Okay, I admit it. I’m a murder mystery addict. Especially vintage and history murder mystery. Big Fish Games makes great murder mystery online and video games. Download a free trial of Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘Murders in the Rue Morgue‘. Not only do I love vintage murder mystery games, but I love pinching pennies. Big Fish Games offers a free trial of Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘Murders in the Rue Morgue’.
It’s a big download, 213.21 MBs. But I highly recommend that you play the trial version before you buy the game. Get a feel for the gaming layout. When you buy, check out Big Fish Games (click here) that offers the regular edition for $6.99. Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘Murders in the Rue Morgue’ is available in a collector’s edition for $19.99 also. Call me a cheapskate, but I can’t see investing another $13 in a limited play scenario game. If the game had endless possibilities, maybe, but not a scripted game.
I’ve played a number of murder mystery scenario games. Agatha Christie ‘Peril at End House’ Agatha Christies ‘Murder on the Orient Express’, Agatha Christie ‘Death on the Nile’, Nancy Drew ‘Treasure in the Tower’, Ravenhearst. With free trial games, it will usually be played like ‘I Spy’ with various puzzles to enter as you enter rooms. Some rooms will be returned to for another level of play, especially murder mystery games where clues are collected in a detective notebook.
Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘Murders in the Rue Morgue’ follows those lines. The action follow C. Auguste Dupin, Poe’s legendary gentleman detective (who also appears in The Purloined Letter). The problem with these games that are based on books is that if you’ve read the book you are predisposed to know what’s going on. To a certain extent, it directs your play without you being aware of it.
Generally Dark Tales has a nice layout. It moves well. Dark Tales is easier than the Nancy Drew and Agatha Chrisitie murder mystery games. Even with the I Spy play in the trial version it’s much easier to find the items. The challenges are very easy, also. If the game follows the free trial, I would rate the level of play on Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe’s Murders in the Rue Morgue’ about 4th grade and up. If you like the game, be sure to read the book, Murders in the Rue Morgue (click here to read) and the 1986 movie starring George C. Scott.
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