Dark Parables: The Red Riding Hood Sisters
The hunters in the game seem to be a little lame, but overall it's a great game. Some sound issues, especially with the background noises, such as when the sisters are locked up. Should number the parable games because some of the prior hero/heroines appear in other games, such as Briar Rose, to ensure game players do the proper sequence.
May 3, 2013
Pretty Good but Missing Wow Factor
I play hidden objects with my 4-year old, and he loved the storyline! Because my 4-year-old can't read and likes to work the controls while we play, I like when the hint uses sparkles/arrows (like this game) rather than written hints. The visual quality is good, but I prefer games with a spookier atmosphere. I loved the idea of building something useful in the hidden object puzzles, but it was mostly just random clicking of scrolly-shaped metal pieces to create things nobody would ever just innately know how to build from the pieces you're given. They could have done a much better job with that aspect. Overall the game was a bit cheesy, but decent. My kid liked it.
March 18, 2013
New Twists on Beloved Tales
This game is challenging, intriguing with just the right amount of suspense, atmosphere and puzzles to keep you interested. Whilst seasoned gamers will find this mildly challenging, many newbies as well as those who are generally casual players will find this game worth their time. Especially the hint at the end of each game which serves as a teaser to the next case is maddening and keeps one coming back for more. The only problem is that sometimes you do not have a clear idea of how to proceed forward especially when the maps don't show your next relevant location however this only adds another dimension to the challenges which keep you on the go and your brain fired up. The music is fantastic, graphics awesome and the level of decorative intricacy on the many objects as well as locations give a realistic atmosphere where one can believe that the fairy tale we know is false and the game is fact. A very good game for any player regardless of ability.
February 25, 2013
Great story; too bad about the HF
This game was developed by a Hong Kong team, and boy do they know how to tell a good story! In fact, the storyline was its best feature, but the graphics were a large part of my enjoyment of this game.
Where it falls short of perfection for me:
1) it's a FROG game, and
2) too many hidden fragment scenes toward the end.
How was it that Prince Charles once put it about a modern addition to an old building? "It would be like a big carbuncle on the face of and elegant, well-loved friend."
Challenge to the Hong Kong team: Please, please remove the carbuncle from future games. Otherwise, you have something really good here. I love fairy tales, especially twisted ones.
February 19, 2013
Good story but too many HO at the end
The game was pretty good. I generally like a blend of adventure and HOG. This one seemed to start out well with a fairly even distribution, but at the end it seemed it was one after another.
I played at a higher level of difficulty and at times did have a problem understanding where I should go as it seemed rather vague as to my next step.
All in all, a pretty good game except for the end rush thru HOGs to acquire items to do the next action.
I would recommend to those that really like more HOG than puzzle/adventure.
January 21, 2013
Love the parables series a well as blue tea games
Yet another masterpiece in the dark parables series. Love how the game ties a knot on the previous games with a revisit from Briar Rose, the frog prince and Snow White's son.
As always the graphics are beautiful and the story is well put together with inspirations from the original fairy tales.
I always like the concept where you can set your own difficulty level.
So if you love fairy tales, HO games with story lines, I'd definitely recommend this game.
January 6, 2013
It takes more than gorgeous graphics to make a good game
I like Blue Tea games and I can't say that I don't like the Dark Parables series, or the Dark Fables...
... but it takes more than gorgeous graphics to make a good game.
Yes, the graphics and the sound are irreproachable and the storyline is very good, but where is the challenge?
This game is full of HOS, and for the rest, you are left to put the items you find or created in the HOS somewhere to unlock new locations... and that's it.
You have a map to situate yourself within the game, but it doesn't teleport you.
Youa have a tasklist, but it only indicates the final goal and none of the intermediate tasks.
The hint button - which refills quickly - guides you to the right location and indicates you where to act or interact.
The length of the game is somewhat decent... it took me about 5 hours to finish it off.
So, how could I finally sum it all up? Well, it's like reading a fairy-tale... not more nor less... which gives me mixed feelings: I don't start playing an adventure game just to walk through a fairy-tale.
I recommend the game for its gorgeous graphics, but I wished the dev's put some more creativeness and challenge in the gameplay...
October 26, 2012
Great Story, but not a great HOG
I know many people loved this, and it is quite different from some others. The HOS are very weird and are parts of items, not actual items. You can actually guess at the items and get about 90% of them without look at inventory which to me defeats the whole purpose. The story line is interesting although predictable. The graphics are wonderful. The play of the game is laborious. You have to switch among 50 or so screens which annoys me. The map does not tell you where there is an activity to be done and you have to remember the first screen half way through the game.
This one just did not do a whole lot for me.
December 26, 2012
Interesting premise that fizzles out
The good : it's clear that the developers spent a lot of time on the graphics. The quality is great. The premise of the story -- that Red Riding Hood founded a Sisterhood of female forest protectors -- is unusual and has promise. The HOS are all Fragmented objects, which I happen to enjoy, so that was good.
However, now we get to the bad : The Red Riding Hood sisters are all out of some teenage boy's fantasy. They dress pretty much like hookers. Way too much cleavage and thigh. And, ultimately, they are still under the direction and protection of a man.
The HOS become progressively more difficult, which could be a good thing, except that they do it by changing the color of the object to be found, the orientation, and sometimes the shape. I had to use the hint button more and more often as the game progressed, and even then, sometimes just clicked randomly in the area indicated.
Lots and lots and lots of HOS. Some backtracking, which would be less tedious if the map were interactive.
Storyline stops making any sense after a while. I resorted to the walkthrough just to avoid wandering around, randomly clicking on things in order to figure out what to do. It also goes on too long and is needlessly complicated by introducing characters from other Dark Parables games and other fairy tales. They don't actually do anything to advance the plot except in one instance, when she's a deus ex machina.
The ending is pathetic; horribly cliched and sexist. It's a warning against women getting any kind of power of their own. And how can you elect someone to be "elder?" Isn't that sort of, well, determined by age?
I recommend only if you have a subscription to the unlimited streaming games.
June 9, 2013
Not for my 7 year old grand ..too busty
The story line started out good but as you went along the cleavage got in the way of the story..Needless to say when my grand plays a game I try to keep it decent and not boring..which after a while this one was..where's the challenge .I love anything Dark Parables,but this one...not for me
January 2, 2013