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Domini Games proudly presents the newest addition to the Dark Romance series!

For years, Bluebeard has taken wives in the hopes of getting an heir. But each time a child is born, it turns into a monster! Now he's set his eyes on a local girl, Rachel to be his new bride. The fact that she's already betrothed means little to him. Can you help this young couple escape a dark fate before it's too late? Experience the magic of innovative story telling in this romantic hidden-object puzzle adventure!

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  • OS: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 10
  • CPU: 1.6 GHz
  • RAM: 1024 MB
  • DirectX: 9.0
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Dark Romance: Curse of Bluebeard is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it!! I enjoyed the characters comments,so funny and really enjoyed the storyline,graphics and puzzles,Hope to find another game like this:)
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark Romance This is a puzzle driven long adventure with all the elements of an CE in an SE game. It has a map, a journal (that you can go to only when it pops up), a task list, and teleportation. The hidden objects are matching, silhouettes, use an item to find or open another. You are switched between Richard and Rachel as you try to save Rachel.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Game! Wish I'd bought the CE. BASED ON COMPLETED GAME Not a whole lot to add as it's all been said, but this was very entertaining. The storyline was interesting and held together throughout. The gameplay was smooth. The artwork beautiful and fittingly eerie in places, and the VOs well done and well-acted (except for the female lead whose voice was a lil bit annoying.) The puzzles were fun and challenging. I don't necessarily need all the CE bling. When I buy a CE it's because I enjoy the gameplay enough to want it to continue with the bonus chapter. I miss the days of less "who cares" bling and more bonus chapter. Either way, this game made me want to play the bonus chapter. I've found that, unlike some series who really give you excitement in the demo but fall flat during the gameplay, the Dark Romance series tends to underplay in the demo and bring in the A game throughout the remainder. They build on the plot as you go along providing a first-class experience from beginning to end. This isn't the first time I've underestimated this series and chosen the SE only to regret the decision later. This series is going on my CE buy list from now on!
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My top favorite game of the year! I just loved this game! It's on my list of top favorite games of the year.<P> It has all the features you would expect to find in a 5 Star Hidden Object game such as a custom difficulty setting, an interactive map and a bunch of collectibles and morphing objects if you buy the CE. Curse of Bluebeard is a puzzle filled adventure, with a variety of puzzles, ranging from easy to hard, similarly, the hidden object scenes are also highly entertaining. I found the music very nice and relaxing and the graphics and scenery beautiful! My favorite part of this game series is playing both hero and heroine (Rachel and Richard) and you get to witness the story unfold from different perspectives. Domini implemented this flawlessly! I've played all of the games in this series and I've enjoyed them all immensely, this game is by far my favorite! Give it a try I think you'll really enjoy it!
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THIS MIGHT JUST BE THE BEST GAME IN THE DARK ROMANCE SERIES Tales, and yes even games, about the dreaded Bluebeard fill library shelves and today’s game is yet another about the fictional, demented and evil Count who left a string of dead wives in his wake. As games of Bluebeard go, this one is actually well done and quite an excellent game. As the game begins Count Bluebeard has set his sights on his next wife, one he hopes will give him an heir that does not become a monster. He uses dark magic to find the purest soul in the kingdom and chooses the beautiful and kind Rachel. The only problem is Rachel loves Richard, a young man who hopes to become a doctor and one who has no fortune. Bluebeard has been sending Rachel many marriage proposals but she has somehow managed until now to avoid him. Running out of patience, Bluebeard breaks into Rachel’s home and threatens to kill Richard and it is then that Rachel agrees to marry the Count if he will spare Richard’s life. With Richard imprisoned things are looking very desperate for the young lovers. As is the case with all of the Dark Romance games you will play both characters – alternating between them to save the day. The game’s graphics are excellent, clear, and colorful. The game offers a custom mode but there is really very little to do with it aside from setting your hint and skip times. Your tools include an interactive map that is found early in the game. The HOPS are well-designed and items are fairly easy to find. I love the interactive scenes where it is a bit difficult to figure out what items must be used and where. If you don’t want to bother hunting for items or figuring out the interactivity, you can switch to an alternate match 3 game. Now, where I think Curse of Bluebeard becomes excellent is with the puzzles. There are a lot of puzzles in the game with varying levels of difficulty. Something I enjoy is that we have the option with almost all of the puzzles to select between the easy or hard mode when solving them. If you would prefer the CE version of the game it includes collectibles, morphing objects, achievements, bonus chapter, strategy guide, wallpapers, concept art, music, Book of Spells, Boudoir, and replay of 24 puzzles. Since there are several types of collectibles to find along with the morphing objects, for me this is a great CE package. After so many morbid and bloody games during October,(awful storylines) I had been waiting for a game I actually wanted to play and Dark Romance Curse of Bluebeard was perfect. Even though the basic theme is a bit dark I love the way the game is designed and the story is told. It is always fun switch between the two characters as I move through the Dark Romance games which add a new dimension to the gameplay. I had been waiting for the game to be released and it was be an instant buy for me. As always, even though I love the game please try the demo to see if it will be a game that you will enjoy.