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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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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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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Mostly Positive (131 reviews)
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coil
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Clunky, cumbersome, unimaginative piece of crap with obligatory stylized mysterious ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t and infuriatingly bad voice acting which absolutely ruins the game.

I'm pretty tired of misleading reviews and quotes. «“Great atmosphere“ — IGN». WHAT? The voice over alone ripps you right out, dissipating any immersion which was extremely thin to begin with: the opening cut scene is laughably cheesy and gamy with over the top villains, ridiculously campy voice acting and obligatory conspiracy ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t.

Buy «Corrosion: Cold Winter Waiting» instead.
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msithis
( 7.3 hrs on record )
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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MjrKuffenbach
( 36.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 29
Low profile, yet wonderfully deep adventure. First to notice is b&w photography stylization, which is creepy from the beginning. Later on, when you discover the foggy little coastal town of Saxton a little better, it becomes more and more suggestive, almost hypnotic.

It's a game with probably the slowest tempo I know. And it's also very long. Like endless drowning in the swamps around the town. Many people could probably find it unbearable, but for me it's important part of it's charm. Wandering the streets or countryside around town, getting to know it's inhabitants and their stories, is beautiful. And despite tempo, actual ghosthunting in the sinister Saxton's atmosphere can be pretty thrilling.

Unique experience, but be carefull with this one.
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Dogboy
( 31.7 hrs on record )
Posted: March 15
i love adventure games, ever sense KQ,SQ days. i don't know much about the developers but not bad for a 1st in a series.yes i do have some complaints.most of the voice acting is..well,bad and lacking any emotion.i literally could do most of them much much better myself.also, the dialog should change for repeat visits or not there at all as an option.if you know about the fair 1st day,you shouldnt seem oblivious to it after the first sleep when talking to people at night.i haven't finished game but already bought the 2nd in the series.its a decent story with great atmosphere and a very nice change from far cry :primal or rising storm.there needs to be more "spooky" adventure games out there.worth the $ for sure and it aint much.
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Hybrid_Berry
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 11
nope

a half ♥♥♥♥♥ review for a half ♥♥♥♥♥ game
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yesimjen
( 18.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 12
Holy crap, I played this game for 18 hours!?! I really wanted to like this, but it was just too long and boring and tedious. I found myself playing along with a walkthrough just to get it over with. British accents sound like a nail on a chalkboard to me anyway.
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DjGodary86
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 4
Dated graphics for 2008 but the atmosphere and story is good. If you like point and click games with horror aspects this is for you.
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Del Vas
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: December 31, 2015
Sea Creatures?
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Niflheim
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: December 11, 2015
Give me the card!
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Jivchik
( 14.1 hrs on record )
Posted: November 30, 2015
Stroke a cat and feed the pig.
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nessed
( 33.8 hrs on record )
Posted: November 15, 2015
Despite the horrible voice acting and clumsy animations, The Lost Crown definitely earns it's place as one of the best classic 3rd person point & click games. It strongly feels like an adventure.
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Chalchiuhtotoliq
( 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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MiCi462 💜
( 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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MESHA[BIH]#NoSkillOnlySkins™
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: October 30, 2015
I really can't figure how to play this game, it's to weird...
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Baldy
( 39.5 hrs on record )
Posted: October 10, 2015
this is one of my all time favorite games the company did announce a sequel years ago but have never released it which i am looking forward to if they ever do
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Death_SpecteR
( 44.7 hrs on record )
Posted: September 23, 2015
I love this game. And the series.
Waiting now for the new one, Almost Here.
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Sizeable hostile testicle
( 23.2 hrs on record )
Posted: September 12, 2015
This game truly is a labour of love.

That does not however mean it is any good.
The art style is very unique and works to a certain extent, sadly the voice acting and writing is very bad. The worst of which is centered around the main character Nigel Danvers. Who is voiced, written and modeled after the games creator Jonathan Boakes. This makes the poor voice direction all the more baffling. Under the guise of going for an eerie atmosphere the people ramble nonsense and the "conversations" as they were are mostly just two people taking turns saying things with little regard for the presense of the other person. In that it all feels very poorly directed and out of place.
The biggest villain in this regard is the main charachter Nigel. His stiff delivery and ability to make you utterly loathe him is uncanny. There are many instances in which it seems the person speaking the line had no idea of the context of said line in the game. It's bad.

The game itself is a fairly standard point and click. With weird floaty and painfully slow animations. As well as ♥♥♥♥-backwards puzzle logic. There are many instances where you know exactly what you need to do, but they game won't let you do it because you have to click everything in one very certain order at specific times.

