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Big Fish Editor's Choice! This title was chosen for its high standard of quality and amazingly positive reviews from our Game Club beta testers.

Eipix Entertainment proudly presents the next installment of the Dark Parables series! Strange cracks are covering Dire Island, home of the Swan Kingdom, but then an unknown thief steals the magical seed that holds the key to keeping all of nature in balance! Can you catch the culprit and save the kingdom before it crumbles? Find out in this breathtaking hidden-object puzzle adventure!

See what our Beta testers had to say:

“Beautiful graphics and really rich animation. This is a high quality game and a welcome addition to the Dark Parables game roster.”  - Dee, beta tester

“I've played all the Dark Parable games, and they get better with each installment. The story line pulls you in from the very beginning, and the graphics were stunning. Can't wait for the game to come out.”  - Kathrin, beta tester


  • Play as the Swan Princess in the bonus chapter!
  • Unlock secret myths and parables by finding souvenirs and earning achievements.
  • Replay your favorite puzzles and mini-games.
  • Remember your journey with original artwork, videos, and soundtrack.
  • Access the helpful strategy guide.

Game System Requirements:

  • OS: 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7
  • CPU: 2.0 GHz (INTEL ONLY)
  • RAM: 1024 MB
  • Hard Drive: 989 MB

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Dark Parables: The Swan Princess and The Dire Tree Collector's Edition is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 66.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great game I love games that let you go back and find items you missed the first time around. Also, great to get to replay HOP's. This game had me using the hint button more than I ever have. Keep up the great games.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from more of a work out than most Actual rating, based on completed main game & bonus: 4.5 stars. As someone who doesn't really play DP, as I'm not a fan of FROGs, I was impressed by this game. One of my biggest issues w/ devs of late has been an overall "dumbing down" of the genre, exemplified by a lack of creativity & too little challenge in both HO scenes & mini-games. I still don't like FROGs, but I'll definitely replay this game (already have once) because I found the level of challenge to be a distinct improvement over a lot of what I've seen being produced of late. While I don't want every mini-game to be a brain-burner, I do want to have to think a bit, & this game accommodated me in that. Also, the collectible "signs", which often stick out like a sore thumb, are TINY & oftentimes difficult to spot, adding another layer of challenge if you like that sort of thing. I honestly didn't really get the story, but that's kind of neither here nor there for me, as most HO games are some variant of good vs. evil/save-the-whatever anyway...just fill in the blanks. :) Nice graphics, speedy hint to help me through all those FROGs, decent mini-games, & a goodish length bonus chapter w/ no appreciable drop in quality...granny is content. :)
Date published: 2016-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A GAME WITHIN A GAME! HURRAY BLUE TEA GAMES! Gamers who are familiar with previous Blue Tea Games such as "The Exiled Prince" and "The Curse of Briar Rose" are probably a lot like myself--always looking forward to another Dark Parables addition. Although the magic of those older games cannot be recaptured, The Swan Princess has been presented with much more challenging hidden object scenes, puzzles, morphing items (Parables), collectibles (Acorns) and a very lengthy gaming experience. As difficult as the collectibles were to find, my obsessive compulsive disorder kicked in and I found all 39/39 as well as the Parables. Of course, replaying all the HOP's with 100% accuracy under a minute is another must to acquire the highest achievement, at least in my OCD book. It's really about the love of Blue Tea Games Developers who presented gamers with their exquisite works of art big, bold and beautiful. Blue Tea wasn't afraid of bringing brilliance to the pc gaming world. I actually at first turned up my nose at their games due to the fragmented hidden object puzzles! Just goes to show, what do I know. Either the Collector's or the Standard is highly recommended. Of course, if you prefer enjoying every last second of Blue Tea Games, the Collector's Edition is a must have in your BFG gaming collection. Enjoy! -Mama Mia-
Date published: 2016-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A masterpiece Wonderful graphics, nice plot, good challenge, interesting and not so difficult puzzles, customizable game mode and different kinds of collectables that you can complete in the Extras. Very good!
