Sep 18, 2010
User review by elldee
As an astute BFG user reviewer noted, if it's from ERS Studios, it's pretty much an automatic "buy." This game very nicely ties in adventure with hidden objects with inventory, not to mention the Edgar Allan Poe "spookiness" (but not "scariness"). I really liked how the opening menu screen was done (especially the choice of cursors). The sound effects are as nature intended (meaning very realistic), and the background music is fitting (sometimes soothing, sometimes suspenseful) and generally appropriate to the scene. The cursor changes are good and give a nudge in the right direction (magnifying glass, hand, etc.) and the "sparkles" help without giving true adventurers too much assistance. The built-in strategy guide (no exiting to the main menu) is a definite plus in my book. The graphics are A+, from twinkling stars to water running in the sewers.
Some games make us feel like 3rd-party observers--this one enlists us as THE important character in the story. What's not to like? I say, if you've never bought a CE b4, this should be your first one!