Dark Parables

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Dark Parables
Genres Adventure, puzzle, hidden object
Developers Blue Tea Games
Publishers Big Fish Games
Platforms Windows, Mac OS X
First release Dark Parables: Curse of Briar Rose
March 11, 2010
Latest release Dark Parables: Ballad of Rapunzel
June 26, 2014

Dark Parables is a casual game series developed by Blue Tea Games and distributed by Big Fish Games. The series features ‘Hidden Object’ scenes where, in order to progress through a game, the player must find all the pieces that make up a certain item to be used as a 'cause and effect' in another area of the game. Every game in the series is based around a different fairy tale, with some overlap between games, there is also some divergance from the series' continuity in storylines.

In each installment the player plays as "The Fairytale Detective", a detective who is dispatched to exotic locations to investigate reports of disturbances of suspected/confirmed fairytale nature. Although in the games the player is simply addressed as "Detective", the appellation "The Fairytale Detective" is used for the first time in the 3rd installment, and again in the 6th installment.

There have been seven games in the Dark Parables series to date.[1]

History[edit]

Owner and creative director of Blue Tea Games, Steven Zhao, stated in an interview that inspirations for Dark Parables were the comic book series Fables and casual game Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst.[2]

Dark Parables was inspired by the amazing comic book series, Fables. Also at that time, the epitome of adventure hidden object game experience was Return to Ravenhearst. I wanted to merge the strong stories similar to Fables with the gameplay experience of RTR, while adding innovative features that makes our brand stand out. This is what became of Dark Parables.

the owner of Blue Tea Games, Steven Zhao[2]

PC, iPad and iPhone Game[edit]

Part 1 - Curse of Briar Rose[edit]

Dark Parables: Curse of Briar Rose is the first installment in the Dark Parables franchise and was released on March 11, 2010. Set in Edinburgh, Scotland, the player takes on the role of The Detective to investigate and discover the true tale of the real Sleeping Beauty, and save her from the disembodied spirit of the evil sorceress who originally cursed her, and who now needs a new body and has her sights set on Briar Rose's.[3] After Briar Rose is reawakened, she tells you of the "fabled Frog Prince, who still walks amongst us to this day", setting up events for the following game, The Exiled Prince.

The bonus gameplay in this game is titled "The Spinning Room" and serves as a further teaser for the following game, The Exiled Prince, by introducing the fact that Princess Briar Rose had a sister named Princess Ivy, (who, in The Exiled Prince, is James the Frog Prince's first and one true love).

Part 2 - The Exiled Prince[edit]

Dark Parables: The Exiled Prince is the second installment in the Dark Parables franchise and was released on February 25, 2011. Set in Black Forest, Germany, the player as The Detective is sent to investigate the tale of The Frog Prince after the disappearance of the chancellor's daughter. It is revealed the fabled prince is still alive, cursed with Immortality, and now roams the deserted path in the forest, capturing unsuspecting visitors trying to find a solution to his curse.[4]

The bonus gameplay in this game is titled "The Frozen Lair" and was a teaser for the following game, Rise of the Snow Queen.

Part 3 - Rise of the Snow Queen[edit]

Dark Parables: Rise of the Snow Queen is the third installment in the Dark Parables franchise and was released on December 2, 2011. Set in the Bernese Alps, Switzerland, the player as The Detective must journey into the mythical Snowfall Kingdom and investigate the disappearance of several children. The legendary Snow Queen (actually Snow White, cursed by the "False Mirror", (a nod to the mirror from Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen)), has risen and has been terrorizing nearby villages with her supernatural powers. The player must rescue the missing children and put a stop to the fabled queen's plan.[5]

The bonus gameplay in this game is based on the tale "Hansel and Gretel", revealing the origin of "the Golden Child" seen in Rise of the Snow Queen. You, the player, play as Hansel as he rescues his sister from a witch, releases a goddess from captivity, and is rewarded for having done so by being bestowed with the powers of a Golden Child.

At the end of the main game, after the end credits, there is a teaser that the next installment revolves around Little Red Riding Hood.

Part 4 - The Red Riding Hood Sisters[edit]

Dark Parables: The Red Riding Hood Sisters is the fourth installment in the Dark Parables franchise and was released on September 21, 2012. Set in the Vosges Mountains, Eastern France, the player as the detective returns to defeat the fabled Wolf Queen. Centuries ago, the first Red Riding Hood, after being saved from the wolf by a hunter, established what came to be known as the Order of Red Riding Hood Sisters But now, the nefarious Wolf Queen has entrapped the sisters and plans to unleash legions of ravaging Mist Wolves onto our world by fixing it so that it is always the night of the Full moon. The player must assist the Red Riding Hood Sisters- one of them is a familiar face from your prior investigations - to put an end to the queen's evil plan.[6]

The bonus gameplay in this game is based on the fable "The Boy Who Cried Wolf", telling the backstory of how the Mist Kingdom became over run by the Mist Wolves. You, the player, play as 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf', as he seeks to save his father from the Greedy King of the Mist Kingdom, rescues a mermaid from captivity by a witch, and bares witness to the downfall of the King and his Kingdom.

