This being the season for things dark and dreary, but fun, Musings thought it would be fun to focus on some casual games based on the writings of America’s premier gothic writer, Edgar Allan Poe. So now we give you a quick view of Midnight Mysteries: The Edgar Allan Poe Conspiracy.
Even though the story is dark, and not just really one story, but a compilation of several, the player has been recruited to help Poe’s spirit escape condemnation for hiding evidence in some cold case crimes, but the clues are all there in his stories. The player uses hidden object and logic puzzles to pull the cases together, along with a magical watch that takes the investigator back in time to the places where they happened. A few of the aspects of certain stories will be very clear, as elements of The Cask of Amantillado and The Gold Bug are used, as well as some others.
Poe’s “Raven” is there to give you hints, and the more ravens you find in the puzzles, the more hints you can access. Don’t tap the mouse too often when looking through the hidden object puzzles, or you will be visited by a nasty, one-eyed black cat with a bad attitude. This cat has a literal hissy fit if you try to bend the rules, but soon the bad-tempered tom is gone, and the raven comes back, and the game continues. If you can gather all the clues before midnight, Poe is saved, and his spirit can move on.
Even though the tone of the game is dark, the graphics are rather easy to see, and there are not too many sound distractions to make the player lose focus, either. Fans of Poe’s work will enjoy this game, and if they can keep themselves from clicking too much, that cat won’t scare them away. So don’t ponder on weak and weary on a dreary October day. Use the atmosphere to your advantage, and solve these Midnight Mysteries: The Edgar Allan Poe Conspiracy