Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Black Cat
It?s A Big Step Up
GAME COMPLETED SEVERAL TIMES
Ah, the charming M. Dupin is back with a new investigation, and has asked his ?talented assistant? (that?s you ? he?s so sweet!) to help find a missing woman. Mysteriously, a black cat is the one to greet us on our arrival, and throughout the game he points us in the right direction to new evidence and clues. That you are no longer an apprentice and must meet new, higher, standards of investigation soon becomes obvious.
This game is a big step up from the original Dark Tales: Murders In Rue Morgue. Besides a different and more complex story requiring much more independent thinking, we have dozens of interactive HOS to scour. They are still beautifully crafted, a step closer to the pastel colours ERS are known for, and the item list still doesn?t tell you which items are interactive. We now visit all those HOS twice.
We have a lot more puzzles ? though still not many by today?s standards ? and they are still easy. However, we now get instructions for some of them. And they combine with an increase in the adventure content to radically change the nature of the game play. We are at liberty to wander all the sites already opened at our leisure, and with no hint button and no map, you could be at it for quite a bit before you get back on course. The journal is a great way to keep the story in mind and describes events well, but is no real use as a guide.
This is where the Dark Tales series first dips its toe into the world of true HOPA games, and the experience is a nicely paced adventure perfect for the intermediate player and/or Edgar Allan Poe fans.
PS. Crazy cat ladies might enjoy chasing a black cat through the grounds of a dilapidated estate as well!
April 3, 2013
Another Edgar Allen Poe story made into a game
Review after finishing the game:
+ long game
+ adequate graphics
+ classic Edgar Allen Poe Story (which I did not know before)...
+ that for some reason sent some chills down my spine, even though there was nothing scary about it
+ good mixture of puzzles ranging from the brain dead easy to the impossible (slider puzzle)
o Items are put back into a given hidden object scene
o would have liked a minimap for fast movement...
o ...and a little "Area clear" sign
- Items not true to size
- Some riddles make no sense: Why not just move the rocking chair aside instead of building a contraption? Why do I have to light one candle on a chandelier (how do I reach it when one scene later I can't climb a fountain?) and the next in a chimney (chandelier doesn't work on the second candle)?
- lots of senseless running around to find something to do in a scene
Bottom Line: Despite some quirks that wouldn't have been necessary this one is a very good game.
December 22, 2011
So Very Good, A Must Buy
Great game. Challenging. Tough puzzles. Great HOG.
Not being a Poe fan I wasn't sure it I really wanted to play this but thought I'd give it a try. WOW what a great game. The graphics were great. I really like games that are true to the period and relative size of things. This game was. The objects were not hidden in a column or beam unless it was a number, images or the like. If it was an object, it was or it was obviously a drawing. I like that too.
It was long also. I like that too. You know where the plot is going but hey, it's Poe so that's no surprise. The HOGs were great, the puzzles fantastic. I'm going to try out other Dark Tales, even though I don't really like dark themes. If the game play is good I can pretty much ignore the rest.
November 23, 2011
This is one of the first games I ever purchased and it was well worth it. The game features an engaging storyline based on a short story by Edgar Allan Poe (if you haven't read it, you definitely should). The graphics are amazing. Along with the music, they create a wonderfully gothic/romantic atmosphere, totally in keeping with the time period and literary genre of Poe. The puzzles are really nice, not too hard or too easy, and there are plenty of them along with a nice mix of HO scenes. Definitely recommend this game to anyone, but especially to Poe fans.
February 26, 2012
Another winner for ERS games and all Poe fans
What can I say, a must have for any Poe fan! The story line was classic and kept me interested all the way through. Although the puzzles had no intructions once again they are simple enough to solve or skip if you have to. The background music was excellent for the story, no VO though. Just long enough to keep you wanting more. PS: Look out for the chicken! LOL This second story in the Poe trilogy exceeded my expectations and is one I will play again for sure! Can't wait to start the Premature Burial!
March 23, 2012
Dark Tales: EAP's Black Cat
One of my favorite games from ERS games. It is creepy, dark and has a good storyline. The ending really creeps me out, and there are so many things to see and explore in this game, good game length and good amount of puzzles and mini games. Recommended this to buy :)
June 9, 2012
I found this game to be one of the best games ever! However I was tying to get through it without the help of the walkthrough.......no way!! Expect the unexpected!
December 6, 2011
Another Home Run !
Loved this HOG!! I really enjoy this series , long in length, interesting enough to hold my interest. Love the graphics! Highly recommend, very much worth the money.
February 26, 2012
Amazing storyline and gameplay
Keeps you on edge, great storyline, fun!
June 4, 2013
I've tired of straight hidden object games, but this game has plenty of puzzles and a good story to balance out the hidden object scenes. Just challenging enough without being too hard. Easy to see screens, not to dark or cluttered. One of my favorite games!
November 16, 2011