Eipix seems to be on fire during the last couple of months, with game after game never seizes to amaze us. Danse Macabre is the opening chapter of this new HOPA franchise introduces an age-old love curse that has once again strikes the theater!
Name: Danse Macabre: The Last Adagio Collector's Edition
Release Date: 21 February 2014
Developer: Eipix Entertainment
30 years ago, Gaspar burned down the theater after he found out that Marie, the famous ballerina and his lover has betrayed him for another man. Now, your sister is about to perform that same play for the first time after that tragic event and she invited you to the theater. You arrived only to know that your sister has disappeared and the situation suggests that she is trapped inside the theater. Unlock and lift this age-old curse, set free all the souls and rescue your sister! Danse Macabre: The Last Adagio has a very compelling storyline although not entirely fresh; anyways, it offers enough excitement to hold your interests and keep you going.
The visuals are up to the usual Eipix quality, which is top-notch! The architecture is detailed and beautiful, the artwork is charming and the colors are pleasantly bright - this game is supposed to be pretty dark, but those darker scenes are clear enough to admire. The music fits this ballerina-themed game well, however, we wish it could be more orchestral and perhaps more epic as this is a music-related game after all. The voice overs are of high quality, the European accent of the characters is professionally done without feeling annoying.
Still, Danse Macabre is a fairly easy game. The tasks are predictable, puzzles are fine but nothing mind-blowing and the gameplay is straightforward. The Hidden Object scenes are nice and include the feature to switch to Bubble Shooter mode. Nonetheless, the length of the game is very satisfying - 4 hours for fast players and longer for beginners.
As always, this game from Eipix has a handful of extras in Collector's Edition. Collectibles, Morphing Objects, Achievements, Strategy Guide, Gallery items, Bonus Gameplay, HOG scenes and puzzles, Making Of video and the Souvenir Room. The Bonus Chapter is basically to complete all the unfinished businesses but it is not required for the ending of the game.
Danse Macabre: The Last Adagio is pleasurable to play as well as wonderful to look at - Eipix has created another masterpiece! If you are a fan of this genre and do not care much about the challenge of the game, Danse Macabre is the one not to miss!
Graphics: 4.5/5 Stars
Sound: 4.5/5 Stars
Story: 4.5/5 Stars
Originality: 4.5/5 Stars
Originality: 4.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 3.5/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4.5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 4.5/5 Stars
Extras: 5/5 Stars
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