Name: Dark Arcana: The Carnival
Release Date: 09 October 2012
Developer: Artifex Mundi
Dark Arcana although is a Standard Edition game for the time being, the quality of the game is even higher than some of the Collector's Editions! Firstly, let's talk about the graphics. Graphics in the game are crystal clear, sharp and clean. This standard extends to graphics in Hidden Object scenes and also in Cutscenes. Artwork is brilliant, many locations of beautiful while some are creepily stunning!
The story is also very engaging! Although we have seen the plot of you taking on the role of detective rescuing a woman from an evil world for a countless time, this time is different! You will be travel back and forth through two worlds, the bright, cheerful real world and the dark, twisted mirror world! The story is not totally dark, it surely contains some horror aspects but also some romance as well. The story of the game is also unpredictable since there are few great twists in the game.
As we mentioned above, the graphics in Dark Arcana is top-notch! Furthermore, the animations in the game are also equally fantastic! Especially the movements of the characters which is very smooth and realistic. Voice overs are also really good, also, music and sound effects suit the game very well and wouldn't annoy you.
There are a good amount of Hidden Object scenes. Objects in HO scenes are clear and easy to find. Moreover, you can switch the mode from Hidden Object mode to a mini-game mode where you can play a card game called 'Monaco', basically is a card matching game with a little twist.
Fortunately, there are not a lot of backtracking in the game which we really appreciate. There is also a map to guide you if you get lost, it can't use to fast-travel between locations but it tells you which location has available tasks. In addition to the helpful hint system and the useful map, 'Miles the Monkey' is also available to help you whenever you can't reach the object. A very nice, cute, little addition.
We couldn't really find any major flaws in the game except that the gameplay specially the puzzles are a little too easy. However, even that the game is on the easy side, the length of the game is truly satisfying. The main game lasts around 3 and a half hours for fast players on the easiest mode. As being said, this game is not a Collector's Edition and what surprised us is that there is an Extra chapter available! The Extra Chapter takes you on a role of Jim, the main character from the game. It continues from the main game, it clears out several unanswered questions and the length is around 20-30 minutes. There are also achievements to be collected but there are no collectibles to hunt during the game.
Dark Arcana: The Carnival is the latest blockbuster from Artifex Mundi, it has gorgeous graphics, captivating storyline, great gameplay and nice music. The game will sure well worth the Collector's Edition price, but since CE is not available yet, the price of the Standard Edition should be an instant buy!
Graphics: 5/5 Stars
Sound: 5/5 Stars
Story: 5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 5/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 5/5 Stars
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