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!
User reviews: Mostly Positive (73 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 19, 2002
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“A very well-designed ghost story from a very promising developer, and well worth the purchase for suspense and first-person fans.”
7/10 – Adventure Gamers

“Proves that gameplay and story can (and always should) supersede flash and that a game does not need a big budget to tell a great story.”
8.6/10 – The Armchair Empire

“Taking about twenty hours to finish in all, it is packed with some of the scariest moments I have encountered in my gaming life.”
80 % – Gamers' Temple

About This Game

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.

The Story - many decades ago

The old, abandoned train station at Dowerton hides a history of disappearances, mystery and hauntings. The nearby Station Hotel was once a busy, bustling place for weary travellers to rest and relax...but something went wrong...on the night of April 29th, 1947, the guests and staff vanished without trace, never to be seen again.

The Story - present

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...

Key Features

  • Explore the haunted hotel and train station, alone at night.
  • Use Ghost-Hunting Gadgets to ‘see’ into the past, and hear the dead.
  • An eerie, World War 2 setting is fully realised in 3D graphics.
  • Use detective skills to uncover secret places and learn long lost secrets.
  • Challenge the mind by solving many devious puzzles and enigmas.
  • Communicate with ghosts via a Ouijaboard.
  • Decypher an ancient, long forgotten, language.
  • A non-linear story by Jonathan Boakes, author of The Lost Crown.
  • Full cast of actors & sound to bring the haunted location to spooky life!
  • Utilise high-tech surveillance equipment, to watch supernatural activity.
  • Research local Ghost Stories to learn more about the Dark Fall.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP or Windows Vista
    • Processor: 1 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9
    • Additional Notes: Mouse, Keyboard
    • OS: Windows XP or Windows Vista
    • Processor: 1.4 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9
    • Additional Notes: Mouse, Keyboard
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
This is a really smart and creepy game! I bought Dark Fall 1 and 2 in a bundle sale a couple weeks ago and I have to say that knowing what I know now, these games are worth their full retail price.
First the good stuff: This game has a wonderfully creepy atmosphere. This is an old game, but I think it still looks great. You are alone in an abandoned 1940's English train station, investigating the disappearance of your brother, and what happened to the people who were at the station. You never truly are alone, since there are ghosts all around you, watching you, and sometimes helping you along the way. The scares are all in what you hear, not what you see, which I think is more powerful. There are no jump scares, and there is no fear of dying. However, I always felt a little on edge which says a lot since I knew I couldn't die. There is lots and lots of reading. I personally like that because it fleshes out the lives of the people that worked there, the times in which the events took place, and the story the protagonist is involved in. As far as the soundtrack is concerned, for the most part we get ambient sounds that fit the atmosphere.
Now for the potential negatives. I do not consider these things negatives, but for many gamers these may be stumbling blocks. As I mentioned be prepared to read A LOT of material. The puzzles are smart, but not impossible. They range from pretty easy to having to think for a while. While you do have an overall objective (help your brother) the game does not give you mini objectives, forcing you to just jump in and piece it together as you explore the train station and train hotel. YOU WILL TAKE NOTES! There is no in game journal, so be prepared to have a notepad and a No. 2 ready(Does anybody use No. 2's anymore?)! Since you read so much and the game does not tell you what is important or not, you will probably end of documenting a lot. As you progress through the game, it does become more clear on what to take note of. You will also need a notebook to decode two messages you find. Now the only negative I had with the game is that while it is a wonderfully creepy game that is meant to be played with the lights off, its hard to play that way when you need to take notes! However playing this at night with no interruptions has helped keep the mood creepy.
So for those who consider themselves true adventure fans (this game really brings out my inner snob), definitely give it a play. This may scare the adventure gamers of today who need the in game journal or constant voice over instead of reading. I thought this was a pleasant challenge and I look forward to playing Dark Fall: Lights Out.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Really enjoyed this game. I would recommend it for anyone who enjoys point and click adventures and doesn't mind some thinking. However, the game is TERRIBLE at explaining things. My advice would be if you want to play this to have a pen and paper to hand and write down EVERYTHING that you can. Often there will be some tidbit in some random book about some random character and that will actually be crucial information. Whilst this is not necessarily a problem, it isn't even mentioned from the outset you need to either have a notebook and pen to hand or be rainman. It's extremely frustrating to have to go back and re-read through everything (and worse, repeating completed puzzles - unforgivable!!!) just because there is some random word(s) you will need to remember.

