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Dark Eye, The

From the Database of Home of the Underdogs

GAME DESIGNER:Russell Lees

GAME DEVELOPER:inSCAPE

GAME PUBLISHER:Time Warner Interactive

Copyright 1996, inSCAPE

Important note: The download here is NOT a zip file – you have to rename it first – please read the Technical Notes below after you download! Sorry to put this in the review text, but a LOT of our visitors apparently never read Technical Notes (sigh).

And now, we return you to our regularly scheduled review….

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.



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