Dark Canvas: Blood and Stone
Getting Plastered! (Based on the Hour Trial)
I have only played the hour trial, but I thought this game was quite good, and will probably buy it. I took a look at the other game in the series of Dark Canvas: A Brush With Death, and after an hour, still hadn't got off the dock. This one is more sensible, and I was able to figure out what to do next, without constantly referring to the hints button. The graphics are wonderful, and that extends to the Hidden Object games. When I first came across it, I wondered what I was supposed to do with the kitten, but he/she proved extremely useful. I never play the music, and if possible I get rid of the custom cursor, which in my opinion tend to be inaccurate and sluggish. I like the story in this game, and I love the Hidden Object games. I find the puzzles in any Hidden Object game annoying, but they will insist on including them. (If I wanted to play Puzzles, I would look at the Puzzles list) The objects found in the Hidden Object games, make sense, as they lead you through the game, and this makes it pleasant to play, instead of straining my brain. Overall, I enjoyed the hour, and will update this review when I complete the whole game.
November 27, 2013
i like the storyline ... gameplay is smooth and i like the puzzles ... hos are doable and not frustrating ... music is there but not annoying ... i like having music ... graphics are good ... this one is worth the discounted price ... and i am just enjoying this one ... not as exciting as some, but it keeps you interested and no technical difficulties ... yeah! ...
November 24, 2013
GREAT FOR ALL LEVELS OF PLAYERS
I just finished playing this games and found it to be delightful. I will not go into specific details because others have already done so.
This game is a nice one, I believe for beginners and increasing higher skilled players. I am on the intermediate level and thoroughly enjoyed playing it. I suspect those who are below this level will find it fun and, in playing, will increase their overall ability and problem solving skills.
The hint button works well as does the transporter map.Games can be skipped if need be, and when playing for the second time, one might prefer to take time to figure out the solutions.
Hope this is helpful
December 13, 2013
Better than just OK, but not quite Four Stars
BASED ON FINISHING THE DEMO:
This is a straightforward HOPA with a murder mystery setting, but there's nothing that is dark or ominous.
There are three levels of difficulty, and a choice of cursors.
Some of the HOS are chained objects where one object is needed to obtain the next. The mini-games are the standard ones and appeared to be easy to solve, although I skipped them simply because I always skip puzzles and mini-games.
There is a map, which is interactive. However, I discovered the game to be quite linear, and therefore, even though the map may show an area has a task to be performed, it will not open that area until you have performed a task in another area that comes first.
Hints are active in and out of the HOS.
The artwork is bright and open and quite attractive. The music is pleasant and unobtrusive.
Dialogue can be skipped.
Good game for someone new to HOPAs, or when you want something relaxing and not too difficult. I liked it, but I probably wouldn't pay full price for it or use up a coupon.
November 24, 2013
Nice change in scenery, but ho-hum
This is based on the 2-hr trial only.
What I liked the most was a change of scenery. Greece of all places. It was a nice change from the dark and creepy, although I like those games. For that (the location) I wish I could give this game a higher score, but I found it to be pretty easy. The HOG's were nicely done, but again pretty easy. The puzzles that I completed were on the easy side, too.
The graphics were just okay, and I am not a huge fan of having to click to continue a conversation. I just want a character in the story to say what they have to say.
It might be a nice game for a beginner or someone that doesn't like the darker games and stories.
November 24, 2013
Could Be Better
I purchased the standard version (not the collector's edition) and found the challenge, quality and mechanics of the game mediocre at best. Clicking map locations does not bring you to the scene - a big plus in better designed games that are the same price.
December 8, 2013