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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 3.7 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this game This game reminds me of The Exiled Prince and The Curse of Briar Rose. Not just referencing the characters in those two but having elements of them that I absolutely loved. Return of the Salt Princess has beautiful graphics. Interesting puzzles. I love hidden and morphing objects and Salt Princes has HOS more like the two games I already mentioned. Kudos to the creators for giving us such a beautiful and enjoyable game. Please keep them coming!
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE SALT PRINCESS BRINGS BACK A LOT OF MEMORIES AND THE DARK PARABLES THAT I LOVE The Dark Parables series returns with game number fourteen in the series with the first seven games developed by Blue Tea Games after which the subsequent games were all developed by Eipix. Call me old school but Return of the Salt Princess is everything that I loved about the original games that had gorgeous graphics, beautiful FROG (fragmented object game) scenes, and excellent puzzles. You once again take on the role of the fairy tale detective and this time you are out to find the missing princess of the Grak Kingdom. I’m not going to bother with the storyline synopsis since others do it quite well and with far more humor than I, suffice it to say that you are in for a great time as you track down the princess and find your way around the old kingdom. I’m quite surprised by this game because it emulates the earlier games so well that I am not really sure if the game is a work shared by the two developers (Blue Tea and Eipix) or if maybe Blue Tea has taken up the reins once again. Perhaps it is all Eipix and they followed the original formula, but whatever the case may be, I love the result. The game is authentic right down to the map that no longer seems to be a jump map (at least it doesn’t work on my computer) which is the one complaint I had with the original games and now with this one. The game also reverts to the old style of offering only three modes of gameplay – Easy, Normal, and Hard with no other options such as turning off the tutorial. All minor for me since I’ve got what I like the most with the great graphics, FROGS, and puzzles. The CE version of the game includes the following extras: 20 Cursed Objects, 20 Parable Pieces, 58 Pop-up Notes, and 24 Special Items to find as you play the game. Other extras include 26 Achievements, 12 Wallpapers, 24 Concept Artwork, 5 Music Tracks, 6 Movies, 9 Puzzles to play, Bonus Game Moonlight Romance, and the 57-page Strategy Guide. I love this game mostly because it is so much like the original games in the series. Although I think the gorgeous artwork and the FROGS are terrific I do miss the special touches that EIPIX added with their technical expertise. I find it more difficult to navigate the game and miss having a jump map as well as the option to select a custom mode of gameplay. That being said, this game is perfect in every other way and it brings back the beauty of the Dark Parables games. I purchased the game as soon as it was available but as always, please try the demo to see if Return of the Salt Princes is a game you will enjoy. Following is a list of other games in the series. Happy Gaming! Curse of Briar Rose Mar 2010 (Blue Tea Games) The Exiled Prince Feb 2011 Rise of the Snow Queen Dec 2011 The Red Riding Hood Sisters Sep 2012 The Final Cinderella May 2013 Jack and the Sky Kingdom Feb 2014 Ballad of Rapunzel Jun 2014 The Little Mermaid and the Purple Tide Nov 2014 (first game from EIPIX) Queen of Sands May 2015 Goldilocks and the Fallen Star Nov 2015 The Swan Princess and The Dire Tree Jul 2016 The Thief and the Tinderbox Sep 2016 Requiem for the Forgotten Shadow Feb 2017
Date published: 2018-04-13
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 dialogue there is too much dialogue and it becomes boring.
Date published: 2018-04-23
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 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
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