Eipix is definitely on the roll here - Danse Macabre: Thin Ice is now the fourth game the studio has released in the past month! The common thread we have seen from developers that release games with such rapidity is the drop in quality and that each game is getting more and more similar to one another. Unfortunately, this problem has also struck the ever-so-talented Eipix.
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Name: Danse Macabre: Thin Ice Collector's Edition
Release Date: 12 June 2015
Developer: Eipix Entertainment
Eipix has always been one of our favorite developers; in fact, we have never rated an Eipix lower than a 4-star. However, with Danse Macabre: Thin Ice, we feel the need to end that rare streak.
Danse Macabre: Thin Ice tells another murder mystery - this time, Ruth Fisher, the famous ice skater, is believed to be in danger and when one of her biggest fans dropped dead, you knew you are in for the case. We have no problem with the plot of Thin Ice, we found it intriguing and suspenseful - the whole ice-skating theme also feels quite new to us.
Besides, we also found the hidden object scenes featured in the game to be extremely well though-out and entertaining. We absolutely adore the creative twists Eipix implemented in each of the scenes, they make the scenes become highly interactive and amusing to play.
On the other hand, the puzzles in this sequel are a little bit embarrassing. The majority of the puzzles is shockingly easy, and requires no brainpower at all to complete. In addition, they also lack innovation, we have played them a million times before.
One thing that has been our main concern for Eipix for quite some time is the straightforwardness of the gameplay. The adventure part of Thin Ice is nothing worth writing home about - predictable, mundane and very easy. Furthermore, we also did not really get the Danse Macabre feels from playing Thin Ice. This sequel feels like a mix of Eipix's franchises - at one point we thought it was Dead Reckoning, at another we were convinced it was Final Cut.
Surprisingly, Eipix, who has always been known for the fantastic visuals in their games took a real stumble in Thin Ice. The graphics in Thin Ice are pretty sloppy compared to those in its predecessors, very cartoony and murky. Additionally, the scenes are unnecessary bright, which bothered us quite a bit. In contrast, the soundtracks are epic and the voice-overs are professionally executed.
We needed around 4 hours to complete the main game and another 50 minutes for the bonus chapter. Other bonuses in the Collector's Edition are listed in the checklist.
In our opinion, Danse Macabre: Thin Ice is the first disappointing project from Eipix. While the game is still fairly fun and the story is exciting, more work definitely needs to be done on the visuals and the gameplay.
Graphics: 3.5/5 Stars
Sound: 4.5/5 Stars
Story: 4/5 Stars
Originality: 3.5/5 Stars
Originality: 3.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 3/5 Stars
Puzzles: 2.5/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 5/5 Stars