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Please post your REVIEWS for Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed here

[Post New]by Daxadillion on Oct 25, 15 12:34 AM
A thread for your reviews.

Edited on 10/25/2015 at 5:36:24 AM PST

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Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed here

[Post New]by sfr8rfan on Oct 25, 15 3:31 AM
Part 1 of 3

Well, not much has changed. My view of this game is much the same after a second trial hour as it was after the first when I played the CE. This game has serious problems. The extra trial hour for the SE allowed me to make greater progress than the CE and I'm comfortable reporting that the problems persist.

In this episode of From Worse To Worst, I (you will) play the role of a wedding photographer.

Because I've grown as a person, I can admit that there are parts of this game that are good. Two stars given to the SE. Read on.

This is perverse, I know, but I have to admit I enjoy progressing from scene to scene finding the mistakes the developers have made (or have opted not to correct.) I’m sorry, but it’s fun.

I. WHAT YOU HEAR (is absolutely the best feature of the game)

a. My hopes were high as I started this game: A great title AND the soundtrack is great. It begins with a couple of Jazzy musical numbers, not unlike the great music from the Cadenza series. In fact, the soundtrack, music and side effects continue to be great throughout.

Once the intro is over the real soundtrack begins in earnest. In my review of the CE I was too negative about the soundtrack. It’s actually really more than good throughout. The material it’s backing up is anything but, but this game sounds exceptional.

b. Part of "sound quality" is the voice acting, and it is excellent. The actors are professionals to be sure. Unfortunately, there isn’t effort given to model lip-synching. Games these days are abundantly featured. There is no excuse for there to be no effort put into this basic feature.

The artwork and animation is quite good throughout.

To be continued...

Edited on 10/25/2015 at 11:18:29 PM PST

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Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed here

[Post New]by sfr8rfan on Oct 25, 15 3:33 AM
Part 2 of 3

Mini Games
a. The first game requires moving discs, without obstacles, from their incorrect placement to the correct place. The discs have a symbol on them and the purpose is to match up the symbol on the disc with the symbol next to the space it properly occupies. There are six total discs, if memory serves. Two of the six are correctly placed from the beginning of the game. Just in case you're not sure if you're correct in your placement, the disc lights up when in the right position. My one-year old could have done this... one-year old dog, Stanley. (I mistakenly added a year to his age in the first Dark Canvas review and he roundly rebuked me.)

b. The second game requires arranging 4 large letter Ws (located on the cover of a roll top desk) into the same position as 4 large Ws located in the front yard of the house where our story begins.

c. A third game requires following directions in order to develop a picture. Easy Peasy.

d. A fourth requires matching related items (a bunny and an easter egg, for instance). The extra difficulty, by rule of the game, is that items must not be even partially covered by other items. In fact, this makes getting it right easier.

Again, not much challenge at all but at least there's a bit of variety: a couple of the HOS require finding a representation of a single word of text taken from a story read to the player. As the story is read, one word is highlighted. The job is to find the highlighted object.

WHAT I LIKED: As I mentioned, the soundtrack and acting is great. The animation is good. The colors are also very realistic.

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: I've taken notes as I play. I'm in disbelief that the game is as bad as it is:

Overall what bothers me is a lack of logic and consistency. The errors are ones that an editor or proofreader catch easily. The developer MUST have an employee who performs this task so I can only conclude that they just don't care. That is not acceptable. We have to pay for this game. It needs to be cleaned up. Unfortunately, this isn't one of those bug fixes that a new download performs. BUT IT IS SOMETHING THAT COULD HAVE BEEN FIXED BETWEEN THE RELEASE OF THE CE AND THE RELEASE OF THE SE! (So, all the good things I've discovered about this game matter even less now, because the inefficient directing, editing and proofreading were completely ignored by the developers after they surely found out what problems exist).

To Be Continued...

Edited on 10/25/2015 at 11:20:00 PM PST

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Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed here

[Post New]by sfr8rfan on Oct 25, 15 3:51 AM
Part 3 of 3
The first problem with the game: I’m the wedding photographer but I’ve shown up after the wedding is over.

