Forged in the Beginning and protected by the Seven Seals, there lies a place where thought and creation intertwine. The center for all realms of existence, it is the balancing force between good and evil, man and spirit. A focal point for all energies, and the one element that has kept the consuming nature of darkness at bay... Until now.
User reviews: Positive (18 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 31, 1996
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"Arguably one of the greatest yet most underrated horror games ever released during the MS-DOS era. An incredible and immersive first person adventure."

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Forged in the Beginning and protected by the Seven Seals, there lies a place where thought and creation intertwine. The center for all realms of existence, it is the balancing force between good and evil, man and spirit. A focal point for all energies, and the one element that has kept the consuming nature of darkness at bay... Until now.

Features:

  • Many unique and bizarre universes to explore. From a modern age, mysterious mansion to a medieval, surreal world full of monsters
  • Excellent blend of first-person shooter and point-and-click adventure
  • Full-motion video cut-scenes with live actors bring the game's well-written story alive

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7
Helpful customer reviews
53 of 65 people (82%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
By accident I felt on the review on the internet after having watched the steam store page about this game.
The review said that purists of point and click and fps at the time criticized the mix they tried in Realms of the Haunting.
But with Elder Scrolls: Daggerfall, Realms of the Haunting was considered as one of the most vast game of its time!


But it's a real gem. I've played for few minutes and I really enjoyed this game.


Videos are very nice if you notice the quality of FMV (Full Motion Video). There is nearly no difference between the actors and the game. The music doesn't annoy. The graphics are correct. Environments are nice (apparently you can access different dimensions which radically changes the atmosphere), I only regret the lack of detail of monsters. Story is interesting and the interactions with the game are numerous because this is a point & click (your character has always something to say about anything he encounters... like in a real point & click).

Controls: thanks to Arucard who gave us the hint on the Steam forum, there is a list of all the keys of the game and a way to change theses. Be ware there are some game tips spoilers at the end: http://www.gog.com/forum/realms_of_the_haunting/tips_for_beginners/page1

Controls were the only bad aspect of the game before I’ve found this link!


Actually I’m really happy to have found this game.
Because it didn't receive the success it deserved... and it's time to change that! ^^

Bonuses:

A better review than mine: http://www.allgame.com/game.php?id=5987&tab=review

And some info: Gremlin created on Nintendo 64 the game "Body Harvest". Released before GTA III and considered as a true GTA like. Quite original (you travel in 4 different times) and one of the most underrated game of the history.
Realms of the Haunting even surprises you at the downloading, its file weights 1.4 go. For its time (1996) it was amazing. Another clue of the huge amount of content this game has.
Posted: April 25
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42 of 50 people (84%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
I played Realms of the Haunting when it was first released in 1996. At the time, it was one of the best example of fusion gameplay and it is still a great game. It also included inventory puzzles that make the environment more interactive that most shooters of time.

It’s good enough that I bought again on steam, even after buying on GOG just so I could tell everyone here about it! (Don’t be fooled by the low playing time. Steam requires a certain amount of ingame time to write a review so I installed it. It may say 11 minutes, but I actually played the entire game 17 years ago)

It is definitely a piece of its time and if you require” ultra super high funtime” graphics to enjoy a game, you should give it a pass. It has FMV sequences, a relic of another time certainly, but my memory is that they were not intrusive and actually pretty well done at a time when most developers grabbed the receptionist and stuck her in the game so they didn’t have to hire an actual actor.

The story (and their actually is one) centers around the death of your father and your inheritance, a house. The house has portals to multiple dimensions and what seems to be a straight up good vs. evil becomes more complicated as the game progresses.

The weapons are varied from a colt (which you don’t want to have to reload in combat) to a sword. The shotgun has to be seen to believed. Unlike most shooters of the day, it’s not a straight escalation of damage from near useless to BFG2000. Instead damage varies depending on the target. Some do more damage against some foes than they do against others. Strategy is more important than simply blasting everything that moves. Although you will do some serious shooting throughout.

This is a great one and you should play it all the way through. A really superb game from the 1st golden age of PC gaming.
Posted: April 25
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23 of 31 people (74%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
This game has some truly frustrating moments, such as an almost pitch black maze which I needed a walkthrough to solve. YEt, at the same time, it also has some really interesting ideas. Items can be examined in detail, for example, and discussed with your partner. The horror is also drawn mainly from atmosphere, rather than jump scares. And the story is long, complicated, interesting and doesn't talk down to you. The interface too is surprisingly effective and fun.

Don't get me wrong; the AI is hokey, the FMVs are often bizarre and the level design is atrocious at times. You may well need a walkthrough to finish certain elements - or just to understand how some new items or weapons work - but there are some good ideas in here which make ROTH worth a look for those with enough patience.
Posted: April 27
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20 of 28 people (71%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Love this game!

To me its the perfect blend of Horror, FPS and Point and click all in one!

Video Review here: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=255242127
Posted: May 1
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18 of 25 people (72%) found this review helpful
16.7 hrs on record
There's something very alluring and charming about this game. It is the seamless blend of horror, point-and-click, and FPS. The gameplay itself is fairly standard — proceed throughout the corridors, shoot, solve puzzles, and generally explore the wonderful environments to further the story. And, this story is very engrossing in its overall simplicity but also its complexity, which somehow both describe it flawlessly despite them being antonyms.

As I played the game, I was mesmerized by the scenery and tone. The atmosphere is excellent, surprisingly being genuinely chilling and sometimes downright frightening despite its obvious age. The FMV, acting, and overall work gone into this game to polish it truly does shine through. It excels exceedingly well in all fields, again, especially considering the given time it was released. As you proceed throughout the game, you'll be met with breathtaking sights and atmosphere, frequently caught in a momentary disbelief that this game is indeed made in 1996.

My gripes would be that it is a bit old-timey in its overall design, but I feel it hasn't aged too poorly. As I mentioned, I believe it is simple, yet creative. It manages to be extremely effective despite age as its enemy.

Overall, it is a hidden gem that was missed out in the time it was created, but now it has a chance in the spotlight of the present. It was ahead of its time in every way, yet it was extremely successful in doing so. If you're willing to step into a time machine, be prepared for a great time.
Posted: May 5
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