Aside from those few nags GET THIS! It creates an awesome atmosphere and if you get into the storyline and follow it to the end it can be really satisfying. A respectable 7/10
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49 of 51 people (96%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2013
Okay I don't know how this got such a poor rating. For 5.99 get both, so far this game is great. If you like games that make you think to progress and a great story then buy them while you can.
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40 of 44 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2013
This game is actually very, very smart. Unfortunately, I am quite, quite dumb, and don't know why I even attempt these point-and-click adventures (perhaps the existance of rare ones that I can actually get my stupid head around, like Sam Peters).

But unlike, say, Scratches, which is essentially a poorly-designed imitation of this, I can recognise and appreciate that the puzzles in this are by-and-largely quite sensible and clever, I just honestly COULD NOT BE BUGGERED investing the many hours of my life it will take to complete this without constant reference to a walkthrough. In other words, I'm happy to concede that in this instance it's not the's ME. Sigh. The adventure games I "grew up" with were more of the early Resident Evil / Silent Hill-ish ilk - that is to say, more "action-adventure"-ish games - and I believe the more sporadic and generally EASIER nature of the puzzle-solving in such games may have stunted my intellectual growth. Oh well. Another failure in life that I will have to tuck under my well-weathered belt...

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this, however, to those of you out there who can rise to this kind of challenge. It's atmospheric, ever-so-slightly scary and as I said, very smart. The sound design in particular is very impressive, with spooky noises aplenty and voice acting well above par for a video game from any era, not least of all the one that this is from. It's a quality product, no doubt about it. Just depends on your cup of tea, and the head that you're pouring it into.

Verdict: 8/10.
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30 of 31 people (97%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 8, 2014
I'm used to playing the usual point-and-click games, but this one is definitely one of the bests. Reasons why I loved it with a passion:

1) It can be considered horror, but it's not a survival horror game. That means you can't die. Nonetheless, the combination of graphics, music and sounds make it wonderfully in horror mood. It doesn't have the classic "jump-scares" (which, for me, is a good thing), but it has an overall eerie atmosphere that had me at the edge of my seat the whole time. Now, most players who enjoy survival horror can't feel scared if they know that they can't die, but this game is creepy enough to give me some occasional goosepumps.

2) The puzzles aren't too silly or obvious, but the difficulty doesn't rely on the dreadful pixel-hunt for that little object that you don't know that you have to find*. Also, my favorite thing about this game is that there are absolutely no "inventory based" puzzles (meaning, combine items from your inventory in the most illogical ways until you find that specific combination that makes no sense to anyone except the developers). Not here. All the puzzles are logical puzzles, things that you solve by finding clues and using your little gray cells. And that's just my cup of tea.

3) Even though you can't run (there isn't double click to move faster), I never got to the point of wishing I could. You don't really have to watch your character walking; it's first person view and movement feels natural.

4) This quality for the price is unbelievable. I would recommend buying the Dark Fall Collection (1 and 2) together, even thought I haven't played the second one yet; that's how much I loved Dark Fall: The Journal.

