Dark Parables: The Swan Princess and The Dire Tree
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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!

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  • OS: 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7
  • CPU: 2.0 GHz (INTEL ONLY)
  • RAM: 1024 MB
  • Hard Drive: 764 MB

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Dark Parables: The Swan Princess and The Dire Tree 2.5 5 11 11
Really Enjoyed This One! Not sure which game the other reviewers were reviewing. I thoroughly enjoyed this one! It was a long game, with some new, challenging puzzles (had to skip one), great music, wonderful graphics, and my favorite HOP's where you have to find pieces of objects until they come together as one large piece. My favorite puzzles were the ones where you had to connect boxes with various numbers of dots in them. However many dots were in the boxes told you how many other boxes you needed to connect them to. I solved all of them and wish there would have been more. This was a great game! Now I need to check to see if I've missed any of the Dark Parables games because I want to play them all! August 22, 2016
Cracks In The Plan Once Upon A Time......when I first discovered my love for HOPA's, I discovered an epic series. This series was called, Dark Parables, and I became hooked, purchasing one DP after another. The stories were creative, taking well know fairytales and twisting the plot ever so gently to draw you in hook, line, and sinker. But my favorite feature was the Morphing Objects which to be honest with you I didn't know they even existed until I was a couple of chapters in on Curse of Briar Rose, the first DP game I played.You know why? Because the developers were geniuses! Dark Parables were non-linear games, Morphing Objects didn't Morph until they were eventually triggered by by an action you did in an entirely different scene. These Morphs were challenging to say the least and often times you had to travel to a scene several times, and then had to be patient to spot the Morphs because they morphed slowly. Dark Parables were also masters at blending fragments within their Hidden Object Scenes (FROGS) as well, which is a feature that didn't suit everyone's taste, but nevertheless, that's what made this series adored by many. I also loved the familiar sounds and music that was in all DP games until recently. Have the new producers scraped all the features because they don't want to become stereotypical, or is it just too much work when the easier route can skim by on the shirttail of it's predecessors? I'm certainly not bashing the devs, to the contrary, Swan Princess is a really good game, I just think the devs don't think we little guys will notice or care what's missing. Do me a favor, however, and give Curse Briar Rose, the Exiled Prince or even The Rise of The Snow Queen a try and you'll see what I mean, those were the good ole days. I know after reading all that, that it sounds like I think this is a horrible game. I don't think that at all, I enjoyed playing this game, I just don't think it holds a candle to the original Dark Parable games. If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It! I'm going to pretend it's just a fairytale and that maybe, just maybe, Epix will consider bringing back the non-linear Morphing Objects, I can live with the rest. The graphics are beautiful as usual, it even seems to be less glittery that the last couple of DP games, which is good thing. The Collector's Edition has 39 Hidden Acorn Signs and they are blended into the scenery very nicely, even better, the cursor doesn't change to a hand to alert you by simply scanning over the scene. At least they haven't taken away the Dark Parable Collections, (CE) and those fragments are well hidden too. Once you have collected all Parable fragments you get to read about short tales such as Up rise of the Swan, Forbidden Idol, The First Tree, A Dark Dream, and the Jewel of Repose. This twisted tale is about the magical kingdom of Dire Island where the Magic Seed that allows the goddess Flora to regenerate the Dire tree of life, has been stolen. The Swan guards are sworn to protect the goddess at all cost, and some of the guards have the ability to transform into beautiful swans. The Black Swan was a high ranking guard who is responsible for the theft, even though her intentions may have been for all the right reasons, she might not have known that the Kingdom would begin to crumble. The Hidden Object Scenes are all the same, but that's a good thing! These are actually FROGS, where you search the scene for several fragments that are cleverly hidden among other objects. There are three different groups of fragments that will join together to make a single inventory item such as an elaborate key or emblem that will help you progress in the game. There are also a few Zoom Zone FROG's as well with just a handful of fragments to locate. The Mini Games are also clever, below are brief descriptions of some of the games you'll encounter during the demo: 1) Use the looking glass to find the path to the Dire Tree by selecting landmarks along the way as shown on the outside of the stone. 2) Find and place items within a play that are out of place as a story unfolds. 3) Swap pie shaped puzzle pieces to create an image. 4) Connect all the squares with the number of connections indicated by dots without intersecting connections and in the same direction. 5) Match symbols by searching for partially hidden symbols with shown. 6) Set up the boards so that every ball will fall to the correct place on the bottom that matches its color and shape and then test your configuration. The Collector's Edition has 12 Achievements, 6 Concept Art pictures, 8 Wallpapers, 9 Music Soundtracks, 22 replayable Mini Game puzzles, 16 replayable FROG's, 39 Hidden Acorn Signs, Hidden Parables (The Swan Princess and A Fable of Two Hearts), Souvenirs, 17 Videos, a built in Strategy Guide, NO MORPHING OBJECTS, and a Bonus Chapter, enjoy! August 5, 2016