Date published: 2016-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AN AMAZING VISUAL JOURNEY - GROUND BREAKING QUALITY I am continually amazed by the progress of game producers in areas such as these "hidden-object" adventures. Each time that I think the pinnacle of art and animation has been reached for this genre , a game like The Swan Princess and The Dire Tree comes along and blows that idea out of the water. EIPIX ENTERTAINMENT and their fleet of animators and artists have created something extraordinary here, I would even say it is ground-breaking in the depth of its quality. The living breathing settings you will encounter, richly painted and crafted with animated movement makes every scene an experience of WOW! The gameplay is perfect. As you move from scene to scene you feel like you are walking through a fantasy world and the puzzles are beautifully crafted but not aggressively difficult. One of the most difficult things for a game producer in this genre of "hidden-object" casual games is to strike exactly the right balance between challenge and enjoyment without sacrificing either. The hidden object scenes are breathtakingly beautiful and not overly difficult to complete. The same thing can be said of the puzzles, they entertaining to play but not frustrating to complete. If you like fantasy quests you will love this game.
Date published: 2016-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from DARK PARABLES is Back!! Better then EVER!! Absolutely Wonderful!!..After the last few Parable games, I was really getting worried. But, alas!...I'm glad the devs read all our reviews and came back with a bigger/better Parable but with the old, beautiful scripted scenes we all love. The graphics/quality/sound...Superb!. Thank You Eipix and BF......(I'll try never to doubt you again:) ! This one is a desktop keeper.......
Date published: 2016-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional game! I have played all the games in this series and I have to say I loved them all but this one, wow, it surpassed the others in so many ways. In story, in graphics, scenery and the HOS's keep you intrigued along with challenging mini games. The chapters last longer, the story kept moving you constantly forward and then in the bonus chapter, it took you back to the frog prince and how Odette met him. All the parables intertwine in some way and I appreciate that theme. I can't wait to see what they come up with next since this game didn't give a sneak peek in the bonus chapter as the other games did. I hope this series never ends because it's always fun, entertaining and challenging, all the things we look for in a game. Thank you Blue Tea games for Dark Parables!
Date published: 2016-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great game well worth the price I loved this game, not overly challenging but enough to keep you thinking. The map is very handy and most of the time hints are pretty good at pointing out what to do. I love the collection of the signs and the morphing objects. Some are tough to find, but don't despair. After you complete the Bonus chapters you can review each area and find them. Nice to have an extra challenge built in to the game. I have been playing HOG for several years and am really happy to see how game development had progressed. Try a game that is 5 years or older and you'll see the change. Easier on the older eyes and the games fit nicely in a large monitor without distortion.
Date published: 2016-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great game, but not without faults I really like this game. But to get to the point, it lacked something that the other games, prior to Eipix Entertainment, had. I think the animation of the people was okay. In video shots and in scenes were fine, but when we did close-ups, the people looked off. I loved the way the characters were animated in the first few games, my mind mostly on the Red Riding Hood Sisters. This game lacked their detail. I'm not sure if it's just me, but I felt that the parables were...eh. I feel they explain what we discover while playing the game. Yes, I know they are supposed to do that, but I feel the characters also did that. The Black Swan practically explained her story when we talked to her. Then we read it in a parable. I remember from the first game with parables, Rise of the Snow Queen, the parables explained in full what we read through small dialogue between characters and other object descriptions. I liked the mystery of just guessing the backstory of a character. The only backstory we got to guess was for the Swan Lake Princess Odette and the (Crazy) Swan Princess. Everything else was explained! Also, while I love the morphing objects, I liked it when they were separate from the parables. The parables were picture frames (Rise of the Snow Queen) or little picture parts (Red Riding Hood Sisters) or something else. I didn't like that they were morphing objects. And that the "morphing objects" were the acorn things. I didn't like that. What never fails is the story and