Living Legends: The Crystal Tear Collector's Edition
January 31, 2020
4 Friends Games
3 Difficulties + Custom Mode
Talking Clock Helper
Exclusive Bonus Chapter
Integrated Strategy Guide
Wallpapers & Screensavers
Soundtracks & Concept Art
Achievements & Collectibles
Morphing Objects & Cutscenes
Replayable HOs & Puzzles
4 Friends Games proudly presents a brand new installment in the dazzling Living Legends series. Anna Dupre and Jannet Carrel are childhood best friends and they look forward to their annual reunion at the Crystal Kingdom. But this year’s reunion is a special one, as Prince Nicholas plans to propose to Anna. Unbeknownst to them, this also triggers the Fairy Godmother’s forbidden magic and turns them into crystals. Can Jannet save her best friend from this dark curse in Living Legends: The Crystal Tear?
Like the incredibly popular Dark Parables series, the Living Legends series also has a knack for twisting well-known fairy tales into fresh thrilling storylines. This eighth installment gives a new spin to the timeless classic that is Cinderella. Although the game reuses some familiar HOPA story tropes, its rich characters and strong backstory elevate it above the standard.
This is also helped by the game’s fantastic visuals. All the scenes are flawlessly drawn, colored, and animated – making them so captivating that they are hard to look away from. The game perfectly captures the core enchanting spirit of fairy tales through its visuals, along with its equally-magical musical scores and sound effects.
Fans of 4 Friends Games will also be delighted to find that the developer’s proven creativity is put to good use in Living Legends: The Crystal Tear. While none of the gameplay elements is truly revolutionary, the imaginative hidden object scenes and puzzles are enough to engage and entertain long-time HOPA fans. Moreover, the game also includes a talking clock gadget named Celeste, which tells you a piece of the backstory every time you offer it a crystal tear. This is, to be real, a little creepy and unnecessary, but at least it is not as annoying as some of those other gadgets that come with repetitive mini-games.
Living Legends: The Crystal Tear has a fair length of roughly four hours, with an additional 50 minutes from the bonus chapter. The Collector’s Edition is packed with extras, including a strategy guide, wallpapers, screensavers, concept art, soundtracks, videos, replayable hidden object scenes, replayable mini-games, achievements, collectibles, and morphing objects.