Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart Collector's Edition
A scream in the night... a brutal crime... a mysterious figure with eyes red as blood... You and your partner, Dupin, have been called in to solve the murder of a young woman in a seaside town. She was found hanging from a tree, killed by a wound delivered straight to her heart. The details of the killing are strange, and suggest a very personal motivation for the killer. But who would perpetrate such a horrible and unusual crime... and why? Get to the heart of the mystery in this thrilling Hidden-Object Puzzle Adventure game!
November 15, 2015
ERS Game Studios
3 Difficulties + Custom Mode
Exclusive Bonus Chapter
Integrated Strategy Guide
Wallpapers & Screensavers
Soundtracks & Cutscenes
Achievements & Collectibles
Replayable HOs & Puzzles
Dark Tales is just one of those many franchises from ERS Game Studios that should have ended a few installments back. The Tell-Tale Heart offers another murder mystery (very) loosely based on the famous poem by Edgar Allan Poe. This time, a young woman was murdered and hung on a tree for all to see. Is this just the work an amateur killer or merely the beginning of a deadly ritual?
The Dark Tales series has long lost its originality. The Tell-Tale Heart is just like any of its predecessors, and the storyline in this one is not particularly exciting either. Still, The Tell-Tale Heart is unarguable the most disturbing and the most graphic member of the series yet, which might or might not be a good thing depending on your preferences.
We personally found the artwork to be fairly generic. All the locations lack creativity and look all-too-familiar as if we have visited them before in other projects from ERS-G. The atmosphere of the game is dark and ominous, which is a nice fit for the game. This is accompanied by the moody background music, that can get distracting after a while.
Further, the gameplay in The Tell-Tale Heart is ridiculously easy. The adventure portion of the game is mostly very straightforward and extremely mundane. The hidden object scenes, which are scarce, are insultingly easy; objects require almost no time to find, and the interactions are not exactly fascinating. Unfortunately, the puzzles are no better. The majority of them are unbelievably simple and offer no challenge whatsoever. Those few that are actually somewhat difficult are more tedious than entertaining.
What’s more? The Tell-Tale Heart is a disappointingly short game, this is perhaps, due to the lack of challenge. HOPA fans should have no problem at all finishing the main game in just a little bit over three hours, and the bonus chapter in 40 minutes. The extra section of the Collector’s Edition also does not feature anything outstanding; the standard gallery items, a strategy guide, replayable mini-games, achievements and collectibles.
In this series:
- Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's Murders in the Rue Morgue
- Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Black Cat
- Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Premature Burial
- Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Gold Bug
- Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Masque of the Red Death
- Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher
- Nightfall: An Edgar Allan Poe Mystery
- Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Mystery of Marie Roget
- Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart
- Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's Metzengerstein
- Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven