Dark Canvas: Blood and Stone
A MUST BUY
Based on the demo. As soon as the demo ended I didn't hesitate, I purchased it right away.
Voiceovers, background music, and visuals are great. Storyline is interesting and entertaining. Hidden Object scenes went from moderately easy to moderately hard. They were all interactive and a lot of fun.
The mini puzzles were great, also a lot of fun. At one point the player is asked to make a blanket for two shivering kittens. There were cute little animal helpers in the game.
This is a cute little hidden object game for all ages.
November 25, 2013
Beautiful game - good fun
you are an investigative reporter asked by a doctor in a small Greek coastal town to follow up on the death of his friends, an artist and his wife. They had been involved in an 'accident' in the artist's studio: encased in plaster and made into statues! There are villains - the creepy Christo and the elusive Helen, an interesting story-line with HOGs and fairly easy puzzles.
I usually turn the music off but this music was quite pleasant with a slightly menacing undertone.
The game is beautifully presented with many references to Greek myths and lovely scenery.
I really loved the plump little kitten.
November 24, 2013
I've played both the Dark Canvas games and loved them both. The HOGs (hidden object games) or if you prefer HOS hidden object scenes) are very good. They are interactive where you have to use things you find again in the scene.
The story line kept me wanting to play on. Most of the mini games are easy which I loved, but I did skip some of them but not as many as I have in other games.
There is a map and BF offers a handy walkthrough. The walkthroughs come in very handy when I've been away from a game -- it allows me to read what happened previously. I also keep it open and if I get stuck I just alt-tab and go right to it.
I really wish there were more of these games. I loved this game but loved Brush with Death more. I bought both SE versions of these games.
December 2, 2013
BASED ON COMPLETED GAME
When I played the demo for this game, I thought it a nice little game, professionally done, and fun to play. Well, that is certainly all true, but it is even better than that. I had a really good time with this, and my only regret is that I didn?t buy the CE, not for the bling (although that would be fun), but for the SG. For the puzzles.
SIGHTS & SOUNDS
The atmosphere of this game is quite creepy, even though it is set in the blazing sunlight of a beautiful Greek day. The graphics, especially in the cut scenes, are extraordinarily well crafted, and throughout the look and feel of Greece is faithfully conveyed. Colours are bright and bold, most locations are airy, and everything is captured in loving detail.
The music was lovely too. Not especially ?Greek?, whatever that may mean in today?s terms, but sweet and pleasant, and again, airy. The voiceovers were excellent too. And the sounds outside were great.
Well, that?s the puzzling part. You are an investigative journalist, come to check out a story about the accidental death of a famous sculptor and his wife ?under suspicious circumstances?. You arrive to find your contact, the local doctor, dead by the same means ? instantaneous encasing in stone. Your suspicions first fall on his assistant, but then... I?ll let you try to figure out the rest. This is one game that kept me guessing (wrongly) to the very end.
The gameplay is fairly standard, with the difference that there are more puzzles than usual. They range in difficulty from very easy to darn near impossible, and I really did miss the SG, because they are puzzles I?d like to be able to understand. They look really interesting. The HOPs come in two types, interactive lists and progressive silhouettes. Each is visited twice. The 3D map is wonderful to look at, interactive and gives immediate tasks. The hint is directional. You can use the map to ?jump? to distant locations.
The game is logical, with not too much to and fro, with the chapters reasonably well separated, with clear directions to follow most of the time. So, apart from the puzzles, I found this an easy game. I loved the way we covered different aspects of Greek history in the course of the game. Chariots, stargazers, the gods. With each transition to a new area pain free and smooth.
I heartily recommend this game as a really enjoyable and entertaining way to spend some time. No, it is not overly glamorous, but it has all the right components for a fun experience.
February 8, 2014
an enjoyable game
played casual, low sound. hints/skips charge in 60 seconds.
you are trying to solve who is murdering the people by turning them to statues. there is a diary and a map but i don't think it is interactive. i tried to jump places and got nowhere. could have a sequel.
December 1, 2013
Liked this game so much I bought the collectors edition.
November 24, 2013
Dark Canvas Whodunit!?
