Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Gold Bug
Another Great Poe thriller.
Loved the CE version but had to wait for this one to save $. Great story and beaufiful graphics and the Newfoundlander dog Athur who is a great helper if digging up extra clues. I enjoyed all the other Poe Dark Tales so I'm sure I'll enjoy this one too. Can't wait to play the rest of the game. I will be buying it right away.
February 8, 2013
Not worth CE edition
I was very disappointed with this game, as I've enjoyed the other Edgar Allen Poe games. This seemed shorter and, at times, there was no logical reason to the next required step. The Hint system is virtually worthless as it just shows you things to do and does not indicate what's next. If you miss a step along the way it can be quite tedious to find it. The varied HOS scenes were good though - causing you to have to solve a puzzle within the HOS in order to find the next object. Game puzzles were average, at best. Overall, not worth the CE version and not up to previous version standards.
February 11, 2013
ONE TERRIFIC GAME
Exciting, fast-paced adventure ? easy to follow and skillful plot. Outstanding graphics, inspiring music, beautifully conceived details. Good voice overs. At the beginning, I thought play was rather simplistic and easy (no question of where to go or what to do), but it became tougher to figure out the puzzles and HOS as the game continued. Just my type of game. You can play casual, advanced or real detective (no help at all) modes. You can unlock and play hidden objects and puzzles to your heart?s content in the SE and CE editions, as well as a movie, music, bonus chapter, concept art and a screen saver in the CE edition as you complete the game. A well designed game. You find the cutest little Newfoundland puppy, complete with bow, to help in your quest. I'd buy the CE if you can. Extras well worth it.
February 15, 2013
people, can we please demand more challenging games? these are no longer interactive puzzle games. They are like the daily word search puzzles to occupy the mundane waiting for a bus. Zero challenge and disheartening to see the masses drinking the mediocrity Kool-Aid. read a book.
February 9, 2013
This was a fair game, but not like the others in the series. I liked the other ones better. The story wasn't as good and neither was the game play. This was not a awful game so I gave it 4 stars.
February 9, 2013
Relaxing Game, But Too Easy and Too Short
This game is enjoyable enough, but not much of a challenge. Basic tasks, easy puzzles, and I completed it in just a few hours. This might be a good one for kids or for beginners. There's nothing scary or graphic. I did like that it wasn't frustrating in any way. But I expected more.
February 10, 2013
Just an Okay Game
I have all the other Dark Tales games. They were better than this one. The game was way too easy to play. No challenge. Storyline was good. Glad I didn't buy the CE. Had the whole game played in two hours. If you are one that likes a calm game without brain work, this is the game for you.
February 11, 2013
DUPIN IS STILL A TOTAL BABE! :-D
Review based on completed game in casual mode.
Animation/VOS - Excellent
IHOS - Silhouettes and lists, small objects, repeated.
Puzzles/Mini-Games - Variety of difficulty levels. Skip, to me, had a moderate recharge.
Hint - Fast recharge, gives clues and directions.
Loved my helper, Arthur, a Newfoundland. :-D
Misclick Penalty - None
Map - None. Would have been nice. You will need a good pair of walking shoes. There is a built-in strategy guide.
Journal - Records items found.
To my surprise, in addition to the strategy guide, there was also additional game play of hos and puzzles just like a CE. I chose not to play the additional games.
The storyline was a bit tedious to me. Preferred the previous Poe mysteries. Since it does have a good mix of hos and puzzles, this game will appeal to just about every player no matter what genre you prefer. Give it a whirl and enjoy.
March 11, 2013
Very disappointed with this one
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's... The Black Cat; Premature Burial... those were decent games, & i was looking for similar quality here, fully expecting to enjoy another jaunt with Dupin and solve another engrossing mystery. I gotta be honest: i couldn't make myself finish this game which, for me, just doesn't make the cut. Cartoonish, washed out graphics, over-simplistic and under-developed storyline, and gameplay that was so bloody boring i had to bid Adieu to Dupin, possibly forever, sigh. There was essentially no challenge to the play - move there, pick up that, put it there, over & over, without building on this extremely simplified storyline... the entire content seemed to be made to appeal to young first timers - which is fine i suppose, but I expected a better experience with the name of Poe attached to the game, after having so enjoyed previous installments in the series. This game just felt like a rush job, not well executed, and yeah, painfully boring. Maybe i expect some growth in a game series... progress, enhancements in art, story, gameplay, etc. But imo this dev doesn't deliver at all on this one, & even for gamers who are new to the venue, there are lots of games out there that are so much better than this. You can sniff 'em out. This one smells like failure. Sorry, but i would not recommend this game.
March 7, 2013
Review of Completed Game...
Let me start by saying i used to LOVE this series. USED to is the key word here. When demoing the CE, I had written off this game for having too many Hidden Object scenes, which it does, but having looked at a walkthrough, there are only 8 hidden object scenes that you play twice each. So I thought maybe I had overreacted....I should have stuck with my first opinion...
The game HAS AN ENDING in the SE mode so thats a huge plus for me as most of the ERS games I own the SE of, have a cliffhanger. So kudos for that. The plot was disjointed however. The thief wasn't scary at all. He had a cape and converse shoes. I love me some converse shoes but they don't really scream scary more like skateboard kid. There were lots of things to do but a lot were completely ILLOGICAL in my opinion.
Also, a huge downfall for me was the hint button. I played on the hardest mode BUT the hint button worked outside of the hidden object scenes supposedly. The hint button worked to give direction til about halfway through the game when it started giving me directions to places there was nothing to do. Places that used to be hidden object scenes but I had already done the scene or it would take me into a room but then the second I got there took me back out. It basically malfunctioned which would have been fine if there was a map but there wasn't. That cost me lots of time wandering around aimlessly so I had to stop and look at a walkthrough. I can't remember the last time I needed a walkthrough for a game. Sometimes that doesn't bother me BUT in this case when there is a hint button that is SUPPOSED to work, it bothers me I had to step out of the game to go see a solution and when I had the solution, it was things like...I didn't put it in the sweet spot or some illogical thing that made no sense. So I was really really annoyed by the end.
The graphics as always are spot on with ERS. My other big complaint is, if Im playing in the hardest mode it means I don't want sparkles on anything and when ERS says it has no sparkles, it lies because there are sparkles on every hidden object scene. Mentioning Hidden Object scenes...there were a lot of back to back ones that really irritated me. Sometimes it was the same scene I had just played~! There is a part between chapter 2 and 3 that is VERY Hidden object heavy...then it thins out for awhile but then it goes back to that really heavyness only its the "new" type scenes. I usually like those however in this game, they didn't make sense. I needed hints to figure out what to even do...
And then I hit the last hidden object scene in the pirate ship...Until then I was going to give this game 4 stars...Its an okay game, I liked it okay until this scene because I have just played "redemption cemetery-grave testimony SE" and in that game, in one of the chapters, is a pirate boat theme which I really enjoyed at the time...
HOWEVER, all the exact drawings and characters and colors were in gold bug so its RECYCLED MATERIAL. That really irritates me because if Im buying a game, it needs to be new material, not the same old stuff, rehashed in a new game. I was really appalled at that and already annoyed at the fact the hint button doesn't work and that there are too many scenes back to back and the sparkles so thats why I give it 3 stars and I recommend it to ERS lovers but if you are like me and have played tons of these games for many years, this just does not measure up to my standards of what a good game is supposed to consist of. And boo to me for doubting my first instincts and buying this. Money talks and until this company listens, I am no longer buying ERS games.
March 6, 2013