Dark Parables: Requiem for the Forgotten Shadow Collector's Edition
February 24, 2017
Blue Tea Games
3 Difficulties + Custom Mode
Exclusive Bonus Chapter
Integrated Strategy Guide
Wallpapers & Concept Art
Soundtracks & Cutscenes
Achievement & Collectibles
Replayable HOs & Puzzles
This thirteenth installment of the beloved Dark Parables introduces another haunting tale of dark magic. The people of Anaben are plagued by a strange illness, one that turns them into shadows of their former selves. Can you chase down the mysterious hooded figure, who is responsible for this epidemic, and revive the townspeople?
We miss the days when Dark Parables games were twisted versions of classic fairy tales, they felt much more unique and less predictable than the newer installments. The plot in Requiem for the Forgotten Shadow has been told a thousand times before, in various forms. A town invaded by a strange plague, with a secret society at work – how many more storylines along this line are we going to get? The delivery of this cliché storyline in Requiem for the Forgotten Shadow isn’t that great either; we found many the transitions to be somewhat odd and a few actions to be illogical.
Moving on to the actual gameplay, Requiem for the Forgotten Shadow plays it pretty safe. While there is nothing essentially wrong with the gameplay, we wish Eipix (and Blue Tea) had stepped outside the Dark Parables’ formula and innovated a little, maybe added a special feature or two. The developers also need to drop the overwhelming number of emblems, statues, keys, and amulets in the inventory because we found all the tasks to be very repetitive and confusing after a while.
The majority of the puzzles are of moderate difficulty. We were also surprised by the complexity of many of the puzzles since the series was known for its rather straightforward puzzles. As with many Dark Parables games in the past, the fragmented object scenes are the some of the highlights of the game. The fragments in this sequel are particularly well-hidden, which is certainly a great deal fro lovers of this rare type of hidden object scenes.
Surprisingly, we are on the fence about the visuals in Requiem for the Forgotten Shadow. From the start, the Dark Parables series has always delivered spectacular visuals; no matter how tedious the gameplay was, we were always impressed by the visuals. On one hand, Dark Parables: Requiem for the Forgotten Shadow gives us some of the best and most detailed scene designs we have ever seen in the HOPA industry. In addition, the range of colors in use is also quite astounding and the animations are indeed phenomenal. On the other hand, the slight fuzziness kind of takes away the potential for the visuals of the game to feel epic.
Dark Parables: Requiem for the Forgotten Shadow has a standard length of four hours. The bonus chapter, which takes on a different aesthetic, is also very enjoyable. The Collector’s Edition features all the usual gallery items, as well as some hard-to-find collectibles.
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
- Dark Parables: Requiem for the Forgotten Shadow