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ERS Game Studios proudly presents the next installment of the Dark Tales series!

The sole heir to the Metzengerstein line is being plagued by visions of a mysterious spirit shrouded in fog. You and your faithful friend Dupin set out for Hungary to get to the bottom of things. But what starts as a routine investigation quickly takes a dark turn when the ghost kidnaps Frederica! Can you uncover the dark past of the family and rescue her before it's too late? Find out in this chilling hidden-object puzzle adventure!

  • The Metzengerstein curse takes a strange turn in the bonus game!
  • Earn achievements and find collectible cards from the Dark Tales series!
  • Replay your favorite mini-games and hidden-object puzzles
  • Get music, wallpapers, and art from the game
  • Try the integrated Strategy Guide!

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  • OS: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 10
  • CPU: 1.4 GHz
  • RAM: 1024 MB
  • DirectX: 9.0
  • Hard Drive: 1206 MB

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Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's Metzengerstein Collector's Edition 3.4 5 31 31
A Rose by any Name... Even though I can't pronounce the name, I loved the game! I've been waiting to finish playing since I had the chance to start this in Beta testing. I was thrilled from the start. For me it seems that ERS very seldom lets me down. I may stumble over the family name but I sure didn't stumble over great puzzles and intriguing story line. Hope you enjoy this game as much as I did! July 21, 2016
LOVE ALL THE DARK TALES GAMES Several months ago, I got the chance to play this game, but I can't recall if it was a CE or an SE version. All I know is that I LOVED it, and couldn't wait until it's release. It has everything the other 'Dark Tales' stories has: an interactive map that not only transports you but closes off scenes once you've completed them. Fun interactive HOS, and not so hard (at least in the demo) mini-games and puzzles. I don't usually buy CE's, as they are too expensive, plus I can do without all of the extras. But I just couldn't wait until the SE version comes out, so I immediately purchased this game. If you like the other Dark Tales games, you'll like this one just as much, possibly a little bit more. Enjoy! July 21, 2016
Enjoyable New Entry in the Dark Tales Series I really enjoyed this latest entry in the Series featuring Edgar Allen Poe's Dupin. The puzzles were not TOO challenging and the HO scenes were not over used in the game. The story line is interesting and not one of Poe's that I was familiar with which made for a nice change of pace. I liked the fact that we weren't chasing morphing objects and only had one set of collectibles to deal with in the game. I do believe it is suitable for all skill sets from beginner to advanced. I highly recommend to give this game a try and see for your self. July 21, 2016
Gloomy, but fun enough The art is sharp and appropriate but gloomy The music, I cannot even remember, though it was not turned off. I did not notice it. I did, however, play all but 4 minutes of the demo without noticing how long I was playing. Basically, I got sucked into the gameplay. That's the mark of a really good game, to me. So to me it is a five star game. Even though I agree with other reviewers that there is nothing new or particularly special here, being entertained without getting stuck or thinking "well that was stupid." Try it. You might agree. July 23, 2016
DUPIN RETURNS TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ON THE ?FAMILY FEUD? BASED ON THE DEMO: OVERVIEW: Follow me ? as we return to 1847 Hungary in a dark mystery game with a ghostly masked figure, a family curse, and a tragic love story. Dupin is back in a game based on Poe?s first short story. As the assistant to Dupin, find yourself embroiled in a feud between two families and a love story reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet. I find this a decent 5 star game. The story is engaging; the pace is decent; and the graphics are dark and brooding providing an excellent background for a macabre Poe story. There are only four HOP scenes in the demo, two of which are storybook to provide some background on the story. The puzzles are varied and some contain a ?casual? and ?hard? setting. Your ?helper? in this game is a camera to take pictures every time you see a purple fog in the scene. The pictures provide information you need in playing the game. You collect 15 cards relating to the Poe stories. You can replay both the HOP scenes and the mini-games and there are 18 achievements. STORY: Will the feud between the Berlifitzing and the Metzengerstein families ever end? Someone has attacked Frederica and the Metzengerstein family has asked Dupin to investigate. When a masked stranger kidnaps Frederica, you are off to find her. A budding romance between Frederica and the son of the