Embark on an eerie ghost-hunting adventure, featuring real evidence of paranormal activity, to solve the mystery of the Lost Crown. Be warned, to seek advice from the dead can have bitter consequences.
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Mostly Positive (137 reviews) - 72% of the 137 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 18, 2008

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“The Lost Crown has a great, creepy atmosphere, and the presentation is one of a kind. Dark shadows, spectral figures, near constant mist, and chilling sounds are bound to give most folks an uneasy feeling about playing the game at night in a dimly lit room.”
80 – Cheat Code Central

“Brilliant sound design and superb art direction.”
70 – Adventure Gamers

“Great atmosphere thanks to its black-and-white art style, use of real world photos as backdrops, and solid, often unearthly sound effects and tracks.”
70 – IGN

About This Game

Unravel an ancient mystery and search for an ancient treasure on England's fog-shrouded coastline, famed for its legends of smugglers, pirates and ghosts. Join ghost-hunters Nigel Danvers and Lucy Reubans as they investigate a tale of horror and haunting. Wielding the tools of the modern-day ghost-hunter in a cinematic, richly detailed interactive world of wind-swept coastlines and crumbling crypts, you will be captivated, taunted and teased by mind-bending puzzles and interactions with the town 'locals'. But, be warned, there are those who will stop at nothing to prevent Nigel discovering "that which should stay hidden". With nerves of steel and wits to match, in your search for The Lost Crown you will soon discover long lost secrets previously known only to the dead!

Key features:

  • Spine-tingling ghost story.
  • Realistic ghost-hunting, featuring actual E.V.P. (Electronic Voice Phenomena).
  • Explore isolated, creepy locations with a nite-vision camera.
  • Photographs of unexplained entities captured by creator Jonathan Boakes while researching the game.
  • A Full cast of actors to bring the world of Saxton to life.
  • Chilling original soundtrack.
  • Point and click gameplay with both first and third person interaction.
  • Realistic and integrated puzzles.
  • A stunning 30+ hours of gameplay.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows Xp, Vista
    • Processor: 1.5 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB DX 9.0c compliant videocard
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DX 9.0c compliant soundcard
    • OS: Windows Xp, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: 3.0 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB DX 9.0c compliant videocard
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DX 9.0c compliant soundcard
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114 of 122 people (93%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 6, 2014
A couple of years ago I came across this game in a store and I have to admit I was intrigued but disgusted at the same time. Let me explain. I love point and click adventures, I like horror/mystery genre and the art on the front cover definitely promised a sick and twisted journey, but the actual screenshots on the back appeared as completely unappealing to me. It's black and white, character models looked just plain ugly and the environments didn't look interesting or detailed. The game wasn't that expensive so I decided to give it a chance.

During the first few minutes of it I realised that I really misjudged this little game. It's creeping on you even after you quit it and leave your house, it has a truly breathtaking atmosphere, manages to create great tension and catches you off guard most of the time. You go in thinking that this is going to be a bland story about ghost hunting in a "there's something off about this" village and it's inhabitants, but what you get is something more unique than you think. Frightening and eerie sound, dialogues that you wouldn't want to skip through and a whole lot of spine-chilling moments. As soon as I saw that it's available on Steam, I knew I just had to write a positive review so people won't make a mistake having prejudgments like I once did.

If you're a fan of suspense and atmosphere that's so strong, you have to pause the game to gather your thoughts together from time to time, I'd strongly recommend getting this game.
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121 of 173 people (70%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
24.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
I thought long and hard about whether or not to give this a thumb down/negative rating because I hate kicking independant developers and this isn't actually a bad game but a flawed one. However, since there are (at time of writing) so many reviews and comments heaping praise on this game (and even calling it a masterpiece), I figured a negative rating would probably get more people to read this review and consider some of the poorer aspects of this game before buying it.

FIRSTLY LET ME ACKNOWLEDGE THE GAME'S FINER POINTS. The artistic design is excellent. The stylistic grey and white with splashes of colour is a great device for delineating supernatural vs ordinary events. It makes use of the night vision camera all the more spectacular. The setting of an isolated english town steeped in history and pagan beliefs is very good too. In fact, as a premise for a game the whole thing sounds perfect; explore a spooky town with ghostbusting gadgets, solving mysteries and vanquishing evil. What could go wrong? A fair amount, it turns out.

