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Blue Tea Games proudly presents the newest spell-binding adventure in the Dark Parables series!

When a young apprentice goes missing in search of a cursed painting, you rush to investigate. You arrive to find much more than old superstitions at play as art and reality collide, threatening to spread destruction over the realm! Can you find out the truth behind the painting of the “Princess with a Duckling” and save your world in time? Find out in this enthralling Hidden-Object Puzzle adventure!

  • Uncover an intriguing mystery behind a faithful knight's family name in the bonus game!
  • Earn a variety of unique achievements!
  • Tons of morphing objects to find and parables to unlock!
  • Enjoy replayable HOPs and mini-games, exclusive wallpapers, soundtrack, concept art, and more!
  • Never get lost with the strategy guide!

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  • OS: Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 10
  • CPU: 2.0 GHz
  • RAM: 1024 MB
  • DirectX: 9.0
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Dark Parables: Portrait of the Stained Princess Collector's Edition is rated 3.4 out of 5 by 37.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love these colourful games. There is a sense of peace just sitting and working through the lovely scenes. I find I am, nowadays, avoiding the 'hard modern scenes' in games, these ones are very much fantasy and the Stained Princess is just such a game. It goes along well, the story holds together and, of course, the ending is Happily Ever After. My sort of game :D
Date published: 2019-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I never heard of this Parable I enjoyed the game and the story. Enjoyed it even more the second time I played it. I own every Dark Parables game in Collector's Edition and this is a welcome edition. Love the Spanish guitar. Love being in Spain. I Love the announcements of the chapters. I love that it's long. I felt I got my money's worth. Didn't Love the map. The action indicator wasn't accurate. It would indicate that you should be in the great hall instead of the gallery. It wasn't always wrong, just at times. I would have like a morph and hidden parable pieces indicator. You have to go to the main menu and then to the extras to get to the achievements. I didn't see Eipix's trademarks on this game. 1. They don't have morphs in the scenes. 2. They have morphs in hops. 3. They don't have parables. 4. They have collectible indicators. 5. They don't announce chapters. 6. You can easily find the achievements if you want to. 7. They have the adventure video in the beginning of their games. 8. They have a collectible in every scene. 9. They have Souvenirs. This is a Blue Tea Game. Even if the founder is gone, it doesn't mean the torch wasn't passed. 1. Blue tea has a certain look and feel. 2. They have parables. 3. They always have fragmented hops. 4. They don't have indicators for collectibles. 5. They announce chapters. 6. You can't easily get to the achievements. 7. They don't have the adventure video to this game. 8. They don't have a collectible in every scene. 9. They don't have Souvenirs. I wonder if this is the last one. They didn't have a movie preview of what is coming next. It has 10 chapters + bonus. Find 28 parable pieces and 21 morphs in the scenes. You can replay 20 hops, 19 puzzles, 6 movies and 8 music. It has achievements, 8 wallpapers and 6 concept art. I hope they keep making them.
Date published: 2019-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FORGOTTEN PROMISES Completed Game approximately 6 hours (including all mini-games & CE Bonus Chapter) Benno and Siegfried, two art apprentices stood in disbelief as the Princess stepped out of her portrait and exchanged places with Siegfried. Everyone has heard the story of the Stained Princess of Cisneros, a Princess cursed 300 years ago over a Forgotten Promise, a curse that won't be lifted until she remembers what that promise was, but the real mystery is whom she made the promise to! I've always loved the Dark Parables series, especially the original Blue Tea versions prior to this dev purchasing the franchise, because of 2 original Key Features, the FROG type of Hidden Object Scenes and the Parables you collect (within the CE versions) to read 5 different Parables that elaborate more on key features of the story (The Ugly Duckling, The Water of Life, The Ugly Princess, White Swan, Black Swan, The Clan With No Hearts and in the CE Bonus Chapter, The Swan Knight and the Realm of Darkness) My biggest disappointment that disappeared along with BT was the incredible Non-linear Cursed Objects that didn't morph the first time you visited a location, it required a triggered action in another scene, but you never knew what or where! There are still Cursed Objects (21) but they aren't the clever non-linear Cured Objects beautifully created by the Master of Morphs, (Zhao) There are 16 FROGS (Fragmented Object Games) +3 within the CE Bonus Chapter. FROGS require you to search for several fragments that are shown in 3 separate groups. Once you find all the fragments in a section those fragments join together and the completed fragment sections will join to create a useful inventory item. There are only 16 Mini-Games spread over the 10 Main Chapters and another 4 within the CE Bonus Chapter. It seemed to me that they didn't bother being creative with the puzzles and focused all their energy on the FROGS. Below are brief descriptions of some of my personal favorites: 1-Rotate 3 plates with partial images to match the design shown when stacked. 