Crazy Cats & Crooked Fairy Tales
BASED ON DEMO
The developers of this game made a name for themselves in making FROGs (where we put FRAGMENTED OBJECTS together to make the most gorgeous artifacts you could ever hope to see) based on twisted fairy tales. Their distinctive series, “Dark Parables”, is just about the epitome of “absolutely beautiful”. So, can they pull it off again, with another, somewhat differently designed, fairy tale FROG?
SIGHTS & SOUNDS
Well, the game is certainly beautiful, imaginative and colourful, but I felt the graphics were a bit rough around the edges and at times too dark. I was put off immediately by the fact that the game’s visuals were not designed for widescreen/aspect correction. A game that relies so heavily on graphical splendour should really do better than this. So, I think, perhaps there is something more to this game?
Well, the music is certainly sensational. I absolutely love it. It is fairy tale light, with a jaunty air at times and a sombre timber at others, and the ambient sound is good . The voiceovers are nicely done, if a bit too high pitched for my liking.
Yes, well, that’s definitely confusing at this point. There is a old folk legend about this forest, our sister says, about a crooked man and young girls who disappear never to be seen again. Then of course, she is whisked off by a crooked man and his equally crooked cat. Now, I know we’re all out of cuteness, so let me reassure you, this is NOT a cute companion. In fact, he’s downright dangerous – and his cousin is even worse! I literally jumped and moved away from the monitor, on reflex. Nup, definitely not cute.
This game is another FROG, but the FROG scenes are few and far between. Instead we are constantly meeting new puzzles at every turn. These are excellent and inventive puzzles, including wonderful puzzle boards, and even this early in the game, one was too hard for me. Their integration into the gameplay is fairly arbitrary though. The quests are limited and not always intuitive. I found myself relying on hint to get me around.
There is a directional hint, and (a first from these developers) an interactive jump map (with really cool pop up locations). It tells you where there is an active area of interest. The problem was, whenever I used it, it said there were no active etc.’s, so it was of little help.
Well, there’s some nice goodies here. There are 20 cursed (morphing) objects to collect, plus some things listed simply as ‘items’. There are pop-up notes (7), and 25 achievements. These are given once for each puzzle completed – so, 25 puzzles. There are 6 chapters, plus the bonus chapter. The demo covers the first 2. There are also the usual gallery items and replayable puzzles. SG was helpful.
FAMOUS LAST WORDS
I like it, and I loved having a cat as the enemy, but not so much that I’ll rush out immediately and buy the CE. Cool collectibles aside, I did find the graphics a bit disappointing, and the gameplay a bit off. Still, there’ll be 1000s who’ll love this game. For them,...I Recommend This Game!