rival family, Wilhelm, has ended in tragedy when Wilhelm is killed, burned in a fire. Was her father responsible for his death, not wishing her to marry due to a bitter feud and the Berlifitzing family curse? And who is the masked stranger lurking in the shadows? HOP SCENES: In the demo, the HOP scenes consist of two storybook scenes, a list of items to locate and a mini-HOP scene. PUZZLES: Returning are the ?hard? and ?casual? versions of SOME of the puzzles. There are a couple of manual dexterity puzzles. One of these is a tracing puzzle and the other is one in which you ride a horse while avoiding obstacles in the road. Other puzzles include a switch puzzle to recreate a picture of a ?Poe raven.? The ?hard? setting I found a little difficult in this puzzle. The other puzzles include a very easy sequence puzzle and a sequence of two moving tiles puzzles involving skulls. There are some puzzles in the inventory as well including an assembly puzzle to create a bucket. LEVELS: Casual, Advanced, Hard, Custom Hints and Skips: 5 to 200 seconds EXTRAS: Map is provided as you play the game You get a camera to take pictures. Take pictures every time you see the fog. You receive a picture which will help you in the game. 18 Achievements Collect 15 cards Strategy guide Replay 16 Mini-games and 21 HOP scenes 10 Wallpapers, 5 Screensavers, 7 Concept Art, Music and Movies HERE ARE THE DETAILS (SPOILERS) FOR THOSE WANT MORE INFORMATION ON THE HOP SCENES AND MINI-PUZZLES IN SEQUENCE HOP SCENES: A. Storybook sequence. Locate items listed in colored letters. B. Storybook sequence. Locate items listed in colored letters. Return to the same scene to continue the story C. List of items to locate D. Locate 12 nails. PUZZLES: Puzzle Rating: (1) Extremely easy 2) Easy (3) A little difficult or time consuming (4) Moderately difficult (5) Difficult A. Inventory puzzle: Assembly puzzle: Assemble a lighter from inventory items. B. Manual dexterity puzzle. Trace two symbols. Rating: 2 C. Switch puzzle. Choice between Casual and Hard settings. Switch tiles to recreate a picture of a raven. Rating: Casual 3 Hard 4 D. Moving tiles puzzle. Move letters on a purse to the correct position based on a diagram. Rating: 1 E. Inventory puzzle. Sliding tiles. Slide 3 rings to recreate a picture. Rating: 1 F. Inventory puzzle. Open a lock. Press numbers to open a lock according to a code Rating: 1 G. Matching pairs. Match up pipes to remove them. Rating: 1 H. Sequence puzzle. Move horseshoes in the proper order to open a lock to a gate. Rating: 1 I. Manual dexterity puzzle. Guide a horse down the road by avoiding obstacles in its path. Rating: 2 J. Inventory puzzle: Assembly puzzle. Assemble a bucket. Rating: 1 K. Moving tiles puzzle. Slide skulls into the proper slots by color. 2X Increases in difficult. Rating: first puzzle ? 2; second puzzle - 3 L. Inventory puzzle. Switch puzzle. According to a diagram, switch stars into the correct position July 21, 2016
Restore the Metzengerstein line and banish a spirit in this extraordinary edition!!! Wow! This edition really raises the bar for the entire Dark Tales Series. The story starts with the main character taking a trip to Hungary, where the Metzengerstein royal family needs your help. As it happens, the sole heir is being tormented by some kind of fog spirit, and you are the only one who can help. Equipped with all sorts of devices and tricks, you set out to find out more about the ghost and maybe find a way to get rid of it once and for all. It?s the 19th century, and you?ve been summoned together with Detective Dupin by the influential Metzengerstein family of Budapest. The case ? their daughter Federica is being terrorized by an unidentified individual who masquerades as a ghost with a fog in tow. Just when you think nothing could be more eerie than the case, you uncover a story of forbidden love that set the wheels turning in this exciting addition to the series. The game begins with a slightly lengthy introductory cut scene that shows Federica almost kidnapped by the man-ghost wearing a bird mask and surrounded by a purple fog, only to be rescued by a shotgun-toting person wearing a skull mask and a hat. After that, you plunge into the game proper. What a plunge it is indeed! The Hidden object puzzles in this game are remarkable. Your first ever puzzle also doubles as a narrative device ? it?s a diary by the Metzengerstein daughter detailing her misgivings and the story of her unfulfilled love for a man named Wilhelm, whose family her father believes is cursed. The text in the diary is used as the clue to find out which object you?ll be looking for in the puzzle. The game also includes a unique feature ? it allows you to photograph some scenes in order to reveal clues that will help solve a nearby puzzle. For instance, you take a photograph of the box containing Federica?s diary to find out what the code is so you can unlock it. I was super impressed by this game for it's unique story and fantastic graphics, sound/SFX and spot on voice acting. I highly recommend this game and give it 5 stars across the board. Thank you Big Fish for continuing this series. I haven't enjoyed a spooky thriller like this in a long time!!! . ? August 10, 2016
