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The Old Town located beneath the ruins of Grak Kingdom has been rapidly turning into salt in the past few days. This salt-transmutation appears to be caused by a mysterious species of white dragonflies. The Princess of Grak Kingdom went missing a hundred years ago. The Grak Palace also inexplicably collapsed at around the same time. However, a girl who might be the Princess has been sighted in the Old Town recently. You (Detective) are requested to find the Princess and solve all the mysteries behind the salt-transmutation. As you approach the ruins, you are attacked by an abnormally strong man with hostile intent. With the help of two sisters imbued with special powers, you are narrowly saved from peril. As you delve deeper in the case, you find hints that this mystery might be linked to a case that you investigated long ago...

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Dark Parables: Return of the Salt Princess is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 23.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from BLUE TEA HAS RETURNED WITH THE SAT PRINCESS! For those of you who aren't familiar with my reviews, I play the Collector's Edition demo when it's released but I wait for a good sale before purchasing it, Then I wait patiently for the release of the Standard Edition and play that demo as well. After finishing the SE demo, I return to the CE to finish up the game, which allows me to refresh my memory of the storyline and compare the two versions side by side. I only gave this game 4 stars because I was disappointed that Blue Tea had returned (which is a good thing) and they included all the features that made this series epic...but they didn't go the extra mile to include the non-linear feature of the Cursed Objects :(and that's a bad thing) Here's a recap of my review to help you decide which version, if either, is right for you: The Salt Princess has finally come home, unaware that her beautiful kingdom of Grak fell over a hundred years ago! Her father banished her from the kingdom until she could learn to control her powers of summoning Dragonflies that turn anything they touch into salt! Now that she has returned, those very powers that exiled her, are now weakening her, leaving her vulnerable against Daemon Evoker Clan. Why is the Clan doing everything in their power to capture the Princess of a Kingdom that no longer exists? The reason I only gave this game 4 stars on the CE review was that Blue Tea went to such great lengths to make this Dark Parable game like the original BUT they didn't go the extra mile to make the Cursed Objects like they were in the original games. (yes, there are 20 normal Cursed Objects in the CE version) In the original DP games, objects didn't morph the first time you entered the room. They were non-linear games that required some kind of trigger in an entirely different scene, and the beauty of it was, you never knew which action triggered which morph! This added a whole new challenge, like an Easter Egg hunt, you could literally pick up an item or solve a puzzle in the 6th location, and discover that the very first scene had a Cursed Morphing Object triggered that wasn't there before! I don't blame BT for this, I blame the producers, and there's no doubt in my mind that this topic was heavily battled, and simply lost by the little guy in the ring. Not to mention that, if BT were to put these awesome "triggered" morphs into this game, it would have topped the charts, and how would that have looked? The first 7 games were by BT, games 8-13 were by the same devs that are now the producer for this the 14th game (think about it!) The Princess has returned, and so has Blue Tea, the original creators of Dark Parables! If you haven't played any of the games in this series, you may be put off by some of the features, or lack thereof, but Blue Tea created some very unique features back in the day, and in the Collector's Edition version, you'll get to enjoy 2 of the most unique features made famous by them. The Hidden Object Scenes are FROG's, this is where you are tasked with finding fragmented objects, that are shown as pictures in three different sections of the inventory bar. Once all fragments have been found in each of the sections, the 3 fragments join together to create a single inventory item. You would think that finding bright and shiny fragments in a scene would be super simple, but you may be surprised, and personally, I love FROG's! You will also come across several Parable collectibles which allows you to read (or listen to) a short Parable story once all 4 parables have been collected. There are 5 Parables including The Moon Prophecy, The Untold Story