For a start, it's slow. Painfully, bloody slow - even for a point and click. You can double click for quicker movement but it doesn't work everywhere and you have to sit there and watch the player character, Nigel, slowly glide across the screen or perform an animation at a slugs pace. Meanwhile, you're sitting there grinding your teeth in frustration. It also takes a while to get the ghost-hunter gadgets so I reckon a lot of people may probably give up before the game gets interesting.

Oh, have I mentioned that Nigel comes across as being stupid. Well, he does. He just seems to react (or not react at all) to things so strangely. He's like those characters in horror movies that trip over things that aren't there and you're kind of glad when they get killed. He's also voiced poorly (by the game's creator) so his response to characters, ghosts and events in the game can be so odd and jarring that he is quite unlikeable. For example, there are a couple of times in the latter part of the game when pebbles are hurled by ghosts at his head and hit the camera - absolutely no response! I wanted Nigel to die. I really did.

The game also isn't scary/spooky enough. There are one or two genuinely creepy moments and a couple of jump scares but that's about it so it really shouldn't be described as a horror title.

Look, I don't want to completely trash this game and dissuade people from playing it. I repeat, it's not bad, just flawed. Just take my criticisms under consideration. If you're ok with slow games and/or love point and click adventures, then grab this game. Maybe wait for a sale!???

One last thing; some STEAM ACHIEVEMENTS are buggered (they certainly didn't unlock for me) and according to the discussion forums, you may need to tamper with the game files to get them to unlock.

UPDATE: For whateverer reason, this review seems to float at the top of postings and has garnered a few critiques of it's own. Some people seem to superficially misunderstand the first paragraph here as a petulant or contrarian stance against positive reviews of tLC. To be clear, I wrote that WHOLE first paragraph to openly outline my bias and to address the fact that STEAM ONLY ALLOWS BINARY POSTIONS OF THUMB UP OR DOWN. It's that simple.

I stand by my brief review in almost every respect. It's not terrible but it's not great. The flaws tend to drag the game down the further it goes on. A few people won't mind this but most will! I can't give this game a general endorsement of thumbs up.

I hereby drop my mic.
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41 of 49 people (84%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 7, 2014
A fairly creepy, and artistic point & click horror game with elements of ghost hunting. I played it a long time ago, and it was decent enough.

- Voice acting is kind of meh, however the town and it's denizens are plenty eerie.
- A lot of black and white with splashes of color.
- Touches of Lovecraft here and there..
- What was going on with the cats is pretty screwed up...
- If you like Scratches, the Darkfall series, the Black Mirror series, or the Darkness Within series, you'll probably enjoy this.
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35 of 40 people (88%) found this review helpful
67.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 11, 2014
This is my 3rd time purchasing this game over the years. The first time i bought it i wasn't sure about the black and white coloring, but i'm SO glad i was able to look past something that was *seemingly dull. After playing it, it became one of my absolute favorites; It's layered with disturbing tales and eerie sounds that Jonathan Boakes' games are famous for. You won't forget this unique experience, especially the people of Saxton, those both dead AND alive.
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27 of 30 people (90%) found this review helpful
22.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2015
It's hard not to develop at least a mild fascination with ghost stories and the unearthly legends of the people who've long passed on from this world. Such tales - particularly if they are well-delivered - can raise the hairs on your neck and send chills down the spine. The Lost Crown: A Ghost-hunting Adventure is steeped heavily in the folklore intrigue of the spirit world rather than the full-on gore and flesh eating creatures found in horror games, but it still delivers a winding story full of scary moments and interesting twists. It's a creepy game that dabbles equally in aspects of ghost-hunting, searching for ancient treasure, and old fashioned detective work. If you're into ghosts, you'll love digging into this haunted adventure mystery set on the fog-laden coast of England.
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33 of 41 people (80%) found this review helpful
28.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 1, 2015
One of the very best stories and atmosphere in any adventure game I've played, in a rarified group with Gabriel Knight 2 and 3 for the depth of the story. The ghost hunting adds interesting new gameplay elements to the traditional point and click adventures. The oddities throughout that things aren't what they seem is really well done. Puzzles are mostly logical and interesting and tied in with the great underlying mysteries of the story. The game definitely has some issues. Even with fast travel (I imagine it would have been all but unplayable when it was first released without that), getting around town is annoying. Voice acting is mostly good, but the main character frequently seems to put the stress on the wrong words in sentences as if the actor is reading the dialogue for the first time, which is bizarre since the creator of the game plays the main character. A few of the achievements seem to be broken. Some of the puzzles near the end are pretty terrible -- two (two!!) puzzles that require musical expertise and wandering around a maze trying to spot one elusive clue -- and there are a number of times where it can get frustrating trying to figure out what exactly needs to be done to trigger forward movement in the story. All the negative issues are comparatively minor, however, compared to the strong points. If you like adventure games, this is one of the best and a must play.
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
122.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 21, 2014
This game starts off a little rocky. The intro movie is puzzling, and might put off some gamers. But once that's over, this game is fantastically atmospheric. The settings are wonderfully immersive and memorable. The art style -- which seems like another puzzling choice at first -- rapidly grows on you until it you realize that it's perfect. The use of color in this game is almost worth the purchase price itself. This game is an unusual experience, but that's exactly what makes it stay with you for so long.
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
40.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2015
Perhaps my favourite game. Definitely top 3. Unlike anything else entirely.

