Please post your REVIEWS for Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher here

[Post New]by pondprowler on Apr 18, 14 12:36 AM
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[Post New]by JustTheFacts on Apr 18, 14 12:43 AM
Curiously Creepy Case*****


One of the lovely things about this series is that each story stands alone, and is sufficient in itself, while they also linked by the illustrious career of the famous detective M. Dupin, and of course, ourselves. With each new mystery our role has grown, and now we have a fully fledged detective agency.

Beautiful hand painted graphics, clear and colourful, with excellent cut scenes. The acting is very good, in particular the melancholy twins are very convincing. The locations are richly detailed and varied, a delight to the eye.

The soundtrack is great. The series signature tune is played, at times, by piano solo at first, and sounds wonderful. It is joined by mysterious but mild music, that is relaxing as well as atmospheric. The voiceovers are nicely done, although some of the accents were a little too broadly American for my taste. In some locations, there are the creepiest whispers and giggles. Enough to curdle the blood. *grin*

We have been called to the estate home of the Usher family by their doctor. The last survivors of the family are twins who have been ailing all their lives with a mysterious illness. As well, each suffers whatever befalls the other, and they are both continually weakened by it. Now, Roderick is deathly ill, and Madeline has disappeared! It is up to us to find answers before the twins bring about the Fall Of The House Of Usher. The back story is delivered to us in various ways, some character reminiscences, combined with sepia animated sketching. I feel the explanation for all this, when it comes, is unclear and somehow unsatisfying. I think there should have been more evidence pointing in that direction.

Fun stuff here! There are a lot of things to do and to find. The HOPs (12) come in several flavours: interactive word list, riddles, silhouettes, fragmented objects, matching pairs and multiples of, also dioramas . Some scenes are visited twice, but when you return to a scene, it will be with a different search method. If you wish, you can play a very intriguing and original Match-3 game that is easy to learn but fun to master. Definitely good. There are mostly easy puzzles (13), some with a new twist, and a few hard ones. You can make some of them more difficult by choosing that option within the puzzle itself.

As with all the Dark Tales, this game is not particularly hard, but we can customise the difficulty levels. And there is plenty of help for those who want it. We have an interactive map and directional hint. There's the journal, which was left behind by a previous investigator. He took photos, so matching them to the scene, gives us valuable pointers about where to go next. Parts of a message appear on the back of each photo and the message is compiled in the journal. At one point, even the Usher’s black cat gives us a nudge in the right direction.

Early in the game we come upon a “Reborn One”, who takes the role of the normally cute companion (but we already have M. Dupin!). Certainly not cute, it is interesting and visually striking. Its particular skill is to ‘create life’. The Reborn One is an interesting character visually, but has nothing to say for itself. There is a helpful mouse with us for part of the investigation, and the weirdest thing. A very amusing and active but ugly rat, who sits to the left of the (lockable) inventory bar for the entire game, without making any contribution whatsoever other than comic relief.

I’m officially hooked on the remarkable M. Dupin, and am sure it is only a matter of time before the detective agency becomes a family business. So I am necessarily biased. But this is an exceptional game regardless, and delightfully dark. Although all of Edgar Allan Poe’s stories are creepy, Dark Tales games usually haven’t been so much creepy as mysterious. This one is the creepiest of the series, sometimes scary, often startlingly unexpected. Also lovely, involving and intriguing. And most of all, fun.

I recommend this game!

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[Post New]by Nilosh on Apr 18, 14 1:36 AM
I wrote a 5 star review for CE version of this game and decided to play the demo for the Standard version as well. Unfortunately the RAT is back, perched right there in the left side of my screen, squirming around and occasionally nibbling on a seed. I know that graphics, sounds and visuals remain a constant with these developers, almost becoming a signature trade mark, but to tell you the truth, I don’t mind as much as I did. I have come to expect the same type of artwork, voice-overs and music and I have to admit, their games continue to entertain me and thrill me.

I have missed Dupin and his adventures and at last, I find myself assisting him in what is one of my favorite Poe tales: The Fall of the House of Usher. I recall reading this novel when I was very young and couldn’t sleep alone in my bed for two nights. I also remember Vincent Price’s version of the House of Usher and recommend it to fans of the classic Horror film. In this game, our story begins with a new case which involves the disappearance of Madeleine, twin sister of Roderick. We learn of the strange disease shared by the twins that is rather unsettling and soon discover that there is a link between the illness and the old estate. You also come across a mysterious power that is called the Reborn One that has the ability to bring stone to life and what that has to do with all that is going on is a mystery in itself. More people begin to disappear on your watch and so it is up to you and your colleague, Detective Dupin, find Madeleine and unlock the secret that plagues the House of Usher and all who are connected to it.

