Dark Canvas: A Brush With Death
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
quiet intresting. good puzzles and different types of hog scenes, makes a change.
February 16, 2013
I might purchase this game. Enjoyed it very much
February 16, 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
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
Review Of Completed Game...
I really love this developer, VAST, so I can look beyond some of the imperfections of this game like the length. This game took me 2.5 hours. It was not a long game but it was a fun game. It had a different idea than most and it was a great game to play after a long CE or huge adventure game.
The hidden object scenes were well done and there weren't too many. There were regular interactive lists but also silhouette type where you pick up an item and it helps you do another thing to get another item. Those were fun. I liked the puzzles too because they were doable but also unique.
There is an actual ending in the SE that is satisfying however it leaves the player wondering if the bonus chapter completely ends it or if there will be a sequel however I do not feel this game is worth buying the CE for. Its very short and had I bought the CE I probably wouldn't have rated it so high BUT for a fun game with fun puzzles and a unique theme, I highly recommend this game.
June 7, 2013
ALMOST A WORK OF ART
Review based on completed game in casual mode.
Would have given this game 5 stars if the animation had been better. The characters were realistically drawn but little body and mouth movement. Reading text dialogue is required.
VOS - Excellent
Hint - Moderate charge, gives clues and directions.
Journal - Recounts story, records, photos, clues, sketches, etc.
Map - None
IHOS - Usual fare of small to larger objects. Repeated scenes. Moderately clear. Lists and silhouettes.
Misclick Penalty - None
Puzzles/Mini-Games - Varied levels of difficulty. Unusual, not like the sliders or rotating rings type.
Skip - Fast charge
Storyline - Good with a twist. Might be a sequel in the future.
March 27, 2013
Nice game with interesting puzzles
This game has an interesting story. There are 3 game modes. I played in Advanced Mode, where there are still sparkles.
- The graphics are very clear, even in the HOS.
- The mini-games are not the kind you usually get, which I found really good!
- You have a journal but no map.
- The hint system shows you the direction.
The game is not very long; I needed less than 2 1/2 hours to finish. But I still recommend it.
March 25, 2013
Different point of view as the game player
Enjoyed the different point of view as the father of the missing girl.
I liked that the level of difficulty was increased by no sparkles over areas to investigate. I had to find out by running my mouse over all areas to find where to go next. Unique and somewhat dark storyline and ending.
One negative was I felt there was too much back and forth but the positive is there wasn't too much interference from the animation scenes. (I'm not one for too much story line)
March 24, 2013