Dark Tales: Edgar Allen Poe’s The Black Cat Collector’s Edition

Dramatic introduction, eerie music and bloody scene starts off your adventure in Mac hidden object/seek and find mystery game Dark Tales: Edgar Allen Poe’s The Black Cat Collector’s Edition. The play will draw you into the dark and seamy side of the mind of Edgar Allen Poe and the many facets of his writing.

You play a detective working with an inspector Chevalier Dupin investigating the disappearance of a Sarah Davies the wife of Mark Davies. Even though she has been missing for almost 2 weeks, she has been seen in and around her estate with a black cat. In fact, you saw her in the window of her home with the black cat. Confronting Mr. Davies at the front door about his wife being seen at the window only brings indignation and denial. Why is this husband acting so strangely? What is he hiding? Why is half his house in such disarray? These are only a few questions you need answered to find the missing woman.

To begin your play you choose from regular mode where the recharge for the skip and hint buttons are shorter and the hidden object games are twinkling. In the expert mode the hint and skip buttons are longer and the active areas are not shown. There is a tutorial if you wish to use it. The note book at the bottom right of the screen will give you written information. There is an inventory file where your found items will go for future use. The hidden objects to search will be listed at the bottom of the screen and when you find an item, it will cross off the file.

There are many locked areas where you must figure out how to open it by using tools or pieces from other areas to use. You will be going from scene to scene and back again. Sometimes you will return to the same environment for another hidden object game. You feel like you are unlocking one door after another. There are many puzzles to solve and most of the puzzles may need pieces from other rooms before you can begin to solve them. The cursor will change to an eye if you need to inspect it closer and will change to a hand when you need to grab and keep an item.

Dark Tales: Edgar Allen Poe’s The Black Cat Collector’s Edition is a solid HOG/seek and find with many puzzles. The artwork is good and the music appropriately creepy. Unfortunately, the story didn’t engage you enough, HOG scenes are repeated and it seems you are always trying to unlock something. I give it a 3 out of 5 for a good game.

Features of Dark Tales: Edgar Allen Poe’s The Black Cat Collector’s Edition:

  • 6 Chapters of Hidden Object/Seek and Find Games
  • Puzzles and Mini Games
  • Walkthrough and Bonus Adventure
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