Dark Cases: The Blood Ruby
I'm so glad it finally was released as an SE. Since the CE version has no bells and whistles at all I chose to wait for this one.
It was well worth it. So much to do, so many locations. There is definitely a lot of back and forth but in a good way.Game stays interesting all the way.
Sometimes you carry a lot of objects around so to remind me I opened up the inventory a lot.
Graphics are just beautiful. I'm getting to really like Boolat games.
You have a good map that shows active locations and the journal keeps track.
HOS are fun as well with a little twist. Not too many, just the right amount for me.
Story is great, I never got bored. Length seems very good and that means a lot to me, I'm not quite done yet but I have played for hours already.... and then again i usually take my time. The graphics are so nice I need to look at everything.
I very much recommend giving this a try.
October 14, 2013
I was drawn in from the get go, loved the story line, somewhat different than other family adventures. Going back in time with the aid of a family heirloom to try and stop your cop father from being shot is a very unique plot with twists and turns that keep you riveted. Well acted voice overs, wonderful graphics, and music adding suspense where appropriate. HO scenes were a nice change and while mini games were not all new they still added fun to the game play. A very smooth flow yet kept you on the edge. Does she save her dad or doesn't she? Not much I didn't like with this one except that there wasn't much more in the CE to warrant my vote, so the SE is for me!
October 14, 2013
Beautiful, charming game!
This game is a charming Pinocchio story in a way. I think it is the devs best so far. HOS are easy, so not on the unnerving side, where so many are. You are kept interested till the end. For me the SE was enough, but I think the game has CE quality.
October 14, 2013
Gem of a game!
I don't say this often but this game has everything I have been looking for. Good storyline, Good graphics, and finally a game that has different and challenging puzzles.
BUY AT ONCE!!!!
October 16, 2013
Long fun game
This game is really fun and can be somewhat difficult at times. It was a good long game for an SE (the CE must be VERY long) I totally enjoyed this game!
November 2, 2013
Extremely Clever! Loved this One!
Where are all the 5 star reviews? I almost decided not to buy this one but so glad I did based on two reviews that mentioned this being a challenge and an excellent game. I'm not disappointed. But let me warn you -- you need to turn the annoying music completely off. It almost ruined the game for me. With the music off I could set my own mood. I play on "expert", I love a challenge AND a game that lets me play for several hours. If you're truly wanting a challenge (playing on "expert" or "hardcore") this one had me stumped a few times. I refused to cave, however, and I figured everything out myself, but IT WAS A CHALLENGE.
Really loved this one!
October 27, 2013
Travel Back In Time To Save Your Father!
You have worried about your father all night, then his fellow police brethren arrive on your doorstep with the dreaded news. They hand you his personal belongings, among them a family heirloom watch, you begin to cry. You are suddenly whisked into the past when your tears fall onto the watch, only to witness a murder! The heirloom has been protecting your family for centuries and now you must save your father from the curse of the blood ruby! Whomever is in possession of the blood ruby becomes paranoid and greedy, and you find yourself in a house full of elaborate locking devices and of course parts are missing. The HOS are list finds and you will also need to locate a few items that are shown as outlined pictures. After finding those items you use the items interactively such as using the shovel in the dirt pile to uncover a hidden object. In my opinion the hidden objects were way too easy. There weren't any new puzzles, but they were still fun to work out. I liked the puzzle where you had to separate gems into groups of three on a grid with a limited number of vertical and horizontal bars. Clear graphics and an interesting storyline along with plenty of puzzles to work out make this a solid entertaining adventure game, enjoy!
October 13, 2013
A New HO Style In A Good Game
BASED ON DEMO
The thing that stands out most about this game is its HOPs. Not that it is a HO game, mind you, it is definitely a HO Puzzle Adventure (HOPA), but the new style gives the game an interesting twist.
The HOP is the familiar interactive list, but the list is quite long and you won?t see some items until you?ve cleared enough of the list. As well, there are 2 or 3 silhouettes to be found, and these will be needed to interact within the scene in order to find other items on the list. It sounds a bit awkward, but it is fun to play.
The other gameplay is good too. The puzzles are not all original, but a number of them are, and others are stylish adaptations of some familiar ones.
The adventure action is fairly linear, I had little use for the directional hint and interactive jump map, but they?re always nice to have. Inventory includes items which can be combined. There is a task list as well.
There are the usual black bar thought/hints, but they are not so obvious in the help they offer, and the sparkles even on the easiest level are not overwhelming.
The story is a nice change, being a little different from the usual ?rescue relative?. The relative is your Dad, a cop killed in the line of duty, and the amulet you find takes you back to only two hours before his death, which is the timeframe you have for changing the events that lead to his death. I really like this story, and can?t remember many others that use time travel this way.
The graphics are good without being in danger of being spectacular. But they are bright and colourful, ?cheery with the occasional eerie?, which also describes the music. Voices are quite well done. The HO scenes are clear and precise, and objects are easily found.
FAMOUS LAST WORDS
I chose to wait for the SE of this one, and I?m still convinced, looking at it, that I made the right choice. An excellent example of a SE game.
October 13, 2013
NOT QUITE A 5 STAR
Even though the story was extremely interesting and unique, the game just didn't excite me as much as I had hoped. The voice overs were done rather nicely, especially the main character; the HOS were detailed and large enough that you weren't pixel hunting; the puzzles were moderately challenging; the gameplay was pretty straightforward; and the visuals were beautifully done.
The cutscenes were well done - but perhaps it was their frequency that was the undoing. It seemed you were playing just fine when you got another (usually very short) cutscene. It made the gameplay feel a little choppy. Whatever the reason, it is still has good production values and was well thought out and conceived.
Since the CE doesn't have quite enough to compel its purchase, the SE seems the way to go. Overall, this game just doesn't feel like a 5-star to me (a 5-star to me is purchase within the next day or two).
October 13, 2013
Wonderful Change of Pace
I bought this game without even trying the demo. I just liked it from the description and the other reviews. Been burnt doing that, but not this time. This was one of the more fun games I have played in a while.
The graphics and sound were excellent. The music went right along with the story and accentuate the action. Voice overs were well done. The designers can take pride in this one.
The Hidden Object Scenes were not very difficult at all. I used the hint once and that was to see how long it was going to take it to recharge. (Forgot to time it... but it didn't seem very long I was so wrapped up in the game). Now the mini games,those were a different story. I did have trouble with them, but perhaps it is my lack of patience than difficulty. I just don't care for mini games. There is an interactive map that is wonderful in getting around, so getting lost is not a problem. The task is a good help too.
The story line is well followed even though I did feel like I was going from reality to a fairy tale and back again. It went from dark to light and back, but so far as easy to follow, it certainly was. I think you will like it.
Lots of fun, searching, roaming around, challenging puzzles, and a cute story, you can't help but like it.
October 16, 2013