2-Diorama puzzles that require interacting with several key features related to the story's paragraph. 3-Connect Tokens by the number of spaces next to them. 4-Rotate and connect identical colored pipes. CE BONUS CHAPTER: We play as Benno in this CE Bonus Chapter titled "The Knight's Name Taboo" It's not long before the recently freed Princess finds herself in dire need of a Knight in Shining Armor. Benno and Siegfried set out on a heroes mission to rescue the kidnapped Princess. There are 4 Mini-Games and 3 FROGS (Fragmented Object Games) and you'll pick up the last 3 Cursed Objects and 13 Parables to unlock the final 2 Parables, The Swan Knight and The Realm of Darkness. CE EXTRA"S: This Collector's Edition version has 8 Wallpapers (all with characters :( 6 Concept Art Pictures, 8 Music Soundtracks, 6 Movie Video Cutscebes, 12 Achievements, 19 Replayable Mini-Game Puzzles, 2o Replayable Hidden Object Scenes (which are actually FROGS) 10 Chapters +Bonus Chapter (The Knight's Name Taboo) and a Built-in Strategy Guide. DARK PARABLES SERIES LIST Title***Collector's Edition Release Date***Average Rating 1-Curse of Briar Rose (March 11-2010) 4.3 2-The Exiled Prince (February 2542011) 4.3 3-Rise of the Snow Queen (December 1-2011) 4.6 4-The Red Riding Hood Sisters (September 20-2012) 4.6 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) 3.0 14-Return of the Salt Princess (March 15-2018) 3.9 15-The Match Girl's Lost Paradise (November 1-2018) 4.0 16-Portrait of the Stained Princess (September 19-2019) n/a by: Blue Tea Games by: Eipix Entertainment
Date published: 2019-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from dark parable, woow, but not too dark I find this a very enjoyable game, I have always enjoyed Dark Parables and find the graphics lovely, the story line good, what's not ,to like .yes the puzzles are easy, finding the pieces to make up an item to be used in the game is good fun the whole play is very relaxing also you find duckling items, so look close in each scene I enjoy a relaxing game not fighting off any monsters or any thing that has to have a battle before you can move on , enjoy I am and I am not that easily pleased.
Date published: 2019-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PORTRAIT OF THE STAINED PRINCESS IS A TRIBUTE TO THOSE EARLIER DARK PARABLES GAMES Dark Parables Portrait of the Stained Princess is one of the best DP games to come along in several years. It takes me back to a time when the original developer of the series created some masterpiece games. At one time I waited for each new Dark Parables to be released as they were brilliant games but that all changed when the series was “farmed” out to a new developer. Gone were the gorgeous FROGS that sparkled with a luminescence that at times kept me enthralled as I played each scene. Now, with the Portrait of the Stained Princess the new developer has almost hit the mark with a game that is very reminiscent of those original Dark Parables. After playing the beta release for the Stained Princess I have been waiting to purchase the full game and I did as soon as it was released for sale. No second thoughts here as the game is wonderful and has captured everything I loved about those earlier games. My only TINY complaint is that some of the FROGS seemed a bit muddy and lacked the sparkle of those original scenes. It is minor because overall this game shows attention to detail and is a tribute to what made the Dark Parables games excellent. At this point, I’ve not yet completed the game but what I have played has kept me interested and wanting more. As with those earlier games, I imagine that this one will take several days to complete. I don’t want to skip any of the puzzles as I find them very good and not quite as easy as some might find them. Although I do enjoy puzzles, I am not fond of the brain-drain types and the ones in Portrait of the Stained Princess are perfect for me. The items in the FROGS are at times difficult to find and I have used the hint button once or twice. At times the items to find are large but for the most part they are well concealed within the cluttered scenes. Although some of the luster is missing the FROGS are still beautiful and enjoyable to play. Thank you to BFG and the developer for creating a Dark Parables game that is everything I hoped it would be. As always, please try the demo to see if Portrait of the Stained Princess is a game you will enjoy. Happy gaming!
