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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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  • OS: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 10
  • CPU: 2.0 GHz
  • RAM: 1024 MB
  • DirectX: 9.0
  • Hard Drive: 812 MB

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Dark Parables: The Thief and the Tinderbox is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 17.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best of the Dark Parables series I've played most of the Dark Parable series, but this is the best of the bunch. The game is VERY LONG, graphics are excellent, and good story. HOPs are the characteristic DP frags. There are many puzzles--the devs were really keen on arrange the steps needed to finish the puzzle. Most puzzles were easy, with a few exceptions.
Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Dark Parable Kids Grew Up...And Are Wreaking Havoc!! If you've played the previous DP games, you'll be familiar with the characters of Gerda, Kai and Prince Gwyn. Well, they're all grown up now and causing trouble of their own!! Of course, it's Fairytale Detective to the rescue (after she gets thrown from her horse for the 12th time...seriously lady, find an alternative means of transportation!). We also get visited by a couple of adult characters from former games. It's quite the reunion! The story had elements of Scandinavian and Middle Eastern folklore by way of Russian history. I really enjoyed this game. The artwork, as usual, was superb. The mini-games were lots of fun, too. Some so challenging, I had to skip (I wasn't a fan of the puzzles with the little dots and arrows...thank goodness for customizable settings!). Very exciting and highly recommended!
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Good game. Nice intriguing ;mini games. Good color and background. Keeps you thinking about the story.
Date published: 2016-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Storyline Ever! One of the puzzles at the end said I had 2 moves from top or bottom and I would only get one. I didn't get it. In general the puzzles were excellent and different than usual. But my greatest delight was the storyline. Normally I ignore the story for the puzzles but this is the first to capture my interest.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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. If you decide you would rather have the CE the extras include 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.
Date published: 2016-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Ideal Game Truth...I bought the Collectors Edition. But this is a lovely game in my favorite genre. If you like lovely visuals, great story line, good games and magic...this is the game for you! AND if this is the first in the series that you have seen...you need to go back and get all the previous games...This is one of my favorite series! Happy Dance!
Date published: 2016-10-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great SE game worth playing! Nice eye-candy by EIPIX! I'm 2/3rds in to this awesome SE version and I must say it's one of the best in the Dark Parables series. The storyline is wonderful, but best of all the graphics are stunning. The music is quite beautiful and EIPIX's organization and/or arrangements of the music, the text, the voiceovers--all the eye-candy, can't beat where they are concerned. These devs are tops in this field! But there is still room for improvement. EIPIX is one of the best out there and they don't disappoint with the great cut scenes, special effects and their artwork. All those artifacts and items to find in this game are unbelievable but far too many to find. However, these devs truly put their all into this game except for a few things, like the HOPS scenes, whereby, some of the fragments were basically hidden well, and some were not due to the off-color scheme in the scene. Also, I miss the old sound effects whenever you found a fragment but all in all it's okay, but I think they need to improve in that area. I know they're well known for the FROGS but it can get a little boring after a while. The back n' forth business wasn't too bad but I like to move on and not look back! The map was okay. Nothing really to write home about. However EIPIX has everything in place and are well-organized as far as the map, the hint button, levels of play, your buttons--very well-done. Another thing is that some items are kept in your inventory for so long you wonder if you missed anything and may find yourself going back to find it when, in fact, there are numerous other items you have to find ahead and the excitement starts to fade for me. The puzzles/mini-games were very clever but not so hard to figure out. It takes patience and perseverance. I give this game 4-1/4 stars and definitely recommend it. Why I'm not giving the game a 5-star is because the FROGS need something different and we need more interactive scenes; and collecting piece meal parts over and over again is becoming boring for me. Try the demo and see for yourselves! It's still a great game!
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from could have been a 5 star game custom level and i didn't need the map. the hint system showed me where to go. i did get tired of the hidden objects that have to be put together to finish the HO scenes. they are not bad as a change during a game but each HO scene it gets tiring. it is not a bad game and i do like the dark parable series and yes, it has been set up for a sequel.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great hidden object game. I really liked this game. I liked the puzzles and twist of the plot. I believe that I have all of the Dark Parables games and like them all.
Date published: 2016-10-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from DP take on "The Tinderbox" As a child, one of my daughter's favorite fairy stories was Hans Christian Anderson's "The Tinderbox", so I figured this game would be right up my alley, & demoed (& subsequently purchased) the CE as soon as it came out. My one strong criticism of it was that the bonus chapter was VERY short (a half hour to complete w/o skipping anything), & for that reason, I only gave the CE three stars. The main game, however, is of a good length, & I enjoyed playing it, even though I'm not a fan of FROGs. There's a nice selection of mini-games, w/ of a range of difficulty, & for the most part, the level of difficulty increases as you advance through the game. The fragments in the HO scenes are sometimes very small or of a different color than pictured, but w/ a bit of patience, I was able to complete them w/o using too many hints, & you can customize the hint (& skip) recharge down to 10 seconds if you wish. As for the collectible Parables, I personally found spotting them fairly challenging, as they're small, mostly inconspicuous, & they morph. The storyline wasn't great or terrible to me, either way; however, it's worth noting that areas do become closed off to you at various points (w/o warning), so if you intend to collect the Parables, it's best to look for them as soon as you enter an area (they're not found in all of them). Other than the noted exceptions in the HO scenes, the graphics for the most part are very well done. All-in-all, I enjoyed this game well enough that after completing it, I revisited the series, & have since purchased two other DP games, despite, as mentioned, not being a fan of FROGs...so it goes w/o saying that I recommend doing the demo, & seeing what you think. :)
Date published: 2016-10-22
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