*Note: I don't particularly consider it a real puzzle using a key to open a door. I'm talking about actual puzzles that you have to solve.
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37 of 44 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
27.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 6, 2014
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Персональный рейтинг - 7,5 из 10

Джонатан Боукс, помимо своего увлечения видеоиграми еще и горячий любитель пощекотать нервы. И в данном случае я говорю отнюдь не о нервной системе игроков, а о его собственной. Мистер Боукс формально является охотником за привидениями и даже является членом некоей группы, что занимается поиском и изучением проявлений паранормальной активности. За эти годы Джонатан смог скопить достаточный опыт общения с паранормальщиной, чтобы, опираясь на свой богатый актив, создать не одну игру, сюжеты которых так или иначе вращаются вокруг призраков, мистики, эзотерики и прочего непознанного; вещей словно сошедших с обложек журналов и газет; историй, легших в основу телесериалов наподобие X-Files...

Все те гаджеты и приборы, использующиеся в игре, действительно находят применение в практике ловцов духов. Начиная от термосканера, улавливающего изменения температурного порога, электромагнитного датчика, сканирующего пространство в поисках возможных аномалий, сверхчувствительных камер и вплоть до обычного термометра. В результате все это создает осязаемую атмосферу и порой кажется, будто это ты находишься в проклятом отеле, и по спине начинает пробегать неприятный холодок.

Альфред Хичкок сказал: "Нет ничего более пугающего, чем закрытая дверь". Господин Боукс прекрасно об этом знает. Настоящий страх - он не в монстрах, выпрыгивающих из-за угла. Страх всегда кроется в нюансах, в деталях, в скрипе половиц, в топоте чьих-то ног наверху, в странном черном силуэте, промелькнувшем в конце коридора. Ощущение беспомощности, уязвимости и неизвестности заполняет сердце страхом, заставляя его биться в учащенном ритме, словно барабанная дробь. И зеркала, зеркала, зеркала... В игре много зеркал и, каждый раз вглядываясь в любое из них, где-то на подсознательном уровне ожидаешь увидеть в них что-то, что не сможешь ни понять ни объяснить.

Dark Fall нарочито консервативен и старомоден, как педантичный английский джентльмен, неспешно потягивающий ароматный виски, сидя у камина и неторопливо перелистывающий страницы свежего номера "Довертон Пост". Начиная с рабочего разрешения в 640x480, пиксель-хантингом, практически полным отсутствием музыки и заканчивая архаичной системой сохранения. На другой чаше весов лежит великолепная атмосфера, отличный сюжет, логичные загадки, саспенс и крохотная щепотка старого доброго английского ужаса.

Personal rating - 7,5 out of 10

Jonathan Boakes being a fan of videogames, also stands out as a hardcore fan of tickling nerves. And I am talking about his own nerves, because mister Boakes is actually a member of ghost-hunting group of brave souls who enjoy fiddling around with paranormal, poking their noses into all sorts of creepy stuff, searching through old abandoned houses, cellars, looking for ghosts and apparitions of any kind. Throughout these years, Jonathan has gathered more than enough experience to make a game about his hobby which resulted in a number of eerie adventure titles such as Dark Fall, totalizing and giving out an ultimate X-Files experience.

All those gadgets and devices we see in the game are being put to use in reality and stand out as a must in every self-esteemed ghost-hunter's gear. Starting from thermoscaner to electromagnetic devices, ultra-sensitive cameras and ordinary thermometer. It creates a fascinating atmosphere, making you think you're the one unlucky fellow who stuck in a ghostly hotel.

Alfred Hitchcock once said: "There's nothing more frightening than the closed door". Mister Boakes knows that rule. True horror comes not from mosters jumpscaring you out of the darkness. Real fear is always hidden, it's invisible and untouchable, it lurks in the shadows... floor creaking, door slamming, mysterious black silhouette in the far end of a corridor. Feeling of uncertainly, helplessness and vulnerability gives you true fear. And mirrors, mirrors, mirrors... The game has a lot of them. And everytime you look into one, you expect to see someone, or something you could neither explain nor understand.

