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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 presents the next heart-pounding chapter of the beloved Dark Parables series!

It's the eve of Gerda and Gwyn's wedding, but a rogue arsonist is setting the Mountain Kingdom's forests on fire! Your investigation will take you deep within the forest where a dangerous artifact will be unearthed, one that could spell doom for the whole world! An old friend will surface and his deepest desires will determine the fate of the Mountain Kingdom. Be careful what you wish for in this spectacular hidden-object puzzle adventure game!

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“An outstanding addition to the series! Love the way so many of the characters from previous episodes are blended together! Morphs are great and hidden object scenes are well thought out and beautifully rendered.”  - Nancy, beta tester

“This game is the best one in the series to date. This was so much fun to play and the design of the areas was fantastic. I can't wait for this game to come out!”  - Eric, beta tester


  • Rid the Snow Kingdom of its legendary nemesis in the bonus game!
  • Replay puzzles, mini-games, and hidden-object scenes!
  • Unlock bonus challenges, souvenirs, and collectibles!
  • Get original artwork, music, and video content!
  • Access the helpful Strategy Guide!

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  • OS: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 10
  • CPU: 2.0 GHz
  • RAM: 1024 MB
  • DirectX: 9.0
  • Hard Drive: 1125 MB

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Dark Parables: The Thief and the Tinderbox Collector's Edition 3.5 5 34 34
This Royal Wedding Is Smoking Hot And On Fire Once upon a time, a knight met a witch along his journey. The witch struck a deal with the knight, a deal that would make the knight a very wealthy man, if he were brave enough. She told the knight of a place that was filled with unimaginable treasures, all of which he could keep, except for one special item, a Tinderbox that belonged to her Grandmother. The knight agreed to this deal, but when he returned with his abundant treasure, he refused to give the witch her Grandmother's Tinderbox, when he discovered what the Tinderbox was capable of! When the knight returned to the Mountain Kingdom, he used his newfound wealth, and the Tinderbox to transform from commoner to king by marrying the Kings daughter. The knight turned king went to great lengths to protect the Tinderbox from the scorned witch, and those who sought its power, but somehow, someone has managed to steal it, someone who is desperately trying to stop the wedding between Prince Gwyn and Princess Gerda, but this someone may really surprise you! Also, Once upon a time, back in the day, when I first discovered my love for HOPA's, I discovered this epic series, Dark Parables. I became hooked, purchasing one Dark Parable game after another, I just couldn't get enough of them. The stories were fantastically 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 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 so slowly slowly. I beta tested The Thief and the Tinderbox, and requested that the devs please consider going back their "roots" to give us this style of morph in the game itself, and not within the HOP's. Unfortunately, this game only offers Morphing Parables to find throughout the main game, I really hated this feature, why bother, it's just not very fun to search for a storybook puzzle piece when there are so few pieces to find. There are 3 parable pieces to find to assemble 7 different parables so they will be far a few between scenes . I also noticed that the graphics are becoming much crisper too, at one point the glittery gold hues were almost overbearing, especially in Jack and the Sky Kingdom, so I'm glad to see that feature change. The Hidden Object Scenes haven't changed, and that's a good thing. Dark Parables are famous for their FROG's, this is where you are tasked with finding several fragments in three different sections. When all fragments have been found in a section, those pieces will automatically combine, and once all three sections are found the three sections will combine to make a single inventory item, usually an Emblem or fancy key, because DP are also famous for requiring you to find all kinds of fairytale emblems which seem to be missing or at least partially missing from just about every door, window, box or passageway in the kingdom. I know it may seem boring that all of the FROG's are the same type, but the scenes aren't as easy as you'd think, and they offer a nice change of pace. Other games have tried unsuccessfully to incorporate this type of HO but somehow never seem to be quite as fun as they are in this series. The Mini Games are always a treat in this series, I look forward to solving the fantasy themed puzzles and rarely skip them. Below are brief descriptions of some of the games you'll encounter during the demo: 1) Recreate each of the masks by swapping the parts, press the arrow to rotate the masks right or left. 2) Untangle the lasers by dragging the tokens along their tracks. Press green arrows to rotate the wheel to move the center of the tokens. 