Other issues:
a. "I'd love for you to take a picture of Carol and I." If English grammar means anything to you, then "...of Carol and I" is like fingernails on a blackboard. "Of" is a preposition. The noun and pronoun that follow are "objects of the preposition." "Of Carol and ME" is the proper grammar.

b. Later the sister of the bride says to the shutterbug: "I'd love to see the picture of Carol and I. Go check it out." OK. Once again there's the preposition-object-of-the-preposition problem, but more than that: "I" would like to see it. "YOU" go check it out. WHAT?? Maybe "I would love to see it, let's check it out." Or, "I would love to see it. Show it to me." "I would love to see it. Check it out." No.

c. As I (the photographer) continue the tour of the house, I make a stop in the kitchen. I see a pot of soup and what looks to be an empty recipe holder and say "I can cook something up myself once I have a recipe." I thought I was the photographer, not the caterer. And, how long am I staying?

d. I spot an open door and say: "God. Did whoever was out there get in?" I use doors to get in..and out. You?

e. The bride verbally assaults me, demanding to know what I’m doing (standing by the drawing room door). She smiles as she yells at me! Words and affect don’t agree.

f. I spot an open window and say "Why is the window open? Did someone leave? Or come in?" Of course. I usually make my entrances and exits through windows. Doesn't everyone? (I know it's a murder mystery, but at this point no murder is evident so why am I looking for surreptitious comings and goings).

g. I snoop around the house and see Carol's sister's crib sheet for the toast she's given at the reception: "I strive for a life as good as my little sister Carol's. She has a charming husband and a father who loves her. I hope to have these myself one day." YOU'RE CAROL'S SISTER. YOU ALREADY HAVE A FATHER.

The bad of this game overwhelms the good. There’s a complete lack of attention to detail and logic throughout. There IS good but the bad wins, and by a lot.

There’s even illogic in the title: “dark canvas" refers to a painting, yet this game's protagonist is a photographer and photographical elements are a significant part of the game. From beginning to end this game is filled with errors of logic and mixed metaphors.

No to this game.

Edited on 10/25/2015 at 11:25:04 PM PST

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Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed here

[Post New]by 0Jade on Oct 25, 15 5:01 AM

Edited on 10/25/2015 at 6:41:09 AM PST

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Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed here

[Post New]by bfgBellerophon on Oct 25, 15 6:31 AM
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Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed here

[Post New]by Robcol on Oct 27, 15 6:02 PM
Sorry but I simple lost track of who did what, and did not care.

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Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed here

[Post New]by LadyJane50 on Nov 26, 15 7:26 PM
I thought this was a really good game. The storyline was unique. You're a wedding photographer who has taken pictures at Frank's and Carol's wedding. After the wedding you go to their family home....and the fun begins.

The graphics are nicely detailed and the music fits the scenes. I loved it when I could hear the rain falling outside the french doors.

A nice mix of mini-games and HOS.

There was one episode in the maid's room that was never answered (doesn't leave you hanging, though). Makes me think that there may be a continuation of this story.

I almost didn't buy it because there were a couple of negative reviews. Am so glad I didn't pass this one by.

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Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed here

[Post New]by rdekker1 on May 15, 16 8:04 PM
I really enjoyed this game. I love a good murder mystery. Only a couple of things that bothered me. First I thought it was short. I would have liked it a little longer. And there were a couple of things(puzzles) you had to do without instructions. I had to look on here for the solution. But as a whole, great game.


Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Dark Canvas: A Murder Exposed here

[Post New]by daytonart0093 on Sep 18, 16 9:15 AM
I should have read the reviews prior to purchase. Played the game to the end, but how did it end, who got shot? As the maid, Frank and Dad were all standing at the fade away. The dart board game was beyond me, never found the solution?? The mini games thru out were doable, and the MAP was helpful. I just am curious to the ending.

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