Dark Fall looks and plays in an old-timer style. With 640x480, pixel-hunting, almost total lack of music, scarcity in sound effects and archaic model of game saving. It's fully compensated by great atmosphere, nice spooky storyline, logical puzzles, suspense and a pinch of good old English horror.
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27 of 33 people (82%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2013
Better than a lot of big budget games. Johnaton Boaks is a clever guy with a silly name.
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
I liked this game a lot. It's very very similar to Myst (probably most like Myst 2 aka Riven) except spooky and about ghosts. There's no jump scares at all which is rare to find.

It's just a point and click about ghosts and you basically roam around learning what happened. It's actually really neat if you like reading notes. You pretty much slowly start to learn everything thats going on and get to know the ghosts that are there slowly. A lot of the notes are optional and only give you information about the place you're at but it usually comes together in a neat way.

an easy example that doesn't give away much: you go into the womans bathroom and there's a flickering light. For just a split second in one of the flickering lights you see a shadow of a person. Sooner or later if you're looking around you'll find out that there had been complaints a LONG time ago about peeping toms and what not. It's just cool how they work it all together. Everything is there for a reason and easy to overlook, but neat if you focus.

big problem though is like Myst is its an old school point and click and expects you to write everything down or just know to click certain tiny pixels you'd probably miss. If you want to keep your sanity play this game with a guide on hand and just use it when you get stuck.

overall its pretty cool. Really nice atmosphere and generally spooky without a single jump scare which I appreciate a lot. Play it if you like those old Myst games. If you're not a fan, it might not be best to start here.
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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 16, 2014

+ spooky and dark atmosphere
+ great horror story, a true horror adventure game, about the supernatural being told in a believable way
+ logical puzzles, lots of stuff to read, gameplay is just great for a point and click adventure game
+ art is awesome, although not hd, still i find it to fit overall
+ great sound

- dated presentation , very low resolutions supported
- you have to take notes in order to solve puzzles, an in-game notepad that many adventure games have, could be really usefull
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
23.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2013
this game has been a real surprise I think Im about three quarters of the way through and certainly am glad I purchased Dark Fall 2 with number 1 The puzzles are great and its very creepy, turn off the lights and dont open that door while its out there, ...........the hint system is novel could work a litle better but hey, I recommend this game to anybody who likes a mystery and likes solving them
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 9, 2014
Beautifully woven narrative, evocative sound and atmosphere combine to make this a true adventure gamers feast.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 2, 2014
This game is very fun and just chilling. Some people can handle this kind of game. I can. If you are into spooky kinds of games this is for you.(I have played it for longer than my game time says)
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
Now this is a game I would love to see remastered. Despite the horrible old graphics, it is still cool to play.
Dark atmosphere. Cool ghost story.

You get a call from a worried friend. He wants you to come to an abandoned hotel. Claims he sees ghosts.
Then he disappears. That message was the last you heared from him. You go to the hotel and , in an oldfashionned way , try to unravel the mystery of his disappearance.

With oldfashionned I mean: no ingame notes, no ingame have to make your own notes.
Got quite some pages written full by now. No clue what I would need or not, but feeling the urge to write down every detail.

I recommend this for a remake with todays graphics! Allready looking forward to play part 2. I do hope part 2 looks a bit bettter;) but hey it's an old game, can't expect to much.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 21, 2014
Complicated and creepy at times, but lots of fun. Neat story line too. Reminds me a bit of Scratches. Anyone who likes mystery/paranormal games should definately give it a go! c:
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 24, 2014
The first of many excellent games from Jonathan Boakes. British horror atmosphere, clever, slow paced. This game is very far away from what trends today. Play it to taste it.
Contrarily to what stated here, this game has subtitles. Turn them on with F1.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
I enjoyed this game, but would only recommend it to people who are either already oldschool point-and-click mystery buffs - or, like me, want to play a spooky game without having to worry about monsters, jumpscares or dying. I didn't want to use a walkthrough so I probably spent many hours wandering around when in fact this isn't a terribly long game. It was hard to tell what information was relevant, so prepare to read a lot and write a lot of things down with actual pen and paper.

