In this thrilling point-and-click adventure game, you’ll confront strange phenomena while exploring the dark corners of the Medieval castle, the old scientist’s secret laboratory and finally the troubled waters of Loch Ness.
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Mostly Negative (31 reviews) - 35% of the 31 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 1, 2001

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About This Game

Hidden away in the serene Scottish countryside above Loch Ness, sits Devil's Ridge Manor. But the tranquility of the estate is an illusion- spooky ghosts and supernatural phenomena have invaded this once peaceful home. At the request of the famous physicist and owner of the manor Allister MacFarley, private investigator Alan P. Cameron leaves his Chicago office for the mists of his ancestral land. But when Cameron arrives, the old physicist is nowhere to be found...

In this thrilling point-and-click adventure game, you’ll confront strange phenomena while exploring the dark corners of the Medieval castle, the old scientist’s secret laboratory and finally the troubled waters of Loch Ness.

Can you help Cameron discover the mysteries surrounding the lake of Loch Ness?

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: 200 MHz
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible Video Card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible Sound Card
    • Additional Notes: Mouse, Keyboard
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37 of 44 people (84%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 18, 2014
This is by the same guys who put out Necronomicon a week or so ago. They are old games, but I think they look surprisingly good. There is no real 3D. Instead of a 3D environment like an FPS game you actually move from one point to another. And at each location you have a different 360 degree panoramic view. So it's basically like Google earth street view. The game is low-res and the images are pixellated but I think it look's good. You basically explore environment looking for items and clues etc. So far I've played for almost 1 hour. It's one of those sort of detective games where sometimes you get stuck looking for the next thing because you can't see it anywhere. But that is typical of this sort of game. Those parts are a bit tedious but I really like this game. I can see myself coming back to it.
If you like this game check my Necronomicon: The Dawning of Darkness steam review and let's play here. It is basically the same thing but H.P Lovecraft themed. Watch to the end of that video to see me get punched in the face lol

Click here for more let’s play videos =)
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 4, 2014
Not a bad little point and click adventure game with a bit of an annoyance in it forcing you to do everything in the correct order by locking doors.

Its an older title so the graphics are forgivable and if im honest sometimes rather funny, I still think the main character looks like a basset hound.

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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
This is an older game so don't expect quality graphics; however, the sound really added to the atmosphere and I loved exploring an old Scottish castle and it's grounds. I love point & click adventures games and I only got stuck once. This game gave me about 9 hours of gameplay.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 19, 2015
This game was a blind purchase in a bundle with Scratches. A few months ago, I decided to give it a shot. I wasn't disappointed. The game is a bit fantastical with a touch of a Sherlock Holmes-esque feel to it. If you enjoy Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments, you may very well enjoy this. It is a touch confusing at times, and I did occasionally need to consult a walkthrough for some of the timed portions. The mystery is enough to keep you engaged and interested to the end, and there's a good amount of action as well. The protagonist is whitty and the puzzles are fun. I'm genuinely curious about the first game in the Cameron Files series because of this installment. Those who enjoy Adventure/P&CA games will want this in their collection.

Overall, if you can get it in a bundle, or on sale, I recommend.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
Surprisingly fun and a good tale.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
I am so happy to play this game again. I still have my copy on disk, but wanted to try Steams version. I am pleased to say the grapics have improved. The game plays without any hiccups are stalls. I have played an hour and a half so far on my computer with Windows 7 64. If you love playing the older games, get this while its on sale.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
Nice point and click, good story, intuitional mechanics, interesting riddles. It's not full 3D animated, more like Myst and sequels. In just one glimpse of an eye you see that it's a game released in 2001 (biggest con).
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Received it in a Steam Bundle. Still regret to hvae it.
Graphics are horrible. Voice acting (in FR) is horrible. Movement is horrible. If you love point 'n click (even good oldies) but never played this one, run. Only thing that can justify playing this game is probably some's people nostalgia.
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4 of 12 people (33%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 28, 2015
I really hate this game!

