Dark Parables: Jack and the Sky Kingdom Collector's Edition
Sky Kingdom Jack needed this detective's help more than he realized!!
I bought the CE and you do get a lot for your money. This game was a bit redundant in some areas, but you can't beat the exquisite visuals, the sound effects. I personally loved the music. Of course, it is repetitive as in all of the Dark Parable series--same format, different story. The map just showed you where you were and objects that needed to be found, etc. The hint button pretty much lead you to where you needed to be if you used it for that; you had a guide which I didn't need. There were far too many HOGS, but again, I enjoyed the sound effects and the music in those scenes as I searched for each of the pieces to make them 'whole." Blue Tea should get rid of the Ambiance sounds all together, doesn't really fit the scenes. However, you have the option of turning that off, which I did. Puzzles were okay, not hard, but tedious as were the HOS. The developers as usual did a tremendous amount of work in this game. Blue Tea you need to incorporate a transporter map, less HOS and a better variety of puzzles. But I rate the graphics/artwork, sound effects for the HOS, music, and VOS/acting an A+++. I completed the morphing objects, etc. Completing the tasks were a lot of fun. I especially loved the bonus game with Tom Thumb and Rumpelstiltskin--a different take on the fairy tale. The bonus game, to me, was extremely clever, which ties in to how Sky Kingdom came to be. I definitely recommend this game.
March 9, 2014
Another Dark Parable version of a classic fairy tale
I have enjoyed the series since the beginning. The graphics are stunning, the game play is challenging (especially the puzzles), & the HO scenes are novel.
The story line was a little predictable, but it didn't take away from the game play at all. I had to skip some of the puzzles, but that may be just the way my brain works!
A fun & challenging game.
February 12, 2014
Kitty's Thoughts: A Dark Parables that has more Light than Others
This is based on playing a full hour on the game.
Alright! After I decided to hold my review and reading others, I heard a lot of mix reviews about this game. Most of the people are punishing the game harshly for being different, but in my case... I really don't mind this interesting turn on the game. So, here's why:
Okay, I agree with most if you say the story is indeed not strong, and still needed to be worked out. However, if you hadn't beat the full game... who knows if it has a twist. Overall, you start out on your investigation as this floating island is falling apart over a city crushing everything. Your job is to investigate and figure out a way to stop this island from doing anymore harm. However, the story has an interesting start, but I felt like the girl in the beginning.... what happened to her.... Seems like she kinda got dropped out of the story, and yet there is a different girl. So, I kinda felt like they drifted off a bit. And the story seems to be spreading out too much in the beginning. This is probably the cause of why most think the story has weakened. The branches of the stuff that relates to the story is too spread out and not coming together enough for each event.
Level of Challenge:
I actually felt like they beefed up the difficulty a bit from the usual Dark Parables Fragmented Hidden Object Games. Some pieces are carefully hidden in secret areas. Of course, it has already been going on for a while in other games, but they don't make it obvious which adds to the challenge like most games like highlighting letters in a different color. Another is the puzzles, so far the puzzles are on the mid, they definitely grown a bit of difficulty from the last Dark Parables which I like. I like a good balance of difficulty instead of simple puzzles in the last game.
Visual and Sounds:
I had to say are still up to date. I really like that they kept the style, yet still added a few things. Especially, I enjoyed the more animated through exploring scenes where the characters are more moved instead of yelling from being statues. I believe that's something to be explored for later games that I hope they keep doing.
I had to reward them an excellent. Because unlike most games I played that newly released this year. Even though they strayed away from the usual Dark Parable Darkness of fairy tale combined stories, It Still Kept my attention for the whole hour none stop without feeling that I had to force myself to play an hour. The games was fun, from watching the action scenes as you explore, to still solving the case while commotion is happening.
Overall, I was torn apart to giving this game between a 3-4 stars. To be honest, with the testing..., this game does not deserve a 5 star rating. However, I don't believe the game is soo terrible to deserve a 2 or a 1. Compared to most games I've played that really deserve that rating and those games got 5 stars. However, I agreed with most who gave the game a 3-4 stars. Seems like they know what they're talking about.
In the end, I hope they do BETTER to keep me buying their CE. You got a good try for testing. Now, I want to see something good.
February 7, 2014
Another Well Done Dark Parable
As always I enjoyed this sequel to the Dark Parables series even though I'm not a big fan of the fragmented HOS. Graphics are done beautifully as you can expect from Blue Tea game developers and sound is well suited to the game. The thing I enjoy most about Dark Parables is the mini games which are always cute and entertaining. Most times they are unique. I always like looking out for morphing objects. A little disappointed that it doesn't have the interactive map that takes you right to where you want to go but at least it lets you know where you are and where your objectives are. It seems that you don't have the ability to earn achievements but at least there is a good amount of things to do in this game to keep you interested and busy.
February 6, 2014
Save the Sky Kingdom is a great CE...
I enjoyed this latest edition of Dark Parables. If you have played other installments of this series you will see characters and references to previous versions. Just a tribute to these epic games. Blue tea is the bee's knee IMHO. I love fragmented objects (frogs#. I am surprised by 1 star ratings #which is "hated it" in overall rating and "awful" in the rest). You won't hate this game and it's nowhere close to awful. The bonus game is fun and leads you to believe it will be the next story in Dark Parables. Thanks Bigfish I loved it! xox
March 1, 2014
This is my first Dark Parables game and when I'm done writing this review, I'm going to buy the others. I enjoyed this one enough that I'm hoping the rest will be just as much fun. There were some things I didn't like about it namely, some of the puzzles were a little tedious, maybe repetitive. I also skipped a couple that were a bit difficult. The storyline was fun, the graphics are truly amazing and overall, I enjoyed the game. I thought it was just long enough and the CE had an extra game that was also lots of fun.
February 20, 2014
Jack be Nimble Jack Be Quick
Boy did they make that guy move fast. I wish they had slowed down the bit parts of him fighting. It was all just a blur.
Lovely game. Beautiful sciences as always with Dark Parables. Music was wonderful. Characters were okay. My map did not make me jump to location and there was never a green star to indicate where to work at next when unsure.
Very good game and will add it to my buy list
February 14, 2014
A Very Enjoyable Game ...
Great Graphics, Sound, Animations, Voice & Video Bits ...
Another Great Game In This Series ... The Format Is Consistent With Previous Games, But Perhaps Growing A Bit Tired And Needs A Bit More Of A Lift To Overcome The Feeling Of Deja Vu ...
The Extra Game Is A Bit Of Fun, But Not Essential To Completing The Story ... OK If You Are Getting The Game When On Special ...
February 8, 2014
Not bad but not as good as the others
Not a bad game but the bonus chapter isn't worth the CE price and the music is slightly recycled through the game. Good visuals and sound, the story's pretty good. I'm looking forward to the next game. If you want a more detailed review that also mentions spoilers it'll be in another section. I give this one a solid B.
February 8, 2014
A must play
Dark Parables never ceases to amaze. Even though The Frog Prince is still my favorite, I did love this one. I would have given it 5 stars if the map had been helpful, but it really wasn't as it only showed when an HO game was available. Map is not interactive, so you can't jump to a room or showed when you can do something now, only there was an objective. I love the HO games where you have to find fragments of something.
February 6, 2014