2014 is definitely Eipix's golden year, considering our two latest 5-Stars rated games are both developed by Eipix, and now three - that must be a record! Danse Macabre: Crimson Cabaret is the sequel to the famous Danse Macabre: The Last Adagio which was released earlier this year; they both have the same musical/theater vibe, the only difference is that with Crimson Cabaret, Eipix has taken another big step further.
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Name: Danse Macabre: Crimson Cabaret Collector's Edition
Release Date: 26 September 2014
Developer: Eipix Entertainment
The headlining star of La Parisienne cabaret, Sophie has been murdered and her friend, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, a famous artist of La Parisienne cabaret has asked you to investigate this case. After the first cutscene played, it is pretty obvious that Danse Macabre: Crimson Cabaret is going to be another murder-mystery. Murder-mystery is no doubt one of the more popular themes in the HOPA fields, many were unmemorable and only a few has really succeeded. Danse Macabre: Crimson Cabaret serves as a good model for the latter category; although the story starts off rather slowly, secrets are delicately revealed, mysteries are excitingly unraveled and the twists and turns in the plotline are fairly unexpected.
The gameplay features of Danse Macabre: Crimson Cabaret are also expertly developed in order to further enhance and support this detective story. Instead of a diary, the game includes an Evidence Board; even though it is not one of those evidence boards where you can arrange clues and evidence on your own, it provides a clear overview of all of the stories leading to the conclusion as well as details of the suspects. Another detective feature included in Crimson Cabaret is the Forensic Kit; a very clever way to drive the story forward.
The visuals in Danse Macabre: Crimson Cabaret are second to none. All the locations are very classy while maintaining a respectable level of mystery and suspense, the colors are mostly bright and the graphics are downright stunning. As expected from Eipix, the cutscenes in this game are also top-notch; featuring smooth animations and gorgeous graphics. In addition, the soundtracks and voice-overs are probably the best of the best. They add a little thriller to the atmosphere of the game, and the background soundtracks are nothing near annoying.
Moving on to the hidden object scenes and puzzles - they are not mind-blowingly unique, but they are certainly brilliantly thought-out and super entertaining to play. The overall difficulty of the game can be slightly too easy, especially for avid HOPA fans who are likely to be flying through this game. Nonetheless, Danse Macabre: Crimson Cabaret provides a satisfying length; with the main game of around 4 hours and a bonus chapter of around an hour. The Collector's Edition features are heavy-loaded just like any other recent games from Eipix, truly worth the higher price-tag.
Packed with spectacular visuals, intriguing storyline and innovative gameplay - Danse Macabre: Crimson Cabaret is a fast-paced ride that left us wanting more. It is beautiful and classy, yet dark and enigmatic all at the same time; Danse Macabre: Crimson Cabaret is one of the must-have HOPAs that should go on to everyone's shopping cart.
Graphics: 5/5 Stars
Sound: 4.5/5 Stars
Story: 5/5 Stars
Originality: 5/5 Stars
Originality: 5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 4.5/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4.5/5 Stars