Absolutely to be forgiven of such painfully endearing floors as 'poor' voice acting, obtuse puzzles and slow animations. If you like adventure games play this on a week off school/work and preferably with a friend. Turn off your phone, minimize distractions, have snacks/ready meals on standby and settle in.

Its floors (which are definite by any objective standard) make it loveable and unique. It is somewhat slow, misshapen and brutally clunky... but this is a one-man band we're talking about! Jonathan Boakes has done a singularly fantastic job making this game. I cannot stress enough how worth it this game is.

If I had never played this I would pay around £15 on a punt to see if it was worth it because I like the genre. After having played it I would gladly pay £100 or more because it is honestly unparalleled (okay, that sounds rediculous, but it's honestly true.)

I will not give away anything about the game because saying anything about it at all would be unfairly taking it out of context, something to which this game is vitally important. I will say however that the voice acting is preposterous, the opening cutscene is cringeworthy, and the constant appeal to 'what is scary', dumb - but none of this matters. The 'bad' points about this game become almost instantly charming; the atmosphere will win you over.

The story is for the most part intruiging, the puzzles a mixture of challenging and twee, but the atmosphere... oh the atmosphere. Scary? Yes. Creepy? Certainly. Beautiful? Absolutely!

You will be greatly rewarded for sticking this game out. A true independent masterpiece for anyone who is even tangentially interested in adventure games.

P.S. The best part is, Boakes is already a decent way through making the next game in the series and there's an interim installment in the series called Midnight Horror!
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23 of 29 people (79%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 10, 2014
The enhancements made to the STEAM version of this game have finally made it playable for me. I quit mid-game upon its initial release because of the slow pace. I was forced to watch EVERY step Nigel took to look at an object, or reach an exit-point. I had to listen to every word of dialogue - even if I had heard it a dozen times before. And this is a 20+ hour game!

I'm thrilled to find that I can now jump to the next screen, skip dialogue, and finally play through this intriguing, haunting story. If The Lost Crown tried your patience in 2008, this is the answer to your prayers :)
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 12, 2014
Another point and click adventure from Jonathan Boakes! I had been wondering when/if this one would come to steam, and lo and behold it did!

This one is worth playing for point-and-click enthusiasts. The visuals are quite nice, being largely based upon photographs, with some low-detail 3D models thrown in. The black and white aesthetic can be stunning at times.
Unlike many games, it really takes the time to thoroughly develop its setting and the characters within it.
Some puzzles can be a bit cryptic, many may need a walkthrough at some points.

