Back in September, I reviewed the ninth game in a series that I’ve been reviewing throughout the year, Dark Parables: Queen of Sands. Today I’m going to review the tenth game, Dark Parables: Goldilocks and the Fallen Star. 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/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
- CPU: 2.0 GHz
- RAM:1024 MB
- DirectX: 9.0
- Hard Drive: 893 MB
The Kingdom of Barsia has been invaded by mechanical beasts that are attacking its citizens. You’ve been called in to investigate these attacks and discover the origins of a mysterious artifact. Can this artifact save the kingdom… or will lead them down an even darker path? Only you can help Queen Valla discover the answers.
Goldilocks and the Fallen Star is the third Dark Parables release to be created primarily by the gaming company, Eipix. It was released in 2015. I have the same issues with this game that I do with all of the Dark Parables games created by Eipix; at least the ones that have been released as of 2019. I hate to repeat myself but the game play mechanics and story development leave A LOT to be desired.
The first seven games that were created by Blue Tea Games were all smooth with very short loading screens and no lag. This game, and all the ones after it, not only have longer loading screens before the game starts but they also lag as you move from location to location and when you enter the fragmented object scenes. The lag has improved since the first game created by Eipix, The Little Mermaid and the Purple Tide, but it is still there. These are not issues that make the game unplayable but they sure make it less enjoyable.
I really critiqued the music and graphics for The Little Mermaid and the Purple Tide and Queen of Sands. I felt that both just didn’t fit with the other Dark Parables games. However, great improvements were made in both of these areas for Goldilocks and the Fallen Star. The game is set in a village that is bordered by mountains and a lake. Everything is covered in snow and the use of a cool toned color palette makes it seem realistic. The game is filled with blue, pink, purple and white but it’s not overly bright like Eipix’s previous releases. This is a beautiful game with beautiful music to match. If you’re interested, here’s a link to all of the music in the series.
Unfortunately, I did not enjoy the story line as much as I did the graphics and music. The game is loosely based on Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the Midas Touch myth. Leda is the main character and “Goldilocks.” She also has the Midas Touch, everything she touches turns to gold. Our main objective is to help her defeat the person terrorizing her village with mechanical beasts. The story line is just boring. In the original Dark Parables games created by Blue Tea Games, the story lines and characters were SO detailed. You couldn’t help but be immersed in their world and care about where the story was going. Eipix, on the other hand, creates very flat and boring characters. I didn’t care what was happening to them because they’re just not detailed enough. There is a slightly interesting cameo from Jack who we first met in Jack and the Sky Kingdom. The entire bonus game also revolves around him. Sadly, his cameo just wasn’t enough to save the boring story line.
As always, there are two versions of this game available for purchase, the original for $10.00 or the Collector’s Edition for $20.00. I DO still recommend buying it but only if, like me, you want to complete the overall story being told throughout the series. Now let’s get into the makeup look!
I thought it might be helpful if I start showing the products I use to create my looks so I’m going to do that before the tutorial.
Palettes & Singles Used:
- Coastal Scents Joli Colibri (pictured bottom left)- I used the lightest pink, lavender/gray and powder blue shades. Here’s my review for this palette; this is an older post and not that great.
- Lorac Pro One (pictured on top)- I used the shade Lt. Pink. I have not reviewed this yet.
- Looxi Beauty Single Shadows (pictured on the Lorac palette)- from left to right: Screwball, Snow Cone, Bubblegum and Cookie Dough. I have not reviewed these yet.
- Juvia’s Place The Magic (pictured on the bottom left)- I used the shade Nubia, a shimmery yellow gold. I have reviewed this palette here but it’s an old review.
The first step of any eyeshadow look I do is primer. I’ve been using the essence Colour Intensifying Eyeshadow Base for the past year. I do always set my primer with a cream or white shade of eyeshadow. Some people do not set their primer but it’s much easier to blend shadows on top of it if you set it. I will not be mentioning primer down below but just know that it was used in each look.
This look was inspired by the winter setting of the game and I really love how it turned out. I won’t be linking to any of the products I used since they’re linked up above. Not all of the shades I used have names so I’ll just describe what they look like. I’ll go in the order of the swatches on my wrist, top to bottom and left to right.
- I set my primer with the pale pink from the Joli Colibri.
- I then blended the light pink from the Lorac Pro One in an arch above my crease, near my brow bone.
- Right under the light pink, I blended the lavender from the Joli Colibri.
- In my crease, I blended the powder blue from the Joli Colibri.
- On my lid, I mixed every shade from Looxi Beauty except for Cookie Dough.
- I used Cookie Dough from Looxi Beauty in my inner corner and on my brow bone.
- I lined my lower lash line with a discontinued white liner from e.l.f. and smudged the gold from the Juvia’s Place The Magic underneath it.
- Detail Crease Brush
- Tapered Blending Brush
- Flat Eyeshadow Brush
- Small Angled Brush
- Smudge Brush
- Eye Crease Brush
- Blending Brush, I used this brush to blend out the edges.
If you are curious about any of the other products on my face, you can find this look in my recent posts on Instagram.
I hope you guys enjoyed this video game review and the look I created! I would love to know what you think about either of them. Thanks for reading and have a great day!