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comictree
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: August 17, 2015
Honestly, this game isn't truly magnificently scary in comparison to the bigger indie horrors out there, but as far as the Point-and-Click adventure genre goes, The Lost Crown is truly the epitome of horror (at least until its sequel, "The Last Crown: Blackenrock" and the subsequent games of the tetralogy come out). It packs just the right amount of horror and story to keep you interested, with just the right mood to keep you clicking along. The story is rife with a number of twists, surprises, and yes, sometimes, scares, though for the most part the scares aren't of the jumpscare variety.

I will say though that this point and click game is not for everyone. The black-and-white aesthetic is hit and miss when it comes to graphic capability, but that's the design choice the game runs with, and doesn't factor in as much as whether or not you find the characters or story intriguing. I won't lie, as someone who voice acts and has voice acted in at least one game on Steam, the voices leave much to be desired, and sometimes you learn details that you shouldn't have learned until later, or you never figure out the story behind a certain character or plot point. The scares are all quite decent- the ones in Harbour Cottage and especially "The Room" are particularly effective in that regard, but the game equalizes it with the fact that you're supposed to be looking for these scares, which, for the most part, are simply ghost sightings through your camera. However, capturing all the secrets the town of Saxton has to offer, unearthing all the spirits and trying to uncover all the mysteries has its own charms, especially with the myriad of subplots brought in.

PROS:

- Decent storyline and gameplay mechanics.
- Nice allusions to the Dark Fall franchise, including the main character Nigel Danvers having been a character from the first game.
- The scares, when they are effective, are very effective, even when they don't register a "jump" or "shock" value. Sometimes it's just really good at building dread or nagging suspicion.
- The characters all have their own personalities, and while most of them are two-dimensional, they really do stand out on their own, especially in comparison to other point-and-click games.
- The gameplay mechanics of using technologies and pseudo-sciences, old and new, to hunt down, record, or figure out how to repel ghosts is a fairly novel one.
- Really good game length, it truly can go on for a while.

CONS:

- The voice acting leaves something to be desired. Especially with Nigel... pausing... during every other word... like this.
- The characters' two-dimensionalities can be pretty apparent at times.
- The main character sometimes can just be downright unlikable.
- If you're into jumpscares, I can name about three that happen in this game. The rest is dread, disturbing imagery, or unnerving implications.
- Walking around everywhere, especially since Saxton isn't the biggest place around, sometimes gets a little repetitive, and you have to complete every single task on a given day to progress to the next.

All in all, I like it. It's a wonderful horror point-and-click game, and it's got a very nice story behind it, too, with an ending that brings Twin Peaks to mind. All in all, I can't wait for the sequels, but I do know that it's just not for everybody. But if you like point and click and want a little atmospheric horror goodness in there, it's not a bad game to pick up and try out.
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caleblimb
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: August 7, 2015
The animations are a little bad which wouldn't be too much of a problem if it let you skip them but it doesn't. It should also let you speed up the dialog but nope.
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zamankamruz
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: August 4, 2015
crap
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
36.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
Low profile, yet wonderfully deep adventure. First to notice is b&w photography stylization, which is creepy from the beginning. Later on, when you discover the foggy little coastal town of Saxton a little better, it becomes more and more suggestive, almost hypnotic.

It's a game with probably the slowest tempo I know. And it's also very long. Like endless drowning in the swamps around the town. Many people could probably find it unbearable, but for me it's important part of it's charm. Wandering the streets or countryside around town, getting to know it's inhabitants and their stories, is beautiful. And despite tempo, actual ghosthunting in the sinister Saxton's atmosphere can be pretty thrilling.

Unique experience, but be carefull with this one.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
i love adventure games, ever sense KQ,SQ days. i don't know much about the developers but not bad for a 1st in a series.yes i do have some complaints.most of the voice acting is..well,bad and lacking any emotion.i literally could do most of them much much better myself.also, the dialog should change for repeat visits or not there at all as an option.if you know about the fair 1st day,you shouldnt seem oblivious to it after the first sleep when talking to people at night.i haven't finished game but already bought the 2nd in the series.its a decent story with great atmosphere and a very nice change from far cry :primal or rising storm.there needs to be more "spooky" adventure games out there.worth the $ for sure and it aint much.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Dated graphics for 2008 but the atmosphere and story is good. If you like point and click games with horror aspects this is for you.
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104 of 111 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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103 of 149 people (69%) found this review helpful
2 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.

