Dark Canvas: A Brush With Death
mixed feelings on this one
for the most part I liked this game and do recommend it. however having said that there were parts that were frustrating. for example at one point there are tree parts blocking your way and you have a sharp axe which in most games you would use to cut the branches but not in this game. your axe doesn't work, you have to find some other object. that kind of frustrating thing happened a few times, not awful but a bit irritating. fortunately the hint button was great. a map would have been nice as well. the story line was interesting and of course you save the place. games were hard but skip charges quickly. I don't use sound so can't rate that. overall I recommend giving this game a try but prepare to be frustrated at times.
October 21, 2013
Not Bad, Not Great Either
Based on the free trial.
I could not decide whether I liked this game or not. The story is the same tired old 'go to such-and-such a place to meet so-and-so but of course when you get there the person is missing and you are threatened by dark shadow/apparition/evil entity' etc etc. and of course it is gloomy and raining and.there is a thunderstorm. In this case, you have gone to meet your daughter in Italy because she has met an artist who can paint the future. Predictable at best.
Having said that, the graphics are well done and the music is quite unobtrusive. The voice overs are pretty good, although it annoyed me that the characters lips didn't move when they talked to you.
3 levels of play, no map, nothing to collect.
There are lots of puzzles and HOS, with some of the HOS as mildly interactive lists, and some as silhouettes. No matter where you go, you must collect useful objects , either by HOS or puzzle or simply on the ground, because there are a ton of things to fix!
If you love puzzles I would say you'd like this game, but if you're tired of the same old story, I would recommend playing the trial first. For that reason, I am neither giving it a negative nor a positive recommendation.
February 15, 2013
Dark Canvas O.K.
I played the 1 hr of the CE version and quickly forgot it. It looks good but nothing new or special to make me feel like buying it. I tried again with the SE and it didn't change my opinion. It looks good and the HO scenes have blank shapes you find the object to place and find another object. Story seems slow and very vague, boring. Maybe when the game goes on sale I'll get it but there are many other games this month that are more enoyable.
February 15, 2013
but nothing to really write home about...Interesting and original the storyline, nice the setting in the mediterranean island.. as an Italian i can say then you can feel quite well my native Country's ambience during the gameplay. The graphics, even if not bad, could have been better..the music is a bit repetitive but not annoying. It's a linear game, easy to follow, not so difficult to figure out what to do or where to go, funny interactives HOS and easy puzzles..The whole game took me round about 4 hours, playing hard mode and slowly, reading the diary and listening to the characters. A good game, not really challenging but ok for some relaxing hours.
February 15, 2013
Review of Finished Game
With a little tweaking this could have been a 5 Star game. I really liked all the game mechanics but I never got involved in the storyline, and that killed it for me.
It has choice of difficulty and the hint button points in the direction you need to go. No map is needed.
HO scenes. Not many. I don't care for them, and I never felt overwhelmed by them. Regular scenes had 12 objects, some with multiples. 3 or 4 objects in each scene were interactive. Some scenes were repeated. It also has a good amount of the new type HO scenes with the silhouettes where you use one thing to find another to find another. I enjoy those and there were at least 4 of them, I think.
Puzzles were pretty easy, with the instructions appearing for you right away. I wish they would have been a little harder although I did skip the last part of one and had my husband do another.
This game is pretty short because it wasn't padded out with a lot of backtracking and HO scenes. That's alright with me, but I felt it was lacking in story. I never cared if the father found his daughter and it didn't seem like he cared much, either. If the game would have been a little longer, the puzzles a little harder, and the storyline more intense I would have given it 4 or 5 stars. The SE version ends satisfactorily, I am glad I didn't get the CE version. I will recommend this game only if you already have a lot of games, if you only get one game a month you will be disappointed with this game.
February 20, 2013
Why is this considered a new game...I played this game a month ago and they are throwing it up there like it is a new game. Seems to me Big Fish is doing a lot of recycling. Don't package it as a new game. This game is an old game being thrown into a new game spot. They are doing a lot of this.
February 16, 2013
This game was okay but I'm glad I had a bonus coupon and did not buy it. I was glad that I could quickly read the dialogue and move on because the voices became irritating to me. I played this in the casual mode. I found that the hint charged pretty slowly. There were a good many impossible to find HOs and one thing that irritated me was if I clicked too much, the screen got those dark streaks in it. I hate those. I don't like maze puzzles and this game had several of those which I skipped. It was pretty enjoyable though.
November 3, 2013
Not A Masterpiece
I can't say too many bad things about this game because my issue with it isn't that it was bad. It's more that it was just okay at just about everything without really standing out in any one area.
The game is fun. It's got a decent concept (you're a father looking for your art student daughter) and the pace is good, moving along without dragging and picking up excitement at the appropriate times.
The look of the game is decent, if not spectacular. There were nice touches like falling leaves, but not enough of them to really make an impact. Characters are well drawn. Hidden object scenes have the usual degree of difficulty, and you will repeat. Sometimes you have to use one object to get another, which breaks it up slightly, but not a lot of variety here.
Challenge is marginal. The minigames are the usual suspects. I did like the final one, which had some originality, but you end up doing it more than once. Seemed like a copout from coming up with something else. Also, I found the waiting time to be more than normal for your character to perform actions. As an example, when using a shovel on dirt, you wait 30 seconds for each bit of it to be removed. Not sure what required all that load time.
The story started strong and fizzled out at the end. One drawback of a couple of characters in a mystery is that it's generally pretty obvious where the twist will come in. Overall, I thought the game was worth playing but not memorable enough to warrant an endorsement.
September 24, 2013
Disappointed at the first puzzle
Really not good. The first puzzle already annoyed me: "Fit the missing emblems so that no colour and shape repeats itself vertically, horizontally and diagonally. The green lights will tell you if you're correct". In two squares the puzzle pieces DID repeat themselves with the already fixed ones diagonally, but the green lights came on anyway. Got me so annoyed, that I abandoned the trial and deleted the game.
Apart from that, it's the same old story: Missing person, evil character clad in a black robe with glowing red eyes. This is such an old hat and I already own enough and much better games of better quality and with puzzles that don't give false positives, that not even 2 punches for one purchase, as is the offer for this particular game today, make me want to buy it.
February 15, 2013