Dark Parables: The Red Riding Hood Sisters
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
Too much killing
This game was excellent for graphics, but the evil wolf characters looked too much like our household pets, and then we were required to kill them to progress through the game. Really liked the fragmented object games, though.
August 20, 2013
Unusual Fairy Tale
Positive: 5 stars for graphics, art work and music.
Negative: plot was weak, clues were obvious, and it was too long. I did purchase the strategy guide, but used it only once.
The HOS were amazing, beautifully done. But I wondered, to what purpose? The girl at the beginning was incredibly beautiful, but at the end, the girls looked cheap. The game has 10 chapters, mostly about nothing.
February 15, 2013
Ok. I really liked this game just wish it would have lasted
a little bit longer
October 29, 2012
Not so fun
I didn't care for this game. Found it difficult to get much story out of it or even know what I was suppose to do or reasoning to where I should go to get clues, etc.
November 12, 2012
Yes, we are the Red Riding Hood Sisters
Yes, we are the Red Riding Hood Sisters...in our high-heeled, thigh-high boots, mini-skirts, and bustiers, we run around the forest and protect all from evil. Really? I don't think you need T & A to sell HOGs.
January 24, 2014
I thought the graphics were beautiful on this game, but other than that, wasn't particularly impressed. There were an abundance of puzzles that didn't really tie into the storyline or theme and which really didn't make much sense (why do I need a mushroom to access a necklace or a bell to get a scepter?). There didn't seem to be much logic to it, other than to throw in a bunch of puzzles. I have played much better written HOGs than this.
September 18, 2013