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 (30 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 31, 1996
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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
14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
From 1996, a notable experiment mixing fps, graphical adventure and survival horror elements.

Pros:

- beautiful environments
- evocative atmosphere
- live actors videos are AMAZING lol
- general game experience is ok and funny

Cons:
- sometimes repetitive
- difficult controls
- bots are graphically limited and way too much stupid (i.e.: if you exit a room they don't follow you and start to move around randomly lol)
- a couple of absurd enigmas and pixel hunting

...superPro: the game is old, with very old mechanics... but in the end it aged well like good wine, and it can give a pleasant experience if you want to remember retrogaming sensations.

I had it as a gift, so i recommend it, expecially with a good sale.
7/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Its fun and amazing in same time,i like old school games :3 :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Back when there was no such thing as "Amnesia: The dark Descent", and back when games were mainly arrow key controlled this absolute beauty of a game was released. I played it soooo many times that I lost count!

you know a game is old when the exit game button is entitled "quit to DOS"!!!

The game itself is a perfect example of the way a story should be told, it has an extremely deep story line carefully melded with an intricate level of spooky goings on and damn nasty little creatures.

The game starts in a mansion/ haunted house where Adam has been summoned to check out his fathers last footsteps, its evident when you get there that its no normal mansion. Adam soon gets involved in a battle of the supernatural far beyond what was expected!

The game is designed with real actor footage and you can quite easily lose 40hrs+ of your life to its well developed story.

It is one of my fondest memories and i still own the game in its original format and now on steam.

Highly reccomended to all, especially Amnesia fans and fans of games with really deep story lines.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
very spooky game for the halloween night
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
It is related to doom series, I enjoy it, but dislike some parts of it like the way we move. The menu is a bit..wierd...hard to navigate. Otherwise, this game is good if you like Doom or really old school fps games. ?/?
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24 of 33 people (73%) found this review helpful
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
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.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
Wow! What an amazing game! I've never played it before or back in the day so this was a first impression. It's such a huge 20 chapter adventure of FPS, scares, puzzles, cutscene movies and story, that you get so engaged in it, it really feels like you are controlling a character in a movie.

The graphics are impressive for the time, the mapping especially is so well thought out and designed that I was always amazed whenever I arrived at a new location. It's not all hallways and darkness, there's such a variety of fantasy like locations that it never gets dull.

The puzzle solving is done just right, from simple switches and keys to brain teasers and physical mazes, it's nicely mixed with the action and story throughout the chapters. I didn't find the puzzles to be overly complex, just enough to give you a good hard think.

The music being midi was ok but feels a bit underwhelming for such a movie like game, a CD soundtrack would of really enhanced the experience like what games consoles of the time would have back then, but it's still nice and eerie.

The inventory system is interesting, split into different categories where you can examine your items and read parchments to engage you more into the plot. It does take a bit of getting used to, between using an object with the environment, on yourself, or just holding it and finding out you've accidently switched it with something else.

The controls take some adapting to, following a guide to remap them to WASD is highly recommended, then it's a matter of how to shoot. Since the mouse is not locked to the screen, this gives you a bit of freedom. The gun will follow your mouse arrow around, so with enough practice you can take out enemies from different sides of the screen without moving an inch.

Speaking of enemies, they are pretty ugly and creepy, often spawning out of nowhere which can give you some scares. I recommend not leaving any alive else you will probably bump into them later on.

A good variety of weapons are to be found, guns, swords, wands and more, all having a unique look to them, and at times saving you ammo since some self recharge, very happy with those.

I found the difficulty to be very fair, if you have a good handle on the controls and don't mind a bit of puzzle solving, you can progress at a good pace.

Overall the story that this tells is done so well, with plenty of characters, good and evil, plot twists and mystery unravelling along the way. I couldn't wait to find out what happens next, where I was going to travel to or the puzzles I was going to solve. They really don't make games like this anymore, highly recommended!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
A lot better than I thought it would be. Runs well on Windows 8.1.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
brings back a lot of good memories form when i was a kid. still a great game
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Classic of Classics, before System Shock there was Realms of the Haunting. Where's the remake of this?!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
This game is great!! An outstanding mixture of FPS and Point & Click mechanics and a terrific atmosphere!! It's scary of it own, no need for "jump scares". It's a little old (DOSBOX) but the controls are easy to learn and works just fine.

The FMVs are fully functional and pretty rare for a game nowadays. I sure miss those FMV from Dark Forces 2 (i hate that it doesn't run on WIN 7), Wing Commander 3-4 and Rebel Assault.

I was glad to remember and re-play this masterpiece a little less focused on action and more focused on Adventure, unlike Blood (which is also a masterpiece of Action-Horror)

9/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
owned it long ago, played it, loved it, great atmosphere, wierd and wonderful ideas, and now its back again
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
realms of the haunting is a cool game i like it a lot its fun and it reminds of a game called killing time only cooler
but im haveing a lot of fun playing his game but i hope killing time well comes out on steatm
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2 of 8 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Would ♥♥♥♥ myself again. 10/10
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55 of 71 people (77%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
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.
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45 of 56 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
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.
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27 of 37 people (73%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
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.
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22 of 33 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
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
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