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  • Hidden-object puzzles are referred to as HOPs. Only the locations of the HOPs will be shown.

Chapter 1: Trapped Souls

Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Talk (A).
  • Talk (B).
  • Take letter (C).
  • Take LAMP TOKEN (D).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Take LILY-KEY HALF; place LAMP TOKEN (E).
  • Solution: 4-1-2-3-4-1 (F).
  • Take DOOR PLATE 1/3 (E).
  • Move door plate (G); read papers and take PRUNERS (H).
  • Find pairs of flowers; take DOOR PLATE 2/3 (I).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Use PRUNERS; remove vines and move plate (J).
  • Play HOP (K).
  • Solution (L).
  • Receive DOOR PLATE 3/3.
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  • Talk (M).
  • Take book (N).
  • Solution (O).
  • Take NECKLACE PIECE and BOOK (P).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Place DOOR PLATE (Q).
  • Align, in order, U-R-S-T. Open door.
  • Go (V).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Talk (W).
  • Talk (X).
  • Place NECKLACE PIECE (Y).
  • Take LILY-KEY HALF (Z).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Restore and take CODE (A).
  • Find PUZZLE PIECES x16 (B).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Place PUZZLE PIECES (C).
  • Solution: (2-4)-(1-5)-(10-9)-(12-8)-(1-6)-(2-11)-(3-12)-(6-10)-(7-12)-(10-11).
  • Take LILY KEY 1/3 (D).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Take CLOCK KEY (E).
  • Place CLOCK KEY (F).
  • Easy solution: (1-2)-(8-6)-(2-8)-(3-7)-(3-8)-(4-8).
  • Hard solution: (1-7)-(9-6)-(2-8)-(4-7)-(3-9)-(4-8)-(4-5)-(5-10).
  • Take LILY KEY 2/3 (G).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Combine LILY-KEY HALF x2; take LILY KEY 3/3.
  • Place LILY KEY (H).
  • Solution (I).
  • Go (J).
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  • Talk (K).
  • Take CUP (L).
  • Take WATER with CUP (M).
  • Offer WATER (K); take FOLDER and BROKEN KEY (N).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Solution (O).
  • Take cat food (P); take LION PART 1/3 (Q).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Look; take NET (R).
  • Take LION PART 2/3 with NET (S).
  • Open FOLDER; take LION PART 3/3.
  • Place LION PART (T).
  • Solution: (1-2)-(3-4)-(5-6).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Play HOP (U). Place BROKEN KEY when prompted.
  • Receive DOOR KEY.
  • Use DOOR KEY (V).
  • Go (W).

Chapter 2: The Masked Figure

Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Talk (X).
  • Take PICTURE 1/2; take KEY PART 1/4 (Y).
  • Take STATUETTE SOLUTION and PICTURE 2/2 (Z).
  • Take DRAWER HANDLE (A).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Take BRACELET; place PICTURE (B).
  • Solution; take KEY PART 2/4 (C).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Place DRAWER HANDLE; open drawer (D). Take code piece and move seal (1).
  • Take code piece and move knob (2).
  • Take code piece and move eagle (3).
  • Take code piece and KEY PART 3/4 (4); take CODE (5).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Place CODE (E).
  • Solution: 1-5.
  • Take KEY PART 4/4.
  • Place KEY PART (F).
  • Solution: (G-S)-(H-K)-(I-O)-(J-Q)-(K-O)-(L-Q)-(M-R)-(N-O)-(O-R)-(P-R)-(Q-S).
  • Take ROOM KEY (T).
  • Use ROOM KEY (U).
  • Go (V).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Undo ribbon (W).
  • Find STATUETTE PIECES x6 and take BOOK 1/3 (X).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Read note; take BOOK 2/3, TILE 1/2 and BROKEN STATUETTE (Y).
  • STATUETTE PIECES on BROKEN STATUETTE. Turn 1-2-3; take STATUETTE (Z).
  • Place STATUETTE; take LOCK PART 1/3 (A).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Place BRACELET; take BOOK 3/3 and LOCK PART 2/3 (B).
  • Place BOOK (C).
  • Solution: (1-5)-(4-6)-(4-8)-(4-1)-(4-3).
  • Take LOCK PART 3/3.
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Take UMBRELLA SYMBOL; place LOCK PART (D).
  • Solution (E).
  • Go (F).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Talk (G).
  • Take MEDALLION (H).
  • Move postbox key and lever (I).
  • Solution (J). Find items; take POSTBOX KEY.
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Take BAG (K).
  • Restore gate and move debris (L).
  • Play HOP (M); receive LEAF 1/3.
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Place POSTBOX KEY; take LEAF 2/3 (N).
  • UMBRELLA SYMBOL on BAG; take LEAF 3/3.
  • Place LEAF (O).
  • Casual solution: 5-4-3-2-1-12-13-14-15-16-6-7-8-9-10-11.
  • Hard solution: 1-6-8-2-7-3-8-10-4-9-5-16-15-14-13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1-6-1-2-3-4-5-12-7-12-7-12-7-13-8-13-8-13-8-14-9-14-9-14-9-15-10-15-10-15-10.
  • Go (P).

