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Dark Legends surround the old abandoned Blackwood house, secluded far away in the northern wastelands. For writer Michael Arthate, this cold, solitary atmosphere is fodder for his restless imagination. But Michael soon becomes distracted by the mysteries offered up, as he follows a trail exploring and delving into the secrets of the past.
Release Date: Mar 8, 2006
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Includes 7 items: Nikopol: Secrets of the Immortals, Scratches - Director's Cut, Still Life, Still Life 2, Syberia, Syberia II, Post Mortem

Reviews

“They have really pulled out all the stops with their first effort and created one classic piece of Adventure gaming. Just don't get too used to that luxury called sleep.”
100% Game of the Year – Just Adventure

“A creepy and fun title, fans of the Myst series and with a love of horror will be right at home in this game.”
83% – PC Game World

“If you're an adventure gaming veteran, especially if you like the horror / creepy / gothic-type atmosphere, then Scratches is for you. It's a solid game.”
77% – IGN

About the Game

Dark Legends surround the old abandoned Blackwood house, secluded far away in the northern wastelands.

For writer Michael Arthate, this cold, solitary atmosphere is fodder for his restless imagination. But Michael soon becomes distracted by the mysteries offered up, as he follows a trail exploring and delving into the secrets of the past. As he is drawn deeper into the story, his sleep is shattered by mysterious noises, and he is plagued by nightmares that cross into reality.

Whose shadows lurk in the dark corners? Is that lonely house inhabited by restless spirits of the past or something more sinister? What is that sound that chills to the very bone...scratching?

Join Michael in a suspenseful adventure, as you explore beautiful and chilling environments. Prowl dark corners and solve puzzles leading to the solution of a tale begun with obsession, and ending with madness and murder.


Features

  • Eerie and immersive story
  • Haunting soundtrack
  • Full 360 degree panoramic viewing
  • Puzzles and challenges throughout
  • Numerous hours of gameplay
  • Explore a Victorian mansion, sinister chapel, forbidding crypt, musty rooms, greenhouse…

Director’s Cut includes:

  • An alternate ending that might be more shocking than the original
  • A new chapter: “The Last Visit” will have you back at the house 10 years after the events of the original game
  • Michael’s diary with more clues and thoughts from the main character
  • Upgraded graphics and an eerier soundtrack

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® XP / Vista™ / Windows® 7
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz CPU
    • Memory: 256MB
    • Hard Disk Space: 500MB
    • Video Card: OpenGL 1.2 compatible with 64MB RAM
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Sound: Sound card with DirectX 9.0c support
Helpful customer reviews
81 of 85 people (95%) found this review helpful
136 products in account
3 reviews
7.1 hrs on record
If I had to describe my gamer career, I would describe myself as a "horror game connoisseur." I've played everything from Resident Evil to Dead Space to Amnesia to Limbo to Condemned. Home? I've played it. Dark Fall? I've played that too. I'm telling you all this because I want you to understand what I mean when I say:

THIS IS THE SCARIEST GAME I'VE EVER PLAYED.

Yes, I know. I can hear the snorts of doubt. Scariest? Really? There's no blood, no gore, and only one body. But this was the game, above all other games, that scared the crap out of me. This was the one game that made me actually fall out of my chair screaming. This is a game that is not about cheap thrills or gore porn, it is a game that is about all of the qualities that make for great horror. Atmosphere, build-up, soundtrack, all are done great.

That said, there is one caveat I must make: USE A WALKTHROUGH WHEN PLAYING THIS GAME. Seriously, just do it. This is a game about experience over gameplay. Trust me, using a walkthrough won't make you miss anything. The horrors will be just as good with out all of the unnecessary searching. Trust me. I know this seems to run contrary to the "purity of video games" but in this one instance it works.
Posted: November 28th, 2013
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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
168 products in account
5 reviews
4.2 hrs on record
Extremely atmospheric, which was a surprise because it's an point-and-click game. Amazing soundtrack and well made environment. Being able to look 360 degrees around you is nice. Puzzles might be frustrating at times but overall it's a nice experience.
Posted: November 27th, 2013
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20 of 23 people (87%) found this review helpful
57 products in account
2 reviews
27.2 hrs on record
Richly atmospheric. Classic game. Unravel the mystery before it unravels you. Try playing in the dark, alone. Highly recommended.
Posted: November 21st, 2013
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
761 products in account
33 reviews
5.3 hrs on record
Absolutely recommended and will explain why there is so much expectation about the upcoming Asylum. A traditional old-school point 'n' click adventure with horror elements and a lot of mood. Very short for a lot of gamers standards but exactly the right length for me. If you need to trim down your backlog start here as there even is a nice walkthrough guide posted right here on Steam if you get stuck! Worth trying, full of british accents and cliches but, like I said, very nice ambience.
Posted: October 26th, 2013
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
64 products in account
1 review
1.1 hrs on record
It's a fairly innovative game,considering the date it was created.Deep story,really thrilling.It's a nice one,if you have the time to spare to play it,of course.A nice addition to the collection of someone who appreciates games with emerging plots........would recommend it.
Posted: January 25th, 2014
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