphics. I must also commend it on it's technical flawlessness. Plays perfectly.
However, the opening scenes are brutal and violent and I hated the killing of the wolves. The puzzles are ludicrously easy - click here and there a couple of times and, voila! Job done. I have nothing against FROGS, but when they follow on almost seemlessly, one after the other as in this game, I quickly became tired of looking for endless amounts of twirly-swirly things that bore no relation to real objects. If they had broken them up with different types of HOS, they might have been more bearable.
The story, after the viciousness of the opening scenes, quickly became silly and nonsensical. There is this gang of girls called the The Red Riding Sisters who are supposed to be in possession of magical powers via their cloaks, who have long been training and fighting the evil Wolf Queen and her minions, when suddenly, right at the beginning, they are captured and imprisoned by her, quick and easy as you like. Lame.
The villain of the piece, the Wold Queen, made me laugh out loud the first time I saw her. She appears to be some kind of hybrid - human, but with wolf hands and feet. But wolves do not have fingers and hers just looked arthritic.
It is not CE material, being way too short and the BC has nothing to do with the story. Just a different story about some silly child. It was mercifully short and there is no merit to it.
I have nothing against Fairy Tales. I own several games based on them, but this one is something you would read to your 8/10 year old at bedtimes. From an adult standpoint I require something with more bite to it, rather than this cutesy soft-serve. It will undoubtedly appeal to many, mostly women I would imagine, but I cannot imagine any guys wanting to get involved with this syrupy, silly tale.
September 21, 2012
It's ok, could have been better
I did enjoy the gameplay and the graphics are very nice, I played only the trial, the game is a frog game and the only thing I didn't like was the storyline or the fact that the opening scene was a little disturbing due to having to watch and listen to the wolves being killed. I read many reviews and I feel that the game isn't bad yet the content is with having cruelty to animals even animated animals is not ok with me. I agree with Nilosh's review on this one, the wolves cry is awful to hear and for me I love all animals magical or not. I do recommend the game to those who have no problem with this fact but to those who feel differently, be warned. Nice game, bad storyline. Not one for me.
September 23, 2012
Dark Parables - The Red Riding Hood Sisters: not bad but could be better.
SPOILER ALERT (just to warn you!). I'm a big fan of the Dark Parables series as they have turned some very well-known fairy tales into really good, grown up stories with plenty of twists. They also have great graphics and the music really adds to the general tone of the story.
This edition didn't disappoint in that respect - crisp, sharp graphics, good music and interesting puzzles.
I was impressed with the overall story and I like the fact the sisters were quite modern - sassy, able to defend themselves and they have excellent skills with their weapons. However, parts of the story seemed at odds with this - they are unable to fight against the Wolf Queen and seem weak and feeble when captured by her. Given that they have been fighting the Mist Wolves and her for some time, they should be better prepared so this didn't seem very realistic.
Similarly, I felt that it was really obvious the 'fallen' sister is the Wolf Queen and I thought the hunter gave up so easily on the love of his life ("oh you're evil, woe is me, well I'm off now, bye" - I am paraphrasing here but you get the gist!). It might seem I'm going on a bit but the story line is so important and I just didn't think it was that convincing.
I was also disappointed the game seemed rather short in comparison with the others, and the FROG scenes were a bit easy. I much prefer HOGs but these were always very difficult in previous games. Maybe you just get better at it if you play them more often but they did seem too easy.
In all, I think this isn't a bad addition to the series but it could have been a bit more challenging and the storyline should have been given a bit more thought, or at least be made more consistent. I hope that the next story will go back the old, higher, standard.
October 4, 2012
The 4th is NOT a charm
I own the previous 3 Dark Parables games, CE versions. And I loved them.
But I'll pass on this one. First, it annoyed me not to be able to access the SG, meaning I don't know the length of the game. And judging from where I got to in the 1 hour trial, I fear it may not be very challenging. Second, a) I find rather ridiculous that an Order so old of such well trained warriors can become suddenly as fragile and helpless as little girlies and b) I hate meaningless animal cruelty, be they sharks, wolves or sweet canaries. The storyline really put me totally off.
Nevertheless, the mechanics of this game are top notch, so in spite of my personal opinion I recommend it. But you should try it first.
September 20, 2012
This game has top notch graphics, a lot of different locations to explore and has an interesting, not too mellow, plot line. Another nice thing is that the bonus level is a separate game in itself, which gives a pre-sequel to the main game.
On the not so nice side, the hidden scenes are very repetitive (not so much as once you have to move something around to find the object you seek), and the puzzles are way too easy. I cannot stress that part enough. In every single puzzle, it is very clear from the start what you have to do in order to solve it, and the actual doing it is more technical than cerebral. It takes away the pleasure to be able to solve them, and ultimately to finish the game.
A little thing that needs improving in my view is animation: it could be more fluid, both in the cinematic scenes and in the puzzles.
Overall, it is a decent game but if you are looking to something more than just a story told with beautiful graphics, don?t buy it.
November 7, 2012
Same old, same old
I was hoping for something interesting and challenging. Although this proved to be a typical Blue Tea Game, it was the same old, same old, same repetitive HO quests and a lot of chasing around. Really wish this had more meat to the story and the challenge, but it didn't.
Not sure I think this is worth the CE cost :(
September 26, 2012
Nothing really special ? cheesy and annoying
This game is very simple and annoying. Basically all what you have to do is to hunt for HOS. A lot of back and forth. Storyline is primitive and makes me think that the game was designed for kids 6+ years. Graphics is A+ everything else is below average.
A solid C.
October 2, 2012
The map is useless
Challenging. But I didn't enjoy it.The map is useless.
April 21, 2014
Completely inappropriate for Children
I cannot fathom why this is being presented as a Large File game (1085 MB) because there is no way that there is that amount of content (unless there is a substantial hidden easter egg level that I haven't found).
This game is in two halves really, the first being almost exclusively a find with search the second being almost exclusively HO.
Because this is a short game the developers have made the HO's in the second half blurry and discolored presumably to give the impression that it is longer than it is so a significant decline in the graphic quality at the mid point is an issue here.
I will admit that there is plenty to do in the scenes but it relies heavily on "cartoon physics" - say for example a small object found in a box becomes the size of half a room when placed where it's meant to be! This just takes away any depth and atmosphere that may have been created.
Most of all I am scratching my head as to whom this game was actually developed for because there are some very upsetting scenes of animals being killed with equally upsetting sound effects of the animals in pain. VERY upsetting for children if they get their hands on this.
Worse of all though has to be the characterization of the sisters and the cut scenes which are verging on the pornographic.
The good points are a soundtrack that is professionally done and the Bonus game which is better than the main feature.
I will give this a three for the soundtrack and the graphics for the first half but please use discretion, this is NOT for children despite the title. All in all a rather silly and short affair this one. Sorry.
October 2, 2013