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Ah the holidays...
one of the largest stressors of the year.
And sometimes you just need to get away and exercise those little grey cells...
German researchers did a 2 month study and found that video gaming for 30 minutes a day can cause INCREASES in the grey matter, in the brain regions responsible for spatial orientation, fine motor skills, memory formation and strategic planning Why is this important? Alzheimer's research has shown that mental stimulation is one of the important steps to holding off the disease. Strategy, memory and puzzle games are the best to keep the brain stimulated and active. So SHORT bursts of gaming can be GOOD for you, besides relieving stress! Yeah!
Big Fish recently released Dark Parables: The Little Mermaid and the Purple Tide on PC/Mac, and it is the 8th installment in the popular Dark Parables series from Blue Tea Games. It is also the second most popular series from Big Fish!
Follow the clues as they take you to an underwater kingdom in this exciting hidden-object puzzle adventure game! You've been called to investigate a strange purple tide. And that's when the mermaid shows up.
I have to warn you in advance- ALL of these games take HOURS to download. So do NOT expect to select them and play them immediately. They are labor intensive because the graphics are so true to life, and incorporate movies within the games! This game would not load on my older Laptop, and I had to load it on the Windows 8 computer, and it STILL took over 6 hours to load, and an hour to install!
But once you get it open, you need to set your level. Unless you have been playing these type of games regularly, do not go beyond Beginner or Normal! Once you start the game, you get an intro video, explaining your ultimate goal and showing you your nemesis.
Once you start the game, you get some pretty amazing graphics and scenes:
In the scene above you can go to a secret garden, go into the temple, and go the secret waterfalls. But only after you've unlocked the keys to open them!
In between scenes, you earn your inventory by playing special games. Some are find the objects, others are logic, and others like the one above require cause/effect reasoning.
As you amass the different inventory items, you will go from room to room and place them in special locations, which will give you keys and more items. Some items need to be put together to form the needed item.
I'd like to say I did really well, but I've only gotten through about half the game, at Normal level. I've had to backtrack, as I missed some items, and to be honest I hit the HINT button a LOT! I also had to check out the Guide Section, which gives you locations and how tos, as a couple of times, I had no clue where I had missed items at.
I really liked this game, but the hints are not always clear (like go to the Temple Room, and then nothing else when you get there), and at times I felt a but lost.I did pretty well earning my achievements and finishing the bonus games, especially the hidden object ones!.It's definitely a game that will last you for awhile and NOT be something you will get bored with quickly!
If you are looking for a game that is holiday themed, yet a bit easier, then this one is for you:
This is the 3rd installment of Bog Fish's popular holiday series, Christmas Stories: Hans Christian Andersen’s Tin Soldier
After receiving a desperate letter from your old friend, and former Nutcracker, Albert, you rush to help him. When you arrive, you learn that the Rat King's evil wand has fallen into the hands of a vengeful baron, and now three innocent people – including Albert – have been turned into toys!
Team up with the Nutcracker and your new friend, the Tin Soldier, to fight trolls and destroy the Baron's curse in this special Collector's Edition.
This game also took hours to download, but was much quicker to install and begin playing.
The Collector's editions includes two bonus games featuring everyone's favorite cast of cats, three extra puzzles that unlock animated screen savers, and collectible presents with surprises inside.
This game was declared the easiest, as the items to find were easier, and you have a helper, Charlie, to get you through the storyline. The older kids got involved in this one, and seemed to intuitively do better! We shouldn't be surprised, but we were. Thiis one would be a fun family game too!
The last game that we got to try was medium in the three, in reference to difficulty and size.
Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove, Sacred Grove, is the 10th installment in the successful Mystery Case Files series from Big Fish The Mystery Case Files series is Big Fish’s most successful hidden object adventure series, with over 100 million franchise downloads.
Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove, Sacred Grove returns franchise fans to one of their most favorite plot locations. Dire Grove has been plunged into a record-defying cold, and wild animals threaten at every turn! You’ve been called in to uncover the source of the town’s troubles. But you quickly find yourself in the middle of a feud between the local hunters and the mysterious Mistwalkers who live in the woods. Can you prevent an all-out war? Pick your gender and use an innovative deduction mechanic as you try to discover the secret behind Dire Grove’s curse!
This game also took a long while to download, also in between the other 2 in length. It's also the same for difficulty. If you've played the Mystery Games before, then you'll love this latest addition.
All 3 of the games really make you think and work your brain, while having fun! So if you're looking to de-stress this holiday season, download a couple of the new Big Fish games and keep your brain active while you have some fun!
About Big Fish Games
Founded in 2002, Big Fish is the world's largest producer of casual games; dedicated to bringing engaging entertainment to everyone, anywhere, on any device. Through its proprietary, data-driven platform, millions of consumers seeking engaging entertainment easily discover and play PC and mobile games created by Big Fish's in-house studios and its network of more than 140 exclusive development partners. The company has distributed more than 2 billion games from a growing catalog of 3,000+ unique PC games and 300+ unique mobile games. In 2012, the company entered the free-to-play market with top-grossing free-to-play games offered for both PCs and mobile devices. Big Fish's games are played in 150 countries on a wide variety of devices and in several languages.