PC Video Game Review- Dark Parables: The Red Riding Hood Sisters

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Last month I reviewed the third game in a lengthy series, Dark Parables: Rise of the Snow Queen, and today I’m going to review the fourth in the series, Dark Parables: The Red Riding Hood Sisters. 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

Play as the fabled detective and defeat the Wolf Queen in Dark Parables: The Red Riding Hood Sisters! Centuries ago, the first Red Riding Hood defeated the wolf and established the Order of Red Riding Hood Sisters. Recently, the nefarious Wolf Queen entrapped the sisters and plans to unleash legions of ravaging wolves into our world.

Review

The Red Riding Hood Sisters was released in 2012.  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.  In this game, we’ve resumed our role as detective and are investigating reports of deadly mist and wolves. We soon discover a young woman that has been injured. She is a member of The Order of the Red Riding Hood Sisters. The Order is a group of women that have been trained to protect the area, primarily from vicious wolf attacks. This is of course based off the Little Red Riding Hood story and it borrows many elements from it, primarily the origin story of the first Red Riding Hood sister, Isabella.

I love this entire series of games but this one is definitely in my top five. It adds an edginess and darkness to the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Like every game in this series, there are connections made to previous games that will be built upon in later games; such as:

  • We find a frozen memorial to Gwyn (the Snow Queen’s son) from Rise of the Snow Queen in the forest.
  • The Snow Queen gave the Red Riding Hood Sisters the Truth Mirror for saving her son from the Mist Wolves.
  • In the Mist Kingdom church, we see statues depicting each of the Frog Prince’s wives.
  • Briar Rose from Curse of Briar Rose assists us in our investigation. We learn that she has joined the Order of the Red Riding Hood Sisters.

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 The Boy Who Cried Wolf. It’s fantastic and worth getting the Collector’s Edition for, in my opinion.

Game Scenes

Makeup Look

For the first three games, The Curse of Briar Rose, The Exiled Prince and Rise of the Snow Queen, my makeup looks were very colorful to match the color palettes of those games. The color palette used in The Red Riding Hood Sisters, while colorful, was much more muted and dark. I decided I wanted to focus on the reds and browns used in their clothes. I used the Colourpop Yes Please Palette for everything except the deepest brown shade in the innermost part of my crease and my inner corner highlight; for those shades I used the Colourpop You Had Me at Hello Palette. On my lips is a lipstick from e.l.f. that is no longer available topped with their gloss in Praline. On my cheeks is the Coco Glow Highlighter in Moonlight from e.l.f. and a Satin Touch Blush from essence in Satin Love.

I hope you enjoyed this review and my makeup look! Next month I’ll be reviewing the fifth game in this series, Dark Parables: The Final Cinderella. I’d love to know if this game or series sounds like something you would like! Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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