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.
User reviews: Mixed (94 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 18, 2008
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"My favorite ghost-hunting game by Jonathan Boakes. Very long game with paranormal AND sci-fi elements."

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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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 1200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DX 9.0c compliant soundcard
Helpful customer reviews
88 of 128 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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24 of 24 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
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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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
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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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
A lengthy point and click horror game. Nice atmosphere and great story. The music is cool too. The only negative point for me is the animation are a bit stiff ._.

8/10
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Lost Crown is a game I owned a long time ago on disc. If you enjoy paranormal, atmospheric and strange games with puzzle elements - this should fit in. Unfortunately the update for Steam with achievements is a poor update with achievements not triggering.

Gameplay is simple - work through multiple days where you must have completed the day's clues to progress to the following day. Some story elements drive you in the direction you must go and others leave you scratching your head (sometimes it's a how did I miss that with a dash of how was I supposed to be clued to that).

For a modestly low price, this should provide about 15 hours of entertainment (25% of that is simply watching the horrific and slow walking animation of the lead character). Beware - the game is supposed to be part of a series of stories and will leave questions about this or that totally unanswered.

On its own, I give this a 6/10 (poor animation and voice work along with unfinished story elements and bad achievement implementation).
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
27.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
What an amazing game! I enjoyed it very much! A point and click game with some puzzles, very atmospheric and heavily story driven. It's so nicely put together that I couldn't stop playing. It's a marvelous ghost story. This game should not be missing from your library if you enjoy story games.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
This is a fantastic game, one that i have purchased multiple times. If you like story driven point-and-clicks, this game is for you. I had to refer to the walkthrough on multiple occassions, to find things that i missed or "duh that was right there" moments.

The game has a unique atmosphere that makes you want to finish it. Keep a notepad handy, you do backtrack to certain locations frequently. The author has been working on the sequel for a while now, and i am looking forward to it. If you like games such as Black Mirror, Dark Fall, Myst, etc. Give this a shot. $10 is a worthy price.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
This has got to be the strangest point and click game i have ever played. It is really enjoyable if you get over its flaws early on but there are things that deserve criticism.

The first thing that will strike you about the game is the unique art style. I like it. It is largely black and white but has splashes of colour that become more frequent when the overall 'mood' of the game gets better and then drops to total monochrome when things get bad.

The second thing that will strike you is that the voice acting (assuming English language version) is completely insane. I don't think this is deliberate but I have not played all the related games so maybe I'm missing something. Seriously the voice acting is so bad it eventually becomes totally hilarious.

Assuming you see the funny side of the acting quality, there is a lot to like about the game. The overally plot is a bit average but some of the subplots are really good fun to play through with plenty of moments to make you jump. I think the art is really pretty and the ghosthunting side of things builds some serious tension.

I'm glad I bought it for the art and the subplots and the well pitched creepiness and tension.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
(Time recorded on Steam does not reflect actual time played. I completed the game in full prior to the Steam release.)

The Lost Crown is the pinnacle of modern adventure games, without question. The length alone is simply staggering, clocking in at around 30 hours(maybe a bit less now dialogue skipping is in). Unlike most of the genre you can't simply breeze through it in an evening of playing.

Unfortunately as with many indie games, sometimes the limited budget shows through. Character models are sub par for today, though fortunately the backgrounds are stunning as they are photographic and wonderfully done. Voice acting is perhaps the weakest aspect of the game, with the inexperience of the actors being plain as day--a problem shared by many of Boakes's games unfortunately.

Storywise, it is hard to touch the depth of Boakes's writing. He puts more dialogue and written material into his games than most AAA even dream of. And while the ending of the Lost Crown certainly leaves much open, that is understandable as it is only the start of the series(which is itself a spin-off of Dark Fall).

For fans of the adventure genre, supernatural mysteries, or horror games there are few titles that I could recommend more.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
121.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
<p>Developers Darkling Room Have really pulled out the stops. The lost Crown (written by Jonathan Boakes between 2005 and late 2007 and released in 2008) of Anglia is top priority for Nigel Danvers as he battles with the paranormal to find it.</p>

<p>I am not a particular fan of Point and Click Adventures or those games made in all shades of black and grey but, this Ghost Hunting Adventure had me glued to the monitor.</p>

<p>It plays well in Black/White and various shades of grey with the odd spec of color. Characters became (for me) quite believable as I unravelled the many clues both readable and captured on both video and E.V.P tape.</p>

<p>The clues and links match up well enough not to be that difficult that they would eventually have you pulling your hair out, and giving up on the adventure. The cut scenes are relevant and bridge gaps in the story to give it a flowing continuity (creepy continuity).</p>

<p>Stealing documents from is employer Hadden Industries Nigel is on the run from company agents who lose track of him when he boards a train that has only one destination, a village called Saxton, a fictional harbour town set in the Fens of Eastern England.</p>

Enjoy not just the main adventure (find the lost crown) there are two more thrown in along the way linking seamlessly to the main adventure. One of which is to help a young boy and his sister reunite with their father. Both children feel he has forsaken them (not a spoiler but enough said). I found this to be rather moving (well presented Mr Boakes).

Considering this game was released 7 years ago (2008) it still holds its head high on the list of Ghost Adventuring. The game's music and sound effects are brilliant, background music chilling and haunting, sound effects very realistic (checkout the sky later in game. Sun worshippers would call this type of Summer sky to die for) and adds a startling contrast to the shades of black and grey throughout the game.

The ghosts and paranormal entities have been lovingly created, so much so it is easy to become realistically involved as you search Saxton and its surrounding country buildings and fen for the Saxton Crown, a crown that does not want to be found this is something Nigel learns only to well as he continues doggedly to find it.

For me the only negative points in the game were few. Nigel Danvers would be one. Rather than walk Nigel floated, much like a Hovercraft. Lucy Reubans soon to become Nigel's partner in crime so to speak (ghost hunters) moves around much like a broom stick (stiff and ridged). There is a lot of ground to cover, some 30 to 40 hours of game play, so you may find yourself becoming quite annoyed at the slow pace adopted by all characters.

Steam achievements was also a bit of a problem to obtain. One such problems was getting a picture of the decorative stone in the mine. I tried time and time again to get this one, but Nigel insists on taking a poor picture of it, another was the lobster in the Bear, however through trial and error and it won't defeat me I finally got it. I made repeated visits to the lobster four times one after the other.

Developed and written by Jonathan Boakes, author of Dark Fall: The Journal and Dark Fall 2: Lights Out, was released in 2008 and can now (2015) be purchased from Steam price £6.99 (at time of posting).

If like me you can appreciate more than one Genre of game play buy it even if you are an avid player of RPG's give it a try or wait until it becomes amongst one of many cut price games on Steam, and purchase it.

Me... I am a dedicated RPG fan known to sometimes play First Person Shooters, MMO's and Multi-Player Games. I found this game to be a refreshing change and I will keep my eyes open for Mr Boakes next release... May the force be with you.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
40.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
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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102 of 108 people (94%) 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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35 of 40 people (88%) 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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30 of 33 people (91%) found this review helpful
60.8 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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20 of 22 people (91%) 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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18 of 20 people (90%) 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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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
43.6 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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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
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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