THE SWAN PRINCESS NEEDS YOUR HELP, OR DOES SHE? In this latest installment of the Dark Parables series you have been called in to investigate the theft of the magic seed that is the key to reviving the Goddess Flora who keeps the balance of nature. What is even worse and beyond imagination is that the suspected thief is a high-ranking member of the prestigious Swan Guard whose members are all pledged to protecting the Goddess. Travel on a journey through this magical land to meet with the princess and help her in her quest to find the missing Magic Seed. Although the original developer of the series retains the name rights, there is nothing left of them in the recent games that have transitioned to another top BFG game developer. The graphics lack the depth and beauty of the original artistic team and now have that misty washed out appearance that is typical in games from the big E team. In many ways the graphics are comical and lackluster by comparison. Unfortunately, where the difference in style is most noticeable is in the FROG scenes that now are flat and lack the gorgeous style of the originals. I hate to say it but I struggled through the first FROG scene because most of the fragments needed were so muted that they disappeared within the scene, which is where the artistic difference is most apparent. IMHO, I believe the game deserves low five-star rating even with the change in graphics style. With the Swan Princess and the Dire Tree being a Dark Parables game most of the HOS are the FROG type with a few traditional HOPA scenes thrown in for good measure. As I commented above the FROG scenes created by the new developer are not nearly as much fun as those in the original series. I hate to say it but the word tedious is most appropriate. For the most part the mini-games seem easy but there are a few that are more challenging. Yes, the Swan Princess and the Dire Tree might not be as glorious as the original Dark Parables games but it still is a very good HOPA/FROG game. The storyline held my interest and, apart from the first tedious FROG, the gameplay was entertaining. I am an avid fan of the Dark Parables games and, even though the series is not quite the same, it retains enough of the original premise that it is one I will add to my collection. Even though I like this game, please try the demo to see if it is one that you will enjoy. August 7, 2016
beautiful game graphics are great! you are a detective that has been called upon to to restore the land to it's former glory. there is a custom level, and an interactive map. you do have help from unusual places and the story does take a twisty turn. September 18, 2016
Worst Game I'm a Dark Parables junkie, but this game shouldn't be in the family of Dark Parables as the story line is awful and not enough hidden object activity August 17, 2016
Not Enjoyable I am in the middle of playing this game and am not enjoying it at all. Am a big Dark Parables fan and own them all, but wish I had played the demo first. Won't make that mistake again. Very few hidden object scenes and have skipped half the puzzles. Way too much talking by the characters. The last game in this series was not as good as the others and this one is even worse. September 9, 2016
Game for Kids As most of the new games that are coming out now, are so incredibly easy, they must be geared toward young kids. As soon as the pop-up chapter book opened up, it proved my point. Why would any developer think gamers would enjoy something so cutesy as cartoon pop-up story puzzles that are so annoying, and little animal or robot helpers, unless they are targeting a very young audience. Why can't games have an option for challenging puzzles or easy, like the Nancy Drew games. For a few games awhile back some of puzzles were super puzzles that had a bunch of things to solve, and I thoroughly enjoyed these types, and now they don't have them anymore. Instead you have story lines that have been done to death, and puzzles where all you have to do is count to 4 to open a lock, and they call that a puzzle. So disappointed with all the new HO games that are out now. Still waiting for one that I can say, wow finally!! Maybe next month :) September 16, 2016
Not the same Dark Parables I loved the Dark Parables series, but since Epix has become involved it has not been the same...I used to just purchase the games without preview, I knew I would enjoy it...now I won't even bother after this one. I was dragging myself to get through this game...not the first time this has happened. When I played Queen of Sands I couldn't even make it through the bonus game, as I usually buy the collector's editions...didn't with this one and so glad for that. The overall feeling of the story is boring and uninteresting. There is little hidden object puzzles, which is becoming more common with the new games...Just the typical find a key go back to some room open this, pick up whatever go back again...the other puzzles were overkill and some repeated the same puzzle over and over...unchallenging and basic. Sorry, but I just can't get into this series anymore, and that is a shame because I looked forward to each new one. October 5, 2016
What it could have been but was not There's just so much that could have been done to make this better. The art and animation were choppy. Usually I'm drawn in by a lot of details, but I quickly became bored with it and had to force myself to actually finish the game completely. I think what I disliked most is that it felt so short to me. I was disappointed with the time jump. I would have given this game one more star if they focused on the journey getting to the Dire Tree. It's not worth it. If Blue Tea doesn't take the dark parables series away from Eipix, I wouldn't be surprised if there were some who stopped buying the new games. Turn back now. September 28, 2016
Not worth the money This is all over the place. The tasks don't really follow the story line. Nothing makes since. The mini games instructions.. aren't instructions. I don't want to spend my time trying to figure out how to play the game I want to spend my time trying to beat the game. It had potential to be a great game...but its just all over the place. Very badly done, feels like a rush job. I give it 1/4 star. I quit the game...not worth finishing. September 4, 2016
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