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    genkicoll

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    Dark Angels: Masquerade of Shadows

    Post by genkicoll on Wed Nov 27, 2013 12:59 pm

    Dark Angels: Masquerade of Shadows
    by Alawar / Skywind Games - November, 2013

    Available at:
    Alawar
    Big Fish
    GameHouse
    iWin
    Legacy Games



    Join Kate Evans in the fight to save mankind from demonic forces as part of a secret order of female warriors. Learn to use the Chakram to defeat evil, solve puzzles, and travel back in time to the early days of the order in the unique, action film-style hidden object adventure Dark Angels – Masquerade of Shadows.

    Kate has been haunted by nightmares in which she sees her mother's death at the hands of a terrifying monster. A psychologist explains to Kate that her nightmares are simply memories of a burglar that Kate's mind has turned into something horrific. However, Kate knows better. She soon discovers that she's an initiate in a secret society of warrior women. It's time to kick butt!

    • Enjoy nonstop, rich interactivity.
    • Explore a variety of stunning modern and medieval locations.
    • Collect 30 achievements.
    • Exciting time-traveling storyline
    • Stunning modern and medieval locations
    • Interactive conversations
    • Achievements for special actions
    • Puzzle-based HOG scenes

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    Re: Dark Angels: Masquerade of Shadows

    Post by genkicoll on Fri Dec 06, 2013 3:56 pm

    Now available at Legacy Games and on sale for $2.95! Happy bounce


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    Re: Dark Angels: Masquerade of Shadows

    Post by Sportygal2009 on Fri Dec 06, 2013 6:20 pm

    I'm downloading this game right now. I do have a question though. Do they have a ratings and review system like Big Fish? The reason I ask is because on the games I see customer ratings but I don't see any reviews just an overall rating of the game.

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    Re: Dark Angels: Masquerade of Shadows

    Post by genkicoll on Fri Dec 06, 2013 6:42 pm

    I don't know about Legacy, but GameHouse has the game, and they have reviews.  Look here:

    • Reviews


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    Re: Dark Angels: Masquerade of Shadows

    Post by Sportygal2009 on Fri Dec 06, 2013 8:00 pm

    Oh I wasn't wanting to read the reviews for this game before playing it.  I was just browsing the site and came across games I had played and saw a customer rating thing but couldn't click on it to read any reviews. I did register for an account and I bought this game for the $2.95 Happy bounce

    Edit to add: Thanks so much Genki for posting the info on this game.  Yahoo!

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    Re: Dark Angels: Masquerade of Shadows

    Post by JustTheFacts on Sat Dec 07, 2013 6:46 am

    I joined up for the newsletter too, after buying the Dark Angels game (thank you yet again genki for keeping me up to date on what goes on other than at big fish). It seemed to be saying that we get games there for $7, without having to pay a membership fee? And only 4 punches for free game?

    Sounds too good to be true, but I'm looking forward to playing/reviewing this one, after I finish playing/reviewing HHalls Nightmare Dwellers, Madam Fate, Fate's Carnival....

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    Re: Dark Angels: Masquerade of Shadows

    Post by genkicoll on Sat Dec 07, 2013 12:14 pm

    That's right!  Every time you buy a game at Legacy, you get a punch without being a game club member!  AND, it's only four punches to a free game! Happy bounce  You can buy your four games on sale, and get any game (I think) with your free punch, even bundles!


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    Re: Dark Angels: Masquerade of Shadows

    Post by JustTheFacts on Sat Dec 07, 2013 12:22 pm

    Happy bounce Whoop whoop Drinking buddy Party 

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    Post by Guest on Mon Dec 09, 2013 5:04 pm

    Hello, forgive me for intruding.  I saw you were discussing Dark Angels: Masquerade of Shadows.  

    I like the game a lot, but came to a standstill when a necessary item was missing.  I got a runaround from both Legacy (where I bought it) and Alawar (who says they don't sell it so they don't support it).  They had me send a screenshot to show that I am indeed missing something, but that didn't matter to them!

    Legacy says to tell Alawar, who said to download it from their site to make sure it's the latest version.  But, they don't have it on their site.  Yet.  So, they say, contact Legacy, who says all they can do is refund my purchase price since they didn't make the game.