3) Press buttons to guide the knight through the maze and complete the tasks. The first task is to take the checkered tile and then defeat the dog, then take the treasure in the corner, but the dog will kill you if you don't have the tile. The second task is to press arrows to move through the rotating rooms. If you get blocked you'll have to start over. The third task is to swap the tiles to create a path for the knight to reach the final treasure, you can only swap green tiles. Use the tiles to rearrange the arrow tiles. You can "skip" any or all of the three stages in this multi-layered puzzle. 4) Guide the King to the castle by arranging the number tiles in the right order, press the play button to check your solution. This Collector's Edition has 6 Concept Art pictures, 8 Wallpapers, 8 Music Soundtracks, 21 replayable Mini Games, 17 replayable FROGs, 39 Hidden Signs, 16 Videos, Collectible Souvenirs, 12 Achievements, Morphing Parables, a built in Strategy Guide and a Bonus Chapter, enjoy! September 22, 2016
Here we go again! Another great one in the Dark Parables series. I love the way the characters from the other stories are integrated into this story, as well as the other ones as well. The graphics are great, story line is great, and mini games as well. I have all of the other ones in this set, and will be adding this to my library. I love these. September 22, 2016
HEARKEN CITIZENS OF BFG! YOU ARE INVITED TO A ROYAL 5-STAR WEDDING Hearken all residents of BFG! You are cordially invited to the royal wedding of King Gwyn to the beautiful Gerda in a 5-star celebration. Like a breath of fresh air, we are also celebrating some new and creative puzzles in this game. The graphics are breathtaking - a fairy tale world come-to-life. The story is a mishmash of elements and themes from several fairy tales including a variation of the theme from ?Aladdin?s Lamp,? with the magic lamp being replaced by a magic tinderbox with a cloaked genie hidden inside. The HOP scenes are all FROGS and the puzzles are truly ?a-maze-ing!? You will find yourself wandering through several maze puzzles in this game! Extras include jigsaw puzzle pieces to open up parables and you also collect signs. You can replay the puzzles and HOP scenes. This is the EIPIX I remember from days of yore and whose games I fell in love with! Welcome back EIPIX to the Kingdom of Gaming Wizards! My knights in shining armor have returned to their rightful place of ?honour? (a little British spelling) at the BFG Round Table! Alas, my lords and ladies, I will not be able to attend this wedding. Feeling faint of heart, this game will be a pass for me. I am suffering from too much whimsy from all the fairy tale games of late. Someday, perhaps my Prince Charming will also appear and bring with him a precious jewel just for me ? A GAME WHICH IS NOT A SUGARY SWEET FAIRY TALE DELIGHT! HOP SCENES: In keeping with the fairy tale theme, the four scenes in the demo are all FROGS. I am also certain our bride did not have to kiss a FROG to find her prince! PUZZLES: The puzzles vary in style and difficulty. They are creatively designed and some are thematic as well. There is a super-puzzle which includes three different maze puzzles. Each puzzle in the super puzzle is a maze involving a knight conquering obstacles in his path; however, each one is set up differently. Other puzzles include a rope puzzle which requires you to untangle ropes. There is also a mathematical puzzle in which you must set up a path for knight to reach a castle. STORY: It seems Gerda has brought some extra baggage (namely an old friend) into this marriage. Her BFF, Kai, is also in love with her and wants her as his bride as well. (When asked to be the ?best man,? he probably thought that meant he was the ?best man? for Gerda!). He is out to stop the wedding at all costs which may rest with a magical tinder box with a cloaked genie inside granting Kai?s every wish. With Kai?s wishes destroying everything - can true love save the Mountain Kingdom? LEVELS: Casual, Hard, Insane, Custom Hints: 10 to 120 seconds Skips: 10 to 400 seconds EXTRAS: Map is provided as you play the game 12 Achievements Replay 21 puzzles and 17 HOP scenes Collect puzzle pieces to open up 7 parables Collect 39 signs 8 Wallpapers, 3 Concept Art, 16 videos, souvenirs, HERE ARE THE DETAILS (SPOILERS) FOR THOSE WANT MORE INFORMATION ON THE HOP SCENES AND PUZZLES IN SEQUENCE: HOP SCENES: All the scenes are FROGS used to create inventory items PUZZLES: Puzzle Rating: (1) Extremely easy 2) Easy (3) A little difficult or time consuming (4) Moderately difficult (5) Difficult A. Switch puzzle. Switch pieces from three masks and place them into the correct location on each mask. Rating: 1 B. Rope puzzle. Untangle ropes by moving them on tracks in a circular fashion to move them away from each other. Rating: 2 C. Super puzzle. 3 Maze puzzles. (1) Lead a knight through a maze defeating obstacles in his path. (2) Move a knight through rooms which rotate until he reaches his goal. If you are trapped in a room you must start over. (3) Swap tiles to create a path for the knight to get his prize. Rating for all: 2 D. Mathematical puzzle. Create a path by using 6 numbered tiles which move a specific amount of step forward or backward to set up the route all while avoiding fires in your path. Rating: 3 September 22, 2016
