Jud’s Game Rating:

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

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


Once upon a time, there was a man who went from town to town with songs and poetry, capturing the souls of children. From generation to generation, the tale was told. But every fairy tale has its true bitter beginning. Now a new evil has visited the town of Arbourshire, and children have been going missing. A mysterious puppet theatre seems to be at the centre of their disappearance. The town is in an uproar! A mob roams the streets and the Brothers Grimm have assigned the task of discovering the truth behind the Fairy Tale Mystery to you! Discover the truth behind the myth and save the children! (BigFish Sales Blurb)

The Options on this game is good, with Casual and Advanced Modes of Play.  There is no Map for this game – this is a shame as it means that you must Point and Click your way back and forth (b & f) continually, which is tiring, tedious, and makes you lose track of Task locations.  You do have a Book to store Messages from the Grimm Brothers Detectives, and additional info you gain as you play.  The Strategy Guide is located in the bottom right corner which is useful when you really don’t know what to do next, or for when the game is not seeming to co-operate with your ideas.  The Hints will only point the Entries/Exits to you which isn’t much help, or show you an Item in the Hidden Object sites before recharging.  This game is also slow between scenes, with four walking steps heard behind the dark screen – a little tedious.

The Graphics are clear and light in the HO sites which is a relief, though they have muted colours which makes finding the HOs more difficult.  These HO sites are in almost every scene, and seem to be revisited at least a second time – but you only gain one item per visit.  I wish the Graphics were a little less dark in the general areas, but they are like that to suit the mood and atmosphere of the ‘dark’ story.  The Graphics are really well designed however, and there are many scenes, some of which you just pass through.

The Story is unusual and spooky, well plotted and executed, well imagined and portrayed.  It has great, short stroy-linking ‘Cut Scenes’ as you progress, that keep you involved, and refocus your actions.  You do achieve your goals at each step which is excellent, as this reinforces your desire to keep going – if your reward is too long in coming, it’s easier to Exit the game to continue later.

NB:  There are a few Glitches – flicking instability and occasional momentary freezing in some scenes with the Cursor and Graphics; and the Exit Scene Arrow is a little touchy which is annoying and frustrating FF – but despite these I bought the game.

Having just completed the Main Game I found another substantial Glitch in the last few Puzzles – the worst in the Pottery Puzzle.  Half the outer two pots are off the screen which makes placing their pieces more difficult, if you are able to pick the pieces up in the first place.  The Cursor position is faulty – hang in there and you will gradually find where to click to move then place each piece – not in any logical pattern I’m afraid and consequently exceedingly FF!  I think the Hintbutton adds a Skip below it eventually, but I didn’t notice, so I persevered.  I suggest you Skip the Tiles Puzzle as well – the initial collection of which is also a bit weird.

I also thought that the Graphics suddenly went ‘OFF’ – got a bit hazy, less easy to see.  If there are any further problems with the Bonus Game I will let you know.

I recommend this game, though it might be a little scary for kids.

Jud House  8/12/2012

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