Dark Arcana: The Carnival
This is a truly dark and eerie game with some disturbing moments in it. There is no gore -- this is darkness of a different kind. We get breaks from the intensity of the story via our sweet little monkey helper. The devs did a beautiful job with that monkey, I'm very impressed
There are separate sliders for music and sound, plus options for custom cursor, voice overs, and full-screen. Wide-screen adjustments are done automatically.
We also have THREE difficulty levels, and the differences are very clearly explained. For example, for Casual mode "HINT and SKIP buttons refill quickly, Active zones glimmer frequently, Hidden Object scenes are indicated, there is no mis-click penalty on Hidden Object Scenes, (and) Locations with an available action are indicated on the Map".
Yes, we do have a MAP, although I didn't have any trouble remembering where I needed to be (how unusual!), and didn't use it. Likewise with the Journal (Diary), didn't use it. It has tabs for story and objectives, but there's no extra story in the Notes section, and it didn't mention things I really needed to know (for puzzles, etc). I didn't need help remembering objectives, so the diary was pretty much forgotten along with the map.
There were some interestingly different mini-games scattered throughout the game, but of course there were some of the old standbys, as well. Still, I appreciate the fact that they took the time to make some truly original minis!
We have a couple of great extras that one will not usually find in a non-collector's edition: Achievements and a bonus chapter! Awesome!
More bang for the buck, can't beat that! The extra chapter nicely wrapped up a loose thread (so to speak) left over from the main game.
The developers handled the story very well. Our little helper kept things from getting too dark, and the progression of the story kept me interested throughout. It's always great when a tale is not predictable, and this one certainly isn't. I truly enjoyed playing this game all the way through, and recommend it to anyone who enjoys spooky games.