Dark Parables: Curse of the Briar Rose
I really enjoyed this lovely game. The story,graphics and music were beautifully done. It wasn't too hard, though you do have to move back and forth between scenes, but that wasn't too complicated to do. The only thing I didn't like was the fragmented objects that you had to find. I much prefer whole objects; they are just more interesting.
But I am giving this game 5 stars because it is a great game in spite of the the fragmented objects.
February 2, 2012
You Know I Played That Game!.That's my 2nd favourite game!.Really pumped out!.
January 31, 2012
Blue Tea games does it again
Blue Tea Games makes undoubtedly the best games on Big Fish. The Dark Parables series are all wonderful. This one is the first and is a little less complex than the later two. More puzzle than HO. Perfect graphics and sound. Lots of back and forth between scenes. I didn't want this to be over when it was done. This is a game for casual game connoisseurs. If you like some easy fast fun this isn't for you.
If you buy this game (and you should) GET THE COLLECTOR'S EDITION! It is worth it!
January 12, 2012
One of the best hidden object games out there!
I thoroughly enjoyed playing this game from beginning to end. Instead of blitzing through it in one sitting like I do many other HO games, this one challenged me to where I had to complete it over several days. (However, even though it took me longer, I still feel it was juuust a teeny bit short.) I had been looking for more challenging and engaging games, and this one is one of them!
Beautiful art. Music that isn't annoying and flows nicely. Interesting and engaging story-line.
I just wish I could get the Collector's Edition for the Mac!
December 28, 2011
Interesting and fun
The storyline and mini-twists were great and it was a lot of fun to get into the story and not just be consumed with trying to figure out what to do next.
A little on the easy side - particularly because the objects are all just pieces of one object -- but nice and relaxing. Art is very well done, and the hint system is helpful but not too leading.
This one made me want to try the other two in the series.
December 10, 2011
One of my Favorites
I love the Dark Parables series because of the beautiful graphics and challenging gameplay. I'm not typically a huge fan of Hidden Object games that require you to build objects with parts that you find, but this one doesn't bother me. The story is intriguing and whenever I was confused about what to do, the Hint option was almost always useful.
December 7, 2011
Exiled Prince was my first FROG and I loved it so much had to have this one. I like that the background music is not obtrusive and annoying. There are lots of HO's, no annoying voice interactions, and a few puzzles that are fairly easy - I have a tendency to skip when I get frustrated but I achieved all of these. I did not follow a very logical path to success but that was no problem. The hint has a good recharge time even without finding all the morph items. The only downside for me was the darkness of the 'inspect' pictures' which I found annoying but which did not detract from the overall enjoyment.
December 5, 2011
The Dark Parable games are wonderful!
I am a huge fan of the Dark Parable games. They're extremely well done - beautiful graphics, great music, great ambient sound. This one isn't quite as good as the later ones (they have a few improvements), but given that it's the first one, it's still really well done. And for a first game in a series, it's definitely a five star one.
This is a fragmented object hidden object game with other puzzles, first off. So if you don't enjoy having to find your objects in multiple pieces, this isn't the game for you. I think it's rather well done in this game, though. Rather than being the typical scene after scene full of random (and possibly totally out of place) junk, which starts to look silly sometimes, the pieces are cleverly hidden in the scenes. It shows you pictures of the pieces you're looking for, and doing it as the fragments makes it fit better with the story for me. Once you've found all the fragments, you end up with an item to use somewhere in the game.
The puzzles tend to be on the easy side, but it's still an enjoyable game. It's more of a hidden object than a puzzle game anyway, but I like the fact that there's some of both. This may also have a bit too much back and forth between scenes for some people, but I've honestly seen much worse in other games and it didn't really bother me. It's also not a perfectly linear game like some, so how much back and forth you do is partially up to what order you decide to do things in. Of course, just like any game, there are some things that will have to be completed before some other things. It's just not 100% linear like some other games.
If you like fairy tales, don't mind a darker twist to them, and don't dislike fragmented hidden object games, then I highly recommend this game and the others in this series. (In fact, I'd recommend many of the games done by Blue Tea Games.) Just fabulous!
December 3, 2011
Another great one!
Personally I love dark fairy tales and this falls into that category.
Thing about the collector's edition though is I don't really feel that the extras are worth it... It's definitely worth it as a regular edition as the length of the game is good. Just don't feel that the extra gameplay is enough to warrant double the price. Maybe an extra $2 or $3, but not double. But that's just me.
Other than that, it's a really great game. In my top 10% of favorites ^_^ So buying the regular version would be a good thing.
November 24, 2011
PLUS = After seeing that this was a Game of the Year awardee, I decided to try the demo and midway through, went ahead and purchased. I loved the graphics (very beautifully done) and the setting, really enjoyed exploring the castle grounds. I liked the story line and also the interactive aspects of the game. Since the game was non-linear, I was able to wander at my own pace, pick up different items, and then figure out how to use them when I arrived at the right site.
MINUS = This is a Find the Fragmented Object game (FROG), instead of a traditional Hidden Object game. I prefer the regular HO type games, but at least the FROG pieces were large enough for me to find
November 27, 2011