Dark Arcana: The Carnival
Walt Disney Meets Salvador Dali
GAME JUST COMPLETED
I think this is just about the most creepy and surreal cartoon animation-style carnival game I?ve seen. And there are a lot of them.
This game is pretty much what you?d expect from the description. Finding the missing woman involves game play in this world and a bizarre and grotesque universe in which the carnival is distorted and freakish.
It?s pretty good for what it is, and I spent an enjoyable few hours playing it. It is HOs heavy, with easy puzzles and mini-games. There are achievements, so there?s an incentive to make the effort with them.
As an alternative to the HOs, you can play a card game called Monaco, which I am not familiar with, but seems very simple. I like having the choice, even if I don?t use it.
Another attraction is a cheeky little monkey who helps you out along the way. There are few other characters to meet, but there?s plenty of interesting clues about what?s going on.
You have maps for both the real and the surreal worlds, but I found it easy enough to get around without them. You also have objectives to meet, and a diary.
Never going to set the world on fire, this game is an agreeable HO game without pretenses.
April 17, 2013
Not pleasantly pleased!!
I am surprised at the good reviews for this h/o game. It was awfully short and what an ABRUPT ending.... I thought the game was going into the next chapter, and next thing I knew the Credits for the game were being displayed... Not one of my favorites... I would take a PASS on this game....
October 31, 2012
Developers saved by the bell!
There is nothing novel in the story line, spooky fun fair, circus people who went astray, parallel universe...all seen before but it makes a nice change from the "orphanage" doom and gloom stories.
My only reservation is that even in Hard Mode, there is no challenge whatsoever in the mini games, so very disappointing on that level.
Just fun for the Halloween time coming ahead and for the beginners/intermediate level.
October 9, 2012
not so much
Once again I was hoping for a true carnival game, a dark, scary, great story, with real carnival games, tickets, etc. And once again it was not this, I guess it was an ok hidden object game, very easy. Story, well we have heard that one before. Please give us a true carnival game, like if you are at Atlantic City or Santa Monica Pier, but dark and evil. that would rock
October 12, 2012
Nice game, nothing new, a bit like all the other games, but enjoyed it.
October 8, 2012
Carnival of Horrors
Good graphics, repetitive minor key version of circus music, lots to do, lots going on... and after playing all but 5 minutes of the demo, I realized I really didn't care. They can all stay trapped exactly where they are. I couldn't wait to get away. Maybe exactly because there was too dang much going on -- too many puzzles, too many cut scenes, just too much everything.
June 25, 2013
I read the other reviews, and I just don't get it. I got through about half of the trial, and just couldn't do it anymore. The puzzles were so simple that I was going through them with no pleasure. I just didn't see the fun in this game. Sorry for all you who enjoyed it. Maybe I'm having a bad day. Wouldn't spend the money on this one, though.
November 19, 2012
In the beginning, it appeared to be a fun and spooky game and then it turned to evil.... yuck. Not my type of game.
October 13, 2012