This Dark Canvas has taken us to a beautiful coastal town in Greece where several people are plastered, literally turned into human sculptures! As you investigate this murder you realize that the finger is being pointed in every direction, with the biggest suspect being the sculptor's assistant. Whodunit? Why are they being killed? A great story and the graphics are so realistic that I actually paused on the bridge to listen to the tranquil sounds of a babbling brook, birds chirping and crickets cricketing. (I think they chirp as well?) The HOS are a mixture of interactive list finds and progressive finds where you find the first item as shown as a silhouette, and you use that item such as a key into a lock, to uncover the next item and so forth. I will say I was a bit disappointed that all of the HOS were doubled up, but they were still fun. There are lot's of mini games, most are simple such as swapping puzzle pieces or following directions step by step as shown on an illustration. I liked the CE better because of the morphs and collectibles but this is a decent and entertaining game, enjoy!
November 24, 2013
NOT 5 STARS BUT STILL WORTH OWNING
I thought I would be so impressed that this game would be an immediate 5-star rating. Although the scenery is pretty, the HOS are typical and the puzzles are quite easy. It's relatively simple to finding pieces to complete objects (such as gate, rope) in order to move forward. Map is helpful in showing you where there are tasks to perform. Liked the kitten - he sure likes to climb. I was positive he would get stuck in some high place. Music is appropriate to whatever scene you are investigating. Voice overs are good.
SUMMARY: A very nice game. 4 stars - still worth owning.
November 24, 2013
Worth the SE price...
The following is the review I posted for the CE version, but still stands for the SE as well. The only difference is that I did not feel this was CE worthy, but well worth the SE and will use a punch credit to purchase tomorrow, since credits don't work when you have a special.
I really liked the graphics in this one. Color was very vibrant and fairly clear. Game play was nice. Music wasn't too bad...calming actually. Voice overs were good. Sounded tinny in the beginning, but cleared up when the actual game began. You can click through the dialoge everywhere in the game, except during the "story" part of it. It did need a little more of a hint as to what was going on in the beginning.
HOGs were nice, clear and clean. Items not difficult to find. Games were fairly simple, but some did take a little thought. SG was nice, but not really necessary. Hint system was helpful and filled quickly.
There was no real excitement to this game. Nothing that drew me in from the beginning and make me want to purchase to see what happens next. The coins are easy to find, but not sure what they are for #looked at achievements and still don't know#. The only challenge that I found so far is trying to find the morphing objects. They are extremely difficult to see and major eye strain watching for them. Otherwise, it was not challenging or difficult, but it was a nice game. Yes, I will get this game, but not sure if it is worth the price of a CE or if I'll just wait for the SE version.
As always, try it for yourself and see what you think. We all have different tastes in games and may not care for this one at all. Thanks for the review.
November 24, 2013
Will You Be The Next Victim?
As an investigative reporter you have been called to a coastal Greek village to investigate the mysterious circumstances in the death of a sculptor Elias Kostas and his wife Maria who were found encased in plaster in his studio. Seemingly it was a horrific accident but Dr. Alexander, who called you, knows the truth and needs your help to prove that this was murder. As the body count mounts up, will you be able to solve the case or will you be the next victim?
The graphics are very good but not always as crisp as I like. The artwork is lovely and does justice to the coastal Greek village setting. There are voiceovers with lip/sync that are generally very good with the exception of one character who speaks so slowly, I wanted to drag the words out of his mouth. The music and ambient sounds are very good and I found the music quite enjoyable. In fact, this is one of the few games where I will enjoy the extra soundtracks that are included with the CE content.
You have a diary located on the lower left of your screen that, unfortunately, lights up with streaming sparkles every time you collect a note which I found extremely annoying. I found myself constantly opening the diary just to make the lights go away. The compass located next to your diary is the interactive map that shows where there is a task available. Shorty into the game you will acquire a feline helper who will be able to reach areas that you cannot. I know some of you hate furry little helpers in a game but give this one a chance because it is cute and you won?t find it annoying in the end.
There are various types of HOS including the interactive list type and the progressive silhouette type. Most of the HOS were done well but in some of the early HOS I had a difficult time locating the items since the scenes were cluttered and the items seemed to fade into the background. The puzzles in Blood and Sand, although somewhat familiar, are good with many of them being fairly easy; however, there are some that are sticklers and a bit tricky.
Dark Canvas Blood and Stone is a very nice game that had the misfortune to be released right after one of the most outstanding games we have seen this year and, as a result, it pales in comparison. The game?s storyline is a bit different than the usual fare and is interesting enough that when the demo ended I wanted more. Blood and Stone is not one of the best games in recent months but it is better than most. I found Blood and Sand to be an entertaining game and recommend that you at least try the demo.
November 24, 2013