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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.
Release Date: Jul 18, 2008
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Ghost-Hunting Adventure ‘The Lost Crown’ now Haunting Steam

June 6th, 2014

First of four instalments of ‘the Crown Quadrilogy’ gets enhancements on Steam release.

Known not only for its strategy games but also for its darker action and adventure games, publisher Iceberg Interactive is happy to announce that an enhanced version of Darkling Room’s remarkable 2008 horror game The Lost Crown, will debut on Steam today. The Lost Crown features eerie black and white visuals with the occasional dramatic use of color, uses real-life recorded Electronic Voice Phenomena and a chilling soundtrack, making it often quoted as one of the scariest games ever made. The Steam edition of The Lost Crown is enhanced with Trading Cards and Achievements and several gameplay amendments.

This release is a reintroduction to some of the creepiest graphic horror adventures ever made, now available on one of the World’s leading digital platforms. The new ‘Crown’ games, in development right now, will naturally be graphically superior, but we certainly didn’t want to deny anyone the eerie first instalment. If you like to be scared by chills rather than gore, this is definitely a game for you.

Next up is The Last Crown: Blackenrock, set to release later in 2014, which takes place before the events unfolding in The Last Crown: Haunting of Hallowed Isle. The ‘quadrilogy’ will be concluded with The First Crown.

About The Lost Crown: A Ghost-hunting Adventure

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!

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.

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Reviews

“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 the 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
84 of 88 people (95%) found this review helpful
527 products in account
1 review
5.9 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 6th, 2014
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23 of 23 people (100%) found this review helpful
26 products in account
6 reviews
60.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 11th, 2014
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26 of 29 people (90%) found this review helpful
481 products in account
39 reviews
1.5 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 7th, 2014
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,193 products in account
4 reviews
1.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 12th, 2014
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
215 products in account
2 reviews
5.1 hrs on record
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 :)
Posted: June 9th, 2014
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