Dark Arcana: The Carnival
Journey to Another Realm
A really good game full of enough interesting twists and turns in the plot to make it enjoyable. The progression of the story made sense and the games offered adequate challenge.
I played the Advanced Level and found only a couple of the games more difficult than I could manage.
One thing to note; it is almost certain the developer did not have English as his first language. I wasn't bothered by the line in one of the messages that read, "...the life you were robbed off (rather than robbed of)" or the HOS that had "perfumes" listed as a clue but there was only one perfume bottle. It did take me a while to reason out another HOS where I was told to find "harmony". I wasn't sure what "harmony" looked like but clicked on a harmonica and, voila, there it was.
March 27, 2014
This game could have used an interactive map as there was a lot of back tracking. The storyline was fairly linear and logical. I played the casual mode. The hint button was very useful in finding the next location to play. For the HOS, there was a choice to play Monaco instead, something I have never seen before in any of the games I've played. This was a nice touch.
Some of the puzzles were hard and I ended up skipping a couple of them. Not hard exactly, but based on trial and error and I would get frustrated and would skip them.
Achievements were available, but some of them were unattainable. If you played all the Monaco games to get that achievement, then you couldn't get the achievement for playing all the HOS without a hint.
Even though this is not a CE, there was a bonus chapter available after completing the game. It followed the storyline well and provided a nice ending.
January 29, 2014
descent & challenging game
classical dark & creepy hidden object game. good graphic and challenging puzzles. descent storyline. a little short though. I personally had enough of these creepy obscure hidden object games, however it's perfect for those who fancy them.
December 16, 2013
GREAT FUN, COULD HAVE BEEN A FIVE.....
BASED ON COMPLETED GAME AND EXTRA CHAPTER ON EXPERT LEVEL
For me, HOG games are all about "the story, the story, the story." Wow, does this game have a good story! Yes, it's the familiar "save the world from evil" scenario BUT it takes some twists and turns that kept me interested from beginning to end. I have no complaints at all about the story. The things that kept this game from being a five for me were the movement of the characters, heavy emphasis on demonology and the map not being a jump map. The game presents characters that I really did want to help, but that feeling was spoiled a little for me by the unrealistic way the characters looked and moved (think claymation.) The map was nice and useful except for the fact that is was not a jump map. That meant I had to run to and fro a LOT. I don't like that. It's a waste of my time and interrupts the unfolding of the story. The emphasis on demonology in the last chapter I found a little offensive. I'm not a fan of pentagrams and such and wish developers would refrain from using them. Other than that, this would make a great Halloween "treat" for you, IMO.
Graphics were nice except for character movement
Lots of scenes that are interesting
Characters that actually make you want to save them
Had some ethnic diversity which I like to see
HOGS nice to look at and easy
Puzzles fun but easy
Nicely done voice overs
The story grabs you from the beginning to end and then.....
The story takes a twist in the last chapter which will surprise you
Claymation-style, lumpy, thick looking characters
Demons, pentagrams (but they weren't excessive)
The map was of no use because it wasn't a jump map resulting in LOTS AND LOTS of running around
BOTTOM LINE; Excellent story coupled with fairly easy HOGS and mini-games that build up to a whopper of a finish.
October 21, 2013
I liked this game quite a lot, even though I can't rate it up there with the very best. The sound quality and voiceover acting were very good, and I liked the bright color palette used throughout the game. The story was good and carried through to the game's end, and I have to admit I didn't guess how it would end. I like a little twist here and there.
I played on the medium setting and it took me over five hours just to finish the main game so I felt it was a good length. Another plus is that it played fine on my older PC.
About the only drawback I encountered was the occassional poorly-translated names of items in the HO scenes. For instance, "Harmony" turned out to be a harmonica, "Fan" was a pinwheel, and "Antenna Evil Se" (huh?) was simply a radio antenna. To be fair, they did get the vast majority of them right, and the dialog translation was fine.
I loved the monkey helper!
July 9, 2013
I like this game!
Great graphics, good music, good mix of HO and mini-games. I saw some new mini-games in this one and that is always a good thing! There are a couple of new games in the "last chapter", so once you finish the regular game, go play the last chapter!
HO scenes on casual were easy. You don't carry around a ton of inventory items, you use them quickly. The map shows where tasks to be completed are but doesn't transport you. You don't have to go far usually so it's ok.
Get the game, have fun!
June 26, 2013
My only negative on this game was the lip sync being off.
My pluses were many.
This was an SE, but had a final, separate chapter anyway, which gave it as much length as many CEs.
The ambient music was perfect.
The graphics were nice, nothing too dark or obscure.
The storyline was different and interesting. It didn't leave you wondering the point of the plot.
The puzzles were just difficult enough to not make you want to pull your hair out.
I enjoyed it enough to write a review. Games have to be either really good or really bad for that.
April 24, 2013
Get Your MONEYS WORTH!!
Wonderful Creative Story that had me Entertained
all the way to the end of the Bonus Chapter
Another SE that is Really a CE from Artifex Mundi!!
I dont agree with those who say this game is short..
it was not at all short in my book
i didn't time my gameplay
but it kept me Engaged for a full day
while i was simultaneously spring cleaning my house..
and the Bonus Chapter is Very Generous...
This game is Loaded with HO scenes
which is Not to my liking
However it is an AweSome Fun Adventure Game
and i can live with the HO Scenes
since i did not pay CE price
And to their credit
the HO scenes are well done..
Rarely is anything too small in their HOS
or hidden in pitch black darkness
I doubt many will regret buying this game
You def get your moneys worth!!
March 29, 2013
VERY NICE GAME
I wouldn't buy the full version, but it was pretty amazing--the graphics and overall game design was awesome--twists and turns--scenes you thought you knew morphed into other more evil, wicked scenes. Unlike anything I've ever played. But, as I said, I wouldn't buy it. I just don't like run around games to solve puzzles in other locations. There is no reason to play these games more than once.
March 27, 2013
Very Good Creepy Game
You are a detective at a creepy carnival searching for a missing mother who was swept away into the hall of mirrors. Very good SE game. There are 3 game modes. No penalties for rapid clicking that I noticed. Story line is fairly simple. Mini games are not too difficult, which I like with me being new to this genre. Bright hidden object scenes with no difficulty finding the objects. You get a little helper monkey who can climb into areas that are inaccessible to you. Cute little guy :) There are also achievements to earn. Game play was smooth, no problems. I enjoyed the game. Definite buy for me.
March 21, 2013