I think it’s important that a person is capable of recognizing their strengths and weaknesses. You need a book read and/or reviewed? I’m your girl. You need something painted or otherwise crafted in an artsy way? Yeah, not so much. I admire the heck out of people who are able to create lovely things, but I am not amongst their ranks.
Which is why I was intrigued when I came across Dark Canvas: A Brush With Death. Art and a mystery? Sign me up!
Dark Canvas: A Brush With Death is the story of a woman (you) who must travel to a small town in Europe to rescue her daughter who has mysteriously disappeared. The mystery takes a turn for the bizarre when you discover the town has been plagued by a rash of strange deaths that have all been predicted in the paintings of a local artist. Now, you must not only fight for your daughter, but also get to the bottom of who’s really wreaking havoc in this usually peaceful town.
I’m going to go ahead and admit Dark Canvas: A Brush With Death wasn’t my favorite game. I felt like there was a LOT of unnecessary wandering around, and that the plot advanced at a painfully slow pace. I also found a bunch of little continuity issues, and there’s nothing I hate more than when the big picture is screwed up in the details (It’s hard to enjoy the forest when you know all the trees are from the wrong region and climate.)
Anyway, I also found the puzzles to be a little hit-or-miss (meaning I either rocked them or couldn’t figure them out) and the back-and-forth between awesome and awful started to annoy me pretty quickly. I will say, there was a nice assortment of hidden object areas, and those areas were few and far between. The only thing I like better than a mix up of hidden object areas is the complete absence of them. So, on that front, I was pretty pleased with Dark Canvas: A Brush With Death.
I’m pretty sure the only thing that got me through this game was our Dark Canvas: A Brush With Death Walkthrough. Our amazing walkthrough guru positively stuffed this thing full of insider know-how and amazing custom screenshots. Whenever I began to fall into the pit of I’m-Never-Getting-Out-Of-Here Despair all I had to do was glimpse over for a bit of helpful advice to get myself moving again.
There are plenty of things to like about Dark Canvas: A Brush With Death, especially if you’re looking for a long and drawn-out gaming experience. Since you’re here, and our amazing walkthrough is here, why not go ahead and give it a try?