AWESOME I have them all. Some not so good as others. But this one is exceptional. I'm not looking forward for it to finish.... Highly recommend it. September 22, 2016
WOW IS ALL I CAN SAY....WOW! Wow! This is a spectacular game. As always EIPIX never disappoints with their storylines and visuals. There is no match for their opening credits. The music is key, which crescendos to give that sense of urgency to push on and save a town. The storyline is gripping. A wedding stopped by another lover, only to end in a huge fire needing quick action to put it out. Of course, the bad guy is unknown with just enough information to peak interest and a need to know more. This is another great addition to the Dark Parables series. I recommend this game to all. It is challenging and lets you figure things out for yourself. Thanks. :) September 22, 2016
Played all the way through without stopping Such a lovely game to play with no long bits, no unnecessary jumping back and forth. The map is a good way to travel and tells you where there are bits to look at and puzzles to do etc. I thought dark parable games were going downhill a bit but this one has renewed my enjoyment. October 3, 2016
The most amazing wedding with the most amazing old characters I loved this game very much, the Graphics : it seems eipix is getting better and better with improving the graphics, It's colorful and it's nearly up to the quality of blue tea games and I'm sure eipix can improve it more, The artwork was very amazing with some character but was bad with others and I hope this problem can be solved in the future the Audios and the music : the sounds didn't get much improved since the previous game but still good, the voices fit very well with the characters, this game has a very lovely and amazing music and it gives you the suspense you need with the game and it was just the right music to me. the storyline : The storyline in this game is new and I loved how the old characters were tied into a new storyline instead of just introducing a bunch of new characters the game contains a parables and it needs to be collected by finding the morphing object, Finding the parables was very difficult and I had to use the strategy guide so many times and I didn't like that and i hope to change this in the future since the parables is very important to the story. the FROGs and the mini-games : the FROGs here are very challenging, Although finding the fragment wasn't easy, I enjoyed it very much and It was very enjoyable for me, The mini-games are good and although it has a challenge from and between the medium to the hard, there is some mini-games easy and enjoyable The collector's edition gives you the collectibles and there's a 39 apple signs needs to be collected, Finding it is enjoyable I enjoyed collecting it, Also, there is a concept arts with many wallpapers, soundtracks, Souvenirs, replaying the FROG and the mini-games, Replaying the cutscenes, The strategy guide and of course, the bonus chapter. Overall, This game is a WOW to me, Eipix did a very great job with this installment and this is their best dark parables, Don't forget to try the demo first and see what do you think. Happy Gaming. October 8, 2016
AN EXCELLENT NEW DARK PARABLES THAT IS ON FIRE! Ahh, another Dark Parables game and this one seems much better than the last offering in the series. In the Thief and the Tinderbox we come face to face with some characters from some of my other favorite games in the Dark Parables series which is always a special treat. You again play the game as a DP detective and this time you have been called to the Mountain Kingdom to investigate a rash of fires that are being deliberately set in the kingdom?s forests and, as an extra treat, you are invited to the wedding of Prince Gwyn and Gerda. As you arrive on the scene you encounter the arsonist as he is busily burning down trees but he soon attacks you and then disappears inside one special tree in the forest. As you track him you find that he is after an artifact that is buried in the old king?s tomb ? one that is well-protected and extremely dangerous in the wrong hands. As you find the Tinderbox the thief attacks you and steals the treasure you have found before disappearing. It is then that you realize it is one of your old friends Kai. Why has Kai turned into a thief and worse yet an arsonist? Play this wonderful new game and find the answers as you solve the mysteries hidden in The Thief and the Tinderbox. The graphics, sound and all the other technical features of the game are just what we expect from this development team. The only shortcoming, IMHO, is the bland FROG scenes that can?t begin to compare with the gorgeous opulence we found in the ones from the original developer of the Dark Parables