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Neither bad, nor outstanding. Too short. Nice HO’S and Puzzles. My rating is based on playing the entire SE. It meets most of my requirements. Such as nice puzzle and interesting HO’S. - Story: A fairytale. Bad Bluebeard tried to force sweet Rachel into a marriage. He took her to his castle and imprisoned Richard, her fiancé. Bluebeard is cursed and all of his offspring were going to be monster. Alternately you’re either Rachel or Richard. - Difficulty can be customized only partly. Tutorial, sparkles, hint / skip recharge. You cannot exclude helping texts, but tips were kept within reasonable limits. Nevertheless: I prefer playing w/o them. - Graphics/locations: fitting. A lot of locations - Animation and Voice-overs: quite good, but not outstanding. - Tools: you have an interactive map only. - HO’s: Nearly all kind of interesting types, such as an interactive description mode, combined with complements, interactive silhouettes, uncovering matching pairs, reflection… You can switch to a match 3 mode. - Mini games: You can chose easy and hard. Easy is really pretty easy, but it helped solving puzzles, which I don’t like. And there were a lot of different puzzles. - Adventure part: nicely done, due to the switch between Richard and Rachel it was interesting. Tasks were logical. Not very challenging. - Specials: Some gimmicks, click and enjoy. Not very exciting, but nice. - Length: I needed about 3 1/2 hours for completing. Dislikes: The end was annoying. Bad Bluebeard was defeated (surprise, surprise) but it was somehow silly.
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Some Folic Acid Might Help In This Situation Count Bluebeard's child has just arrived, and like most new fathers, he's experiencing quite a bit of anxiety. Unlike most fathers however, the Count's anxiety stems around a curse, a curse that afflicts every child born that bears his name. A curse that Count Bluebeard has vowed to end no matter the cost. Bluebeard has a reputation for being a ruthless tyrant with little to no regard towards his fellow peers, and even less respect for the women who give birth to his children. He searches for the perfect woman, one with the purest of souls, which surely will break the curse that haunts him. After an extensive search, the Count does indeed find a woman with the purest of souls, a beautiful woman named Rachel. Bluebeard has no time or patience for a proper courtship, and even less patience for her fiance, Richard. So the Count does what the Count does best, threatens them with their lives! Only Dark Romance knows how to put the dark into romance. And only Dark Romance knows how to give us the perspective of two different characters. In this episode, you will play the handsome doctor to be, Richard who's fiance has just been stolen from him, and to add salt to the wound, has been wrongfully imprisoned. You also get to play as Rachel the beautiful and fair young maiden who has the purest of souls (not for long!) and had to choose to marry the count to save her fiance. Other devs may have tried, but Dark Romance has made the transitions between characters, flawless, and ever so interesting. I would love to see a third character added, wouldn't it be cool to play as Bluebeard as well? The Collector's Edition version has all the bling you could ever want, or think you want for that matter! For starters there are 12 Morphing Bestiary animals and 13 Character Statuettes to collect. There are also 15 Collectible Spells and Journal Notes to find and 49 Collectible Roses that are used to purchase items such as paintings, flowers, bearskin rugs, and even a sofa to decorate the Boudoir. (the demo doesn't have this feature) Each of the collectibles have an icon that only light up when there is an available collectible in that category. The icons may light up but at least the cursor doesn't change whenever you scan the scene which make it more fun in my opinion when you actually have to look for them. In both versions there is an icon of a locket with both Richard's and Rachel's pictures and when it's necessary to switch between them the locket will glitter. The Hidden Object Scenes are pretty decent and vary with many different types. I really enjoyed the locations of some of them, my favorite was underwater as you switched back and forth between taking an item out of the inventory bar and using them correctly, and the next item was a listed item to find in the scene. There are also the traditional Interactive List finds, Progressive, Interactive, Silhouetted Shape finds, Uncovering Matching Pairs of items, and another unique HOP where you had to Spot The Differences in items that were also reflecting in a mirror. Many of the HOP's have a small puzzle to solve within, and you can also opt to play a Match 3 game, which btw is a requirement for one of the achievements. The Mini Games could have been a little more creative, but they are available in two different modes of difficulty, Easy and Hard. Below are brief descriptions of some of the games you'll encounter during the demo: 1) Rotate the discs to complete the image. Rotating some discs may affect others. 