Dark Parables: The Swan Princess and The Dire Tree

Elephant Games presents the newest addition to the Mystery Trackers series! Your hard work has definitely earned you a vacation. What starts as a normal train ride quickly takes a dark turn as mysterious hooded creatures start terrorizing passengers! Can you uncover what they’re after and stop them before it’s too late? Find out in this rousing hidden-object puzzle adventure!

It takes place in Provence, France. I own all of the previous games in this series and have replayed them all several times. There are 39 Hidden Acorn Signs and they are blended into the scenery very nicely, even better, the cursor doesn't change to a hand to alert you by simply scanning over the scene. And who is the mysterious, shadowy figure always by her side? Some places are rather small in out of the way places or seemingly unimportant places like a brazier at the top of a staircase. Instead, I recommend that you play the Demo before deciding. The Game: 8 chapters plus 2 bonus chapters. And yes, keys are the only thing that open locks. Color changes are generally due to "poor light" or "shadows" in the game scene. The sections of the item are flat, muddied pieces that lack the detailing to which we have become accustomed. You know why? My only quibble is with the voices - but then hardly any of the games have good voices The secrets you uncover may be darker than you imagined.


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There are even trading cards. Takes place in the Bernese Alps of Switzerland. The Black Swan was a high ranking guard who is responsible for the theft, even though her intentions may have been for all the right reasons, she might not have known that the Mystery P.I.: The Vegas Heist would begin to crumble. Intricate storyline that has all the Wonderland Mahjong twists of a corkscrew with magic, mayhem, intrigue, treachery and murder. There is no achievement for playing on Hard mode. Gameplay: A smooth blend between point and click, problem solving, HOPs, and puzzles. Follow the clues as they take you to an underwater kingdom! Unmask the true villain, before their nightmares spread to the entire world. Just goes to show, what do I know. No hand holding in this game, and at times the clues are a bit obsure, if not Casino Chaos because the dialogue disappears way too fast. The problem solving bits can be a bit obsure at times and chase about on the fast map. Every item is drawn according to these light conditions. There are several types of mazes including a Mahjong World tower maze, sliders, rotators, a jigsaw puzzle, a tangram, a recipe, logic puzzles, matching and a NEW type of puzzle my friend mickmane called a logic connector.

The whole Swan Kingdom and the entire island of Dire is now facing utter destruction since the 'Seed of Life' used in a life regenerative ritual by the Goddess Flora now can not be performed unless returned. That is part of the job description after all, Fairy Tale Detective. Townspeople are disappearing in the provincial city of Montafleur as its streets are overrun by nightmarish creatures that vanish into a purple mist. It has already been mentioned that the graphics of this one is lacking the beauty and details of the earlier ones. Unlike the fable, they never ended happily ever after. For example the game scene is heavily shaded by trees and slightly in creviss. The Dark Parable games is one of the few series that I consider a "must have" from the moment the CE is released. Have the new producers scraped all the features because they don't want to become stereotypical, or is it just too much work when the easier route can skim by on the shirttail of it's predecessors? Follow the clues as they take you to an underwater kingdom! But, alas! Can you catch the culprit and save the kingdom before it crumbles? In the past, I have rarely regretted that choice with one of the Dark Parable games. Black Swan even stills the seed to activate the Dire Tree which wasn't the right thing to do, but you learn her intentions were honest and she proves herself worthy to join with you to defeat the Swan Princess. There are three different groups of fragments that will join together to make a single inventory item such as an elaborate key or emblem that will help you progress in the game.

The problem solving bits Parabkes: be a bit obsure at times Alice and the Magic Gardens chase about on the fast map. Souvenirs - they are as always at the end of the Bonus Chapter. There is a mini-game called Souvenirs where the player goes back through every scene in the game and looks for a single item watch for cursor change, if the item is not immediately apparent. We even hear Ruth's voice narrating. Just be very observant, click on everything, and look for cursor changes.


As you move from scene to scene you feel like you are walking through a fantasy world and the puzzles are beautifully crafted but not aggressively difficult. No hand holding in this game, and at times the clues are a bit obsure, if not missed because the dialogue disappears way too fast. The problem solving bits can be a bit obsure at times and chase about on the fast map. Well I don't know as I haven't finished the game yet but I think I know which one it will be. The Game: 8 chapters plus 2 bonus chapters. But I did notice immediately that some of the old magic was back. Did I mention that built in strategy guide that so happens to have at the end the location of all parable pieces and acorn collectibles. With regards to graphics and style There are several types of mazes including a vertical tower maze, sliders, rotators, a jigsaw puzzle, a tangram, a recipe, logic puzzles, matching and a NEW type of puzzle my friend mickmane called a logic connector. The in-game achievements are same as the Steam achievements. The HOPs are pictures unlike the usual list finds. The gameplay is perfect. The Hidden Object Scenes are all the same, but that's a good thing!

During your quest you receive help from Black Swan and Ross Red, essential characters to the story line plot. Defying my concerns, this 11th Dark Parables game remained along the same line as the previous installments in terms of quality, if not, even better. Though stand alone, for anyone who has been following this series there are omages to the previous games Rapunzel 7 and Goldilocks 10 come to mind immediately and adds even more history to the Prince James Frog Prince 2 saga. There are three different groups of fragments that will join together to make a single inventory item such as an elaborate key or emblem that will help you progress in the game. But, alas! I'm going to pretend it's just a fairytale and that maybe, just maybe, Epix will consider bringing back the non-linear Morphing Objects, I can live with the rest. This is another area that sees a digression of the series. I highly recommend this game even at full price. Many centuries ago, a princess kissed a frog and transformed him into a handsome prince. My fingers were getting itchy in anticipation of new one being released. Parables - There are 21 and I think I've missed a lot of them Collectibles are 39 acorns, and for me some of them were hard to find in the darker scenes. I'll try never to doubt you again:! Though in this game finding the mosaic pieces on the mosaic itself was a challenge. Instead, I recommend that you play the Demo before deciding. As for the length, the main game lasted roughly 4 hours for me - the bonus chapter is very solid, featured some breathtaking scenes, and has a 45 minute length.

2 thoughts on “Dark Parables: The Swan Princess and The Dire Tree

  1. Nothing is unfairly hidden, though some pieces are half hidden behind other things or obsured in some way, and the size or color can change slightly. Colorfully exquisite, the HOG games are not too easy but not impossible either. The Black Swan was a high ranking guard who is responsible for the theft, even though her intentions may have been for all the right reasons, she might not have known that the Kingdom would begin to crumble.

  2. That is part of the job description after all, Fairy Tale Detective. But enough about the series as a whole. Black Swan even stills the seed to activate the Dire Tree which wasn't the right thing to do, but you learn her intentions were honest and she proves herself worthy to join with you to defeat the Swan Princess. Thumbs up!!

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