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    Dark Parables 6: Jack and the Sky Kingdom

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    genkicoll

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    Dark Parables 6: Jack and the Sky Kingdom

    Post by genkicoll on Thu Feb 06, 2014 10:51 am

    Dark Parables 6: Jack and the Sky Kingdom
    by Blue Tea Games - February, 2014

    Series links: Dark Parables 1: Curse of Briar Rose, Dark Parables 2: The Exiled Prince, Dark Parables 3: Rise of the Snow Queen, Dark Parables 4: The Red Riding Hood Sisters, Dark Parables 5: The Final Cinderella, Dark Parables 6: Jack and the Sky Kingdom, Dark Parables 7: Ballad of Rapunzel, Dark Parables 8: The Little Mermaid and the Purple Tide, Dark Parables 9: Queen of Sands

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



    The legendary Sky Kingdom suddenly appears and a destructive barrage is unleashed upon an unsuspecting town. Play as the Fairytale Detective and embark on an investigation to rescue the townspeople. In this quest, you will meet Jack - an infamous treasure hunter who shares a secret past with the Kingdom - and discover the tragic history behind the chaos.

    The Collector’s Edition includes:

    • Uncover the legendary Sky Kingdom
    • Adventure with Jack to rescue his fiancée
    • Breath-taking storyline and challenging gameplay
    • Bonus Gameplay – Rumpelstiltskin
    • Expertly crafted wallpapers and more!

    For the Standard Edition

    • Strategy Guide
    • Walkthrough (Big Fish)

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    Re: Dark Parables 6: Jack and the Sky Kingdom

    Post by JustTheFacts on Thu Feb 06, 2014 11:43 am

    If they’d just fix the graphics...****

    BASED ON BETA


    FIRST IMPRESSIONS
    At the start, my reaction was, “I’m through buying Dark Parable games, forgiving the low definition graphics because of the art and the story”. I mean, there really is no excuse. These are quality games in every way, with astonishingly beautiful art, how can they continue to justify this poor quality in their visuals? Well, I surely don’t know.

    But soon into the game, I was again hooked by the story. The developer has a knack for combining elements of several different fairy tales or fables into one delightful adventure. So now, I’m thinking of relenting. Again.

    SIGHTS & SOUNDS
    Well, you’ve heard my rant against the graphics, which, it is important to note, remain as bad in the HOPs as everywhere else. There isn’t even a wide screen option, so everything is stretched and distorted. The music, on the other hand, is lovely and in keeping with the mood of the game. The voiceovers are excellent.

    WHAT’S HAPPENING?
    As Fairy Tale Detective, you are once again called upon to investigate trouble in a fable-related context. The legendary Sky Kingdom has become visible, there have been bits of its island falling to earth, people are getting hurt. And there seems to be some kind of war going on. You hook up with Jack (move over Indiana Jones, this guy could be your stunt double), an adventurer who has actually been to the Sky Kingdom. In one of those touches I love about this series, Jack’s cottage contains reminders of all the previous Dark Parable games, and there’s a familiar face there.

    GAMEPLAY
    This is a FROG (fragmented hidden object game) that follows the formula of the earlier games. There are some great puzzles, and the adventure side of the game is very good – a little challenging, but not a struggle. But it is those FROG scenes that are famous. Beautifully crafted objets d’art are broken up and scattered throughout a scene, and you must put them back together. Again, better graphics would be so wonderful in these scenes.

    There is a directional hint, and an interactive map, that does not allow you to jump. I don’t particularly like the map, which gives both objectives and areas of interest, because most of the time there are no areas of interest indicated on it. Yet obviously there is something somewhere that needs doing. So. I stick to hint. There is no journal.

    There are 3 modes of difficulty, or you can choose to simply turn off sparkles on either HOPs or active areas.

    CE BLING!
    As with other Dark Parables games, the collectibles take the form of objects in the locations that make up a part of one of the fables used to construct the story. There are 4 per parable, and I think there are 5 parables. Other extras have not yet been indicated.

    COMBINED IMPACT
    It’s a good game. It could have been a great game. Still, for those who are playing on a laptop, this game will look magical!

    I recommend this game!

    I didn't do up a new review for this one. So no direct personal info on extras etc. My friend sfr8trfan lists the following information in his review at BFG.

    25-30 HOPs and 15 puzzles in the main game.

    Extras

    8 HOPs and 3 puzzles in the bonus game.

    Wall Paper, Concept Art, Music and Cut Scenes.

    20 morphing objects.

    Parable Notes.

    Bonus puzzles.

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