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37 of 43 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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30 of 34 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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25 of 26 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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32 of 39 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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21 of 25 people (84%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
27.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
Creepiness level: a couple of very mild jumpscares, some gore and animal cruelty, a whole lot of suspense and oppressive atmosphere. Most of the spooky stuff is conveyed through hints in dialogue and text fragments, as well as through environment and sound design, so there's not a lot of on-screen violence or anything.

Difficulty level: I think there are only two timed puzzle/action sequences, you can take your time with everything else, and you can't die in this game. The slow pacing and easy point-and-click mechanics are perfect for anyone with slow reflexes or coordination problems. People have complained about Nigel's slow walking - the Steam version allows double-clicking for faster screen transitions, which minimizes the time spent just watching Nigel trudge around. It's still not a game for fans of fast-paced action, but personally I found myself deliberately slow-walking through many scenes, to better immerse myself in the atmosphere.

Only minus point for tiny cursor and no hotkey for highlighting interactable items - in some scenes I had to check a walkthrough to see if there was another item a couple of pixels apart from items I'd already clicked through (and there usually was). The directional arrows are also sometimes confusing.

As a completist gamer I'm also grumpy about the problems with the Steam achievements. I spent a lot of time trying to unlock everything, but had to give it up as a lost cause (there was nothing more I could try short of playing the entire game through in German, which apparently fixes the achievement bugs).

I've previously played Jonathan Boakes's Dark Fall trilogy, and while I enjoyed those, The Lost Crown is superior both visually and in maintaining a consistent atmosphere. By now I've come to the conclusion that as a writer, Boakes excels in creating mysteries you want to keep following through, and that makes the games very addictive. He's not good at endings, though. All four games of his I've played so far have ended in a way that's abrupt and anticlimactic. But that used to bother me more than it does now - the endings are unimportant compared to the interconnected worldbuilding underlying his games. The layers of mythology, science and science fiction, different time periods and recurring themes really start to pay off once you've played several of his games. I'm looking forward to Boakes's future projects and to finding out more about the mysterious Hadden Industries.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
Recommended
31.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 24, 2015
Notice how most of the neagtive reviews are left by people with less than an hour of gameplay?

This isn't one of those games that scares the crap out of you with jumpscares in the first 5 minutes. This game will give you nightmares if you let it. You will become involved with the story to the point where you feel emotionally tied to it. This game is not for an action junkie, its not for the average gamer either. YOU WILL EITHER LOVE OR HATE THIS GAME, theres no mediocre feeling about it.

The game is slow at times, you will easily sink 30 to 40 hours into it. The atmosphere and the clues tie so perfectly together you will never want to stop playing! Its not a simple point and click game, you'll need to use your clues and your wits to decide what happens next.

If you enjoy horror or mystery and you would like to enjoy a story that will leave you satisfied. You have to look no further.

A word of warning! Do not get bummed out if the first hour of the game isnt scary, listen and look for the clues and hang in there, it gets really interesting after you get to saxton.

P.s. Be careful playing if you are tense, or have anxiety like myself. This games sound and atmosphere will have you looking over your shoulder every 5 minutes.

Still can't play with the light off.... haha!



EDIT: I used a walkthrough, because you will get stuck in this game, events have to play out in order. Which means if you are smart enough to figure out what to do next, it still doesn't matter. Cause nigel has to go through the steps to come to his own conclusion.

Walkthrough: gameboomers.com/wtcheats/pcLl/thelostcrown.htm

Happy Hunting!
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
Recommended
41.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 30, 2015
Oh how I dearly love this game. It's not perfect, there are definite flaws, but overall I find it a great addition to my library.

On the plus side: graphically beautiful, with photo-real settings in monochrome with occasional bright dashes of color that really enunciate the scenes. Character graphics may be considered a little dated now, but nothing terrible. Music and sound work well. Voice acting overall is good and believable with the exception of Nigel, who has a sort of strange Shatnerian pace to his lines which could also be the result of botched sound editing rather than strange voice acting. I've heard people complain that the voice acting is bland overall, but I disagree; I like that the characters have believable tone and cadence rather than hamming it up (melodrama ruins immersion).

The biggest plus is naturally the story, which is deep and compelling and doesn't spoon-feed information. There is a lot of opportunity for the player to form their own theories and explanations for some of the strange events; however, if you are the type that prefers definitive black-and-white explanations, you may be frustrated by some of the questions that are only loosely addressed and left to you to form your own opinions on.

