Your worst fears came true the night your father never arrived home. Someone killed him during his latest investigation. As you sort through his remaining possessions you discover his diary recording his last moments - and a strange amulet that sends you hurtling back through time to the day before his murder. Time is running out as you race to not only prevent his murder but also to catch the mastermind behind it all. Unravel the trail of clues to locate a deadly ruby before its gruesome powers are unleashed in Dark Cases: The Blood Ruby, a heart-pounding Hidden-Object Puzzle Adventure game. This is a special Collector's Edition release full of exclusive extras you won’t find in the standard version. As a bonus, Collector's Edition purchases count toward three stamps on your Monthly Game Club Punch Card! The Collector’s Edition includes:
Wasn't too impressed overall but not a total loss. I also really liked the way the HOG scenes worked, especially with the "hidden" objects or the objects requiring extra work to find -- the key to unlocking one of these was displayed on the side as a silhouette. Puzzles are really fun, some very new ones, and range from easy to fairly difficult; HOS are easy and clear, and interactive in a very fun way. Date published: Rated 3 out of 5 by jmcbeauty from Lots of HOS If you are a true fan of hos, then this is the game for you. It does at least point a direction when no action is needed in the current scene I bought this the day it came onto Bigfish, and it just happened to be a sale day for collectors editions! The story is all centered in the small town of Easthaven and in the famous "Blood Ruby", possessed by the woman who founded the town. Date published: Rated 5 out of 5 by swissuz from Excellent in every way! It didn't, and I did buy it, then stayed up five or so hours past what I was planning to to finish the game. I loved being after one suspect at first and then going for another and so on. Love this game, and hope more publishers take a cue from this one. This developer has been listening to customers and thought out the music to adapt to the mood of EACH setting. I loved this game.
One thing that disappointed me in the game was that there are no other types of hidden objects scenes besides the ever-present "shopping list". This one is well worth the wait. You can replay the puzzles and HOS afterwards. I really had a fantastic time in a beautiful, but slighly grim world and hope you will enjoy it too. Some people may find it a bit slow and too calm, but I just loved this. Love this game, and hope more publishers take a cue from this one. The HOS were few and far between, which I love! Not really worth the CE-price, but with the sale today at 8. Each time I started playing for some reason, I got distracted. I have no idea why they did that. For first time players and those who want a game that don't need much adventure and lots of hos, this is a game you need to try to decide if you like it or not. Just what I've been waiting for. I never even looked at the strategy guide and didn't think about it until after my time for the demo was up. More, more, more! First, I would suggest a map.
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I played it on and off for over five days Maybe my aging eyes has something to do with it too. The map is interactive and gives you several choices of places you can return for an active area. Date published: Rated 5 out of 5 by calvinandmurphy from Excellent Game This is the best game I have played in a long while. Still, the game is not perfect and one could deplore its shortness [4 hours for the SE] without skipping anything, the absence of voice-overs, the amount of bactracking which increases half way through the game, the lack of a map [although the Hints show you where to go if you get stuck], and the very last part of the ending which is quite unecessary. It is very misleading and not in a good way. Well done Big Fish. The HO Scenes do not always come with the usual shopping lists, but Death at Fairing Point: A Dana Knightstone Novel Collectors Edition with silhouettes, and with objects you need to move aside in order to find the items buried underneath. Wasn't too impressed overall Riby not a total loss. There were also repeats of Rby of the strategy games that were challenging. Each time I started playing for some reason, I got distracted. There were no achievements and Cpllectors map, but the journal was informative and the hint button worked as a directional hint along with hints for the hos. The storyline is really great, the dev's obviouslyt thought long and hard about this one. There is no path to follow.
Great graphics, a good story to follow, not too many HOS to interfere with the flow of the game, over 8 hours of gameplay, an interactive map, good voiceovers, and lots of good puzzles. Date published: Another thing I liked was that HOG scenes gave you more than one object, usually. One reviewer objected to this, as they said "no tutorials means no tutorial. VO would make it better. It's nice to go back and test my brain teaser skills on the ones I chose to skip. I particularly liked the beginning, the voyage in the french bullet train that suddenly turns into an old choo-choo. One thing that I have to mention and hope they can change, is that the screen shots with this game title above have NOTHING to do with the full version of this game. I really had a fantastic time in a beautiful, but slighly grim world and hope you will enjoy it too. The storyline is really great, the dev's obviouslyt thought long and hard about this one. It is full of ingenuity and imagination. Don't be put off by it.
Really enjoyed this game and it's rare I give 5 star ratings in all four categories but this game deserves it. It didn't, and I did buy it, then stayed up five or so hours past what I was FreudBot to to finish the game. The HOS were few and far between, which I love! Normaly I Loves Power Mahjong play them and then move on to the next one but with this game I just had to put in a review. I could go on an on, the game was very enjoyable. It helped and I appreciated it, even though I did not opt for the full tutorial. And for once I didn't have to mute my speakers: the music is not bad at The Secret Order: Ancient Times Collectors Edition and there is even a very nice piece that would do well as the main theme of a western or a war movie. The map was interactive so you always knew when an area was needing attention or totally complete.
It was awesome. The music was another wonderful thing. Also pretty good length-wise. Some of the HO's were annoying in that the graphics aren't that good and the objects were hard to find. Maybe my aging eyes has something to do with it too. There are a lot of twists in the plot that leave you guessing who might be the real antagonist. I particularly liked the beginning, the voyage in the french bullet train that suddenly turns into an old choo-choo. There are a considerable number of hos in this game in different varieties so you don't get bored. Really enjoyed this game and it's rare I give 5 star ratings in all four categories but this game deserves it. Have fun! It was VERY helpful and entertaining to hear a soft tune in a calm setting, or hear tension in escalating violins playing an eery off beat sound that added excitement. It isn't too much to ask, is it?