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Amax Interactive brings you the newest chilling installment of the much beloved Dark Tales series!

Your good friend Dupin has invited you to Pendulum House for an event filled with magic and illusions. But the show is interrupted when a murderer strikes! You quickly find a suspect, but nothing is quite as it seems in this mysterious manor. With Dupin in danger, do you have what it takes to find the culprit before it’s too late? Find out in this hypnotizing hidden-object puzzle adventure!

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Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Pit and the Pendulum is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well, I thought it was fun! I have all these Edgar Allan Poe games and there was only one (the name escapes me) which I felt was not worth the money. Apparently I'm the lone ranger on this one because I thought it was great. A long game whose only flaw I saw were the scenes, HOG and puzzles were a bit dark and hard to see at times. I'm not a "critical cathy" when it comes to expecting a game to echo the real story so my review is not based on that at all, but just the play-ability of the game. I found the game played smoothly, was entertaining and the HOGs and puzzles were creative and fun. Choosing the "custom" setting I was able to quickly skip any puzzle I didn't like or have patience to play and the hint came in hand if I chose not to use the map all the time. Voice overs were good and you could skip the cut scenes if you chose too. I really cannot find any big flaws in this game and totally enjoyed it. However, it did end with a snap..I guess the "over priced" collector's edition didn't but I don't find those worth the money to get a more elongated ending. Fun game...don't let the dismal reviews get your down. At least play the demo and make your own decision.
Date published: 2018-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wicked and Creepy Hidden Object Game Based on the Demo This SE version is great. The graphics were beautifully done, with interesting well drawn characters and beautiful scenes, most of them, like the story line, creepy and somewhat wicked. The voice overs were realistic, the background music was something one would expect from a Poe story, eerie and creepy and very well done. Hidden object scenes were fun, some of them interactive, some pretty challenging. The puzzles run the gamut, some were very easy, some were impossible for me to finish and I had to skip them, but plan on finishing them in the full version, after I purchase the game when there are no time constraints. After that cliff hanger of an ending in the demo, I have to buy this game. It was fabulous and packed with things to do. Never a dull moment.
Date published: 2018-05-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from On the Boring Side It's not a good sign when I'm anxious to finish a game because I'm bored. This may be a good game for beginners but it was not a good game for me. I felt as if I were playing a game I'd already played long ago. Nothing new and certainly nothing exciting. I'm giving it three stars because there were some fun puzzles that took a while to complete. The rest of the game was rather dull. I'm recommending it because players who are new to these games will most likely enjoy it.
Date published: 2018-05-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Quite What I Expected This is posted after playing the entire game. No, this game is not Poe's Pit and the Pendulum, but it was an okay game just the same. It isn't near as good as others in this series, but passable. I'm glad I got it with a coupon or I would probably have been a bit more disappointed. It killed a few hours and that's all I was looking for anyway. Graphics were the best part of the game. They were well done. Music went along with the action in the scene and wasn't intrusive. I was a bit disappointed in the voice overs. The sinc wasn't present as usual with this developer and Dupin sounded like he's recovering after a hard night at the pub. Colors were natural and the effects were pretty darn good. I did like the level of challenge. The hidden objects were clear and pretty simple. There was the lists and some interactive ones. No silhouettes thank goodness. I hate those things. Mini games were varied and again not too difficult. I completed several of them and skipped some mostly out of boredom or I couldn't figure out what to do. The instructions weren't clear on some. The map was extremely helpful. It did show areas where something needed to be done and transported. There was a lot of back and forth it seemed like so that transport feature was great. Again this is not Poe's Pit. It is a story that honestly needed a little work to tie it together. I was a bit lost in it, but not enough to panic. My main complaint was the ending. It.... well just ended. Not much imagination there. All in all this is an okay game. If you are one who loves to beat your brains out doing puzzles, you'll probably not like this. It is a bit boring at times, but I found few flaws. Give the demo a shot and see if this is for you.
Date published: 2018-05-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Oh, the horror! Once again we are offered a so-called Edgar Allan Poe tale that, apart from its title, has no connection to the work of this master of the written word. If you have read any of my previous reviews, and played some of the other offering in this series —Dark Tales - Edgar Allan Poe's Lenore and Dark Tales - Edgar Allan Poe’s Morella, for example— you are probably as disappointed as I am. The graphics in this game, as in the others of this series, are more or less appropriate for the time period and atmosphere of the game. Having said that, I must also say that, given the state-of-the-art of current graphic rendition software, they were more than a little primitive. The background music continued what is the norm for these games —slow and gloomy. I’m not going to comment on the game play except to say that it offered nothing in the way of plot or characters that we have not seen time and time again. The same can be said of the HO sequences and mini-games; nothing new, innovative, or even very interesting or challenging. Edgar Allan Poe was the father of the ‘horror’ genre, but the only horror here is the audacity of the game developer to associate his name with this yet again lame offering. If you must, play the demo . . . I do not recommend this game.