Date published: 2019-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Doesn't disappoint at all Dark Parables has been my favorite game series ever since I played "Dark Parables: The Exiled Prince" so many years ago. I was actually replaying "The Exiled Prince" when this game came out, so I can really see how the game mechanics have improved over the years--for example, there was no fast-travel feature in the earlier Dark Parables games, and that made it a lot more tedious to get from one location to the next. I believe the quality is just as good as, if not better than, previous games in the series, and as usual the game is nice and long. I also like the fact that the puzzles aren't "brain breakers" like they have been in some previous titles in the series; I play for a casual experience and I like a little bit of challenge, but I don't want to be sitting here for ages trying to figure out a puzzle. The ability to customize the challenge level is also a great addition, so if one of the standard challenge levels doesn't work for you, make your own! I did play the demo version before I bought the full version, just to make sure the quality was good enough for a non-discounted purchase.
Date published: 2019-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Newest Hit to the DP Series I got started on the Dark Parables series with the red riding hood sisters and I've been hooked since. I found the this game to be quiet enjoyable yes it was abit on the easy side but I enjoyed myself regardless. I think I might be biased as I made a character based on the Princess's plight of being trapped in a painted with time frozen but I loved this game. Can't wait to see what Dark Parables has for use next time but my guess with the swan in the chapel I think it'll be The Wild Swans
Date published: 2019-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from “DUCK“ IN-AND-OUT OF DANGER DEALING WITH A CURSE MOST “FOWL.” REVIEW BASED UPON THE ENTIRE GAME 10 Chapters Plus a Bonus Chapter – Strategy Guide: 37 pages (My time: 6-1/2 Hours – long game) OPINION: Welcome to Spain, detective! Save a cursed princess trapped within a painting so she can stop a dark force out to devour the entire world. This is another fantastic game in this beloved series. It is an easy breezy game which should appeal to all ages. It is also a very long game, one which is well-worth the collector’s edition designation. The story is well-written. The game is beautifully illustrated with a gem-like opalescence. I love the fact the chapters are identified throughout the game. With ten (10) chapters within this game, it made it easier to consult the strategy guide when needed. There are two (2) collectibles. Collect pieces to unlock seven (7) parables – five (5) in the main game and two (2) in the bonus chapter. There are also morphing objects to collect. I found most easy to locate. There is only one style of HOP scene. There are twenty-one (21) FROG scenes. Each one creates a jewel encrusted inventory item to be used within the game. There are an equal number of puzzles – twenty (20) in all. Most of the puzzles are easy and vary in style. All the HOP scenes and puzzles can be replayed after the game is completed. My only complaint are the lag times within the game. This is a very long game. I feel a game of this size needs more puzzles and HOP scenes than what was offered in this one. Most of the game centers on investigating scenes and searching for inventory items to be used in yet another scene. With only one style of HOP scene (FROG scenes) and long lag times between puzzles, I became somewhat bored toward the end of the game. I do believe this game would be better if it were shorter. Some of the game, as well as the story, felt as if it were tacked on as filler to make the game seem longer. BONUS GAME: It is a sequel named “The Knight’s Name Taboo.” Play Benno, one of the art students from the main game. After the traumatic events from the main game, the princess is recuperating along with your friend, Siegfried. When the princess goes missing, you and Siegfried go in search of her. When Siegfried is trapped within a painting, you alone must save them both. This is a nice addition to the game. There are five (5) FROG scenes and four (4) puzzles. Continue to collect the collectibles throughout this chapter. To me, this is a nice addition to the game. MECHANICS: • Four (4) levels of play including a customized version. • Twelve (12) achievements. • Collect twenty-seven (27) pieces to unlock five (5) parables in the main game and two (2) in the bonus chapter • Collect twenty-one (21) morphing objects • Eight (8) wallpapers along with concept art, music and video sequences • Replay twenty (20) HOP scenes and nineteen (19) puzzles SPOILERS: HERE ARE SOME OF THE PUZZLES AFTER THE DEMO: A. Switch puzzle. Switch knights on a grid, placing each one into its proper position by color and symbol. Knights can only switch with ones next to them. B. Logic puzzle. On a grid with red-eyed crows and regular crows, choose lines which separate the red eyed crows from the normal ones. C. Mosaic puzzle. Place pieces into position on a round portrait to reassemble a picture. D. Isn’t that just ducky! Rotating rings puzzle. Rotate 3 rings containing ducklings and black swans so that the nice, sweet ducklings surround the evil dark swans – with all the dark swans in the middle. E. Strategy puzzle. Lead a crab through a checkboard maze collecting brown and blue mollusks until it reaches its destination at the bottom right of the grid. Clicking on the crab produces arrows. Plot your course so you don’t run out of moves. Each mollusk captured grants additional moves. BONUS CHAPTER: F. Connection puzzle. Connect all dots on the top of a box. All dots must be connected, and every path covered without retracing steps. G. Gear puzzle. Switch and connect gears so they mesh with each other. SPOILERS: PARABLES FROM THE GAME: Main Game: “The Ugly Duckling,” “The Water of Life,” “The Ugly Princess,” “White Swan/Black Swan,” and “The Clan with No Hearts “ Bonus Chapter: “The Swan Knight” and “The Realm of Darkness”