Once again, main menu offers you three game modes along with customized settings which is much appreciated. Game tools include your inventory bar that can be locked, a journal and a map that will allow for travel which now seems to be a given with most games. You have you also have the bottle with the Reborn One that has the power to being life to stone. What is missing is the FG and to tell you the truth, I enjoy playing a game without having easy access to help.

The game offers challenging puzzles along with interesting HO scenes that come in variations with the option to switch to a very cool and rather difficult M3 game instead. There are no extras which sometimes I do prefer if the game holds enough challenge which this game does. There are no coins to collect like in the CE which actually did not bother me. I loved the mini-games that come in hard or casual mode to choose when solving. Adventure game play was interesting and surprisingly challenging and somewhat confusing if you opt to disable your blackbar tips. As always, you have dark corners to explore and items to find in order to unlock doors and solve puzzles. You and Dupin occasionally exchange quips and in this version, there is no camera to take photos instead you come across them and no lab to buy equipment.

Mini-games were interesting and as customary with these developers, some were even challenging and required some time and effort to solve and I think that is what these developers excel in. What can I say, I love Dupin, I love Poe and I love these developers, and despite the RAT on my screen, I loved this game as a CE and for those who wish to try a simpler version without any distraction, they may find the game play a bit more challenging and interesting. Once again a five star game from our five star group and from our five star game site, BFG

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[Post New]by steve_san on Apr 18, 14 7:14 AM
House of Usher Is Definitely A Fixer-Upper

You and Detective Dupin have been summoned by a Dr. Morris to the House of Usher. Your task is to investigate the disappearance of a young girl, Madeleine. Madeleine and her brother Roderick are twins who share a special bond in which they experience each others painful experiences. Dr. Morris had been treating them both until Madeleine disappeared.

I’ve played five previous Dark Tales games, all of them either good or very good. The strength of this series has always been the stories. So how does this one measure up?

As you would expect, the House is creepy looking and contains all sorts of weird objects, doors and locks. The exterior of the house bears an eerie resemblance to the house from the movie “Psycho.” The drawing style is consistent with the others in the Dark Tales series, with very saturated colors and a slightly grainy and flat look.

Game play is characterized by variety. The type of hidden object play varies from scene to scene, beginning with a riddle type, then find 12 of something, and so on. Objects are mostly correct for the period. There is a match-3 option not explored by this review. Mini games were not too challenging, but all were well animated.

Along the way, you also collect a spirit who can bring certain objects to life, and a pet mouse to get to those hard-to-reach places. There is a camera, too but it seemed like an afterthought.

Voices are not up to the usual high standards. The developers re-used the same person’s voice for at least three different characters. They tried to disguise it, but were not successful. I found the voice of Roderick the brother to be the weakest, and also the sound of his voice did not fit the look of the character.

Options are highly customizable for whichever level you choose to play, including a switch to simply turn off the sparkles.

The Collector’s Edition includes a lab that you can purchase equipment for. Coins are found by searching model buildings found throughout the game. You search them by using an x-ray lens. The pseudo-extras include wallpapers (6), concept art (15), screen savers (5), hidden object (17), mini games (17), and movies (14). There are also the usual achievements. Other extras are a strategy guide and bonus chapter. There are no collectible items (other than the coins).

Unless there is a sale, the SE would seem to be the better value. This will not “usher” in a new era in gaming, but is still worth a house call.

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[Post New]by bfgWendwater on Apr 18, 14 8:25 AM
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[Post New]by addieh on Apr 22, 14 1:01 PM
This game gets a 5 from me! I enjoyed playing very much and it didn't disappoint as all the other Dark Tale games didn't either.
The music fit the bill, the characters were great, the HOS were fun and easy to play and the little rat beside the wheel was cute with all his flips.
This was a GREAT game! Thanks to the developers for another stunner!

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[Post New]by vicalana on May 7, 14 1:14 PM
I was disappointed. I've bought the others and replayed them. But not this one. And the ending was totally abrupt. And I objected to the fun-loving rat - was that supposed to amuse us?

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[Post New]by yowzasma on Jun 19, 14 9:58 PM
This was a pretty good game, but playing it with a migraine headache did not let me fully enjoy it
The graphics, music and storyline were o.k.
I did like the Rat in the lower left corner, his antics made me chuckle once I came to the forum and found out that Mr. Rat serves no function in the game and I used him to watch when my eyes were tiring
I am giving this one out of possible 5

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[Post New]by dollyflower on Jul 30, 14 10:00 AM
I've played all the Poe games in this series and think that this one is by far the best. I was getting a little bored with the same basic format, but this one seemed a little different. Mostly I was tired of the detective bossing his assistant (me) around and giving orders right and left. In this game he seems a little more pleasant. I was tired of doing all the work!

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