    How can Alawar not support their own game?  I can't be the only one with a missing item. 

    When the game comes to Big Fish Games they will have to provide support.  I hate buying from BFG, but the support from developers is terrible.  My GamersGate purchase of 7 Little Gnomes has a problem too, but GamesGate can't help, and the developer only has a Twitter, not a website.  I opened a Twitter to ask about it, but no response.  Then Playrix has great games, but when one had problems they didn't provide a fix or an update like if I bought it on BFG.  It sort of forces me to buy from BFG if I want future support.  BFG will tell us when there are updates, the developers and other game portals don't.  

    Sorry for the rant.  It is just so frustrating!   Meh

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    Re: Dark Angels: Masquerade of Shadows

    Post by genkicoll on Mon Dec 09, 2013 5:15 pm

    That IS frustrating!  I'm so sorry!  The game WILL be out at Alawar -- it's just a matter of time since they were co-developers!  I guess until then it's a wait-and-see Sweat drop

    And welcome to the forum!  You're not intruding in the slightest, make yourself at home~!


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    Re: Dark Angels: Masquerade of Shadows

    Post by JustTheFacts on Tue Dec 10, 2013 4:29 am

    Hi what's in a name

    It does got all so complicated doesn't it? But that's a big reason for me to buy almost all my games exclusively from Big Fish. If they can't fix a problem to my satisfaction - even if I am (as it turned out in one case) simply making an error in gameplay, they give me a game coupon (and in that case I just mentioned, they gave me a coupon AND left the original game active - which, me being me, I tried again and found out my mistake, so I got it for free.)

    I know the forums are annoying, but may I ask why you don't want to deal with them? I've never had a problem with them yet.

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    Re: Dark Angels: Masquerade of Shadows

    Post by Guest on Tue Dec 10, 2013 11:25 am

    What forums?  Legacy Games?  I don't know that they have forums.  BFG doesn't carry the game yet, and what I need is a fix from the developers, not a discussion!   Big smile

    To add insult to injury, I got The Fog (it is called just The Fog there) from Game House, and find it has the same problem those who bought it from BFG have!  It tries to repeat the HOS in the kitchen, but the items aren't there.  What's with Alawar lately?

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    Re: Dark Angels: Masquerade of Shadows

    Post by Sportygal2009 on Tue Dec 10, 2013 11:33 am

    Well I heard back from Legacy here yesterday and they said they would manually add my punch and add this game to my purchase history. I'm not sure how long that takes cause as of today neither one are still showing up.

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    Re: Dark Angels: Masquerade of Shadows

    Post by Sportygal2009 on Wed Dec 11, 2013 8:24 pm

    Well I've heard more from Legacy Games and sorry this doesn't make sense to me:

    I was told that purchases can't be made from the trial window even if I'm logged in that they had to be made directly from the website that this was the only way to track the punches and put it in my purchase history but yet I receive an email from them thanking me for my purchase. Gee have to jump through some loop holes to get games to count as a punch and show up in the purchase history. Oh and the company is only 4 people??  alien2

    ETA: They did add my punch and added to my history but told me to try to purchase directly from website in the future!

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    Re: Dark Angels: Masquerade of Shadows

    Post by genkicoll on Wed Dec 11, 2013 8:40 pm

    Thanks for posting back!  I'm going to copy your post over to the Legacy thread so that if this comes up again, we can find the info Sunny

    EDIT:  Added to the first post in the Legacy Games Specials and Releases thread.


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    Re: Dark Angels: Masquerade of Shadows

    Post by JustTheFacts on Tue Dec 24, 2013 4:44 am

    Curious Mix of Old & New  
    Sunny Sunny SunnySunny

    BASED ON COMPLETED GAME

    FIRST IMPRESSIONS
    At first, you may be thinking you downloaded the wrong game. I mean, did you plan to download a game where one of the first tasks is to prepare the fashion collection for delivery? In your ultra-modern very realistic office? Your only hint (outside the original main menu visuals) that you are in for a supernatural battle between good and evil is those strange hallucinations you have. But that’s the pills, right?

    You must bear with this game through its first 15 (?) minutes, while your situation is carefully presented to you, preparing you for the leap of faith needed to play the rest of the game. That game is almost 100% medieval locations, HOPs and mini-games.

