When I am not designing and making crafts I like to relax and play games on the computer. There are a large assortment of various types of games. I like to play Hidden Object, Match 3, Mahjong and Solitaire in the Tri-Peaks form. Some of these games really get your brain working while figuring out where to go, what to do and challenging when playing a mini game within the game.
I recently played a series of hidden object games titled Dark Parables. There are 4 so far, each one of the games take a fairy tale story/characters and make another story out of it where you the player, become the detective who has to solve the mystery saving characters along the way. The hidden objects in all the scenes were not hard to find.
The first game is Dark parables:Curse of the Briar Rose. I will mention now that what peaked my interest in playing this series is the graphics. The scenes are very artistically done. The items to collect are decorative, colorful and creative. The stories also intrigued me. This story involves Sleeping Beauty awakening after the prince kissed her, he then turns into the Frog Prince. The witch put Sleeping Beauty back to sleep by a curse with briars growing everywhere in the kingdom. We ,as the detective, must hurry to end the curse put on Sleeping Beauty or else the briars will envelop the kingdom and all will perish.
This was a fun game and clever twist of the story to play. Most scenes were brightly colored, the cemetery was dark but not scary.
The second game is Dark Parables:The Exiled Prince. The story line in this game is the reimagined story of the Frog Prince. He is still alive in the Black Forest catching unsuspecting hikers. We, as the detective, get called in to investigate when the chancellor’s daughter and bodyguard go missing. The scenes are beautifully done , the music is also nice to listen to (on low) as you explore the forest, cottages,gardens and palace. The story line really kept me in suspense and I was trying to figure out if the Frog Prince was friend or foe.
The third game in the series is Dark parables:Rise of the Snow Queen. This game we are investigating missing children in a mythical land called Snowfall Kingdom. We have to solve why the Snow Queen is capturing these children? This game had a clever twist as to the true identity of the Snow Queen.
I was having fun until I got captured and put in jail. The hidden object scene there had 2 snakes. Yikes! I don’t like snakes so I was blindly clicking away hoping I would find all the pieces I needed. Once I did that I got out of there and hoped I didn’t have to come back. To my disappointment I did later in the game. At the end of the story all is solved and it introduces us to the next fairy tale in a cutscene (all of these games do this) for the fourth game. Dark Parables:Red Riding Hood Sisters.
The Red Riding Hood Sisters is a very clever extension to the Red Riding Hood fairy tale. This sisterhood picks up after the Red Riding Hood tale. We are working alongside the sisters, after we free them from the clutches of the villain. We have to find the 7th Moonstone so the kingdom does not go into eternal darkness. There was a surprise to this story that is revealed towards the end. Once again, at the end of this game a new cutscene gives us a hint to the next character and fairy tale for the fifth game. It should be just as good as the last four games have been. Can’t wait to see the beautiful artwork, interesting story, challenging mini games, but not too challenging, I don’t want to be pulling my hair out in frustration. Cutscenes have an almost movie look.
If any of you like to play computer games, specifically hidden object adventure type I highly recommend the Dark Parables series. V played this series as well and will give her comments later.
You can find the series on Big Fish Games here and search Dark Parables.