Dark Dimensions: City of Ash Collector's Edition
I'm Afraid Another No Go For A Collector's Edition - Review Based On Demo
HOPA (Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure)
Story: The townspeople of Phoenix Hill, a mining community, have all turned to ash after an apparent volcanic eruption so of course you have to help the townspeople rise from the ashes.
Chapters: Only shows the first 2 in the strategy guide so not sure how many there are.
3 play modes: Casual, Advanced Hard. I played Advance mode but checked out the 2 other modes of play. There is black bar info for all, no hints or skips in hardest, sparkles only in casual .
Collectibles in main and bonus game -- perhaps well hidden, I only came across 1 in the demo, then again there are only 15.
Widescreen: This did fill my 20 inch monitor however graphics do appear to be a bit stretched.
Map: You get shortly into the game and has 28 locations and they unlock as you move forward in the game. It is also transporter, has all the names of the locations, and shows where you are but doesn't state if there is anything to do or not.
HOS: All found by word list and are interactive (an extra step involved to complete some of them).
Puzzles: The usual run of the mill found in many games. I came across nothing really new here. They do have an info button to get more info on how to complete them if needed.
Hint/Skip: Very slow on charge up for advance mode. Hint is helpful outside of HOS. You don't have to wait for it to charge up outside of HOS but you do have to keep pressing the hint until it takes you were you need to be.
Strategy Guide: Not bookmarked but well executed.
The usual fluff such as wallpapers
My overall impression:
I'm sorry but this just didn't grab my attention. This game just didn't WOW me.
The graphics for some areas for me were crisp and clear while some other areas a couple of the HOS scenes appear to be drab/washed out. The HOS a little on the Sanford & Son junkyard but not too bad some scenes. Graphics also appeared to be stretched as I mentioned.
The puzzles I came across were very easy as I didn't need to skip them.
The story line is good but not gripping for me. The characters and voice overs OK along with the music as I found neither annoying but nothing that really stands out.
There's just nothing extra for me that I can justify paying $13.99 for. A smile and wink to the Big Fish and developer here: Finding 15 collectibles which are also found in the main game, wallpapers which I will admit to using some wallpapers but not a must have for me and the other fluff I don't use sorry but doesn't cut it. Truth be told I won't even buy the SE version when that gets released. I appreciate the effort by the developer here however just no WOW here for me that I must buy this game. CE or SE version.
Overall the best I can do for this is 3 stars. Sorry Big Fish and developer but I'm afraid this is a no go for me.
As always, give it a whirl and decide for yourself.
June 1, 2013
Disappointed in Third Installment
I was really looking forward to this game. I enjoyed the first two in the series, but this one is something of a disappointment. The game was short and the bonus chapter was not really worth the price of a CE. There were lots of iHOS (which I usually enjoy), but some of the interactive parts were confusing. The mini games were fairly good, but some of the instructions were too minimal. There were some "potion" making mini games which I really enjoy. The achievements revolved around finding "golden" animals that ended up looking like stone statues.
The interactive map was a nice feature and worked well. There were lots of locations to visit, but the story wasn't engaging enough to hold my interest. There is a built in SG which is always nice. The voice overs and graphics were well done. I muted the music (which I do with almost every game).
I really wanted to like this game, but it just didn't capture my imagination. I would not spend the money for the CE, but might consider the SE. The ending of the main game is satisfying and there is no need for the bonus chapter.
I hope the developers will go do a better job if there is a fourth installment.
If you are looking for a short game with nice graphics, I recommend the SE version of this game. Do not spend the money for the CE version.
July 14, 2013
dark dimensions: city of ash collectors edition
Lead in is too long, Even after playing when you go in you have to sit through the ashes, volcano and city on fire. too much. Other games once you play, its quicker to get into the actual game.
June 11, 2013
Sorry developers, but you've really let your fans down with this one.
I have loved their previous games, but this was appalling.
Good was the art work and a jumpable map is always welcomed, but that was all.