Chapter 3: The Price of Beauty

Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Take note from MEDALLION.
  • Place MEDALLION (Q).
  • Talk (R).
  • Talk (S).
  • Take ROOM NUMBER (T).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Find COINS x4 (U).
  • Take COOKIE and HANDLE; use COINS (V).
  • Find GEAR pieces x6 (W).
  • Walk down.
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Place GEAR (X).
  • Take TILE 2/2 and KNIGHT (Y).
  • Place TILE; swap (1-2) and (2-3) (Z).
  • Use key (A).
  • Go (B).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Take KEY (C).
  • Take ‘T’ KEY (D).
  • Take 4x NUMBER PIECES 1/4. Offer COOKIE; take HANDLE (E).
  • Take 4x NUMBER PIECES 2/4. Use HANDLE; take KEY (F).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Take 4x NUMBER PIECES 3/4 (G).
  • Place KNIGHT; take KEY (H).
  • Place KEY x2 (I).
  • Take 4x NUMBER PIECES 4/4. Use ROOM NUMBER to receive ROOM KEY (J).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Place NUMBER PIECES; solution (K).
  • Use ROOM KEY for HOP (L); receive RECIPE.
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • ‘T’ KEY on BAG; take SUITCASE KEY.
  • Take CUPBOARD KEY; place SUITCASE KEY (M).
  • Solution (N).
  • Take CHIP and MEDICINE (O).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Take CHIP (P).
  • Place CHIP x2; select 1-2-3-4 (Q).
  • Take RED MIXTURE and CORKSCREW (R).
  • Open MEDICINE; place RED MIXTURE and RECIPE. Take BOX KEY.
  • Place BOX KEY and use CORKSCREW; pour liquid. Take GREEN MIXTURE and QUEEN (S).
  • Walk down.
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Place QUEEN; take BLUE MIXTURE (T).
  • Walk down and left.
  • BLUE MIXTURE and GREEN MIXTURE on MEDICINE; add green, red, blue and yellow. Take MEDICINE.
  • Offer MEDICINE (U).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Take COUCH PIECE (V).
  • Place COUCH PIECE. Swap (1-3) and (2-3); take HAT KEY and MASK KEY (W).
  • HAT KEY on BAG; take KEY.
  • Use KEY (X).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Solution (Y1-2); take MASK KEY (Z).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Place MASK KEY x2 (A).
  • Solution 1 (A): B-Dx2-E; move blue mask.
  • Solution 2 (F): G-H-I-J; move red mask.
  • Go (K).