The end of the credits also reveals that the next installment, called The Final Cinderella, will feature Cinderella.

Part 5 - The Final Cinderella[edit]

Dark Parables: The Final Cinderella is the fifth installment in the Dark Parables franchise, and was released on May 23, 2013. Set in the Matese mountains of southern Italy. For decades, a mysterious witch, known as "Godmother", has been hunting maidens, in search of the legendary "Cinderella"; a pure-hearted maiden. Play as the fabled detective, venture into the mirror world to rescue this Final Cinderella alongside Pinocchio, from the evil Godmother's clutches, and stop her evil plans to steal the girl's pure soul!

The bonus gameplay is called "The Oriental Cinderella". It tells the story of a Chinese Princess, Shan Mao, a "Cinderella", who was turned into a nine-tailed fox by the Spider Witch, who is in fact her evil stepsister, Princess Chi. You, the player, play as the Prince, (whose marriage proposal Princess Shan Mao has accepted), as he goes on a quest to save Shan, with the help of Godmother (before she turned evil, showing how she met Geppetto), from Princess Chi.

After the end credits, it reveals that the next installment will center around "Jack and the Beanstalk".

Part 6 - Jack and the Sky Kingdom[edit]

Dark Parables: Jack and the Sky Kingdom is the sixth installment in the Dark Parables series released on February 6, 2014. Accompanied by a legendary and infamous Robin Hood-esq fortune hunter called Jack, the Fairytale Detective ventures up to the Sky Kingdom, (a mythical floating kingdom), after chunks of it have rained down upon a town in Alblasserwaard, South Holland, and discover the tragic history behind the chaos and stop the Sky Kingdom King and Princes' wreaking havoc and destruction! Into this quest, you learn that Jack, the only person to have ever ventured up to the Sky Kingdom and returned to tell the tale, has a secret past with the Kingdom: Ten years earlier, Jack and a team of friends, including his girlfriend, Emma, (a former Red Riding Hood Sister), stole up there in the search for treasure. When they were discovered and overwhelmed, Jack fled, believing that Emma and the others were right behind him, and when he made it down to the bottom of the beanstalk and cut it down, he realized that Emma and his friends had not made it after him.

The bonus gameplay is called "Rumpelstiltskin and the Queen". It tells the story of how the young Queen of the Sky Kingdom, (the miller's daughter from "Rumpelstiltskin"), as she rescues her infant daughter from Rumpelstiltskin. You, the player, play as young Queen of the Sky Kingdom, with the help of Tom Thumb, as she seeks the help of the Fairy Queen in putting an end to Rumpelstiltskin's evil shenanigans.

At the end of the main game, after the end credits, there is a teaser that the next installment will center around Rapunzel.

Part 7 - Ballad of Rapunzel[edit]

Dark Parables: Ballad of Rapunzel is the seventh installment in the Dark Parables series, released on June 26, 2014. As revealed on the game's Beta Demo, the events of the seventh installment are set at "the ruins of the ancient Floralia kingdom, (named for the kingdom's patron, the Roman goddess, Flora) on this mountain," Mount Sněžka, Czechoslovakia, in Central Eastern Europe, and the game is set 10-years after the events of 'Rise of the Snow Queen', as we see Kai and Gerda again. Along with Gerda and Prince Ross Red (Snow White's estranged fraternal twin brother), you explore to discover the cause of the waves of deadly pollen that is buildig to spread across the land.

The Bonus Chapter gameplay is called "The Thumbelina Curse". Following the events of The Ballad of Rapunzel, you the player play as Gerda, the Golden Child (descendant of Hansel, the first Golden Child), as she seeks to locate Kai, who disappeared at the beginning of the Main game. During the chapter, you meet up again with Prince Gwyn (Snow White's son) after 10-years. It is revealed that Flora, with the absence of Floralia's princesses, has become weakened enougth to succumb to the curse of an evil witch (Mother Gothel). Dubbed "Thumbelina" by fairies, Flora has been shrunk down to a height few inches tall by Gothel's curse, has forgotten her real name, and is besieged by Gothel's Winged monkeys.

The teaser at the end of the credits reveals that the 8th installment will center around The Little Mermaid.

Part 8 - The Little Mermaid[edit]

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