Another Free to Play game comes to us, and this time it is from ERS Games Studios, the Cadillac of HMO-style games. They have brought us many hours of mysteries through the tales of Edgar Allan Poe, and yet again we are working with C. Auguste Dupin, a young Parisian detective, and his crew. Our work is cut out for us, too, because you never know where things might be or whom might be controlling them. There are many Poe games and the one constant is Dupin, but we really don’t see much of him as we are running around mid-19th Century Paris working our own cases, getting to know everyone from the local laundress to the chef at everyone’s favourite cafe. We even help out the crew of various dirigibles and hot air balloons that work their way over the city. We are not much a detective as the go to girl/guy for everyone, not unlike Dolly Levi. All kinds of people are looking for us to help them solve various cases, from the original Murder in the Rue Morgue to chasing down mummies, werewolves and escaped convicts. All this work does cost energy, and there are various ways to get it. Resting, as in not playing the game for a few hours. Eating, consuming pixelated noms and drinks to give you a boost, or working towards the rewards that will also give you those boosts. Read more...(451 words, 31 images, estimated 1:48 mins reading time)
I saw a modern day movie adaptation of The Masque of the Red Death back in the early 90s, and this game is far better than that movie. When it comes to Poe’s stories, no one brings them to life like ERS Games. With every new story they take on, the graphics get more streamlined, and the gameplay gets better. Also, there is more focus on the hidden object part of the game than constantly looking for logic puzzles to unlock things.
We have a new mystery to solve, our dashing and brilliant companion, Inspector Dauphin, is with us again, and now we are hunting down a vigilante that is taking down corrupt government officials in 19th Century France. The whole of the game has a smoother feel, as the animations are more fluid, and the choppiness that was commonly seen in older ERS games is gone. We have don’t really know whom the true villain is in this case. Is it the cloaked figure in red masque, or the town politicians that are taxing their constituents dry? Murder is murder, but the slower blood-letting of financial drain can be just as macabre, as it brings on a suffering that cannot be taken out quickly, as one would to kill someone with a quick slash of a sword or piercing of a bullet. Read more...(261 words, 32 images, estimated 1:03 mins reading time)
Musings has been on the hunt for macabre hidden object mysteries these last few weeks in the approach of Samhain and Dias de la Muertas. So, now we take on the tale of Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe’s The Black Cat Collector’s Edition . We are working as an assistant to Inspector Dupin as we investigate the disappearance of Sara Davies of Paris. Read more...(270 words, 31 images, estimated 1:05 mins reading time)
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. Read more...(347 words, 32 images, estimated 1:23 mins reading time)