Creator: ERS Game Studios
"We make games for you"
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ERS Game Studios is a Russian Game Company known mainly for their works in the Hidden Object Game
market. They started as a small company in 2006, creating simple games for everyone to enjoy. They became well known in October of 2009 when they released the first of the Puppetshow
games and began to create Supernatural/Mystery based games ever since. They are well known for their scenery, stories and puzzles and there's always something for everyone to enjoy.
Games Developed by ERS Game Studios include:
- Mystery of Joyville
- Souls of the Innocent
- Lost Town
- Return to Joyville
- Destiny Undone
- Steam Heart (TBA)
- Dark Tales
- Edgar Allen Poe's Murders in the Rue Morgue
- Edgar Allen Poe's The Black Cat
- Edgar Allen Poe's The Premature Burial
- Edgar Allen Poe's The Gold Bug
- Edgar Allen Poe's Red Masque
- Edgar Allen Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher
- Redemption Cemetery
- Curse of the Raven
- Children's Plight
- Grave Testimony
- Salvation of the Lost
- Bitter Frost
- Haunted Halls
- Green Hill Sanitarium
- Fears from Childhood
- The Revenge of Dr. Blackmore
- Nightmare Dwellers
- Haunted Legends
- The Queen of Spades
- The Bronze Horseman
- The Undertaker
- The Curse of Vox
- Shadow Wolf Mysteries
- Curse of the Full Moon
- Bane of the Family
- Cursed Wedding
- Under the Crimson Moon (TBA)
- Music of Death
- Notes of Life
- Music From the Void
- Dark Talent
- Spirits Of Mystery
- Amber Maiden
- Song of the Phoenix
- The Dark Minotaur
- Silver Arrow
- Grim Facade
- Mystery of Venice
- Sinister Obsessions
- The Cost of Jealousy
- A Wealth of Betrayal
- Azada: In Libro
- Azada: Elementa
- Dark Alleys
- Gothic Fiction
- Twilight Phenomena
- The Lodgers of House 13
- Strange Menagerie
- Reality Show
- Flights of Fancy
- Queen's Tales
- The Beast and the Nightingale
- Forgotten Books
Upcoming Games from ERS Game Studios:
- Christmas Eve
- The Secrets of Pandora's Box
- Beyond the Unknown
- Ghosts of the Past
Tropes Commonly Seen:
- Author Appeal: If there's a game with a location in real life, chances are it's in Europe. Dark Tales and the upcoming Puppetshow: Steam Heart take place in France, and Grim Facade has locations in Italy and Spain.
- Bunnies for Cuteness: The mascot of ERS Game Studios.
- Cute Kitten: Cats are frequently seen in the later games. To continue with the plot, you have to feed them fish or cream, dry them up and play with them. In return, they'll let you take important inventory items and can even be used in puzzles.
- Depending on the Artist: The majority of the games have openings done in either CG or are hand-drawn. Depending on the series, it will determine the game's atmosphere. For example:
- Spirits of Mystery: Amber Maiden and Silver Arrow have hand-drawn graphics, while Song of the Phoenix and The Dark Minotaur are CG. The former are shown to be Lighter and Softer while the latter are Darker and Edgier.
- Dark Tales: Rue Morgue, Black Cat and House of Usher have hand-drawn openings, while Premature Burial, Gold Bug and Masque of Red Death are all CG openings. This is an exact opposite of Spirits of Mystery above.
- Grim Facade: Only Sinister Obsessions is hand-drawn while Mystery of Venice and Cost of Jealousy is CG. It follows the Dark Tales pattern.
- Puppetshow: Mystery of Joyville, Souls of the Innocent and Lost Town are hand-drawn while Return to Joyville, Destinies Undone and Steam Heart are CG. Also follows the Dark Tales pattern.
- Twilight Phenomena: House 13 is CG while Strange Menagerie is hand-drawn. It follows Spirits of Mystery.
- Redemption Cemetery: All but Salvation of the Lost is CG, following the Spirits of Mystery pattern.
- Early-Installment Weirdness: Many of their previous hidden object games prior to Puppetshow.
- Featureless Protagonist: Zig-zagged. In general, the player character in most of the games has no characteristics whatsoever, but there are instances where the player character's gender is specified or the player takes on the role of a usually female main character.
- Queen's Tales: The Beast and Nightingale subverts this. The Framing Device is a queen telling her daughter how she married (the titular game) so we get a full glimpse of her present self.
- Full Motion Video: Redemption Cemetery: Grave Testimony, Dark Alleys: Penumbra Motel and Gothic Fiction: Dark Saga are the only games so far to use real live actors rather than the hand-drawn characters ERS is known for.
- Ghost Town: All areas the character seems to go to are empty (minus a few exceptions).
- Hidden Object Game: The majority of their games.
- Lighter and Softer: Spirits of Mystery, Flights of Fancy, Reveries and Queen's Tale's are brighter than what ERS is known for.
- Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: Starting with Dark Tales: Edgar Allen Poe's Murders in Rue Morgue, all games have been given a Collector's Edition which come with bonus gameplay, screen savers, concept art, strategy guide and soundtracks.
- No Name Given: The player character is never given a name. In most mystery based games, they're called 'detective' and Spirits of Mystery has you being called "Your Majesty" or "Princess". The only time this is averted is in Reveries: Sisterly Love, with the name "Anna".
- Non-Human Sidekick: Starting with Spirits of Mystery: The Dark Minotaur, the player character gains partners that helped them out in various tasks. These include:
- Spirits of Mystery: The Dark Minotaur: A collection of four animals: A red panda, a nightingale, a turtle and a cat who create items if you feed them.
- Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's The Gold Bug: Arthur, a Newfoundland who sniffs out clues.
- Azada: Elementa: A fairy sidekick (although he only makes remarks on stuff that happens)
- Puppetshow: Destiny Undone: A Doll with robotic spider legs to help reach hard to find places.
- Twilight Phenomena: Strange Menagerie: A raccoon with a huge Sweet Tooth.
- Flights of Fancy: Two Doves: A fairy who can use magic pollen to subdue animals.
- Queen's Tales: The Beast and the Nightingale: A magic nightingale whose songs make plants grow.
- Spirits of Mystery: Silver Arrow: Romas, a Lingbeast that can translate all types of animal languages.
- Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe's Fall of the House of Usher: A spirit called "The Reborn One" who brings stone statues to life.
- Private Detective: In Grim Facade and Puppetshow.
- Rule of Three: Prominent in their fantasy games. Azada takes the cake, especially in Elementa. To save Azada, the main character needs to save the guardians of the elements of air, fire and water (3 elements, 3 guards). To do so, they need to go and find the pieces of their amulets, which are three of each.
- Samus Is a Girl: In some series, you play as a female. These are: Haunted Halls, Spirits of Mystery, Gothic Fiction, Reveries, Flights of Fancy, Queen's Tales, and Redemption Cemetery: Bitter Frost (only confirmed in the beta when she has a voice).
- Scenery Porn/Scenery Gorn: Their games are beautiful, but when their horror game settings get creepy, they get really creepy.
- Suddenly Voiced: The later Puppetshow, Haunted Halls, Haunted Legends and Dark Tales games were mostly silent until their 3rd (for Puppetshow and Dark Tales) and 2nd (Haunted Halls and Haunted Legends) games.
- Redemption Cemetery: Bitter Frost marks the first time the protagonist gets a voice. However this was removed in the beta. Grim Facade: A Wealth of Betrayal and Puppetshow: Steam Heart will be the first ERS games to have the main character speak.
- The X of Y: In many of their titles.
- You Have to Burn the Web: Prominent in many of their games.