The slow exploration of abandoned locations with ghost hunting gear kind of makes this a ghost hunting simulator, which I thought was fun because I'm a big fan of Ghost Hunters. The creepy soundscapes and locations kept the atmosphere tense all through the game, and I really liked the various bits of ghost stories and mythology scattered throughout. I'm looking forward to playing the next game in this series!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 10, 2014
-this review may or may not contain spoilers-

i am not a fan of the genre, actually i rarely play horror-adventure games, i first played this when i was a child and never finished it after i got stuck at the very beginning, after many years i find the chance to buy and finish it, and i just gotta say this game is really hard to keep up, atmosphere is very nicely created, and its kinda made me keep up notes about the stuff in game (which i liked the most) , a bit disappointing at the end but the thing is you dont know what the hell you supposed to do at first, you gather and learn everything piece by piece, the game doesnt even have a menu except save / load / exit buttons, and this makes the game interesting.

if you look up to walkthroughs or youtube videos, well you will completely ruin all of the stuff the game has to offer.

you gotta use your brain to get somewhere in this game , you gotta sit and write notes, study the game by reading every piece of paper, sketch the symbols you found and build the story by connecting the dots yourself.

as i said before the game disappoints a bit at the end, but it is a point and click game so i wont judge the game about its ending.

that music(the one at the main menu) is still ringing in my ears after all those years.

tl;dr if you are going to buy this game, know this you are either going to hate this game and treat it like a garbage, or you will love this game and memorize every aspect of it.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
39.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 12, 2014
Worth the $1:00 I paid for it.

Just remember, The spectral goggles are behind the boxes of electronics, not in them. I had to cheat to find them, i must of checked the "super close but wrong" location like 5 times.

Also, it seems not to turn off for me. When i close the game, and try to reopen it, steam says im already playing, and i have to turn off my computer to play again. Also it counts time during this psuedo off mode too, wich is why i have like 40 hours, when it really took me about 10 hours to beat it.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 15, 2014
A Classic Myst-style supernatural mystery. Very decent story and interesting enough to keep your attention until the game's ending. Although be warned that the ending is a bit of a let-down and actually quite bland compared to the story leading to it. Anyway, you'll get a decent 7-8 hours of adventuring here if you're good with this type of games.

The puzzles are never too obtuse or complicated to solve and you have a chance to freely explore the different environments and find your own clues. Be sure to keep pen and paper around as you will be jotting down a LOT of clues and pictures and notes. This game truly makes you feel like a paranormal investigator who is trying to get to the bottom of a very intruiging mystery. A wealthy amount of notes and diaries flesh out the miriad of different residents of the haunted hotel.

The game looks dated and does not run in widescreen but that is not the point here. I still got chills down my spine every time I stepped into the hallways of the derelict hotel. The detail in every nook and cranny is very impressive and does not show any sign of true aging. The use of sound is limited yet strong and to the point. I loved every bit of audio this game had in it.

If you are looking for pure horror then this game will be a waste of your time. However, if you want a very atmospheric and spooky adventure classic with good story and challenging yet fair puzzles give this mystery a go. I'm very sure you'll appreciate it if you choose to take it slow and enjoy the full story.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 8, 2014
If you're into point and click adventures/puzzles, this is a pretty good one. I remember playing it as a kid so when i saw the combo deal of DarkFall 1 and 2 i had to pick them up. It was pretty fun. The puzzles were good and well designed and weren't so obtuse that you need a guide to get through them. The story is very interesting, and each note or letter you find makes you feel as though you're slowly fitting together the pieces of a big puzzle. The characters are interesting, even if you're interactions with them are limited to sorting through their belongings. The voice acting could use some work, but it's a pretty old game so I cut it some slack there.
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