Date published: 2018-05-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Warning: This Game Has Nothing To Do With THe E. A. P. story except the title! In Dark Tales: The Pit and the Pendulum, you are traveling to meet Dupin at a magic show in a private home. Guests are there by invitation only and Dupin has your invitation. You are going to try to aid him as he strives to protect an old friend, Zula, one of the performers. She has received threats upon her life and has foreseen her own death. She has appealed to Dupin for help. Good stuff: There are the usual assortment of HOPs and mini-games/puzzles along with a story that bears one of Edgar Allen Poe's most famous titles. It has nothing to do with his famous tale. The artwork is good. Bad stuff: Same complaints as on other of their games - missteps and logic fails abound. At a crowded party, the fire extinguisher is locked to the wall with two amulets/keys that must be found before you can take it. You and Dupin enter a room where a prime suspect was locked in with the doorman, Matt. The "bad guy," Jacob, who is Zula's partner, jumps through a window into the garden. Dupin goes after him just before a security gate clangs down. You must find three masks to add to the one in place on the gate to raise it, but only after you solve still another puzzle. By the time you've run back and forth retrieving the other masks from safe, cabinet, and trunk, using a seeming unending supply of amulets, there seems little point in rushing after Dupin and Jacob. Fortunately they are still fighting in the garden. You catch up in time to have Jacob hurtle a poison gas canister at you. You see him drag Dupin off as you pass out. You regain consciousness to find that the secret passage they went through can be opened when you find four statuettes. So you trek back and forth again. Unfortunately the mini-games/puzzles are quite easy and, with the light weight story, there just does not seem to be any incentive to purchase the game. Please try the Demo. I can't recommend what I will not be purchasing. This is one more in a series of sad cookie cutter games coming from this developer. I miss the early DT games and wish the Devs would just start a new series and stop abusing E.A.P.
Date published: 2018-05-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Zzzzzz! Hello friends! I usually only comment on the game play and leave the story to others, but this time, I have to comment. This is not my usual type of review, not because I didn't finish the demo (I had to force myself), but because I just couldn't get into the story enough to be interested in the game. I love Poe. As I have said with all of these EAP games, if you are going to call it a Poe, then you better stick a heck of a lot closer to the story. This one doesn't even come close! That said, the graphics weren't bad, not as blurry as most these days. Game play was good. Colors not bad at all. Voices were okay, but why do we need to keep changing character voices for Dupin? I keep hoping that the next in this series would be much better, but have consistently been disappointed. HOPs were nothing new and the puzzles were painfully simple. I do not care for the "trace" game. It's old and boring. Hint system is helpful and we do have the transport feature. The sound you hear when finding an object is quite annoying. Collectibles? I didn't even see any. To be honest, the story was so boring, I didn't even look for them. I couldn't even find a strategy guide! The story was muddled, slow and boring. Yes, we have a twist at the end of the demo, but there was nothing in this game to make me want to play any further. I'm sure there will be those who find it fun, but I am not one of them. I try to find something good about a game so I can recommend it, even if I don't care for it, but all I can say about this one is...maybe a beginner would like it, as long as they haven't played any of the first couple in the series. No, there is no buy for me and I can't bring myself to recommend it even to a beginner. Personally, I think this one either needs some serious updating, or a retirement. As always, try it for yourself and see what you think. We all have different tastes in games and you may find this to be what you are looking for. Thanks for the reviews. Play on!