I'm generally a fan of point and click adventures and yes, I know I just don't have the patience for some of the failings I was used to at their height in the 90s but this game is still horrible! By the end of it I was screaming at the screen in anger and frustration. I then resorted to online walkthroughs so that such a poor excuse for a game did not defeat me.

My main objections are below (warning there are some spoilers):

1. There is no tutorial.
I was just flung into the game and had to guess how to access the inventory and hint system. Perhaps this wasn't a problem when it was originally purchased in a box with a manual, but it's a drag now.

2. Movement/backgrounds/stupid, pointless mazes.
The movement is your standard grid system point and click which wouldn't be so much of a problem if the backgrounds weren't so poorly rendered. This really comes into its teeth-grindingly-frustrating own when the game decides it would be fun to have a largely featureless underwater maze. They then decide to compound this misery in the final section with circular corridors.

3. The hint system is more of an 'I told you so' system.
This includes notes in a diary which sometimes bear some relation to your predicament, sometimes don't. The latter is more often true. It leaves you completely hanging in places for no reason whatsoever.

4. Progression/puzzles are too often stupid.
We're not talking comedy stupid, or one-off perhaps they were having a bad day stupid. We're talking criminally poorly stupid. Why when I want to access the Loch do I have to magically realise I want a garden hose? Why when I want 120ml of a substance do I have to click on a bottle clearly marked as 30ml four times? It just doesn't make sense! Once or twice you can put up with, by the end of the game I felt it was almost constant.

If you're prepared to put up with all of this then please go ahead. All I can say is that it's a good job I'm blessed with a luxuriant mane as by the end of this a more folically challenged person might have had no more hair to pull out!

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15 of 36 people (42%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 3, 2015

- Dull plot
- Confusing puzzles
- Bad interface
- Bad graphics
- Bad animations
- Bad voice acting
- Bad music
- Annoying movement system
- Short
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0.2 hrs
Posted: September 19, 2015
I suck at point and click games so this didn't last very long.

The animations are awful and the characters look terrifyingly disguisting and horrid!

I went into every door I could, every floor I could, and couldn't figure out what do to. I'm not searching the whole mansion to find single items to continue a story, screw that.

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Benevolent pineapple
1.4 hrs
Posted: May 13, 2015
I remember having this game when i was ~11, me and my mom played it and got pretty far. Nolstalgia is pretty much the only reason i bought it, because objectively it's a bad game. Back then and now the only real driving factor is an odd compulsion to keep playing. I seriously don't know why this game has such a strong hold over me, my best guess is that like Myst, advancing after hours of brain numming searching is spiritually rewarding. That said i can only recomend this game to people who liked Myst and wouldn't mind a more cohesive story and unfairly hidden items.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: April 14, 2015
This game is very bad!
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0.1 hrs
Posted: March 24, 2015
No. And this is why:
+In the boring starting video, I'm pretty sure that I've heard juggernaut (from dota 2) in there.
+Voice Acting

-The movement system made me sick, you just click on places and then you just appear in that place with a new picture in front of you, you just switch pictures until you are stuck in a room with no teleports locations.
-You can restart your game from pause menu -_-
-Bad graphics
-No options at all
-You can't stay at menu and hear you favorite song because you can't mute ingame sound (well, only from computer settings).
-No cards
-No achivements
-You have no idea what to do

Bottom line:
1/10, skip this game if you can, even if you want to make yourself throw up.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: January 11, 2015
Disclaimer: I am not a big fan of these "point and click" type games because in almost all of them I feel like I am just randomly clicking on objects most of the game. This is true in this game even moreso than the majority of this genre.

Movement is in the style of "The 7th Guest"

-Fully voice acted

-VERY dated graphics (low res is being kind)
-Annoying movement system
-Just randomly clicking everywhere. "Gameplay" consists of moving your mouse all over each view to see what you can interact with and clicking on it...very dull as it is not obvious what you can interact with and what you can't. (For Example: You can "look at" some of the books laying around the house, but not many others although they look identical...)

There are many better point and click games out there for fans of the genre.
If you aren't a fan of the genre, then skip this one for sure.
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