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January 26, 2004

Creepy Little Game That Has Me Seriously Spooked

That remote viewing blog post reminded me of a game I'm nearly finished playing. I had heard about The Adventure Company's computer game "Dark Fall" for several months. It sounded very good. My s. o. surprised me recently by buying it for me.

The gist of the game is that I receive a frightening call from my brother, an architect who has been renovating an old train station hotel at the derelict Dowerton Station, in Dorset, England. The station has been out of service since the late 1940s. I immediately head for the hotel, only to find it and the station completely deserted and my brother missing. I must explore the hotel, the tunnels, a cave, the station, and the surrounding grounds to figure out what had happened to him. I find out very quickly that I am not really alone. Ghostly music plays for brief moments. Disembodied voices whisper right behind me. The phone rings, even though it is not connected. The floors creak. Doors open and close of their own volition. "Sprites" (light orbs) dart all over the hallways. Shadows appear out of the corners of my eyes but they vanish when I try to get a closer look. Don't even get me thinking about the attic, the cave in the woods, and the cellar.

I should not have played this game in the dark when I was alone in the house. This house is about 200 years old, so it looks haunted. I'd hear knocking through my headphones, rip them off, and wonder what the noise was only to learn it was Lucky or Beowulf playing in the living room. My hair stood on end the whole time.

I loved every second of it.

I'm at the very end now, and I'm saving it for a dark thunderstorm. Considering the cold nasty weather we've had lately, I don't think I will have to wait long for one. If one doesn't come soon, I'll just finish it after dark.

Then I'll try to calm myself down by playing Uru.

Here are a few screen shots so you will see why I am so creeped out.

Posted on January 26, 2004 at 10:47 AM | Permalink

Comments

Oh, Trish, Thank you!!! I know what to get Steve for Valentine's Day now! That's awesome!!

Posted by: flea at Jan 26, 2004 10:20:11 PM

It's a good game, Flea. Does he like games that make him nervous? I own "Traitor's Gate," but I haven't been able to get through it because it makes my anxiety level go way up. In that one, you are a thief who had been hired to break into the Tower of London, steal the Crown Jewels, replace them with paste replicas, and get out -- without being heard or seen, without shooting anyone, and without getting caught. This is supposed to be in anticipation of another thief who is due to break in to steal the real jewels. I found the game to be nerve-wracking. "Traitor's Gate" is by the same company that made "Dark Fall."

The cool thing is that the game-makers were given permission to get into the Tower of London, take detailed pictures, and create the game to replicate the place exactly. So, it's pretty much like sculking through the real thing.

Posted by: Trish Wilson at Jan 28, 2004 10:19:13 AM

Oh, that's great! He mostly likes games he can disappear into for awhile, so they both sound perfect. And I like to watch over his shoulder and backseat drive, so this will work out well for both of us.

Posted by: flea at Jan 28, 2004 11:24:13 AM