HOG Round Up 001 (Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride, Dark Parables Curse of Briar Rose and The Exiled Prince)

I was talking with someone about playing hidden object games back in the day (around 15 years ago - ah, simpler times) so I decided to play some.

Grim Legends: The Forsaken Bride

The reviews on Steam were overwhelmingly positive, so I chose this as my first hidden object game in years. I don't think finding extra hidden stuff were the norm way back but I find that this seems to be a thing in newer hidden object games. I didn't manage to get all the faeries/spirits and elusive objects when I played but it's fine.

The story was cliche but I was already expecting it. I wasn't a fan of everyone's character design in the game (I remember this one where you have to match the make up with the other twin and the make up  was purple eye shadow and frosted violet lipstick lmfao) but the rest of the graphics were ok and quite crisp/vibrant. There was a variety of puzzles and they were pretty straight forward.

Dark Parables: Curse of Briar Rose

You're in this alternate universe set in current times where you, as a detective, has been tasked to investigate Sleeping Beauty's castle because the briars are growing at an alarming rate and is projected to take over the city in a few days. 

My eyes were really straining at times while looking for items because the graphics were a little blurry for today's standards (also my eyesight isn't the best). This game is over a decade old though so that's to be expected. They also had this neat little extras. Wallpapers are standard in HOG but I like how they have included three (short) versions of the Sleeping Beauty story to read. 

Dark Parables: The Exiled Prince

At first, I thought it was weird that The Frog Prince had several "princess cottages" at his kingdom. I realize he's been alive for centuries, and 5 lovers seems minuscule considering the amount of time. But then I found out, every girl he loves ends up getting the curse and I'm like??? Why did he continue getting wives even after realizing that. Also, the princess cottages were some sort of bedroom/shrine for each girl which sounds obsessive to me. Like, who even built those structures for him, who had he commissioned to build that doll version of Snow White etc.

I had this post in my drafts for a while and I realized that I didn't finish writing it. To be honest, I forgot the rest of my thoughts for this game since it has been a few months. However, I really like the fairy tale angle of the Dark Parables series and the continuity. I may pick it up again someday as well as try the other games in order.

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