Another great game for the Samhain holidays that will keep you guessing and running through the streets of 19-century Paris is the Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe’s Murders in the Rue Morgue Collector’s Edition. This is where we actually meet with Inspector C. Auguste Dupin for the first time, and he seems to be a rather eccentric, but charming character, but his puzzles are purely a test to be sure that you are able to keep up with his investigation techniques. Some of these puzzles can be difficult, but easily figured out if you apply some logic, and there are always hints available when you need them, if you don’t use too many too quickly. Dupin’s case will take us all over the city, searching for clues to the murder of Madame L’Espanaye and her daughter on the fictional street of Rue Morgue. It’s a grisly murder and a dark tale, but it keeps us guessing up till the end, as with most of Poe’s works.
The artwork is very much with the period, and accurate in its rendering. The sound was recorded somewhat low, but that is not so bad when playing gothic games in the late of night, as many of tend to do when it comes to these hidden object mystery games. After a few investigations like these, you might find yourself at the public library in the next few days, looking in the literature section for works by Poe and Lovecraft. Musings might look into finding some Lovecraftian games later on. Keep the lights on, because it is Halloween, and who knows what kind of things could be out there. And if you are in Paris, France, or even Paris, Texas, be glad that Rue Morgue is a fictional street.