2) Rotate the circles to complete the image, rotating some circles may affect others. (I see a pattern here) 3) Place different items from the shelves into the picture to restore it. (what, placing one item doesn't affect another?) 4) Restore the portrait by rotating the tiles, rotating one tile may affect others. (aha! there it is) 5) Match the symbols on the door to the carving on the wood below, press the symbols to change it. Pressing one tile may affect others. (again, really?) 6) Repair the boat by placing patches within the outline, and rotate it by sliding the peg. Selecting one patch....(nope, just kidding) 7) Guide the cellar key through the labyrinth. 8) Untangle the ropes by dragging the pegs until no rope crosses another. 9) Rotate each circle to restore the picture, press arrows to exchange the circles. 10) Follow a recipe in the right order. 11) Untangle belts by removing them in the correct order. 12) Change all of the symbols on the board. Select the symbol you want to change and the symbol you want to change it to in a limited amount of moves. (should have affected the limited moves) The Collector's Edition has 15 Wallpapers, 23 Concept Art pictures, 5 Music Soundtracks, 30 Videos, 30 Achievements, 24 replayable Mini Games, 12 Morphing Bestiary and 13 Character Statuettes, 15 Collectible pages for The Book of Spells, 49 Collectible Roses, Boudoir items to purchase with roses, a built in Strategy Guide and a Bonus Chapter, enjoy!
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I'M GLAD THERE ARE NO PIRATES IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD! BASED ON PLAYING THE DEMO ONLY: This type of game is not typically 'my cup of tea' but I still wanted to try the game anyway. Here are my pros & cons: PROS: 1. A good storyline that captures your attention. 2) The HOS's are somewhat on the difficult side which gives you more of a challenge. You also have the option of playing a Match 3 game if you don't want to play the HOS (I always liked this option). 3) You can switch between the two main characters: Rachel & Richard. This type of gameplay is not often seen in games. 4. Nice graphics: clean, crisp, and the colors are appropriate for the scene. 5. The mini-games/puzzles are a challenge, but fun on the same hand. For an added touch, you have the option of choosing between EASY and HARD. 6. An interactive map. CONS: 1. Body and lip movements: The voices don't match up with the lip movements. Developers need to make more of an effort on this part of their games. We as gamers want our characters to look and sound real...human. All in all, I liked the CE version better, because sometimes I want all of the extras. As always give the game a try. It might turn into being your 'cup of tea'. Enjoy :)
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Poor Old Bluebeard, Cursed Again This is posted after playing the demo. Maybe I'm not romantic this week, or perhaps the demons AGAIN scared me away, but I just could not get into this game. It just wasn't much fun in the demo. Graphics were well done. Sounds including voice overs were really good and the music went along with the action. Only problem I saw was, as another reviewer said, the actions just didn't go along with what was happening. Lip movements were off and the actions of the characters just weren't realistic enough for me. The challenge was pretty good. I hated those minis, as usual, but one saving grace is you have a choice between the easy or difficult mode. It seemed that many of the puzzles were do this, but it will effect that. I hate those worse of off. Hidden objects were clear and I wouldn't say simple by any means. Some were interactive and figuring out just what needed to be done was a challenge. This is the first time I have ever switched to the match game instead of trying to find matching pairs. That was just really difficult. You eventually find an interactive map which was really helpful. It shows places where there are things to do and will transport. I simply could not get into the story. I'm sure it is very good, but it just didn't strike me as interesting. It was a mixture of fairy tale and supernatural and I'm really tired of the supernatural stuff. You get to switch between the female and the male characters so you do get the best of both worlds which is a plus. I'm sure this is a really good game, but not for me. As always, give the demo a shot. This may be right up your alley.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Awkward Not sure why I keep buying these Dark Romances...I think I forget how awkward the game play is. A LOT of tedious mini games/puzzles and A LOT of HOS, some which are so awkward I actually opted for the match 3. Story line is a switch between characters, which can be annoying and the game play seems non responsive at times. When an object is picked up it takes a couple of clicks before it goes into your inventory. Transporter map was a big help moving around. Custom setting allow you to set the hint and skip to refresh quicker, but still sets only to 15 seconds which seems like a long time when you are just trying to wade yourself through this game. Bottom line is sometimes it was so lacking I found myself dozing off. Finally got through it to the very predictable end. Certainly not one I'd play again. Glad it was a credit freebee.
Date published: 2016-11-26
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