The story was very weak, the puzzle level was kindergarden, some of the items to use were senseless,
I have played SE games with more of a story and puzzle challenge than this game has.
I hope the developers read these comments too, as I 'm not the only bitterly disappointed fishie in the pond.
June 6, 2013
First review of over 200 games I've played on Big Fish. I'm very dissapointed! I've played all of the other Dark Dimensions games. The graphics were good and at the same levels of the previous games, however the story line lacked imensly! As a CE I would have expected far more game play than recieved. The game took little more than 2 hours to complete with very few mini games and HOS. Save yourself the credits/money!!
June 5, 2013
I don't usually write reviews for games I don't purchase but this game doesn't impress me much that I feel I have to write it because I don't think I will ever purchase this game, even with a sale. I own the previous 2 Dark Dimension games, the first one, City of Fog, being my favorite. But after that, the game seems to go downhill. "Wax Beauty" has no much relevant storyline, and the graphic seems to change. When this one comes out, I am not excited. When I see the reviews, I feel like I should try this out. Well, I am mostly agree with the negative reviewers here.
First of all, ashes theme? It is okay if they make it unique, not bad guy chasing innocent girl, look like Silent Hill and Pompeii put together here if you know what I mean. The bad guy, hmm, doesn't look bad, he looks annoying. The game is very short, I finish the two chapters demo in just 30 minutes! and I don't even use SG, and I open it just to check to see how many chapters are there for the demo. I can't believe how short this game is. Really not worth the money, I think. The game is super easy, you get an item and use it almost immediately and using them doesn't require much of a thought also. Everything is very clear and straightforward. The HOG scenes are a bit interactive but they don't save this game. The map is okay, but the "I am here" point is way to small it is almost impossible to see. The cut scenes are the one that I hate the most. It loads very very slowly, and there is part where every movement is stop every 3 seconds in my computer. However I dont think it's my machine fault. I play all the newest games and have no trouble at all viewing and loading all the games from the beginning to the end. Because of the loading, the cut scenes are my least favorite part, it is just simply annoying to wait. And the graphic movement is not natural, maybe because of the loading issues, and the girl (on the thumbnail) seems to do nothing but giving us keys. Well, it is okay, but I prefer finding them myself.
Overall, not impressed at all with this game. The developer seems to go downhill with the Dark Dimension series. I have a kind of disappointment playing Wax Beauty and definitely going to skip this one. Maybe when it comes out on SE and if I have a free game coupon I might think twice to get it.
June 7, 2013
Not for me
Did not like it at all. Moves too slow between selection of an object & when the object gets to where it needs to be. I got so tired of all the waiting. Can't really think of anything I liked about this game.
June 1, 2013
Very disappointing game
This is a review of the completed game.
This series is one of my favorites, so I was sorry to see how poor this one was in comparison with the previous two.
The storyline is paper thin (story being one of the strongest points in the other two in this series, in my opinion) and I think it wouldn't have made much of a difference if there had been no narrative elements in this game at all- it was that weak.
The puzzles are far too easy. The hidden object scenes were very interactive, which I liked, but some of the actions you are required to do sometimes didn't make sense.
I did like that the map shows active areas and allows you to jump from place to place.
Normally I like collectible items like the Golden animals in this CE, but I was so bored with this game I couldn't be bothered looking for them all.
This game was also ridiculously short- I finished it in only about 3 hours, and I am a slow player.
I was very disappointed in this game, and I only hope that this remains the only poor game in this series.
June 20, 2013
Not only is this game too easy, it wastes a lot of your time as well. And so, it is easy and boring. There are scenes, as well as the opening, that cannot be skipped. There's a map and hint help, but I didn't have to use either. There are a lot of HOS and they are easy, as are the puzzles. So, all in all, I cannot recommend this game.
June 1, 2013
waste of time
terrible game the worse one i have got from bf ...Will be complaining and hopefully get my money back
June 4, 2013