By Margriet "Daisy Gunpowder" Dumee on December 3, 2014

I am so excited: Iím going to play the latest instalment of the Dark Parables series, The Little Mermaid and the Purple Tide. My expectations of this game are high. Itís one of my favourite series of games ever!

When you start playing, the game will advise you to play with the sound turned on. I can only say, follow that advice. It would be a pity if you didnít play the game with the sound on. It makes the whole experience that much more intense and captivating.

The intro movie is already great. I can play the game at four different levels of difficulty: casual, normal hard and custom. I like the beginning easy, so I always play on casual difficulty on my first attempt at a new game. One advantage this game has is the ability to change the difficulty mode during the game...... ideal!

I play as the detective. Picture this: a boat at sea, with on it a man, doing a bit of fishing. Then all of a sudden...WHOOOOSH! A purple tide comes swooping in and drags the man beneath the surface of the waves. Later on, an entire village is destroyed by the mysterious purple tide. I must investigate the course, try to make sense of it all and most importantly: I must stop the purple tide from striking again. Of course I say yes to this challenge! And why wouldnít I; the daunting task of solving this mystery, danger lurking around every (slightly wet) corner. High probability of a gruesome death... Sounds like the perfect Sunday afternoon, donít you think?! So, on we go! Then, after a good deal of research, I reach the conclusion that Iím almost at my destination, when suddenly, out of the shadows, a hideous creature appears! Itís a giant eel and itís attacking me (donít you just hate it when that happens?).

But that wonít stop me. Itís going to take more than an overgrown worm to take down this adventurer. So I go on with my adventure, seeing the wondrous sights of an underwater world, complete with mermaids, a king and a palace, a seagodess and even a wooden man?! Without spoiling things too much, I tamed that giant eel, solved a quarrel and (yet again) saved an entire Kingdom from an ancient curse. I stand victorious; the purple tide is no more!

As per usual, this latest instalment of Dark Parables has many locations to investigate. The glittering objects on screen (coloured stars and seahorses) look very cute, and tell you were the search areas are. Another thing Iíve gotten used to in Dark Parable games is the fact that, throughout the game, I have to find the pieces of a beautiful item. Iím glad they didnít change that great formula. There are a lot of puzzles to play, a hint button to help me when Iím stuck and a map to travel between locations, so it looks like weíre all set!

The Little Mermaid and the Purple Tide has a good story upon which theyíve built a game with great graphics, beautiful bright colours and amazing sound. Maybe there arenít any big surprises or changes in this new instalment, but for the fans, that wonít be a problem. They will love it! I know I did. Itís not a very difficult game to play, so if you want more challenges, try playing through the game on hard mode. A word of warning for those of you who have kids running around the house: I should warn you that some of the gameís content can sometimes be scary for little children.

By the way, did I tell you how very much Iíve enjoyed playing this game? I AM A BIG FAN.

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Big Fish Games & BlueTea Games November 20, 2014