by BLUE TEA GAMES; EIPIX ENTERTAINMENT; BIG FISH GAMES
Story: Townspeople are disappearing in the provincial city of Montafleur as its streets are overrun by nightmarish creatures that vanish into a purple mist. The Red Riding Hood Sisters were called in to investigate, but they’ve got their hands full chasing a ferocious beast last seen along the outskirts of town. Explore the lush French countryside as you team up with Ruth and Brianne to uncover the dark secrets behind Montafleur’s world-famous perfumes. Unmask the true villain, before their nightmares spread to the entire world! (Big Fish Sales Blurb)
Great story, engrossing, compelling, enjoyable.
Options: Good; auto wide-screen.
Main Menu: Great graphics; Facebook and Twitter links; More Games to scroll.
Music & Voice-Overs: These are all really appropriate, though the Fairy’s voice was a little annoying – luckily she only made a brief appearance. The Music is so good adding atmosphere quietly in the background.
Extras: Play Mini-Games; Play HOPs; Parables; Collectibles; Bonus Video; Movies; Art Gallery; Music; Souvenir Room.
Desktop: (L) Hint; Objective; Task !; Parables. (C) Inventory/Lists. (R) Guide; Map; Achievements; Collectibles.
Tutorial: As usual, quick, efficient, helpful, and not too intrusive. As always you can opt out at any time.
Graphics: Glorious, occasionally breathtaking; cleverly detailed and designed to create authentic settings; colourful; sparkling; a visual feast. The HOP Graphics are particularly enjoyable.
Play Modes: Casual; Hard; Insane; Custom. The latter is really fabulous, as you can turn off any penalties, plus set the game-play to get the best experience for yourself!
Map: Interactive; really informative and helpful – with a Key on one side and the Portal to the chosen site at Top Right.
HOPs: Time to go into raptures here – this game continues its use of jewel encrusted pieces that assemble to form the final Item, which can be a crown, an amulet, a screwdriver, a cane, a gear and so on. So gems are not just reserved for jewellery Items, but for the mundane as well. It makes the search so enjoyable – I find myself grinning all the time, filled with delight and happiness. Of course this is not saying that the HOPs are too easy to solve – you still need to search vigilantly. Blue Tea Games and EIPIX have definitely played fair with the Player – there are no hazing, transparencies, or tiny pieces – they are there to find if you look carefully.
Puzzles: On the whole these are innovative, with a few new types, plus many variations on older puzzles. I believe I only Skipped one and that was because I was too tired to persevere. Some are short, some are longer, some are complex with several Puzzles in one.
Collections: You need to collect Fleur-de-Lis; plus Morphing Parable characters/ creatures which are much harder to find. Don’t stress – you can have fun collecting the missing ones after you’ve completed both the Main Story and the Bonus Chapter.
Game-play: As you’ve probably gathered by now, this is really good to play. It follows logical steps, is played in stages which involve local Back & Forth, Point & Click playing per new location while collecting, repairing, solving, assembling to open the next ‘level’. The Story is embedded into the Game-Play; it drives the game forward and remains in the foreground. It is the whole reason there is a game – it’s not just tacked on to HOPs and Puzzles. It is something that both Blue Tea Games and EIPIX do really well.
Player Participation: This is obviously full-on.
Frustration Factors: I have to say, other than the Fairy’s squeaky voice, there were none!
Satisfaction Factor: My love affair with BLUE TEA GAMES and EIPIX ENTERTAINMENT continues. They are not my only faves – apologies I meant to say favourites 😀 – but they are up at the top of the list. All the DARK PARABLES games have been excellent, and continue to improve in subtle ways. They are more player friendly, we have the choice to opt out of being punished like naughty children if our style of play involves a lot of Clicking. We are being presented with clearer, sumptuous Graphics that make us want to play and buy more games.
Bonus Game: This has the same Game-play parameters as the Main Game, with a really good Opening Movie. It is also of good length and is the Prequel to the Main Story. It is also very enjoyable and well devised.
I highly recommend this game to all Players. 😀
Jud House 30/05/2015
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