<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.