We tried out to review the latest release in the Adventure genre Darkarta: A Broken Heart’s Quest with rather average expectations. While the game doesn’t really provide a great track record of keeping up with the latest releases from top HOPA developers, we still gotta admit that it’s not every day we get to see a high profile HOPA release from a new developer.
Darkarta: A Broken Heart’s Quest kicks off like any other Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure (HOPA) game, where an evil God awakens from the dead, a kidnapped child, and a dark fantasy universe. Surprisingly, the game sort of picks up its pace and gets a lot more interesting from playing for just a few minutes.
Fascinating story and captivating characters
The characters all have a personality that is both distinct and captivating, enough for players to neglect some of the awkward and weird dialogues, and the game’s backstory has rich and fascinating details.
Unlike many HOPAs nowadays, Darkarta: A Broken Heart’s Quest is a breath of fresh air on many different levels. Firstly, the gameplay offers twists and turns in ways that players would never expect, making it more challenging than other HOPA games out there. Not to mention the hidden object scenes that are a few and far between, but they are extremely well crafted with very smart and clever interactions and options to switch to Match-3 mode.
Darkarta: A Broken Heart’s Quest offers some of the best Visuals and a killer soundtrack
And as far as puzzles go, there are tons of them and it ranges from the easiest to hardest, but they are all reasonably creative and entertaining. With all that being said, we discovered the game’s production to be the most intriguing aspect of them all. To cut it short, the game’s visuals are out of this world.
The quality graphics, on the other hand, is through the roof. Special effects are quite impressive, and the contrast has fluorescent and gloomy colors that are just perfect for a fantasy game like this one. Not just that, the game has killer soundtracks as well. Darkarta effectively puts the soundtracks to use and builds up immediate suspense throughout the game, and maintaining it at the same time.
Game time is average, considering it’s a HOPA
Darkarta: A Broken Heart’s Quest has a game time of about four hours, and combined with the bonus chapters, it just adds another one hour of quality entertainment and fun. The collector’s guide bonus section features a lot of kinds of stuff like a strategy guide, concept art, wallpapers, cutscenes, soundtracks, replayable minigames, replayable hidden object scenes, collectibles, achievements, morphing objects, a comic book, and cursed memories.
Regardless of the fact that this game was developed by a studio that is just entering the Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure (HOPA) scene, Darkarta: A Broken Heart’s Quest is more fun, entertaining, and polished than most of the recently released HOPA games from veteran studios. The game possesses all qualities that make a great HOPA, and it is absolutely refreshing to have someone bring in a very new and interesting perspective to the increasingly stale genre.
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Darkarta: A Broken Heart's Quest Review
Darkarta: A Broken Heart’s Quest possesses all qualities that make a great HOPA, and it is absolutely refreshing to have someone bring in a very new and interesting perspective to the increasingly stale genre.