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  • genre adventure / fpp / detective-mystery
  • download size 925 MB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 337 user ratings.
  • release date May 23, 2007
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8) and Mac OS X (10.6.8 or newer)
  • languages English
  • developer / publisher Nucleosys / Meridian4
  • game modes single-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • manual
  • wallpaper
  • soundtrack (320kb/s 19 tracks)
  • HD Trailer

What's cool about it:

  • Really scary horror atmosphere created by moody music, creepy sound effects, and great visuals
  • Challenging puzzles - you will have to use the best of your logical deduction skills to solve them
  • Captivating story that will scare you senseless but at the same time it will keep you up for hours


Dark legends surround the old abandoned Blackwood house, secluded far away in the northern wastelands.

For writer Michael Arthate, this cold solitary atmosphere is fodder for his restless imagination. But Michael soon becomes distracted by the mysteries offered up as he follows a trail exploring and delving into the secrets of the past. As he is drawn deeper into the story, his sleep is shattered by mysterious noises and he is plagued by nightmares that cross into reality.

Whose shadows lurk in the dark corners? Is that lonely house inhabited by restless spirits of the past or something more sinister? What is that sound that chills to the very bone...scratching?

Join Michael in a suspenseful adventure, as you explore beautiful and chilling environments. Prowl dark corners and solve puzzles leading to the solution of a tale begun with obsession and ending with madness and murder.

Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Blood, Mild Language, Mild Violence.

Minimum system requirements: Windows® XP / Vista™ / Windows® 7, 2.0 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9.0c and OpenGL 1.2, 1GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.
Minimum system requirements (Mac): OS X 10.6.8 or later. Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz+, Memory: 512MB RAM, Graphics: OpenGL 1.2 compatible with 64MB RAM, Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled.

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The Atmosphere!

Posted on 2011-07-28 07:21:22 byhayward6's avatarhayward6:

I bought the original edition of this game by chance and had never played this style of game before. I have also not found one that matches it since... The setting, and the atmosphere are just perfect! without going into much detail about the game, I found the suspense and the unknown simply spine chilling. Exploring an old abandoned house should not be this much fun and at theread more same time so frightening. At the time my office was in the basement of my house away from the family, and I can't tell you how many times I had to abandon the game because I was on the edge of my seat and it felt so real. One of my kids even snuck down the stairs one time and knocked on my door scaring the heck out of me. All of the sound effects, the story, the mystery, everything just comes together perfectly and it's a masterpiece. The only piece that I didn't like was the puzzles... that may just be me, but I didn't like that the game time would not advance until you advanced the story. Maybe you needed to find a key? maybe you wont be able to go to bed until you've completely searched the house and yard? It's a small negative for me and doesn't not stop the game from being one of my all time favorites. I now own both the original and directors cut on disk, but rest assured I will be buying this digital copy to ensure I always have a safe copy.

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Scratches, AKA "My Best Friend Jerry"

Posted on 2011-08-16 13:46:59 byXaemoon's avatarXaemoon:

This has got to be the most disappointing horror adventure game I've ever played, but before I get into what makes me proclaim such a strong opinion, I'll talk about the game's strengths first.
Initially, the game is very creepy and definitely gives you a foreboding sense of isolation, and the knowledge that something "isn't quite right" goes a long way to inspiring aread more psychological reaction from you as the player.
However, the game's pace is quite slow, and once you've explored the house and aren't sure what you're supposed to do next, the really fun part begins:
You see, this game is built around a core element: Call your friend Jerry.
Yes, you heard me right. You will be calling your friend/real-estate agent so often that it's no wonder he becomes increasingly annoyed to hear from you. The kicker is that you MUST call him repeatedly to advance the plot and for some of the puzzles to become solvable (and also to trigger the passage of time in many cases). Since the game doesn't really give you an indication that calling him is the solution to making things happen, you'll often start resorting to calling him every time you're stuck. Nine times out of ten, not calling him is the reason you're stuck. This QUICKLY takes you out of the atmosphere of the game.
Additionally, after you've spent your first night in the house, you start to realize that nothing is actually happening. Seriously. Nothing substantial happens. There is one jump scare in the game (near the end) and it's a good one, I'll admit, but the rest of the game is wandering around the house.
To top it off, this game has one of the worst endings ever. The payoff for all your hard work just isn't worth it, and it leaves several questions unanswered.
As for the price? I got this game on Steam during a sale for 2.99. I felt like I overpaid.

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The scariest adventure ever?

Posted on 2011-07-28 07:16:45 byGnome.682's avatarGnome.682:

Well, quite possibly really. Scratches is an excellent node-based point-and-click adventure with a deep storyline, atmospheric setting, top-notch writing and some truly scary scares.
Truth be said, it's the only game to have actually frightened me. A true contemporary classic!

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