Dark Parables: Jack and the Sky Kingdom
The Sky Is Falling!
Put on some garden gloves and let's grow some giant beanstalks before the Sky Kingdom comes crashing to the ground! (what kind of Kingdom would it be then?) Admittedly I'm a huge fan of the Dark Parables series and Jack and the Sky Kingdom is no exception, however, I'm also a bigger fan of the Collector's Edition because of the morphing objects. Only Dark Parables can put this kind of twist on a legendary classic, Jack and the Beanstalk! Jack has grown up in this fable, a well known fortune hunter, his assistance is crucial because of his vast knowledge of the Sky Kingdom. In classic Parables fashion you will be collecting several "parables" and once an entire group of parables have been found, you get to read a story about that tale. As with all of the Dark Parables games the hidden object scenes are actually FROG where you find fragmented pieces scattered about the scene and you must find all of the fragments for 3 separate items that go together to make one object that will be used somewhere in the game. One thing to keep in mind with this game is that you have to read in order to know what to do in the scene. If you get a magnifying glass cursor, a scene may not necessarily zoom in, but if you read the black bar caption it will tell you what is needed usually. There is even a twist on some of the mini games, such as connecting flowers of the same kind with a line that cannot cross over an existing line, in DP fashion, you have to accomplish this in a certain amount of moves! In my opinion, this is an excellent game, however I liked the CE better! Enjoy!
March 7, 2014
VERY PLEASANT AFTERNOON OF GAMEPLAY
The Sky Kingdom is falling apart and you must save it with the help of Jack. Compelling music. Incredible color palette. Outstanding graphics with an almost obsessive detail to the scenes. Wide variety of puzzles - objects may be found in the frag scenes or lying about in the environment and are used within a short distance of where they are found. Map shows where you have pending activities. Didn't need to use the hint as I'm happy just exploring for things to do and find. Blue Tea did a fantastic job of putting together a stunning top-notch production, as usual. A pleasant afternoon of gameplay.
March 7, 2014
I Love Green Tea, but Especially Blue Tea
This is submitted after playing the entire game.
I was foaming at the mouth waiting for the SE version to arrive and bought it the day it became available.
This, like all the Dark Parable games, was a wonderful game. It had just enough differences from the other games to know that Blue Tea wasn't just resting on their laurels. Different twists to the hidden objects gave it a five star for me in fun.
The graphics were awesome. Clean and clear. The voice overs and cut scenes were extremely well done and the music was the best I have I heard in a long time, if ever. It went along with the scenes and that beat... that unique, upswing beat keeps going in my mind as I write this.
I mentioned that the new twist to the hidden objects. I didn't expect that whatsoever and was kind of taken aback when I ran into it. No spoiler here. You play and you will know what I am writing about. The mini games were different also. Not the same as before yet familiar enough that it wasn't a total new experience. There is a map, but like the other DP games, it really doesn't give away all that much. You do need to use the hint button, which recharges quickly, to find your way if you get lost. That however was not often.
The story too is a twist on an old tale just like all the other Dark Parable games. I was happy to finally have a male as the hero instead of a lady heroin involved in the story line. The story held together all the way through. I was confused about what was going on until, like all good novels, the ending showed to what this had been leading up.
I have but one regret. That I couldn't play the game through in one sitting. I swear I shall next time I play it.
If you enjoy unique hidden object games and rather challenging mini games, or if you have never played one of the games from this series, you owe it to yourself to do so. I would almost guarantee you will like the game and buy it. I didn't think they could improve on the other games, but this one is really good.
March 9, 2014
Lots of colorful scenes!
This is a fun game. There are some dark places, but by and large, it is light and very colorful. Reminds me of Indiana Jones! My grandchildren could play it with some help, but it's not too easy. Lets have more of these!
March 8, 2014
Great entry in continuing saga
Jack and the Beanstalk was never one of my favorite fairy tales. But the game not only makes the story far more interesting that the fairy tale, but involves some fun game play and beautiful graphics. I love playing the Fairytale Detective.
Pros: The most fun part is the inclusion of all the previous Dark Parables (red hiding hood sisters, frog prince, etc) and the ending that reveals the next story to come. That continues in this. Graphics are good, story is fun, clues lead to intuitive conclusions. Puzzles Easy to Med.
Cons: The story is a little muddled between the king and 3 brothers. The end set of 4 games gets a bit tedious. The map shows you were to go but won't take you.
March 18, 2014
I have always loved these games - and their 'HOGs' are so pretty. Plus sometimes I think I'm getting 'em with no problem then I find several that are Very Hard to find - but I keep looking.
This game was simple yet complex. Yes there is a map but it only shows where certain areas you should go to BUT NOT ALWAYS & never what you should do when you get there - there are many areas where the map did not help and I had to use hint - because I hate to click everywhere.... But that is just me.
I never like playing those Dark, Gloomy games AND this game is NOT that way. And even though the idea of what is going on is bad - it is NEVER Gloomy or Dark.
May 14, 2014
IS SO EXCELENT, AND THE GRAPHICS SO AMAZING
May 25, 2014
Very interesting game: great graphics, music and puzzles. Love Blue Tea games in general. Have to be very careful or you will miss important pieces to continue!
May 8, 2014
Long and fun
This is my favorite Dark Parables so far. The graphics in the series have gradually become less gaudy and more realistic, and this game was a nice step forward. The storyline moved enough that the hidden object scenes and puzzles didn't become too trivial. The plot was lengthy, and it was nice to see a story about a grown-up Jack.
June 7, 2014
Love These Games
Excellent graphics, good plot twists, challenging HOs. This is the newest of the group - love it.
March 21, 2014