The Hatfield's And The McCoys of Budapest First of all, my grandparents came to America when they were around 13 years old. Even though they lived in the states most of their lives, they had very strong accents, and never could pronounce words correctly that began with the letter v, they would pronounce it with a w, vine sounded like wine every single time, even at the ripe ole age of 84. This game is supposed to take place in Budapest Hungary, yet they don't have even a hint of an accent, German or Hungarian? If all of the people doing the voiceovers speak perfect English. then why not have the game take place in America? Oh well, minor details right? Dark Tales has another Edgar Allan Poe story to tell, a story about the Hatfield's and the McCoys, well actually the Metzengerstein's and the Berlifitzing's (no v's to worry about here) These two wealthy neighbor's have been feuding since the beginning of time, and Detective Dupin's services are required when Frederica von Metzengerstein becomes the victim of a what her father believes is a harbinger of the family curse! This ghostly apparition tries to lure Frederica to the dark side as he demands she follow him, through the purple fog, but a hero hidden behind a cloak always seems to save her just in the nick of time. Could Death himself be calling her to the afterlife? Is the hero hidden in the shadows trying to save Frederica to break the family curse? Who knows but surely, Detective Dupin can sort all the facts out and solve yet another Dark Tales mystery. Why only 4 stars? In my opinion, the storyline is good but not great. The game seems stagnant at times, it seems to drag on and take too long getting from point A to point B. The Hidden Object Scenes are repetitive, not only are the scene locations repeated, but most of the HOP's are the same type, finding Keywords while Frederica reads her diary. I also think this game offers very little for a Collector's Edition. There are Achievements to earn as most CE's offer, but the only real feature is 15 Collectible cards that can be found tucked away in a zoom zone occasionally. The Mini Games offer nothing new, and really nothing exciting. A few of the games are available with a difficulty mode of Casual or Hard, but not many of them which is unusual for this series. Below are brief descriptions of some of the games you'll encounter during the demo: 1) Trace symbols with the mouse aka candle, without going outside of the outlined shape. 2) Complete the picture by swapping triangles to available highlighted slots. 3) Move the letters to their correct spots based on the clue. 4) Rotate three discs to complete the picture. 5) Set the correct combination to the lock. 6) Turn 4 horseshoes in the correct order, turning one horseshoe may affect others. 7) Move skulls to their correct slots based on color, along the tracks, skulls cannot cross over each other. This Collector's Edition has 18 Achievements, 13 replayable videos, 10 Wallpapers, 7 Concept Art pictures, 5 Screensavers, 3 Music Soundtracks, 16 replayable Mini Games, 21 replayable Hidden Object Scenes, 15 Collectible cards, a built in Strategy Guide and a Bonus Chapter, enjoy! July 21, 2016
A FAMILY FEUD TURNS DEADLY OR DOES IT? Detective Dupin is back in the latest Dark Tales game Metzengerstein. You have traveled with Dupin to Hungary at the request of Mary von Metzengerstein whose daughter was attacked by what she calls a ghost. After you arrive on the scene you find that the attack could have been the result of a very long family feud. So now it is time to roll up your sleeves and delve into a new Dark Tales mystery. Alas, my favorite game detective has undergone some changes in recent years and he now looks rather worn and tired but I guess being involved in all these strange mysteries over the years has taken its toll; or maybe it is because he is now traveling in one of those rare and dangerous, early automated carriages that caused problems in the mid-19th century ? lol. The graphics are as dark and gloomy as they are in most of the EAP Dark Tales games, and in Metzengerstein they create a perfect setting for the game?s theme. The sound package was mediocre at best with the voice acting being very bland, with not even an attempt at the proper accents. The game offers four modes of gameplay including a custom setting. In the Custom mode you can set the hint and skip buttons in a range of 5 to 200 seconds. There are 5 chapters in the game and when the demo ended I was beginning Chapter 3 so this might be a short game. Your tools include an interactive map and also a camera that will provided filmed clues. The HOP scenes are fairly standard but do include some variety. During the demo there were two storybook type