PC Video Game Review- Dark Parables: Rise of the Snow Queen

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Last month I reviewed the second game in a lengthy series, Dark Parables: The Exiled Prince, so today I’m going to review the third in the series, Dark Parables: Rise of the Snow Queen. There will be a makeup look at the end inspired by the game so if you’re only interested in that feel free to scroll down. I’m not very tech savvy so while I will mention the game system requirements, I probably won’t be able to answer any tech questions. This also isn’t a walk through, only a review. Now onto the review!

Game Series Information

Dark Parables is a series of PC video games that currently includes fifteen separate games, there will be more in the future. The games were originally created by a company called Blue Tea Games but later games were created by another company, Eipix. All fifteen games have a common theme, reimagined fairy tales with a dark twist. They are each connected in some way and each one builds on the previous which makes for a huge, dynamic universe. These games are more adult versions of childhood fairy tales but they are pretty tame and would be suitable, in my opinion, for preteens and up. All of the games are what is considered a “point and click adventure.” They also contain mini games and hidden/fragmented object scenes.

Game System Requirements

  • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
  • CPU: 800 Mhz
  • RAM: 1280 MB
  • DirectX: 9.0
  • Hard Drive: 257 MB

Game Synopsis

Journey into the mythical Snowfall Kingdom and investigate the disappearance of the town’s children in Dark Parables: Rise of the Snow Queen! From the ashes of the snow, the legendary Snow Queen rises and terrorizes nearby villages with her supernatural powers. Rescue the missing children and stop the fabled Snow Queen before her sorrow brings upon the destruction of the world.

Review

Rise of the Snow Queen was released at the end of 2011. It has the same gorgeous graphic style, atmospheric music and smooth game play mechanics that were first introduced in the second game, The Exiled Prince. This was actually the first game I played in the series after I stumbled upon it randomly sometime in 2012. I played it a ridiculous amount of times before I finally realized there were more games in the series and I’ve been buying them upon release since then. This is by far my favorite game in the entire series. Just like with The Exiled Prince, this game plays a huge role in all the future games and most of the characters have a cameo in games later in the series.

The story line is strongly based on The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen; there’s an evil mirror and two characters named Gerda and Kai. There are also quite a few elements of Disney’s Snow White throughout the game. I think the main reason I love this particular one in the series so much is because of how tragic and detailed the story line is. The Snow Queen isn’t an evil monster but a grieving mother desperate to save the son she had with James, the Frog Prince. As you go through the game, you really get to know the characters. There are more cut scenes in this one than in The Exiled Prince so you get to see the other characters in action more and communicate with them. There is also just an overall feeling of eeriness and a sense of being watched as you make your way from place to place. There’s even a painting with eyes that blink, which is just another fantastic detail. Part of what makes these games so amazing is the Blue Tea Games production team’s attention to detail. There is almost always some hidden bit of information that you won’t discover unless you really click around and explore. This game truly adds a unique spin to the story of my favorite princess, Snow White.

There are two versions of this game available for purchase, The Collector’s Edition for $20.00 or the original for $10.00. I recommend the Collector’s Edition because it includes a bonus mini game, artwork, downloadable music and other extras. The bonus mini game tells the story of Hansel and Gretel. It’s fantastic and worth getting the Collector’s Edition for, in my opinion.

Game Scenes

Makeup Look

This look fit the color story I was going for, icy blue and white, but the blue mattes I used just would not blend well so I’m not entirely happy with it. I used a whopping seven palettes to create this look. The powder blue matte that I used right above my crease is from the Coastal Scents Joli Colibri palette. The darker two mattes in my crease are from the Morphe 35V palette, I do like this palette but these mattes didn’t blend well with the other shades I used. The dark blue shimmer on the outer part of my lid is from the Juvia’s Place Nubian 2 palette. The turquoise shimmer in the middle of my lid is from the Juvia’s Place Saharan 2 palette. The pale blue shimmer on the innermost part of my lid is from the Coastal Scents Summer Breeze palette, I have not reviewed this yet. The white shimmer in my inner corner is from the Morphe 35V as well. The white/blue duochrome, also in my inner corner, is from the BH Cosmetics Royal Affair palette. The white shade smudged on my lower lash line under the blues is from the Juvia’s Place Saharan palette. I would have liked to redo this but I just ran out of time.

I hope this review was interesting or helpful! My review for the third game, Dark Parables: The Red Riding Hood Sisters, will up the last Friday in April. I’d love to know if you think you’d enjoy this game and what you think of the look I created! Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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