Dark Canvas: A Brush With Death Collector's Edition
Nice little game!
Hmmm, not a bad game...not exceptional either. Graphics clear but nothing great, game play nice, music nice, games very easy. Like the switch between regular HOG and silhouette.
Okay, easy to figure out that you are the Mom, since you are told that in the beginning and also, the painter was surprised that you are the Mother. A little different story line, but not much. Didn't have a problem following the story line, but still a bit sketchy. Not enough voice over, e.g., one person speaks and the other you have to read...weird. There is no jump map, but this game could certainly use one.
Fast hint recovery. SG not bad, but hated where it was located. The constant up and down motion when you wanted to use the SG made me sea sick, and I don't even have that problem.
All in all, this was a nice little game and I find the need to purchase to finish, although I'm not quite sure why. Think this will go into my puddle until I make my final decision. Not sure it is worth the CE price, even if I do get an extra punch on my card.
As always try it for yourself and see what you think. We all have different tastes in games and you may not care for this one at all, or you may just "have to have it!" Thanks for the reviews.
January 17, 2013
Good, but not Excellent
This is a good game, with lots of puzzles and very acceptable graphics. It's not challenging enough, though, and I've been finding this with most offerings lately. These games could offer more challege, especially with a hint button that takes you exactly where you need to be. So, if you do get lost, you have all the help you need. Overall, the game is worth a good look.
January 17, 2013
Good story, good game
I just finished playing the demo and I will probably buy it. Dark Canvas: A Brush With Death has a really good storyline about a father who goes looking for his daughter who has vanished in Italy while visiting a famous artist that paints pictures of the future. The townspeople are frightened by a mysterious dark figure known as the sillouette! People are just vanishing! The graphics are good and the HO's are interactive (open a book to find a flask for example) the puzzles are not to hard and are enjoyable.Some of the HO's are in the same place. This is a relaxing game that most level of gamers will enjoy.
January 17, 2013
Not the best game
I went ahead and bought this game before I played it. What a dissapointment! As far as the storyline and graphics and scenery go, quite nice.
It took me about 2 hours to complete the game. The bonus play was better than some of the chapters. But being a CE, not at that price. I am increasingly getting more discouraged with the so-called Collector's Editions. It is only on rare occassions that BF has sponsored a "TRUE" Collector's Edition game. I think the developers need to step back and re-evaluate what a good game is these days,
January 18, 2013
I don't know why this game didn't get better reviews. I think it is a well-produced game with good artwork and music. The story is very interesting with a surprise ending, and the story is well developed during game play. The story has an ending, too, in normal game play. The bonus chapter just adds to the story, although it did have a rather abrupt ending. The journal helps in developing the story.
The HOS all include IA, and I thought the puzzles were challenging. The HINT button points you in the right direction, so you don't need the SG. There isn't a map, but there also isn't a huge amount of back-and-forth.
In addition to the bonus chapter, there is also unlimited HOS and puzzles to play and the usual wallpapers and concept artwork.
I found this to be a very enjoyable game. If you don't want to pay the CE price, I highly recommend at least the SE.
February 9, 2013
This game was way too short. What a waste of money. And I will seriously consider not buying any more games that don't let you lock the inventory. Drives me crazy not to have it stationery!
January 26, 2013
Enjoyed the Dark Side
I love a good story that contains a dark side.
HOG scenes were great and puzzles doable and I like puzzles that are not to challenging. I do enjoy a challenging HOG.
I suppose in the process of joining a story with the hunt, find and use that defines a hidden object game there exist a fine line of to much vs. to little. As of late, not just this game but others, it seems there are missed opportunities for a more complex experience for the player. While I do not enjoy overly complex puzzles I do enjoy a more complex seek, find and use objects.
Good work on creativity, programming, QA, artwork and final production. Appreciate a number of hours of enjoyment.
January 18, 2013
VAST Studios--the minds of genius taking a coffee break!
Game seemed outdated and maybe on the shelf while Vast Studios has already put out some of the greatest game series ever designed--Cursed Memories, Shattered Minds I & II, Nightfall Mysteries I, II, III, Written Legends, etc.
Seems disjointed with a lot of to and fro which doesn't bother me if the game holds my interest. Although a bit silly, artwork is superb with focus on music and artsy objects.
Vast Studios is one of my favorite developers and I will purchase in the future as I have learned that a demo can be deceving and hoping the game improves...
On the same hand, Vast Studios does not usually create "easy-to-play" games--you have to work the game. Unfortunately, developers are pressured by "the masses" for "easier" games and this is what we gamers seem to be getting lately, i.e. the majority of BFG's January 2013 "new" games have been mind numbing & notably inferior-- which is why I am combing through the numerous purchased BFG games that I haven't had time to play/finish.
Enjoy! -Mama Mia-
January 24, 2013
Outstanding Game !!!!
I played for the one hour and it was great for me. The grafics and sound was wonderful. The story is about art and missing people as I will not share the whole story and spoil it for you. I think that its not worth the CE price as it is a short game even with the bonus game. As much as I enjoyed it I will wait for the SE. The HOS were clear and some of them you had to find shadowed objects. The mini games were interesting and not so difficult you want to pull your hair out. I really loved it being placed in Italy as the scenery reminds me of the Island of Capri in Italy which I have had the pleasure of visiting in 2009. So if you love far away exotic places and gorgeous scenery with a little Dorian Gray syndrome with the paintings and just plain fun, then this is the game for you. Happy gaming fishies.......
January 20, 2013
This was an excellent game. I'm fairly jaded when it comes to casual games. For me, it is a way to unwind from work. Good graphics and music must be a given. For a game to stand out, it needs to have a good storyline and I need to be drawn in and interested in the characters. I want to feel like I'm immersed in the story, and the puzzles are a way to further the storyline.
I hate games that have puzzles so hard or long to achieve that I wind up having to use the skip button. Or one's were the story is almost a afterthought and the puzzles and HOGs are the main focus of the game.
The only negative I have for the game is that some of the HOGs are very difficult to find. I wish developers would pay attention to the reviews that point out, nobody likes HOGs were it is hard to find the objects. It doesn't make it interesting or challenging, it is just frustrating.
But since that was my only complaint in a otherwise very good game, I will give this game five stars.
January 20, 2013