of the Frog Prince and of course story of the Salt Princess. The CE version also has 20 Cursed Objects, which I complained about earlier, I love the morphs offered, I just wanted them to be like they were originally. The Collector's Edition version has 12 Wallpapers, 24 beautifully illustrated Concept Art drawings, 5 Music Soundtracks, 6 Movie Cutscenes, 9 re-playable Puzzles, 26 Achievements to earn, 28 collectible Parables for 5 different stories + 2 in Bonus, 20 Cursed Objects, 6 Main Chapters + Bonus Chapter (Moonlight Romance) and a built-in Strategy Guide, enjoy! DARK PARABLES GAMES AVAILABLE Title***Collector's Edition Release Date***Average Rating 1-Curse of Briar Rose (March 11-2010) 4.3 2-The Exiled Prince (February 25-2011) 4.3 3-Rise of the Snow Queen (December 1-2011) 4.6 4-The Red Riding Hood Sisters (September 21-2012) 3.7 5-The Final Cinderella (May 23-2013) 4.4 6-Jack and the Sky Kingdom (February 6-2014) 4.2 7-Ballad of Rapunzel (June 26-2014) 4.3 8-The Little Mermaid and the Purple Tide (November 13-2014) 3.7 9-Queen of Sands (May 21-2015) 3.5 10-Goldilocks and the Fallen Star (November 19-2015) 3.4 11-The Swan Princess and the Dire Tree (July 7-2016) 3.8 12-The Thief and the Tinderbox (September 22-2016) 3.4 13-Requiem for the Forgotten Shadow (February 23-2017) 3.1 14-Return of the Salt Princess (March 15-2018) 3.9 by: Blue Tea Games (developer) by: Eipix Entertainment (producer) BLUE TEA GAMES: China founded January 24-2003 Dark Parables (games 1-7 & 14) Cursery, Enchantia, Enlightenus, Fabled Legends, Macabre Mysteries, Forgotten Lands, Forgotten Riddles, Teddy Tavern, Cactus Bruce, Mavenfall
Date published: 2018-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Return of the Salt Princess is a triumphant return to the HOPA scene for Blue Tea Games! First of all, I think it's only fitting to extend a warm welcome back to Blue Tea Games, who apparently led the production of this Dark Parables sequel. While I have long believed that Blue Tea has always been an advisor to Eipix in the development of most Dark Parables games, this is the first time that this Hong Kong-based studio has been majorly involved in a HOPA project since Dark Parables: Ballad of Rapunzel! It seems like this four-year absence did little damage to the studio’s talents, as Return of the Salt Princess successfully brought back the “Blue Tea magic” that was the core of many of the studio’s past works. Dark Parables: Return of the Salt Princess tells a compelling story about a princess who struggles with her own special powers, serving as a continuation to the excellent second game in this iconic franchise, The Exiled Prince. The storyline in this sequel is told through various storytelling devices, mainly notes, dialogues, and mini-games. I also adore all the clues and “Easter Eggs” that are scattered through the game, as they are as much an essential part to a Blue Tea’s game as the intricate visuals. Speaking of the visuals, Dark Parables: Return of the Salt Princess is just as charming and as magical as one would expect a Dark Parables game to be. The level of detail in the graphics is definitely astounding, coupled that with some imaginative scene designs and a sophisticated color palette, the game immerses the player into its world from start to finish. If there is one draw back, it would be the comic book-style depictions of the characters, which in my opinion, takes a little away from that immersive experience. Dark Parables: Return of the Salt Princess did not make any bold choices when it comes to the gameplay. There are certainly more hidden object scenes (in this case, they are all fragmented object scenes) than what I have seen in the genre as of recent. The puzzles are few and far between and the concepts are not that exciting, but they are neatly-executed and provide some much-needed challenge. Despite how much fun I had with the game, I feel obligated to point out that the game lacks two major features; a custom difficulty setting and an interactive map that allows you to transport to any specific location. I was glad to discover that Dark Parables: Return of the Salt Princess is quite a long HOPA game. I have been a fan of Dark Parables since the first edition, Curse of Briar Rose which was released in 2010 so I chose the CE version which I recommend to casual players of every level. The main game took me nearly five hours to complete (perhaps, due to the lack of a jump-map). The bonus chapter titled Moonlight Romance, took another 65 minutes. The Collector’s Edition is fairly comprehensive with its bonus section; a strategy guide, wallpapers, concept art, soundtracks, movies, replayable puzzles, achievements, collectible parables, and morphing objects. Cheers!