the settings of these stories. I loved the overall story, but I wish the origins of the Swan Lake Princess was incorporated more. Don't get me wrong, the bonus story was great, but I feel that the tie-in to The Frog Prince was kinda weak. I needed more interaction between the two. And the tie-in to Ross Red from the Ballad of Rapunzel was okay. His animation look weird. As if it wasn't complete. The settings were gorgeous as always. Such detail! Last but not least: the teaser for the next game. I'm not a fan of the way they are teasing the next game. I'm happy that they tease a game, but giving us this end-game-mini-story-thing summary is starting to get on my nerves. I loved it when Blue Tea Games used a video to tease the next game. Why Eipix!? Why did you stop that?! To me, that go me more excited about the next game than a summary of what happened afterwards and a wallpaper that teased the next game. Seeing the video made me wonder what could be happening. Who is the villain in the next game? What about the fairytale? Which one is it? PLEASE BRING BACK THE VIDEO TEASER!!!! Note: I do realize that they did put a video teaser at the end, but it told us nothing!!! Nothing at all! I couldn't guess what the next game was at all! Actually, one more thing. While the next game is sure to be AMAZING! since we are going back to Snow White's kingdom, not doubt to see the wedding of either her son, Gwyn, to Gerda, or Kai's to Gerda, I wish the fairytale the game is based on was revealed a bit more in the teaser. I don't get what it is from based on the wallpaper or the little clip at the end. All I know is we are back in the Snowfall Kingdom in the Swiss Alps. I NEED TO KNOW!!!!! Also, I wish they'd tease when the next game would come out.
Date published: 2016-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark Parables 11 Swan Princess and the Dire Tree more like Blue Tea again!!! This edition of Dark Parables made me fall in love with the series all over again. Since Dark Parables is such an iconic series, I was a little worried at first that Eipix would not be able to do the game justice. Defying my concerns, this 11th Dark Parables game remained along the same line as the previous installments in terms of quality, if not, even better. You play the role of Guardian Fairytale Detective in a quest for Ancient Tablets located in the underground Swan archives before her Wickedness beats you to it. The Wicked Swan Princess is determined to destroy the Goddess of Floralia who reins supreme in this Enchanted land. The Swan Princess needs the power of the Dire Tree to carry out her evil plans, but you have pledged your life to the Goddess to protect her and the Dire Tree until the final hour. During your quest you receive help from Black Swan and Ross Red, essential characters to the story line plot. Black Swan even stills the seed to activate the Dire Tree which wasn't the right thing to do, but you learn her intentions were honest and she proves herself worthy to join with you to defeat the Swan Princess. With regards to graphics and style.... The graphics in The Swan Princess and The Dire Tree are no Blue Tea, but it is stunning and colorful enough for me to appreciate. I am glad that Eipix decided to remain some of the franchise's signature sound effects and music, as they always work well with the series. Despite knowing that the art team at Eipix is one of the very best in the industry, the artwork style of Blue Tea Games is EXTREMELY UNIQUE and incredibly difficult to imitate. It is clear from what we saw that Eipix put in a tremendous amount of effort in the attempt to recreate the same artwork style, in which the team did surprisingly well to some extent. This time the gameplay has significantly improved in this sequel. Games from Blue Tea were slightly predictable lately; but with Eipix, everything has been spiced up with creativity. The main gameplay is still largely based on collecting pendants, orbs and other fantasy items - still, we found the tasks to be much more interactive and innovative. The puzzles are entertaining, but not always original and a few of them are repeated 3-4 times. And finally, good news for all the fans out there, Dark Parables 11 is still filled with gorgeous Fragmented Hidden Objects Scenes. In the Collector's Edition they included a pretty heavy bonus content; something that has never been done by Blue Tea before. As for the length, the main game lasted roughly 4 hours for me - the bonus chapter is very solid, featured some breathtaking scenes, and has a 45 minute length. Long-time fans of the series might still be somewhat disappointed by the switch in developers; nonetheless, Eipix created Dark Parables: The Swan Princess and the Dire Tree with such perfection and care that it impressed me all the same. I hope this series continues to be successful, this can't be the end of an awesome HOPA Legacy!!!
Date published: 2016-07-17
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