Dark Parables: Jack and the Sky Kingdom Collector's Edition
Not my cup of Blue Tea
I LOVE the Dark Parables games, and this one is truly awful in most respects. There is a very incoherent and essentially dull story with no excitement, tension or sad to say interest. I really didn't care about any of the characters or what happened to them. The art work was very mixed some beautiful scenes and others gaudy, tasteless and overdone. Ironically my least favourite part of any game the HO's was almost the best part of this game because mostly they were beautiful to look at. The endless meaningless and pointless objects produced (unlike previous games) were usually very ugly and grainy in quality. There were far too many HO's and the puzzles were ill explained and mostly simplistic and tedious. Jack was completley annoying because he sat around doing nothing and exhorting the detective to save the day. The most boring aspect of the game was the utter pointlessness and inanity of every task. The sky is falling, disaster is at hand but I must restore monuments and in a really crucial moment I have a pressing need to feed a carrot to a quite delightful white bunny, which made me laugh it was so beyond ludicrous. Why was i doing all these pointless things, I have no idea except I found a lot of items lying around that apparently needed a home. None of this moved the story forward one iota in complete contrast to the Black Water game where everything was in keeping with the theme and felt like a necessary action. I really don't know what they were thinking at Blue Tea. I gave five stars to their last game but I don't think I can even recommend this one and that is so disappointing because they are capable of the best even though their puzzles are often a bit lame. Please go back and review Briar Rose, The Exiled Prince, Red Riding Hood Sisters and ask yourself why they were all great and this one isn't. I will now hesitate before buying any more Blue Tea games and I am both sad and disappointed. The music was better than most games and even some of the Kubla Khan look to the game was lush but that was is. There was no game to this game, zero challenge and what there was of a story was insipid and pathetic. YOU CAN DO BETTER THAN THIS!
February 12, 2014
THEATRICAL FROG THAT'S WAY TOO EASY WITH A WEAK, OVER-USED STORY LINE
BASED ON ***COMPLETED*** GAME AND BONUS GAME ON EXPERT LEVEL
IF YOU ARE A BEGINNER: you will love this game. It holds your hand the entire way through (a good thing for me when I was a beginner,) the puzzles are super easy and the art is exquisite.
IF YOU ARE AN INTERMEDIATE: you will probably like this game and it's characters but be disappointed in the easiness of the puzzles. You will be able to travel through it quickly and may think it's too short. I thought it was short and the bonus game had nothing to do with the regular story.
IF YOU ARE AN EXPERT: you will definitely be disappointed in the lack of challenge (the games are VERY rudimentary,) over-used story based on a fairy tale and the hand-holding going on throughout the entire game. Even on the most difficult level, this game is like going back to kindergarten after receiving a master's degree. Save your money.
Hope this helps you decide if this game is for you.
February 10, 2014
Could not get into it !
This is just a rehash of previous games, I was bored, could not finish it, did not play the bonus content, just plain bored with it !
Nothing new, old HO, ancient tech....Collector's edition my foot!
February 7, 2014
Not their best
I guess I've come to expect Blue Tea Games to have high quality and long story games. This one is exception, I found this game to be very short compared to their other games. The whole story and bonus chapter could be finished within hours. I would have liked to have them develop the characters more than they did in this game. On a positive note, I love their spin of Jack and the beanstalk. The graphics were nice, details were lacking a bit, same with their usual vibrant colors. Voices and backgrounds were well done. There weren't as many puzzles in this game. I'm giving 3 stars because of the cost wasn't worth the game this time.
February 18, 2014
Just OK Game
I really don't like games with fragmented objects (FROGS), and this game has a lot of HOS with FROGS. HOS are bad enough when you are looking for a recognizable object like a hammer that is mired in a real junk pile. These HOS are a step below on the bad scale. I can't imagine what I was thinking when I bought this game.
I thought the artwork was good despite what others wrote. The VOs were good with moving lips even on small characters. Music fit the story well.
An interesting take on the old fable with an Indiana Jones type hero thrown in. The journal is not the best, but it does record things you need later.
Way too many HOS! That is where you "build" most of the objects you need. The objects needed are, with few exceptions, not the normal hammer, saw, etc. but are some plaque-like things. The puzzles are boring, and I wanted to just skip them all. BUT, you get penalized for doing so - five minutes on the HINT charge time. Really dumb. The HINT button works well, pointing in the right direction. There is a map, but it is virtually useless.
There are some morphing objects that supposedly take time off the HINT recharge time - I didn't notice if it worked. There are pictures that you collect to create parables - useless. The bonus chapter is a separate story and is really dumb.
I don't recommend this game as a CE. Maybe as an SE.
February 22, 2014
My least favorite Dark Parables
Dark Parables is my favorite series, but this one is boring. The games and hidden object scenes are repetitive, the story line uninteresting.
February 18, 2014
kind of "old school"
predictable, graphics flat, kind of lame, actually. Dark Parables has been a good series of games but the last couple have not been very good.
February 6, 2014
Should have know it was blue tea.
A lot of members love this developer. Beautiful everything. I just do not like the hidden object presented. I did however order once or twice to learn they were through game.
February 26, 2014
beyond sky or moon and stars
this game thought might be great but sadley let me down repetavive boring I am so disappointed considering the other games they have previously produced
February 8, 2014
i have played all of this series....the first 2 were very hard, the last 3 are way too easy.......am a tad bit disappointed. the first 2 briar rose and the next one, they were hard and the HOS.s, the objects were well hidden..not in these last ones. be great for someone very new to HOS games....
February 9, 2014