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Buyers remorse... I have 2 other Dark Parable games that I really enjoyed, but now that I purchased this I regret not taking a closer look. For being a more recent DP game, I was disappointed that the MAP does not allow you to jump from one place to another. Since you need to do this a lot to do the old 'find this and go there and put it in the place where the thing needs to go', the navigation becomes rather tiresome. I also think some of these game developers think they are making some sort of 'mini movie' too...really? I have bought several games from Big Fish, and this was my first letdown.
Date published: 2019-01-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from All Over The Place This game is gorgeous in artwork. The puzzles are tricky and required lots of thought. Other than those elements, this game drove me crazy! Too much dialog I had to click through...a story line that had too many unanswered rabbit trails...too many trips to find objects that needed to go somewhere else...just way too much of a good thing. I really wanted to like the game, but I found myself being frustrated and bored at the same time. Sorry!
Date published: 2019-01-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I Didn't Hate It - But, I Didn't Love It Either The early days of the Dark Parables series was one I enjoyed playing and enjoyed the twists they put on the fairy tales. This one just didn't get me excited about playing it. I don't mind a story unfolding over time, but it seemed as if there were too many going on in this one for it to flow nicely. Which is a disappointment. I've always liked the FROG's and this one has a LOT of them. After a while it got tedious and some of them were very dark and rather faded or grainy. I don't mind having to really look for things, but the muddled art had me using the hint more often than I care for. I'm not a newbie so it was frustrating. The puzzles are repetitious. I skipped most after the first half dozen as they add nothing to the gameplay for me. I seldom play with any of the sound activated, so I cannot speak to that and will not complain about having to read everything. Since this was the SE version, the map is not transportable. I did miss that since there is so much back and forth. I'm not one to race through a game to see how fast I can finish, but I would not mind if the game was slightly more linear. All the back and forth adds time to the gameplay, but it does not add anything to the immersion factor one wants when they are playing...it was there in places...just not enough. As I say, I did not hate the game and, I don't regret playing it. But I will not be replaying it; nor will it stay on my computer. Still, I always advise people to play the demo and decide for themselves if it is a keeper or not.
Date published: 2018-04-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Turned into a tense game When this game started out I also was so pleased about the beauty and quality that everyone was talking about with Blue Tea (and Eipix) games, and really was enjoying the game when close to the end (spoiler) it turned into this tense (for me) game with a much more evil type of theme. I purposely avoid games that have these sorts of focuses because they really bother me. By the time that showed up, I was emotionally involved in the game and felt compelled to see it through to the end, to have it turn out okay. But the last while of the game I felt tense and anxious, and just wanted to give this review so that others who are similarly affected by this sort of thing will be aware that this is in a game that starts out filled with beauty. I did not buy the Dark Parable games that I read reviews that talked of evil and creepy aspects but no one wrote anything about that with this game. So this is just a warning to let people know that is also part of this game. Other than that, I thought the game was excellent in every other way...the graphics were really good, the hidden object scenes were enjoyable (I love FROG ones), the gameplay went well and seemed coherent enough to me. The rating is just on the tension I felt trying to get the game done, at the end. If you are sensitive about those sorts of dynamics, I would definitely not recommend the game, but if you are fine with that, the game certainly is worth the money you spend on it. It is a very long game (I do take my time, though, so maybe longer for me than for others). On a side note, I have 10 of the Dark Parable games, both by Blue Tea and Eipix and Blue Tea, and enjoyed them all quite a bit, except for this one. I also really like the Eipix games and own about 7 of their series (not the more 'dark' ones; the mystery ones, and regular adventure ones). Thanks for the review.
