DARK ARCANA – THE CARNIVAL


by ARTIFEX MUNDI; BIGFISH GAMES

Jud’s Game Rating:

Graphics ****  Player participation (PP) *****  Satisfaction Factor (SF) *****

Frustration Factor (FF) Nil Fair Play (FP) ****  Tedium Factor (TF) Nil

 EXCELLENT!

The thing that makes this excellent is the constantly twisting storyline.  You move from the ‘twist’ on the missing child opening – it’s a missing mother torn from her child this time – to the creepy carnival location, with gates being locked at each turn, and macabre spirits blocking your path.   Then upon further exploration, with the aid of a freed and friendly monkey, you discover there is a ‘twisted carnival’ mirror world into which you must enter in order to rescue the mother, and gather sword hilts to rescue another helper.

The game has the usual playing format, but is more an Adventure game with the occasional Hidden Object sites than just an HO game.  My only gripe is that as usual the Graphics are hazy with atmospherics – thankfully, not quite so bad in the HO sites though.  The Game Options are good, and automatically supports widescreen if detected.  There are Casual/Advanced/ Expert Playing Modes – and as always I use the Casual, to facilitate as much trial play as possible, while avoiding Timed games.

I highly recommend this game for those into the Arcane, the macabre, the creepy, the spooky, and the weird.  I bought this game.

Jud House  14/10/2012

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About judsartwork

I write reviews of Adventure and Hidden Object games that are Crime, Fantasy, SciFi, Renovation, Travel, Quest and/or Mystery by genre. I have a Masters in Writing (2006) and have been writing novels, both crime and fantasy for many years; plus Haiku, verse, and prose both fictional and literary. I am also an artist of modern, Acrylic, textural and hard edge work, underwater, fantasy, expressionist, and Cosmos paintings. I use mixed media (Acrylic, Watercolour, Pastels) in textural Monoprints, finding surprises to expose within each work. Having both an analytical and creative mind has meant that I have strong powers of observation, and the persistence required to follow computer problems through till I solve them. Of course I am not always successful, but am willing to ask for a little help in order to then unlock the main problem myself. My Troubleshooting Blog, 'Problems and Solutions', was the result of my tenacity.
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