Dark Eye, The
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One of the rare games based on literature that "get it" right, The Dark Eyeis not so much a "game" as an electronic novel in the same vein as Portal : it is a melange of Edgar Allen Poe's most famous stories, changing the characters' names to fit an overarching plot while preserving the contents. The game uses three classic Poe stories: "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Cask of Amantillado," and "Berenice." You go through each story twice - first as the victim, and again as the perpetrator. As if that's not creepy enough, the game also uses as a framing device an original story that is a very intriguing pastiche of Poe mythos.
Gameplay involves clicking on various objects and people to trigger events to advance the story. Despite this limited click-and-watch, the game's haunting atmosphere and style (with unique claymation actors) make it a must-have for horror fans. If you are a fan of Edgar Allen Poe, you'll tremendously enjoy this CD-ROM; if you're not, this is one CD that will spark your interest in his works. A must-have, and a proud entrant into our Hall of Belated Fame.
|Average Rating:||9.02 [379 votes]|
|Publisher:||Time Warner Interactive|
|Theme:||Modern, Horror, Licensed|
|Related Links:||Quandary review|
|More Info:||Mobygames | The Web|
|System Requirements:||Windows 95/98|
|If you like this game, try:||Amber: Journeys Beyond, Sanitarium, John Saul's Blackstone Chronicles|
|Technical Notes:||Full CD-ROM version; this is NOT a zip file but a bz2 file that must be renamed - please read install instructions first! Data folder must be installed in the root of your hard drive, e.g. C:\DKYDATA|
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