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Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Mystery of Marie Roget - Review

The Dark Tales saga continues in this seventh installment, developed by the familiar ERS Game Studios. Dupin's friend Jacque has reported that his wife, Marie Roget has been acting very peculiarly lately, and now that she has disappeared - track her down and reveal the dark secrets!


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Name: Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Mystery of Marie Roget Collector's Edition
Release Date: 20 March 2015
Developer: ERS Game Studios

The Mystery of Marie Roget opens with a rather humdrum cutscene, but then things start to get exciting very quickly. In our opinion, The Mystery of Marie Roget has the best storyline out of all the Dark Tales installments. There is the right amount of twists and turns, as well as a solidly-done mysterious and gloomy atmosphere which adds to the suspense of the plot. Furthermore, there are not too many characters in the game which is a good thing, since each character can easily find his or her time in the spotlight. As a result, the game is filled with interesting and memorable characters instead of tens of boring ones.

Graphics wise, ERS did nothing particularly special. The locations are appropriately dark and slightly creepy, and the special effects are nicely done. Still, the graphics do look a little too hazy from time to time and the majority of the locations are not very unique-looking. On the other hand, we thoroughly enjoyed the audio aspects of this game; the music fits the game beautifully and the voice overs are fittingly dramatic.

The Mystery of Marie Roget has an entertaining gameplay, although nothing revolutionary. Most of the game involves the usual backtracking and completing the typical tasks, along with searching through the mundane junk piles of hidden object scenes and solving some pretty fun puzzles. In addition, you also have a Magic Mirror which is useful for finding answers about suspicious items in your inventory.

As for the length, the main game of The Mystery of Marie Roget took us around 4 hours to complete and while the 45-minute bonus chapter is not necessary, it is worth playing. Other extras are the standards, check out our Checklist below for the full list.

Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Mystery of Marie Roget is thrilling, fun and surprisingly well put together. Anyway, it is still far from the developer's best work and it could have benefited from some extra creativity and better graphics.

Graphics: 4/5 Stars
Sound: 4.5/5 Stars
Story: 4.5/5 Stars
Originality: 3.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 3.5/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4.5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 4/5 Stars
Extras: 4/5 Stars


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