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
An extremely clever and pleasurable game!
Not too easy nor too hard! Dark Cases:The Blood Ruby (SE) had rhyme and reason to its madness, and the game flow was unbelievable. The artwork was awesome; VOS were great, storyline--great, a different take on the interactive HOS as I've never encountered before. I loved the whole shabang! I played in normal mode and due to the developers' clever take on the puzzles and thought-provoking and challenging tasks, I didn't get bored once! It held my attention from the get-go! I didn't want to stop playing. Now, that's a good game! There is a lot of back n' forth but you've got a great map that takes you right to the spot. You've got a good hint button if you need it, and it will load fast or slow according to the game mode you've chosen. My suggestion to the players is to read the journal, when you click on the items there is often text to read. Read them, you'll get lots of good clues there. Pay attention to the pictures, numbers, and journals. I thoroughly enjoyed concocting the recipes; what comes to mind are a potion for a new heart for the puppet; and on the other end of the spectrum, you'll even make a quick pizza! You will gather quite a bit of items in your inventory and some will remain for a 'fairly' long time. Normally I'm not crazy about that but it all made sense somehow; and, again, game flow is the key! It wasn't the longest game but so much fun to play. I got a special deal on this game from Big Fish and am so glad I bought it. I would have bought it at regular price to be honest; it's that good! As I mentioned before, I don't do demos, but this SE is well worth the buy! I highly recommend it. Kudos to the developers!!
February 9, 2014
This was a really good game. The graphics were amazing and the voice overs very well done. Just the right mix of hidden object (with interaction), puzzles and adventure. The map allowed you to jump from place to place. It also had a task list and diary to keep you up to date as to what was going on.
I highly recommend this game. Thank goodness a mystery to solve without the occult--voodoo theme.
February 28, 2014
Loved this game. Graphics were beautiful and the game was long!
February 16, 2014
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