Date published: 2019-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Colorful Tale of Woe ... How, oh HOW did I miss this?! I have been watching and waiting for the new Dark Parables, every night ( at 2 in the morning) when the changeover happens, since I played the Beta months ago – and though I recall that recently all Dark Parables games went on sale, the new one (this one) wasn’t listed as that day’s release – and now suddenly I see it as a previous listing??? (Was there a glitch at BF when it should have shown that day instead of the game that did??) Am so glad I did a quick check and found it! I have been waiting for this one –but am confused by some of the reviews – drab color? Not colorful enough? With the pink sky alone I thought I might need to put on sunglasses, and the atrium was so beautifully rendered – it left me breathless … now, granted, it is a type of art not always as defined – but, speaking as an artist - the method fit well for this story, with the smears of paint left everywhere by the stained princess as she walks, etc. With that said, a bit more contrast to take the overall haze away (especially in the bright rooms) would have made colors clearer and overall scene more brilliant … Note to devs, if you're reading this: it is awesome to be able to control the volume of cut scenes now, as well as normal gameplay. Thank you for that! Perhaps a contrast button to adjust and make colors clearer/ more intense would also not be amiss - for those who don’t like the overall haze, which does give a bit of a blurrier look. The artwork fits for story, and, (as with all Dark Parables games), I love the originality and how two or more stories are blended into one, this one including the Ugly Duckling, one of my faves growing up as a child – The music fit the tale and wasn’t invasive- sometimes with a Spanish theme, sometimes haunting, with choral bits (no words)… the morphs were perfect (not too hard, not too easy) and found in each scene, (to help hint meter) – separate from the parable pieces that are usually found in popup windows- almost like the old Dark Parables with the setup. (I say almost, because nothing will ever surpass the oldest DP games, specifically the morphs that were triggered when some specific thing was done in gameplay, and several scenes had to be revisited to see them and find them, but you never knew when it would happen, you just had to keep looking in previous scenes for them to show. Oh, that was fun - and eye-opening/ exciting when first stumbled across!) :) I loved this game and story - and cannot wait to add it to my collection of Dark Parables, of which I own all of them. This is one of my favorite series - and devs - if you keep making them this good (or better) I will keep buying the Dark Parables games....
Date published: 2019-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Edition ... Eipix just keeps sticking their 2 cents in Completed Game + Bonus Chapter As a long time DP fan ever since Briar Rose, I can say that they tried to stick to the overall tone and tradition of DP games with this one. The story line is interesting, multi-layered, and tragic. In true DP fashion, all of the backstory that allows the player to understand the subtleties and nuances of the story, unfold through collecting the parables. The morphing objects are clever and well-done. Parable tokens aren't too easy but aren't difficult to spot either. (I hate missing even 1 parable piece because I want the ENTIRE story.) The puzzles are fun, although they could be a bit more challenging. There is PLENTY of back and forth and running around all over the place in a complicated network of a huge castle and estate - lots of working of the memory going on, which I like. I thought we were done with Eipix in DP games when the Salt Princess came out ... but they're back again. Sigh. Eipix's hand becomes apparent in the FROGs and the quality of the animation. It isn't terrible this time, but for die-hard Blue Tea DP fans like myself, it is obvious. The FROGs don't have that lightning strike they were putting in there for a while, thank God, but they aren't quite Blue Tea. Not bad, just missing something and with off sound effects. The animation/artwork is a little too cartoonish in places. Blue Tea artwork is more beautiful dreamy Rubens/baroque. In a true BT DP game you want a screenshot of every scene because they are so gorgeous. But when Eipix mixes in the Blue Tea, you get that kids' Japanese anime feel around the edges. Not unattractive, but not quite as beautiful either. They tried not to be too heavy-handed with the Eipix additions, but we see it and it does affect the feel of the game play. (Personally, I'd rather Eipix stay out of DP all together.) The Bonus Chapter is a continuation of the story, bringing back a minor character from the main game as the protagonist. It's pretty short, only 2 chapters. It doesn't necessarily add anything to the story, rather it clears up a dangling mystery from the main game. It does, however, present a new and mysterious villain that we may see in future games. Overall, I enjoyed this addition to the series very much. It should appeal to fans of the original purely Blue Tea Dark Parables games as well as the folks who started the game when Eipix was at the helm.
Date published: 2019-09-23
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