HOPS where you must find the bold print items that are hidden in the scenes, a standard list type scene, and one where you find a certain number of an item. Most of the scenes are revisited but they usually change in ?type?. I didn?t notice an option to switch to an alternate match 3 game rather than looking for objects. The mini-games were well integrated into the gameplay but they were fairly typical of puzzles normally presented by this developer. I didn?t find any of them to be difficult during the demo but they usually become more challenging as the game progresses. One feature I like is that we can choose the level of difficulty on some mini-games. My least favorite types of mini-games are those manual dexterity types, particularly the ones where we are racing along a path and must avoid obstacles. The CE package is very ?light? but it does include a limited number of collectibles to find and achievements to earn as you play the game. The remainder of the package includes a bonus game, the strategy guide, replay of mini-games and HOP scenes, wallpapers, screensavers, concept artwork, music and replay of the cutscenes or movies. If you happen to Dark Tales Metzengerstein is a study in family dynamics. What happens when your family is embroiled in a long-term feud that has deadly consequences? As much as I love this developer, the Dark Tales games are not my favorites and this game seems somewhat tedious and plodding ? at least in the beginning. Even though I only played the demo before stopping to review the game, I must say there are times when the game seems quite chilling, particularly towards the end of the demo time. I love good mystery games but don?t particularly care for bloody scenes or gruesome images. The game is not excellent but it is good and I did find myself hitting the buy button. Even though I didn?t care for the scene at the end of the demo, I have to continue the game to find out who, or what, is behind the mystery. These ?cliff-hanger? endings will get me every time! I highly recommend that you try the demo before you buy to see if this is a game you will enjoy. July 21, 2016
That's "Metz-AHN-ger-steen" Setting: Budapest, Hungary. To quote from the original Edgar Allen Poe story, "The families of Berlifitzing and Metzengerstein had been at variance for centuries. Never before were two houses so illustrious, mutually embittered by hostility so deadly. The origin of this enmity seems to be found in the words of an ancient prophecy ? ?A lofty name shall have a fearful fall when, as the rider over his horse, the mortality of Metzengerstein shall triumph over the immortality of Berlifitzing.?" Ok, so we do have Poe and Inspector Dupin, so it can't be all bad, right? Its a shame I can't say the same for the voices. No accents whatsoever. Dupin is even referred to as mon-se-your (somewhere the French are cringing). The artwork is fine, pretty much what you would expect from the creators of the Puppetshow series. In fact, you'll hear a brief clip of Puppetshow music at the very beginning. Game play consists of 15 mini-games and 21 HO scenes. There are no morphing objects. Most of the mini-games during the demo were simple, but there were a couple that you will work at a little. One was a three-stage puzzle arranging objects according to color with each stage having a different layout. Hidden object scenes were mostly standard; the list type, choosing objects from a narrative, and find x number of an object. There are the usual locks and assembling of various shapes to fit the locks. During the demo, I found myself somewhat stumped several times regarding what my next step was. Especially with the first task to get inside the Metzengerstein house. It took me quite some time to complete. Either I am dense or they are trying to challenge us a little more - of which (ahem) I hope the latter is the case. CE extras - aside from the usual stuff that I refer to as pseudo-extras (wallpapers, music, etc.) there is very little. Just 15 collectible cards which are not very interesting because they don't contain any information. The story isn't particularly compelling, its the usual family curse, separated young lovers, mystical villain stuff we're used to. Of course, the reason we're used to it is because we like that sort of stuff - or at least we keep buying it. Because of the lack of any worthwhile CE extras - unless you are insanely in love with Dupin - I recommend getting the SE when it is available. As Poe would say, "In criticism I will be bold, and as sternly, absolutely just with friend and foe. From this purpose nothing shall turn me." July 21, 2016
Based on Demo I liked this game. Has new take on hidden objects and different challenges to continue through to the next obstacle. Based on the demo I would buy this game. Does have a map and hints work well. Couple of hidden object scenes were a bit dark but it was a good challenge. July 21, 2016
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