Dark Parables: Ballad of Rapunzel Collector's Edition
You’ve been called to the kingdom of Floralia to track down the source of a mysterious pollen spreading throughout the world. Rumor has it that Princess Rapunzel is somehow involved – the haunting melody she sings appears to summon the pollen… But how did the once-loved princess come to control such a deadly force? And who is the mysterious, shadowy figure always by her side? The secrets you uncover may be darker than you imagined in this exciting Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure!
June 27, 2014
Blue Tea Games
3 Difficulties + Custom Mode
Exclusive Bonus Chapter
Integrated Strategy Guide
Wallpapers & Concept Art
Soundtracks & Cutscenes
Achievements & Collectibles
If you are already familiar with Dark Parables, then Ballad of Rapunzel is just what you have expected. Blue Tea Games is still able to manage to interestingly twist the storyline of this age-old fairytale and makes it captivating. The story in Rapunzel does not require players to play the previous six games to fully understand; however, there are quite a few connections here and there which should be enough to spark your curiosity to check those that you have missed out.
Dark Parables: Ballad of Rapunzel is as usual, stunningly beautiful. The artwork is very colorful and superbly detailed; still, there are a number of fuzzy spots which we wish they could have been sharper. The soundtracks are just fine, suit the environment pretty well and the voice overs are good in quality.
The problem with Ballad of Rapunzel is that it does not improve upon its predecessors. The Dark Parables franchise seems to have stopped developing since Rise of the Snow Queen. All the nice features are there; from the lovely fragmented object scenes to the parable notes. Despite that, this game is not exactly up to the standard we have come to expect these days from a CE game. There is no interactive jump-map, which leaves players on their feet walking back and forth. The puzzles are still repetitive, although fairly entertaining and challenging. The extra content is nothing worth writing home about, at least the bonus chapter is solid enough. Furthermore, Ballad of Rapunzel is a short game – the main game should be concluded under 3 hours for advanced players.
In this series:
- Dark Parables: Curse of the Briar Rose
- Dark Parables: The Exiled Prince
- Dark Parables: Rise of the Snow Queen
- Dark Parables: The Red Riding Hood Sisters
- Dark Parables: The Final Cinderella
- Dark Parables: Jack and the Sky Kingdom
- Dark Parables: Ballad of Rapunzel
- Dark Parables: The Little Mermaid and the Purple Tide
- Dark Parables: Queen of Sands
- Dark Parables: Goldilocks and the Fallen Star
- Dark Parables: The Swan Princess and The Dire Tree
- Dark Parables: The Thief and the Tinderbox