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Added to the lair: 10/21/18

Genre: Point-And-Click Adventure / 1st person

Developer: Inscape

Year: 1995

Platform: Windows 3.1

Emulator: DOSBox Daum

Wikipedia: The Dark Eye

The Dark Eye

...yet I am not mad, and I surely do not dream.

The Dark Eye is... hard to describe. On a basic level it's a video game adaptation of a number of Edgar Allan Poe's stories, but the reality of it is a good deal stranger than that might imply.

Calling The Dark Eye a game at all is stretching it a bit. It's not too far off from a first person point-and-click adventure, but there's rarely much in the way of actual puzzle solving to be found, outside of figuring out what to click on next. It's more like a slightly interactive story, with a rather avant garde approach to storytelling; which, as it happens, is the type of thing that's right up my alley.

From a presentation standpoint, The Dark Eye is pretty phenomenal. It has an extremely unique aesthetic thanks to some bizarre and often disturbing puppets that represent all the characters. Add on top of that some great sound design and voice acting (featuring William S Burroughs, no less), some trippy visual flourishes, and wrap it in some esoteric storytelling and you've got a very unique experience on your hands.

It's hard for me to say whether or not The Dark Eye is objectively "good" (though I personally enjoy it a great deal), but I can say, without hesitation, that it's extremely unique. It's a strange experience that I can compare to very few other titles. If you like weird, experimental games, especially if you're at all a fan of Edgar Allan Poe, The Dark Eye is really worth checking out.