    SIGHTS & SOUNDS
    There is not the too-oft-taken-for-granted spectacular intro on this game, but in a way it has something just as powerful. The main menu screen is simple if excellent art and the music is a song – yes, vocals – very eerie, haunting and addictive. And it is not without its dramatic impact. (Trust me).

    In the early part of the game we find pseudo-realistic imagery done very well, with extraordinary animation. Later, that becomes handpainted, subtle and lovely art.

    A totally irrelevant aside – including this, I know of only 3 HOPAs which have actual songs on the main menu page, and I absolutely adore all 3 – both song and game. (Dying For Daylight & Chimeras) Perhaps noteworthy, developers?

    WHAT’S HAPPENING
    When your ordinary (birth)day, turns absolutely extraordinary, you learn that you are a member (by birth) of the Order of Keepers, a secret sisterhood of warrior women who are bound to the task of defeating “the Dark Ones”. (In style and purpose they remind me of Red Riding Hood Sisters from the Dark Parables series.) Just how you end up in the Middle Ages I’ll leave you to find out for yourself – and don’t expect it to be easy getting there! *evil grin*

    The ending was satisfying, tying up the loose threads, providing closure and leaving a possibility of a sequel – which I hope they do.

    MAKING PROGRESS
    At first this game has the feel of an adventure, rather than a HOPA. Sure, there are puzzles and HOPs (although not many early on), but with so much dialogue, you choosing your own responses to situations (i.e. “Lie” or “Tell the truth” to your psychologist), and trying to barricade your door, it just *seems* more ‘freewill’ than most HOPAs allow.

    Once into the medieval part of the game, the mood changes to more of what we’re used to. And you get your own interactive jump map. There are a large number of HOPs that are not at all monotonous as they come in many varieties. Interactive lists, progressive silhouettes, fragmented objects, related pairs and misplaced items.

    There are also a lot of mini-games (some requiring a little hand/eye coordination – like the “click within the green section of a slider”). There is also still plenty of adventure-style tasks to complete.

    As well as the usual gameplay, you will need to acquire special skills potions to perform certain tasks. These you can get by finding the Keepers’ figurines. Again, they *feel* like collectibles, but are not because they are necessary to the immediate gameplay, and are placed on a board game needed to complete the game.

    There are also 30 Achievements. Presented in a very unusual if somewhat confusing way – but you can also opt for a simple list – nice innovation.

    WHAT’S WRONG WITH IT?
    Well, it’s true, I would have given this game an easy five stars, but for 2 very annoying problems, either of which might put you off the game entirely

    1.It is very hard to get the voices to the right level, often you can barely hear them, other times they are too loud. A shame, because the voice acting, when you can hear it ( there’s subtitles) is absolutely wonderful and sometimes very subtly ironic.
    2. The back arrow takes up too much screen space too high up, so that I was always getting tossed out of somewhere for getting too near the inventory bar. (Could have used an inventory lock too)

    FINAL VERDICT
    I’ve had a lot to say about this game, and while that is hardly something new for me, it is a lot less than all the impressions and responses I had to this game. Technical issues or not, this is a truly involving game. The music is still playing over and over in my head (I already have the words just about memorised), and I keep seeing that main menu page. It’s a story where you really want the good guys to win, and where your curiosity is likely to run away with you.

    I Recommend This Game!

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    Re: Dark Angels: Masquerade of Shadows

    Post by genkicoll on Tue Dec 24, 2013 8:50 pm

    Great review!  I look forward to checking this one out!


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    Re: Dark Angels: Masquerade of Shadows

    Post by JustTheFacts on Fri Dec 27, 2013 4:29 am

    Hi!

    Just popped in to say that I contacted Legacy about the poor sound on this game, and he said he couldn't help - as I expected. But he also offered me a refund - which I hadn't expected. 

    I told him I'd rather a chit for a replacement game - they are offering Jane Austen with CE style extras. Okay 

    I tried bfg's version of the game - and it had all my game stats from the legacy one (that always weirds me out) - and seemed to have the same sound issue.

    Also wrote to developers (alawar) but I don't expect an answer soon - or maybe ever.

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