series. The game offers several modes of gameplay including a custom mode where you can fiddle with various settings. One vast improvement in the newer Dark Parables games is that they include an interactive transporter type map that actually works which is something I appreciate, since in the original games I could never get the map to function properly and allow me to move quickly between scenes. The HOPS in this game or FROGs are very different from the ones we found in the earlier games but they are okay. I found the items to locate very dull and dreary with many of them a bit different than the items that we are supposed to find. For instance in the graphic an item might be a shiny blue circle and when we look through the junk pile the item will be tarnished silver and I think that is a bit deceptive. In the original games the items always were depicted accurately and most times they were quite beautiful. While I am a bit disappointed with the FROG scenes, the puzzles are excellent. I found many of them to be different and very fun to complete. None of them were extremely difficult but at the same time not everyone will find them too easy, and this is something I appreciate. For me at least, games should be fun and not extremely frustrating when it comes to completing a puzzle before continuing with the storyline. The CE content is fairly good and includes locating parable pieces that are scattered throughout the game. Once we find all of the pieces to complete a parable we can read that story. The other collectibles to find are 39 round medallions and after completion of the main game and bonus chapter we have souvenirs to find. The other extras include the strategy guide, bonus chapter, concept art, wallpapers, music and videos. The storyline for the Thief and the Tinderbox is excellent and one that I am enjoying. I only stopped playing long enough to write this review and then I am jumping right back into the game. I was quite surprised that the game is an improvement over some others in the newer Dark Parables games and one that offers challenge, a great storyline, and interesting puzzles. Since I happen to enjoy fantasy type games and particularly have always been a fan of the Dark Parables series, I am finding the Thief and the Tinderbox a very entertaining game. Even though the game was an instant purchase for me, as always, please try the demo to see if this is a game you will enjoy. September 22, 2016
Witches, and fires, and a wedding ... OH MY!! Every time I play a Dark Parable game, I say it is the best game ever, and every time they come up with a new one, I am proved wrong. Thief and the Tinderbox, plays smoothly, moving from one scenario to another, the characters believable and three demensional. All that is missing are the fire extinguishers, buckets of sand, marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate bars. October 2, 2016
Holy fire brigade, Batman, we have to stop the arsonist!!! My review is based on playing the demo in custom mode and, oh my goodness, I did NOT want it to end! The story - prince and princess are about to be married. A rather sympathetic third person, who's been in love with said princess for years, wants to be the one she marries. In the process of trying to stop the wedding he starts tremendous fires all over the forests which start reaching into the buildings of the kingdom. He needs to be stopped and we, as detective, are the one expected to stop him. Can we do it before he kills us? Or kills someone else? Other reviewers have given excellent synopses of the game mechanics so I'll just get right into my overall impressions. Fun - I was having a really good time playing the demo. Nice, crisp scenery. Excellent sound, both in voices and all the other game sounds. The mini games were so well integrated into the flow of things that sometimes I wasn't sure if I had played a mini game or not. The games were mostly on the super easy side because I was able to solve them seemingly intuitively, almost no thought involved. All of the HOS's were the type I particularly dislike - FROG's - but, in this game, that really didn't seem to matter. It didn't bother me to play them because I was enjoying the whole game experience that much. And the end of the demo - oh my gosh! It really ended on a cliffhanger. I feel I MUST find out what happens! Too bad I've already bought my personal quota of BFG games this month. Now I have to wait until next month comes around. Thank goodness it's not too far away :-) I have one very small criticism. According to the special effects tutorial there was supposed to be morphing collectibles. I only ever saw the one for the tutorial and, believe me, I looked all over very carefully Either there's few of them and only one in the demo or they are very well hidden, so good luck finding them. Even though the level of challenge was fairly low I was having such a good time that I definitely recommend you try it for yourselves. Thank you Eipix and BFG for Dark Parables: The Thief and the Tinderbox. What a great game! September 22, 2016
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