Overall, to any fans of adventure games, I highly recommend it.
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0.5 hrs
Posted: October 16
I'm sure there must be some reason for all the positive reviews, but after a half hour stuck in the first scene, I couldn't find anything interesting to do or any way to make the story move forward. The user interface is very clunky and difficult to use.
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14.9 hrs
Posted: October 7
Recommended but I'm starting with a major negative aspect of the game:

CON: Why, why, why must it be so slow!?!?!?!? This is the game's only flaw, but it becomes so annoying and frustrating. The game completion time could be cut in half - no exaggeration - if they got rid of pointless animations and dialogues that you have to sit through every time you visit a location, even if you've been there before. There's no reason that we have to watch the character slowly walk into each frame, every single time. Why can't there be a map feature where you can travel to locations you've already visited (like most other games of this style)? Then we wouldn't waste so much time pointlessly clicking across the map.

PRO: Great story, great atmosphere, good acting, good puzzles. Very enjoyable. Everything else was good. Not too scary, but perhaps "spooky". But the speed really killed the fun.
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NS Plover
63.5 hrs
Posted: October 6
I really enjoyed playing this game. There's enough here already to tell you what the game is about. What I really loved was the characters, the interactions, the history, and the voice actors. Some of the older comments about this game (not necssarily on steam) say that you are limited to 8 saves (not true there is a hand pointing left and right to scroll), right click speeds up most conversations, and double click speeds up most movements. Most of the game is greyscale which I got used to very quickly, didn't bother my gameplay at all. This game has a lot of gameplay and is great value.
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24.2 hrs
Posted: October 3
This was a pretty good game. Very much a standard, point and click adventure game, with a good story and decent play mechanics. Nothing special, nothing horrible, fairly long in length.
Get it on sale and you should be happy with the purchase.
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5.1 hrs
Posted: October 2
Cannot recommend this game. Nothing fun here for me.
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17.2 hrs
Posted: September 16
It's almost first game of this genre I've played back in 2009. Since then I've become a huge fan of adventures and point & click games. So, after I've found The Lost Crown on Steam, I bought it.
This game has really interesting story, based on Anglo-Saxon folklore and some interesting mechanics like ghost-hunting devices. Also I like color design and atmosphere.
Of course, in 7 years this plays different, but still I've enjoyed replaying.

WARNING: Game has problems with achievements in English version, but you still can get them all (instructions in discussions or in guides).
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34.8 hrs
Posted: August 25
If you are interested in this game and want those achievements, don't buy it for the achievements. I liked the game for sure, but I wanted the achievements too, but some are bugged and that so annoying.
P.D. For these cases steam should make a button between 'yes' and 'no'
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Dracula (yersinia pestis)
23.9 hrs
Posted: August 16
Excelente !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Patrick Turok
37.8 hrs
Posted: June 5
Easy point n click game with scary tones. The Lost Crown gains bragging rights for being a game that is not big on graphics, but it has sustances. You play as Nigel Danvers, on the run from Hadden Corporation after witnessing some of their technological hardware, which apparently is illegal by their standards. Danvers then enters a train that takes him to the Sedgemarsh Station which leads to the shady harbor town of Saxton. Thankfully, Nigel discovers the town is riddled in mystery of the paranormal and is even helped by Hadden using ghost hunting equipment to discover the towns ancient treasure The Saxton Crown. So, as the player you control Nigel to explore the town, talk to people and solve puzzles. What I like is that the game will give you a chime once the puzzle is met. Also, certain actions and cutscense will play unless you solve certain puzzles, like before Nigel goes to bed, he must place the camera on the window sill before going to sleep in order to continue. This is good idea and little things like these help with the games creepy atmosphere. Yes, creepy is a great word to put in this perspective. I am also glad that there are no jump scares, unlike FNAF, the presence of scary looms over you and watches you from shadows, until it scares you.

Using the tools are great as well. You have many things to work with such as tape recorders to here EVP, a camera to take pictures for both scenery and the paranormal, a E.M.F. Meter to find powerful forces, and a Night Vision Camcorder to see in the dark and record movement. The harbor town of Saxton is like a small dream come true and I do enjoy the ambience this game has. It has calm quiet moments that enjoy the scenery, and there are times on where it will scare you. I recommend to anyone if their are interested into ghost hunting and reading a huge story. As always if you don't like it, you don't, but if you want to explore the curious side of things, I highly recommend you pick this one up.
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7.3 hrs
Posted: May 21
This is an awesome game! There aren't many ghost hunting theme games outhere so this one is on top!
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