The ghost-hunting part of the game with a full Ghost Hunters set of equipment is really fun in my opinion, but I also suck up episodes of GH and Ghost Adventures like some people drink water, so I could be biased there. I really enjoyed snapping pictures and listening to EVP playbacks, which ranged from blatant clues to added plot points.

The neutrals: the pace is slow. The story, like many point-and-click adventure games, doesn't rely on fast action and jumpscares to progress. Rather, it slowly builds the story (and substories) into a cohesive narrative. I don't find the pace too slow, personally, as I prefer having the crap scared out of me in a slow, chilling way instead of a jumpscares-constantly-cause-startling-people-is-fun way. However, if you like fast action and immediate gratification, you may not like this one.

The negatives: going back to pace, your player character, Nigel, moves GLACIALLY slowly. There is a doubleclick-to-move-faster option that works most of the time, but you do have to wait for him to get "in position" on each screen before moving to the next even with the doubleclick. Since this game utilizes a fairly huge game world, this gets irritating relatively quickly. For me personally, it doesn't break the game, it's just an annoyance to keep in mind.

Some puzzles, as in most point-and-click games, are not as intuitive as you might want, but if you're a fan of the genre, you won't have too much trouble. Puzzles are definitely less abstract than some other games I've played.

The other complaint I see is about the broken achievements; while most work, there are a handful that only work in the German language version of the game. There are directions in the forums for how to access these achievements with a minimum of fuss if you're a crazed achievement hunter (like me!). While this is a definite negative, it does not in any way impact actual gameplay, and won't affect you at all if you're not "into" achievements.

So overall, I recommend the game. The negatives aren't negative enough to overwhelm all the positives, and the $10 asking price is completely reasonable given the substantial depth and length of the game. I've played through twice since purchasing and will likely return to it again in the future for my scary, ghost-hunting fix.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 24, 2014
If you like adventure games and ghost stories you may want to give this game a shot.

90% of the game is in black and white and between this and the music its very atmospheric and will probably make you jump once or twice.

As an older game the animation and models feel dated but that doesnt take much away from this game, and the voice acting is at least above average for the main characters.

The story is excellent and the characters while some are just plain odd can keep you guessing on just who might really be alive or not.

It can be semi obscure what to do next at times especially with some of the puzzles if you dont read all the clues given to you carefully but the game isnt overly difficult.

Having owned this game for years before it came to steam I find myself return to it about once a year for a good ghost story, even though the Agers still freak me out a little every time.

All around I would give the game an 8/10 and am glad to finally see it on steam.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 12, 2015
The Lost Crown is very, very obviously rough around the edges. The animations are awful, Nigel moves at a snail's pace, the voice acting is among the worst I've ever heard in a video game, and yet I kept playing because despite these facts the story is intriguing and the game is atmospheric. Fans of the original Resident Evil 1 release will know what they're in for in this regard. I mean, the story is not devoid of camp despite the intrigue (A lot of the campiness comes from the villains of the game and Nigel himself) but I digress.

There's a solid and interesting point and click game here if you can look past all of these incredibly glaring flaws with the game. I do recommend it to patient and tolerating fans of the point and click genre.
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 9, 2014
It's been a few years since I played it. Such good memories. The voice acting wasn't the greatest thing I have heard. But the atmostfear and the soundtrack in the game gives you the chill. You, as the main character gets to investigate paranormal activity, which is the following ghost. The grapic is pure lovely. This is one of my most favorite point and click games ever. The game is quite long, as you may need some walkthrough to get past the whole game. But the story in this game you have to capture while you are still around. Most part of the game is black and white. But there are a few color in the game, which makes it more interesting. Be sure to play it at night with great headset.

Don't let the grapics of the characters fool you. I promise you, as you keep playing it, it will make you want to discover more. The story will keep you quite busy enough to make you keep playing :)
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
71.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 24, 2015
Highly recomended, I am a huge fan of point & click games but have found that this section to be sadly lacking recently. This game renewed my faith, although it can be be it bit irritating at the beginning, mainly due to getting a handle on the movement (thankfully steam have increased the movement speed, otherwise you would be moving at a snails pace).
Once you get over the movement & the slight confusion of the B&W graphics, thats it you are hooked, apart from being what I class as a very pretty game, The storyline is addictive you find that you have to know more.. The paranormal aspect is well thought out & at times will make you jump.. I found playing in the dark with headphones was the way to go.. Thankfully it is a decent length.. The puzzles make you think but are not overly difficult.. I am getting tired of games that are only a couple of hours long. The best game I have played in a long time.... I would happily rate it up there with Gabriel knight & Siberia....
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