Name: Fearful Tales: Hansel and Gretel Collector's Edition
Release Date: 25 August 2013
Developer: Eipix Entertainment
Fearful Tales: Hansel and Gretel is the latest Hidden Object Adventure game from Eipix Entertainment. We all know that Eipix developed top-notch games, each of their game has its own uniqueness and Fearful Tales is nothing like the others.
Fearful Tales takes on a new, dark twists based loosely on the classic story of Hansel and Gretel. You are a mother of your two children, Hansel and Gretel living in a peaceful village. One day, your children did not return home and the only clue you found is a little gingerbread man who promised to help you. Take a trip to the witch's lair and rescue your children! The plot in Fearful Tales is very intriguing as well as hooking. The story is very well told through notes, cutscenes and the gingerbread's sights and as the backstory develops, the game gets more exciting.
In many cutscenes, instead of normal narrator's dialouges - there are poems. Well, we have seen the use of poem failed once in Reveries where it makes the game very cheesy. However, the poem fuses seamlessly into this game and even enhances the experience of the game.
The graphics in Fearful Tales are splendid, they are definitely whimsical with a lot of sharp edges and dark-tone colors but they look very creative and beautiful on the screen. The visuals kind of remind us of the graphics in the legendary Drawn series but in a little more childish style. The characters look very nicely weird and their voice overs are certainly great. The music is very charming and magical and does not annoy us in any way.
The gameplay in Fearful Tales might be on the easy side but it is still very entertaining. The locations are imaginative and there are some smart interactions of items. The Hidden Object scenes are beautiful and objects are not too cluttered. Mini Games are not extremely original or challenging, but the twists included are satisfying. There are also Cupcakes to collect as Collectibles, they are fun to find as they are not too obvious in the scene.
One big complain though, about Fearful Tales is that the length of the main game is very short - advanced players should be able to complete the game in about 2 and a half hour. Anyway, the Bonus Chapter is really solid and has a standard Bonus Chapter length.
All in all, Fearful Tales: Hansel and Gretel is a very delightful treat for the whole family. Despite its short length, other aspects of the game are expertly developed creating a remarkable HOPA experience that is hard to forget.
Graphics: 5/5 Stars
Sound: 4.5/5 Stars
Story: 4.5/5 Stars
Originality: 4.5/5 Stars
Originality: 4.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 4/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4.5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 5/5 StarsExtras: 4/5 Stars
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