Date published: 2018-05-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from THE DEMO IS BUT AN ILLUSION-YOU'RE GETTING SLEEPY-VERY SLEEPY zzzzzz Once again, Dark tales has hypnotized me into believing things have changed. What you see in the demo is merely an illusion and with each new chapter, I could visually see the irrelevant ERS ways returning. Amax is falling into a Pit that they may never be able to claw their way out of. The hand-drawn graphics are out-dated and "old-school" you can't differentiate this game from the last one, in fact, if Dupin wasn't a familiar character, you absolutely wouldn't be able to distinguish a Dark Tales game from a Redemption Cemetery game, or a Shadow Wolf Mysteries game, from a Grim Facade game. The characters look exactly the same as they did in 2009 when the first Dark Tales game was released, and they too look the same as every other game series by this dev. These games are old-fashioned and dated, and Amax refuses to upgrade, they refuse to listen to criticism and adapt to the changing times. We aren't the same HOPA fans that started this revolution because we have evolved while they remain in the year 2009. I originally thought that this game was different, that this game had promise, but I was wrong, and for that mistake, I apologize! The cliffhanger demo ending, left me wanting to continue onwards...oh no Dupin, what happened? By the middle of the third chapter, I felt connected to the plot, not because it drew me into the game-play, but because I felt like I had been hypnotized as well. I just wanted it to end, I wanted to fall asleep! The same ole same ole features returned and I soon realized that "they were back" they being Amax/ERS, were back, meaning a return to their old ways. This games only redeeming feature was with the CE Morphing Objects and Collectible Cards! Here's a recap of my review to help you decide which version, if either, is right for you: Zula the Illusionist will be entertaining the guests at the Pendulum estate this evening, by invitation only. Detective Dupin will be a special guest star participant, so this will be a party to die for! Dupin had a bad feeling about this performance and begged Zula to reconsider, but "the show must go on" until it doesn't, and it did! It's a good thing you made it to the show on time, unfortunately, this show will be the Grand Final, but is it just an elaborate Grand Illusion? I will admit that the Morphing Objects become a bit more elusive after the demo, some of which are difficult to spot. I liked how they tied the Morphs into the Collectible Cards. There are 9 Collectible Cards that give a brief description of various "bad guys" in a "before" scenario. To learn about the "now" scenario, you must find all 3 Morphing Objects shown at the bottom of each card to unlock the current situation of that person. I've never seen this feature, so I have to give credit where credit is justly deserved! The Hidden Object Scenes are just okay, nothing spectacular, nothing really new., and basically the same as they have been for the last 9 years. There are Interactive List finds, Keywords in Sentence finds, Progressive Interactive finds, and several Zoom Zone HOP's where you are tasked with finding 5 Fragments to receive an inventory item. The Mini-Games are pretty easy to solve, even on the Hard difficulty setting. Typically, I don't really care how hard or easy puzzles are, as long as they are fun, and I did enjoy some of them before and after the demo. Below are brief descriptions of some of the games you'll encounter during the demo: 1-Slide buttons to correct positions according to clue shown. 2-Drag latch through symbol without touching borders. 3-Match both card sections correctly within their categories. 4-Select all pictured items to receive the safe code. 5-Turn safe wheel to the correct numbers shown on the clue. 6-Use numbered buttons to push tokens into place. 7-Click when both tokens are aligned (progressive speed) 8-Navigate through a dark maze, picking up and using items. The Collector's Edition version has 6 Wallpapers, 8 Concept Art pictures, 5 Screensavers, 4 Music Soundtracks, 12 Movie Videos, 16 re-playable Mini-Games, 12 re-playable Hidden Object Scenes, 16 Achievements to earn, 26 Morphing Objects, 9 Collectible Illusionist Cards, 5 Main Chapters +Bonus Chapter and a built-in Strategy Guide. DARK TALES: EDGAR ALLAN POE'S GAMES AVAILABLE: Title***Collector's Edition Release Date***Average Rating 1-Murder's In The Rue Morgue (December 17-2009) 3.7 2-The Black Cat (September 16-2010) 4.4 3-The Premature Burial (October 7-2011) 4.5 4-The Gold Bug (January 10-2013) 3.8 5-The Masque Of The Red Death (April 25-2013) 4.4 6-The Fall Of The House Of Usher (March 20-2014) 4.0 7-The Mystery of Marie Roget (February 19-2015) 4.1 8-The Tell-Tale Heart (November 14-2015) 2.7 9-Metzengerstein (July 21-2016) 3.5 10-The Raven (December 29-2016) 3.2 11-Lenore (August 10-2017) 2.9 12-Morella (December 16-2017) 3.7 13-The Pit and the Pendulum (April 5-2018) 3.2 by: Amax Interactive Games: Ukraine founded March 25-2006 (Changed name from ERS Games to Amax Interactive in 2016) Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's (ERS games 1-9 *Amax games 10-12) Haunted Legends, Puppet Show, Redemption Cemetery, Spirits of Mystery, Grim Facade, Shadow Wolf Mysteries, Queen's Tales, Twilight Phenomena, Reveries, Christmas Eve, Maestro, Ghosts of the Past, Forgotten Books, Beyond the Unknown, Haunted Halls, Flights of Fancy, Azada (games 3-4) Reality Show, Phantasmat (Crucible Peak only), Gothic Fiction, Dark Alley's, Nightfall, Hidden Wonders of the Depths, Pathfinders, Sarah Maribu, Steve the Sheriff, Many Years Ago, Mysterious Travel
Date published: 2018-05-04
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