Dark Parables: Curse of the Briar Rose
Good game but...
I did enjoy this game...until I got near the end. I had to beat a game, I had to rush to beat it, there was no skip. This ruined the game for me since I am not into fast games. I couldn't do it, so I didn't get to the end of the game.
May 5, 2013
After starting to play the trial of this game, I immediately bought it. I'm loving the story line and the graphics are stunning! It is a beautiful, delightful game and I personally love the games where you need to find pieces of objects.A bonus is there is a walk through in blog area if you need it.. The other stories in Dark Parables are in Big Fish Steaming, which I have a membership to so I am absoluttly pleased, yay
March 24, 2013
Good story, shame about game execution
Technically speaking, there is a visual problem with this game in that the graphics are so dark you may find you need to change the settings on your computer just in order to be able to actually see anything, as I did. A gamma adjustment option within the game would have helped overcome this.
As far as playing the game itself is concerned, this could have been a really good game as I enjoyed the storyline, but it was spoiled by very inferior gameplay.
Firstly, although many things could be clicked, most of them produced nothing other than a description or commentary. Some locations had barely anything even to click on and there was nothing to do all. At one place there was a door blocked by rubble which could be clicked on but I never found anything to remove the obstacle and never had to pass through the door the complete the game anyway, which left me wondering what the point of it was.
In one location I just finished searching and finding all the parts for one item and immediately had to go back to exactly the same spot to look for the next item which was also rather tedious.
Some things, although being used in the correct place, had to be done in precisely the right order or in the right way, otherwise a rather condescending message would be given as if you had tried something stupid when, in fact, it was not very clear which item should be placed before any of the others.
As you progress through the game there is no logic as to what to do next. In order to save yourself the bother of going from place to place looking for some clue as to what you should be doing or where you should be searching, it is best just to consult the hint button which tells you where to look, as there is no logic at all behind the locations of the objects.
The hidden objects are not actual objects but fragments of things which assemble when you have found all the parts. They all look very similar - basically you are looking for what appear to be lumps of wood, bits of masonry or lumps of metal. Really. Not very inspiring and not at all visually appealing and gets really boring after a while, especially as the designers had little imagination as to where to place the parts. Pretty much all the items were in the same sorts of places. The objects parts you are looking for do not resemble their picture, either in size, colour or shape, so at the start, before you learn where they always put the object parts, you end up just randomly clicking everything in the hope that you will find something. Not very entertaining and more frustrating than challenging. Still, at least there is no click penalty, which is just as well as I would certainly have given up completely before I got very far if there had been.
I did enjoy some of the mini-games (the ones where you had to get a coloured disk into its location by pressing arrows) but all in all I found the whole thing disappointing and the game failed to deliver what it seemed to promise.
Oh if only Elephant Games had made this story! I am sticking to games made by them in the future - none of these other games at all meet their excellent standard.
March 21, 2013
Ok for a FROG
Cute and fluffy. A nice, easy, sweet fairy-tale-style game to help me settle down for the night. Not for serious gaming by any means.
I didn't like the FROG part of it; how exciting can it be to look for pieces of items? I hope that fad passes soon, never to be revived.
The other problem was that aside from the uninteresting music, there was only one sound effect, no matter where I clicked -- stone scraping on stone.
Overall, I'd say it's slightly above average for this type of game. I'm not sorry I played it, but I'm glad I bought it on sale and didn't spring for a CE version.
February 16, 2013
A retelling of Sleeping Beauty with hidden object scenes- what's not to love?
(please note that this is my first review!)
This game has a great storyline, it's a retelling of Sleeping Beauty - where the kiss didn't wake her up, and she's kinda in a Snow White glass coffin state where she hasn't aged, and it's 1000 years later, and the briars from the story have started growing, and growing so rapidly they are going to envelop the town below if not stopped in a week. That's where you come in.
This is the first hidden object game I played, and when I had nothing to compare it to(since I played it I became slightly addicted, and now have played quite a few others) it was INCREDIBLE, and it's one of the few games that even after you have things to compare it to it's still incredible!
The gameplay was probably around 4 hours for me, the graphics are good for a hidden object game, the hidden objects themselves are rather on the hard side, in my opinion.
Great gameplay, great storyline, pretty good level of challenge, and overall great game.
It takes a looonngg time for the game to start up - I don't know if this is just my laptop or not, but it has to slowlllyyyy scroll through Dark Parables : The Curse of Briar Rose and then through The True Tale of Sleeping Beauty - it ends up taking forever!
The animation is slightly... chunky at times, for lack of a better word, it's kinda slow, and even the drawings themselves ( particularly ones of Briar Rose in *SPOILER SPOILER STOP READING NOW IF YOU MIND SPOILERS* spirit form aren't that good, but overall it is a good game, I highly recommend it.
January 29, 2013
One of my favorite hidden object games. This storyline is familiar yet unique. I love the medieval tone of this game with the dark allure.
December 30, 2012
A Great Starter For the Series
The Best advice for any series is to always start with the first one. This game is great at swallowing you in to the Dark Parables Series.
December 2, 2012
It was nice to have to look for different pices of an object, full objects can become boring. Unlike many other people, I had to really look for some of the parts.
Puzzles were not easy the 1st time round, but the second time - I easily found the objects.
I am biased as I simply love the Dark Parables.
When can we expect a new one?
October 19, 2012
I'm not fond of the hidden object games where you have to put things together. Some things were hard to see in the shadows causing eye strain. Start looking for those haunted items as soon as you start. Have fun! I may will play again on hard level but right now am moving on to another Dark Parables.
September 22, 2012
A wonderful game
It's a delightful mix of an old story and a great game. The graphics are beautiful.
Out of the Dark Parables games, this is my least favorite, but it's still a wonderful game. It's a game I recommend to anyone who enjoys this genre.
September 10, 2012