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Are You Afraid of the Dark : The Tale of Orpheo's Curse

Platform : DOS
4.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

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  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • ASIN: B0008FFJK8
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 24, 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,664 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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By Bundt Lust VINE VOICE on March 13, 2009
Are You Afraid of the Dark: The Tale of Orpheo's Curse is based on the defunct Nickelodeon series "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" The show featured a group of kids (the Midnight Society) who would gather around a campfire at night to share scary stories of the supernatural. The Tale of Orpheo's Curse was not a plot that was covered in any of the TV episodes.

The game tells the story of Terry and Alex, siblings who are staying with their uncle. There's a creepy abandoned vaudeville theater across from his house, and Terry, who loves magic, wants to explore the boarded-up eyesore. There are tattered posters for attractions at Orpheo's Palace, such as dancing wax skeletons. As Terry searches for clues, they see ghostly shadows from inside the (deserted) building, and sneak in an open stage door.

Your adventure really begins once you're granted access to the run-down theater and its grimy, cobwebby secrets. You get to explore a Ripley's-like room of animal oddities (some with amusing animations when you click on them) and a wax museum in addition to the old dressing rooms and basement. Along the way, you hear the stories of the early performers and their sad fates at the hands of Orpheo.

The game switches between Terry and Alex, although since it's first person, the only clue is in the voiceovers. The graphics are static photos much like Myst, but are highly detailed and colorful, greatly adding to the environment. Viacom filled the game with clickables, and the environments are highly interactive, surprising for a game of this age. Instead of Full Motion Video (FMV), most action is shown via slideshow.
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This game is the game that made me absoloutly obsessed with adventure games! When you're a 12 year old girl, it gives you the "heebie jeebies" like nothing else possibly ever could(and still does when I think about certain scenes!). I love this game, and will gladly plunk down the $50 to own it again.
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Pure nostalgia.. A point and click adventure. If you were born in the 80s you really should find a way to get this and play it.
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By Jordan on May 28, 2016
One of the best DOS games out there. Its a perfect mix of point and click adventure, and horror. The game is legitimately scary at times.
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