Danse Macabre: Crimson Cabaret Collector's Edition
September 26, 2014
3 Difficulties + Custom Mode
Exclusive Bonus Chapter
Integrated Strategy Guide
Wallpapers & Concept Art
Soundtracks & Cutscenes
Achievements & Collectibles
Souvenir Room & Making Of
Replayable HOs & Puzzles
Match 3 & Codex
The headlining star of La Parisienne cabaret, Sophie has been murdered and her friend, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, a famous artist of La Parisienne cabaret has asked you to investigate this case. After the first cutscene played, it is pretty obvious that Danse Macabre: Crimson Cabaret is going to be another murder-mystery. Murder-mystery is no doubt one of the more popular themes in the HOPA fields, many were unmemorable and only a few has really succeeded. Danse Macabre: Crimson Cabaret serves as a good model for the latter category; although the story starts off rather slowly, secrets are delicately revealed, mysteries are excitingly unraveled and the twists and turns in the plotline are fairly unexpected.
The gameplay features of Danse Macabre: Crimson Cabaret are also expertly developed in order to further enhance and support this detective story. Instead of a diary, the game includes an Evidence Board; even though it is not one of those evidence boards where you can arrange clues and evidence on your own, it provides a clear overview of all of the stories leading to the conclusion as well as details of the suspects. Another detective feature included in Crimson Cabaret is the Forensic Kit; a very clever way to drive the story forward.
The visuals in Danse Macabre: Crimson Cabaret are second to none. All the locations are very classy while maintaining a respectable level of mystery and suspense, the colors are mostly bright and the graphics are downright stunning. As expected from Eipix, the cutscenes in this game are also top-notch; featuring smooth animations and gorgeous graphics. In addition, the soundtracks and voice-overs are probably the best of the best. They add a little thriller to the atmosphere of the game, and the background soundtracks are nothing near annoying.
Moving on to the hidden object scenes and puzzles – they are not mind-blowingly unique, but they are certainly brilliantly thought-out and super entertaining to play. The overall difficulty of the game can be slightly too easy, especially for avid HOPA fans who are likely to be flying through this game. Nonetheless, Danse Macabre: Crimson Cabaret provides a satisfying length; with the main game of around 4 hours and a bonus chapter of around an hour. The Collector’s Edition features are heavy-loaded just like any other recent games from Eipix, truly worth the higher price-tag.