Little Briar Rose
Almost everyone knows the story of Briar Rose, or more commonly known as Sleeping Beauty, thanks to Disney. A princess falls under a curse that puts her and her whole kingdom to sleep, thick briar bushes fill the forest leading to the kingdom, and the only way to break the curse is for a prince to awaken her with a true love's kiss. Elf Games' free indie point-and-click adventure Little Briar Rose brings us back to this tale we all enjoyed from our childhood, but takes a different look at the tale. Namely, how the Prince got to the castle in the first place. These are magical thorny vines so the good old hack and slash won't do. Thankfully the woods are full of magical creatures needing help and some talking to and your little Prince is armed to do just that. This beautiful little tale will remind you of all the magic of your childhood. Just be sure to get the puzzles right the first time, or there won't be any happily ever after for your prince.
Little Briar Rose isn't very long and with only six screens there is going to be some back tracking. While items solve most of the puzzles, you'll need to talk to almost everyone you've met to be set on the right track. This isn't a game where you can skip over dialog, but the pacing is done really well. You're never stuck in an overly long monologue that you don't have any interest in, and even the dialog keeps you in the fairy tale mindset. The beautiful stained glass artwork really sets the atmosphere, and though it seems that this kind of artwork could be distracting from items needed to be picked up, the great interface makes it easy to spot and lets you know quite clearly what you can do on the screen. Items are easily given to the NPCs you need them to go to but be careful... give enough people the wrong item and your little prince will become lost forever in the woods. A new one comes to take his place, with a different name and a different shade of hair but the journey can continue, so the only loss is if you've grown attached to your little hero. Little Briar Rose is a marvelous adventure that feels just like the perfect bedtime story and a great one to start or end your day with.
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