21 May 2014

Hidden Object Games: Dark Parables: Rise of the Snow Queen

A Hidden Object Game at a basic level involves finding hidden objects in a picture. The HO games I play do involve this task, but also navigating scenes searching for clues/objects, solving puzzles and mysteries etc. (I'm into more of the sub-genre called HOPA, or Hidden Object Puzzle Adventures) 

Today's game is...

... Dark Parables: Rise of the Snow Queen

When looking for my next game, I ended up searching by studio: Blue Tea Games.

Blue Tea Games are behind: Dark Parables: Jack and the Sky Kingdom, Cursery: The Crooked Man and the Crooked Cat, Dark Parables: The Final Cinderella, Enchantia: Wrath of the Phoenix Queen, Dark Parables: The Red Riding Hood Sisters, Fabled Legends: The Dark Piper, Dark Parables: Rise of the Snow Queen, Dark Parables: The Exiled Prince, Macabre Mysteries: Curse of the Nightingale, Dark Parables: Curse of Briar Rose,

Journey into the mythical Snowfall Kingdom and investigate the disappearance of children in Dark Parables: Rise of the Snow Queen! From the ashes of the snow, the legendary Snow Queen rises and terrorizes nearby villages with her supernatural powers. Rescue the missing children and stop the fabled Snow Queen before her sorrow brings upon the destruction of the world in this incredible Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure game!

I had forgotten about playing Dark Parables: Jack and the Sky Kingdom (might have to replay it!). However I know I liked it! The Snow Queen tale is one of my favourites - it enchanted me when I was little as a story on a cassette that I listened to. It's a dark tale, but one with a happy ending. This take on the tale merges in Snow White.

This game has some of the features I remember from Jack and the Sky Kingdom - the hidden object portions of the game aren't complete objects: there are always 3 different 'broken' items, and you must find all the pieces. Once the 3 items are complete, they then morph together to form 1 complete item to be used in game play.

The collecting of objects for this game is a bit simple for me - but they do add in elements e.g. as you go, you find extras that develop the story, and you can spot items that speed up your hint recharge time.

The graphics... no, perhaps that's the wrong word. It's the art of the scenes - they are just exquisite! In particular for me: the cavern behind the Snow Queen statue, and the garden/pond behind the gilded apple door.

I liked this game, but I am wondering if Blue Tea Games tend on the simple side -- does make it easier to multitask (play the game AND watch a show/movie hehe).

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