Chapter 4: The Diary

Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Take BROKEN RAVEN and CLAW (L).
  • Take WING PARTS x5 (M).
  • Take BREAST; place CUPBOARD KEY (N).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Solution (O).
  • Take COMPASS KEY.
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • CLAW, WING PARTS and BREAST on BROKEN RAVEN; take COMPASS KEY and RAVEN.
  • Place RAVEN (P).
  • Play HOP (Q); receive COMPASS KEY.
  • Place COMPASS KEY x4; solution (R).
  • Take MAP (S).
  • Talk (T).
  • Walk down twice.
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Play HOP (U); receive TORCH.
  • Go (V).
  • Use MAP and TORCH.
  • Solution 1: W-X-W-X-Y-X-W-X-X-W-X.
  • Solution 2: X-X-Y-Y-Z, X-W-X-X-Y-X, Y-X.
  • Solution 3: X-Y-X-Y, X-W-X-W, W-Z-Y-Z-W-Z-Y-Z-Z-W-X-Y-X-Y-X-W-X.
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Take STICK (A).
  • Find FIVE COINS. Use STICK; take OIL (B).
  • Take PORTRAIT KEY 1/4. Use HANDLE and OIL; turn handle (C).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Use FIVE COINS; take GLASS and POLICE KEY 1/2 (D).
  • Take POLICE KEY 2/2 (E).
  • Place POLICE KEY (F).
  • Go (G).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Take BADGE KEY (H).
  • Place BADGE KEY; take PASS, GATE PART 1/3 and CODE PART (I).
  • Use PASS. Take CODE PART and KEY (J).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Take CODE (K).
  • CODE PART x2 on CODE.
  • Place CODE; enter 7-2-3 (L).
  • Go (M).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Open all boxes; find pairs and take TUMBLER 1/3 and POUCH (N).
  • Talk (O).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Take CYPHER (P).
  • Take GATE PART 2/3 and TUMBLER 2/3 (Q).
  • Place CYPHER. Dial 9-5-1-8-5-7-7-5-4-3-2-8. Take CASE CODE (R).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • On POUCH, swap (1-3) and (2-3) (S). Find SIX COINS and TUMBLER 3/3 (S).
  • Place TUMBLER and CASE CODE. Enter 4-3-3-2. Take TUSSOLE’S DIARY (T).
  • Walk down.
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Take EVIDENCE FILE from TUSSOLE’S DIARY.
  • Use KEY. Find folder 314. Use EVIDENCE FILE. Take ADDRESS (U).
  • Talk (V).
  • Walk down.
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Use SIX COINS (W); take GATE PART 3/3 (X).
  • Talk (Y).
  • Place GATE PART (Z). Solution: A-B-C-D.
  • Go (E).

Chapter 5: Elena’s Portrait

Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Take APPLE (F).
  • Take FORCEPS (G).
  • Take PEAR KEY with FORCEPS (H).
  • Place APPLE and PEAR KEY (G).
  • Play HOP (I); receive FOOD.
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Take GLASS (J).
  • Place GLASS x2; select 3-1-2-4. Find MONEY x5 and ALE (K).
  • Offer FOOD, ADDRESS, ALE and MONEY (J).
  • Go (L).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Clear path (M).
  • Remove branches; take SKULL KEY (N).
  • Take GLOVE; use SKULL KEY (O).
  • Play HOP (P); receive METAL BIRD 1/3.
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Take CAGE KEY (Q).
  • Use knife; take METAL BIRD 2/3. Use CAGE KEY; take STATUE PART (R).
  • Place STATUE PART; take METAL BIRD 3/3 (S).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Place METAL BIRD (T); select U-V-W-X.
  • Casual and hard solution (Y): (1-11)-(2-10)-(3-12)-(4-14)-(5-7)-(6-10)-(7-14)-(8-10)-(9-11)-(11-12).
  • Go (Z).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Take DRAGON EYE 1/2 (A).
  • Take LOGS and use GLOVE x3 (B).
  • Select flower pairs; take SPIDER KEY (C).
  • Place SPIDER KEY (D).
  • Solution: 1-4-6, 5-7-3-6, 3-2-8-1-5.
  • Go (E).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Talk; take WITCH’S KEY (F).
  • Take GOBLET (G).
  • Take PORTRAIT KEY 2/4; take WATER CUP with GOBLET (H).
  • Find BEETLE COLLECTION x8 (I).
  • Walk down.
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Place WITCH’S KEY (J).
  • Solution: (1-3)-(4-6)-(5-6)-(6-7)-(7-8).
  • Go (K).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Take DRAGON EYE 2/2 (L).
  • Place DRAGON EYE; take POTION BOOK and SEWING KIT (M).
  • Take SICKLE (N).
  • Walk down and left.
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • GARDEN KEY from POTION BOOK.
  • Use GARDEN KEY (O).
  • Play HOP (P); receive RED FLOWER.
  • Use SICKLE; take WHITE ROOT (Q).
  • Walk down and forward.
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Take PORTRAIT KEY 3/4. Use SEWING KIT; place LOGS and WATER CUP. Use bellows. Place BEETLE COLLECTION and RED FLOWER. Take ANTIDOTE with GOBLET (R).
  • Go down and left.
  • Offer ANTIDOTE (S).
  • Take BAT KEY (T).
  • Walk down.
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Place BAT KEY (U). Place WHITE ROOT; take SEDATIVE (V).
  • Go (W).
  • Place SEDATIVE; take PORTRAIT KEY 4/4 (X).
  • Place PORTRAIT KEY (Y).
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait
  • Solution (Z).
  • Congratulations, you have completed Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe’s The Oval Portrait.

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