You come back from work hoping to get a good night's sleep but then you notice light blinking on your answering machine. It was your brother – an architect redeveloping an old train station and hotel. He called to ask for your help. Alarmed by his frightened voice, cryptic information about some disappearance and strange whispers in the background you board a train without hesitation. From now on your adventure has just begun and soon you will realize that although no one is there, you are not alone...
This Myst-style horror-adventure game will bring fear into your heart. From the very beginning you are exposed to an overwhelming but invisible ghost presence – strange calls, footsteps, voices from nowhere. In order to help your brother and survive you will need to solve the mystery of this abandoned, haunted place. And remember! Do not let it to find you! Do not let it to find you... Do not.. Let... find...
The game is best played in a dark room with your speakers turned up. Unless you're scared, of course.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Mild Violence, Suggestive Themes, Violence. PEGI Rating: 12+ with Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 256MB RAM (512 recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9, Mouse, Keyboard.
Posted on 2009-10-27 08:43:02 bywhodares2:
The premise of the game is for you to figure out where your brother is (as well as the others who were at the old train station), who/what took him and why?
I found this game to be a better than average game but not one that everyone must own. The graphics are fine, the ambient sound is very atmospheric and the clues to the mystery can be convoluted. I also found the puzzles toread more be very logical and variant in their challenge levels. That said, the game did have me thinking about it even when I wasn't playing it, which says something as I'm not a very big adventure gamer. I also found it helpful to keep my own notes so that as important information was imparted to me I could shuffle them around to see how they fit in with the rest of my information.
The setting is confined which can make you feel a little claustrophobic knowing that there is someone or something looking for you. Which makes it a fantastic title for gamers looking to enjoy Halloween at an electronic level.
Overall, I would recommend this game to players as I did have a good time with it. It also made want to try other adventure games.
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Posted on 2009-10-27 16:46:54 byRed_Avatar:
The first time I tried this game, I was not that impressed. I feared it was yet another Myst clone with irrelevant puzzles and little story to back it up. How wrong I was ... In truth, this is a brilliant horror adventure games which will put you on the edge of your seat. The attention to detail is amazing and while the game is slow to get going, after an hour of playing, you'llread more have a hard time to stop playing! This game is really a hidden gem of massive proportions.
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Posted on 2009-10-28 13:15:26 bywamu:
Dark Fall: The Journal is a first person perspective point and click adventure game, set in a British town in the late 1940s. It is based on a short ghost story of Jonathan Boakes who eventually designed and produced this game himself.
You are in search of your missing brother who was investigating paranormal events in an old hotel. At the start of the game you meet the spiritread more of an 11-year old child, Timothy Pike, who leads you to the train station next to the hotel. Tim's ghost will prove to be a helpful, though cryptic, hint giver throughout the game.
Dark Fall combines quite a gripping storyline with eerie music, dito sound effects and carefully designed locations. Gameplay is mainly focused on collecting clues and solve (sometimes complex) puzzles. Ironically, "Dark Fall: The Journal" actually lacks a journal that contains all clues you have collected. This may seem to be a downside at first, but it actually helps the player to become immersed with the game as he is solely responsible for writing down all relevant clues and information.
The game may become repetitive at some points as you have to revisit somelocations over and over again but the story is so strong that you will want to finish the game in order to get the answers you're looking for. Probably just once, though, as the game has very little short-term replayability. The graphic detailing sometimes seem outdated in respect to the time the game was produced, but Dark Fall is nevertheless a very decent game.
GOG.COM adds a nice bonus by including the game soundtrack. I hope the "hits and solutions" guide will also become available in the future, as it was also present in both the original game release and the special "pins & needles" release of early this year.
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