Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Premature Burial Collector's Edition
Not to hard, not too easy - enjoyed playing this game!
December 22, 2011
Liked this game. Especially today for the sale price of $6.99. Great HO, storyline, sound etc. The Only thing is it does not have a "hint" button.
November 7, 2012
ERS does Edgar Allan Poe Beautifully
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's Premature Burial is the third in a series of EAP thrillers from ERS Game Studios.
Who doesn't like a good Edgar Allan Poe story as the basis of a game? Especially when it means Inspector Dupin is back on the case and we get to assist! The opening and subsequent cut-scenes are well done. And we learn right away that there's a spirit on the loose and she's more than a little upset over something. We soon discover, that this spirit, as angry as she may be, is not the object of our current investigation--Victorine is..a woman who died under mysterious circumstances and was quickly buried, without ceremony by her rich husband. Even more intriguing is the person who has hired us to investigate the death of Victorine, Victorine's lover. (Hmmm...angry spirit, dead wife, secret lover...so far all very good reasons for someone to be upset)
The story continues and unfolds very well. The voice overs for the characters are outstanding. The graphics and cut scenes are excellent and what we have come to expect from ERS. The music...well, let's just say it's best if you play without the music.
The greatest disappointment to me in this game were the HOS. I thought the art work in the scenes to be substandard, items were not readily identifiable or listed incorrectly, plus there was a level of "clicky-picky" that got to be very frustrating in the interactive HOS and all interactive graphic scenes in the game as well (trying to put objects on tables, etc.). Most of the puzzles are easy to medium, but they were unique and interesting and fun to play.
Total play time for me using the mode where the skip/hint button recharges more slowly and active zones are not highlighted, using no hints and no skips and no Strategy Guide was 4.0 hours. The bonus game added an additional 1.0 hour, for a total of 5.0 hours game time. The bonus game does NOT affect the ending of the game and will not diminish the enjoyment of those who decide to purchase the Standard Edition, which is what I recommend.
November 14, 2011
Good Game Except for HOS
This game would have been outstanding except for the HOS. The sound and cut scenes were all great. The graphics were great except for the HOS. The HOS scenes were dark, objects were difficult/impossible to find and some were mis-identified. For example, a "bowl" actually looked like a goblet and a "goose" actually looked like a duckling. Also some of the "use an object to find another object" scenes were extremely picky about where you clicked.
The story line was good, but the difficulty with the HOS was so frustrating. About halfway through, I started using the SG to find objects and even it had some issues.
The bonus chapter was ok, but not worth the money for a CE. I would recommend purchasing the standard version of this game.
I really enjoyed Murders in the Rue Morgue and was looking forward to playing this game. Had the issue with the HOS not been so frustrating, the game would have been awesome.
July 30, 2012
Excellent game, but......
Having really enjoyed "Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's Black Cat" except for the strategy guide, I bought this one after playing the trial. In at least two respects this is a major improvement over it's predecessor. Unlike the Black Cat game, the strategy guide in this one keeps your place and, also, unlike the previous game, this one has voice-overs that I thought were well done. As with the previous game, the graphics are very good and the HOG scenes are good, somewhat challenging, and there are enough of them for my taste.
Now for the negative aspect, which for me was a deal-breaker. I was really liking the game until I got to the Voodoo shop and saw where the player is required to interact with a ouiji board. Had I known what a planchet (sp?) was in the previous HOG scene, I would have become suspicious as soon as it was put into the inventory. Due to my Christian beliefs, I am uncomfortable with occult themes so I immediately stopped playing the game. I wish BF would post warnings to indicate occult themes because the video did not show any. Had it not been for the occult themes and, especially if the player was not required to interact with them, I would have given the game 5 stars. Sorry, but I cannot recommend any game with occult themes. (Just my humble opinion).
November 20, 2011
It was fun
Based on the demo this game was pretty fun. I wandered around in the beginning a bit trying to figure out what to do but I like that there's no hint button to tell you....I was forced to not be lazy. The hidden object scenes are challenging and so are the puzzles. I liked it, but I won't be buying it. The story was too slow for me. I found myself not even caring about the story, I just wanted to explore the town.
September 3, 2013