Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Black Cat
Could have been great...wasn't.
I read the story after buying the game and do like the games version better since it fleshes it out more. The scenes are absolutely beautiful and the music is lovely... except that it runs on a really short loop and plays the same thing over and over again. I muted it within minutes, something I rarely do. Why do I hate it? Because there is absolutely no rhyme or reason to anything you do. There is no using your brain and working through the problem, just stumbling from room to room hoping for some tiny little crumb to go on.
Example: I would say "spoiler" but seriously, who's going to remember this??? You need a gear for a telescope...found it but it's bent...here's a vise to use to straighten it out...but the handle is missing...gotta get through this door but the lock/handle are broke...use the saw the cut through the lock...but the saw is too thick, take the blade out of the handle...but the blade is too sharp, find something to wrap it with...take wrapped saw blade and cut your way into the room...puzzle on the wall missing a piece...oh here's a wax statue...melt the statue on the boiler, there's the missing puzzle piece...replace the puzzle piece and work the puzzle, get a piece of chalk...go to the table and grind the chalk in the mortar & pestle...mix the chalk with the vinegar in the distiller to make "steam" to cause the key that found its way to the bottom of the distiller, to rise to the top...take the key and open a cupboard...take the vise handle, place it in the vise and fix the gear...place the gear in the telescope and discover you're missing a lens. WHAT???
I like a game that makes me think. This one made me pull my hair out. Ignore all the great reviews, I wish I had, and try it before you buy it. Seriously.
October 22, 2012
I expected better
I purchased this game largely because of the description and, more importantly, the reviews.
I started playing it. I keep getting caught in circles with nothing to do. The "action" is difficult to find and very obscure.
I looked on the blog. Seems that other people also get stuck for long periods of time, can't find items, have restarted the game multiple times. Items are missing.
All in all, this is a very difficult game in that you know what you need,but finding it and then using it (you must click exactly the right part of an item, or it doesn't work) , well let's just say, that the game is not user friendly.
There is no map function so if you can't refind a room, you are just stuck. There is no hint function so that if you are stuck, you are given a point where to go. There are items that are clicked and they have no purpose.
All in all, this game is just frustrating and annoying,
Don't bother getting it.
October 15, 2012
A great big "Meh"
Way, way too many HOS! Every two minutes, so annoying. They use them as fillers for a really boring plot and no substance. No maps, clunky navigating, the navigating button is too close to your inventory so I found myself opening objects when I just wanted to exit the area. You never leave the house grounds, just have to go back to drab rooms in the house time and again for really obscure items. I would give this one a pass, there are much better games to spend your money on. Stick to the Mystery Case Files games, they always give you your moneys worth. I actually found myself nodding off with this one, and that's never happened in 10 plus years of BF Games.
May 26, 2014
A study in eye strain
Two problems, no hint system whatsoever outside HOS and in those, the items are so small it strains not only the eye but the patience. I used the hint on some items only to find something so small and many times just a little tiny outline hidden in a dark area of the scene that there was NO WAY I would have found it. Spending so much time in the HOS's took time away from the game and they were many...It seemed that every time I turned around...another HOS that I got frustrated and quit the game.
March 27, 2014
Edgar Allen Poe /black cat
Worst game I ever played---waste of money---hated it
Like a challenge but this one never made sense
July 26, 2012