Date published: 2019-09-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Couldn't Get Interested I wasn't really a fan of this game. The hidden object puzzles were a bit bland. I just clicked on gem-like or curly items and generally found what was needed without really looking for a particular item. Also there were a few repetitive puzzles just switching things around until they matched. I had to force myself to finish it.
Date published: 2018-05-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Seriously annoying There were lots of things about this game that made it more of a "do or die" feeling... like it was a chore to see what was going on and how it was going to turn out. After going through ALL the obstacles, it just ENDS in the middle of an ATTACK??? WHAT'S UP WITH THAT?? No one besides ME seems to have even noticed that it just ends abruptly. No clue as to whether or not there is going to be a "continuation" via sequel...although this should have been taken to a rational conclusion....and it certainly was NOT! It was difficult and clumsy navigation from one place to another, and you couldn't jump. Finding where you had to be over and over took a lot of the fun out of it for me. I got the game, and finished (?) it just out of determination to get through it. Most of the inset games drove me nuts...and I skipped them, something I have never been moved to do before. Ever. I am, however, really dyslexic, and the MANY games that were swap this and match that round and round were just maddening to me. I waited out the timer and skipped those. The others were okay. I enjoyed seeing what the object was going to be when it was finished. The "switch & swap ones"" NOPE! I also don't seem to "understand" the game like others seem to ... I didn't get what the frogs had to do with this although I wasn't necessarily bothered by it. He was NOT a frog prince, and I kept waiting for some mention to be brought in due to the overwhelming frog presence throughout the game. Not only does it not come, when there SHOULD have been some closure... the stupid game ENDS when the last "bad guy" girl is attacking the saving father... again... WHAT???? Unforgivable.
Date published: 2019-03-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dissapointing I have played almost all of the Dark Parable Games, especially the early ones. I loved them. After seeing the initial review for this I was excited to play. Unfortunately it did not live up the the reviews. I found the game boring. It was nothing like the original Dark Parables. They only used 2 or 3 different mini games throughout the entire game, guess they got bored trying to figure out new ones and just repeated a few with different colors/graphics. I couldn't wait to finish, not because I was excited, but because I just wanted it to be over.
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from dialogue there is too much dialogue and it becomes boring.
Date published: 2018-04-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Does this game ever end? I like Blue Tea Games; their "Jade Dragon Staff" is one of my favorites. This game, however, fell far short. Nice visuals and music, but there is too much going on. It got to be a real snooze after awhile because this game is all over the place, and I couldn't remember where anything belonged. Every time I thought I was making progress, there was another HOP. I didn't even finish the game. The (very true) adage "Sometimes less is more" perfectly sums up this game. A big disappointment.
Date published: 2018-05-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Somebody dropped the ball on this one I've played Dark Parable games before this one and they are usually a lot of fun, however, this one falls way short. All you do is run back and forth trying to find objects to activate other objects to use something else. The story is left in the background as you run around hunting all these things. Not my cup of tea. Graphics and characters are below average and not very pleasant to look at. Colors, although not dark, are bland and without imagination. The story line is typical, only you can save the kingdom even though you are only a mortal from outside the kingdom. One of these days someone is going to come up with a different scenario. I played almost all the demo before I became tired of jumping back and forth in the same area. 4 &5 stars?? Far from it. I don't recommend this one at all.
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Could Hardly Give This One Star! I'd have to say this is one of the worst games I've ever played. I had to use the hint button after almost every move because there are way too many places to go and nothing to help you know where to go. I played on medium difficulty, so it shouldn't have been that difficult. This may be the first time that I didn't finish a game. Very boring and absolutely no sense to it. I ended up clicking everywhere on the screen just to see if there was something I could do besides run from place to place. I definitely don't recommend this one. I used to love this series.
Date published: 2018-04-26
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