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    JustTheFacts

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    Dark Canvas 2: Blood & Stone

    Post by JustTheFacts on Sat Oct 26, 2013 7:01 am

    Dark Canvas: Blood & Stone
    by Vast Studios - October, 2013

    Series links: Dark Canvas 1: A Brush With Death, Dark Canvas 2: Blood & Stone

    Available at:
    Big Fish as Collector's Edition / Standard Edition



    Who used the encasing device in the grisly murder of the Sculptor and his bride? What loathsome secrets are hiding behind the high walls of elegant, Grecian estates? Explore a beautiful and romantic Greek village by the sea, as you use your investigative reporting skills to track down a desperate, haunted killer – before they kill again!

    The Collector’s Edition includes:

    • Play the mini-games and hidden object scenes again!
    • Return to Partha in a Bonus Chapter
    • Download soundtracks, wallpapers, screensavers, and concept art!

    For the Standard Edition

    • Strategy Guide
    • Walkthrough (Big Fish)

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    JustTheFacts

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    Re: Dark Canvas 2: Blood & Stone

    Post by JustTheFacts on Sat Oct 26, 2013 7:06 am

    Looks Like Fun!
    Sunny Sunny Sunny Sunny

    BASED ON DEMO

    FIRST IMPRESSIONS
    Nicely put together, somewhat creepy intro, with very clean graphics and charming, if occasionally a little overdone, voice acting. This game just looks and sounds good. The story is a little different and the Greek setting is wonderfully “Greek”. The music is light and unobtrusive.

    A sculptor has invented a strange ‘encasing’ device for his sculptures, and someone has used it to kill the sculptor himself and his wife. As an investigative reporter, we are sent to find out the truth. We meet interesting characters with their own issues, as well as people who can help us and a kitten who helps us out a little. Backstory is told in interesting excerpts found on diary tablets of stone, which are a collecting achievement.

    MAKING PROGRESS (GAMEPLAY)
    This game is unusual, because it is mostly a puzzle adventure. There are 20 or so, compared to just 7 HOPs. The puzzles range from very easy to “thank god for skip”, even this early in the game. And they are creative and fun to do. The HOPs are interactive lists, visited twice. Not counted as either HOP or puzzles are progressive silhouette (find & use) HOPs, also visited twice.

    Action is fairly linear, and contained within each chapter. There is an interactive jump map that indicates objectives, not current actions. The hint is directional. Between them, I only used the SG to find out what it was like. (Good)

    CE BLING!
    There is quite a bit to find in this one and certainly enough to justify a CE status. The usual bonus game, SG, gallery, and replayable HOPs and puzzles. Plus 60 collectible coins to by statuettes for your collection room. 20 Morphing objects - difficult to find, and sometimes with >1 in a location! Many achievements, quite a range from “complete x part of the game” to the standard timing and accuracy ones, plus a few goofball ones as well.

    FAMOUS LAST WORDS
    The first Dark Canvas got mixed reviews. Although I really liked it, many others didn’t. I don’t think one will be as controversial. It is not my favourite CE game ever. But I think all those extras add to its charm and make it likely to be a better buy than the SE.

    It is certainly a good game, and  seems as though it will be fun to play.

    I Recommend This Game

    RenaissanceMom

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    Re: Dark Canvas 2: Blood & Stone

    Post by RenaissanceMom on Sat Oct 26, 2013 10:24 am

    JustTheFacts wrote: a kitten who helps us out a little
    <sigh> Thanks for the review but I stopped reading it at this point. Overreaction

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    Re: Dark Canvas 2: Blood & Stone

    Post by JustTheFacts on Sat Oct 26, 2013 11:17 am

    Thought of you when I was writing this Big smile I got the feeling he would not be there for the whole game.

    btw LOVE your avatar!!

    RenaissanceMom

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    Re: Dark Canvas 2: Blood & Stone

    Post by RenaissanceMom on Sat Oct 26, 2013 11:55 am

    He he, Genki's been inspiring me with her ever-changing avatars.
    I did go on to read the rest of your review, btw. Excellently written as always!

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