You were on a bus heading to Everton to see your friend, Ashley, who has asked for your help when mysterious shadows appears out of nowhere and crashed the bus. You woke up in a hospital to find out that Ashley has been abducted by the same shadows - use the Magic Lantern given to you by Dr. Parson and save Ashley, as well as yourself!
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Name: Dark Dimensions: Shadow Pirouette Collector's Edition
Release Date: 4 October 2015
Developer: Daily Magic Productions
Lately, games from Daily Magic have gotten pretty formulaic and the same thing goes with Shadow Pirouette. Shadow Pirouette tells a predictable, uninspiring and absolutely mundane story about shadows that abduct people. The direction in which the story develops didn't really make it much more interesting either, the forgettable characters also definitely didn't help.
If you are familiar with the Dark Dimensions series, or have played any other titles from Daily Magic - then Shadow Pirouette should be a no-brainer for you. The challenge in the adventure part of the game is nowhere to be found; except for the fact that you need to do a painful amount of backtracking. All the tasks and interactions are the same-old, and the puzzles are not exactly entertaining. The hidden object scenes are better though, many of them featured some smart interactions. Moreover, the game includes a Magic Lantern that can help you chase out dark shadows - nothing exciting here.
Still, there are things that Shadow Pirouette excelled at - the sights and sounds for instance. The graphics in Shadow Pirouette are the usual, gorgeous Daily Magic's styles. All the locations are extremely bright and attractive, dominated by blue and purple hues. The soundtracks serve the game well, add a slight creepy factor to the atmosphere. The voice-acting is not bad either, the lips of the characters match well with their voices - something many games failed to do these days.
Dark Dimensions: Shadow Pirouette is not a short game; the main game lasted around 4 hours and the bonus chapter took us an hour to complete. The Collector's Edition also comes with a satisfying amount of extras - wallpapers, concept art, a strategy guide, Developer's Diary, achievements, collectibles, soundtracks, replayable hidden object scenes and puzzles and some bonus puzzles.
The wonderful production aside, Dark Dimensions: Shadow Pirouette doesn't really deliver. In future projects, Daily Magic should take some risks and maybe change things up a bit - otherwise, they will forever be under the shadow of other more innovative developers.
Graphics: 4.5/5 Stars
Sound: 4.5/5 Stars
Story: 2.5/5 Stars
Originality: 2.5/5 Stars
Originality: 2.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 3/5 Stars
Puzzles: 3.5/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 3.5/5 Stars
Extras: 4.5/5 Stars
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