You'll take on the role of John T. Carter, a brilliant young astronomer, piecing together the puzzling history of the village and its cryptic inhabitants. Incredibly realistic action and supernatural chaos intertwine to draw players deep into the puzzling mysteries within the Shadow of the Comet.Read full description
The year is 1910. Bathed in pale Spring sunlight, the small fishing port of Illsmouth is a sleepy New England town where time seems to stand still. Appearances can be very deceiving, however .... Beneath the peaceful tranquility of this small village, a horrifying truth lingers.
Whispers in a dusty, secluded library ripple with fear as questions of the past are brought into the present. Is there a link between the return of Halley's comet and the resurgence of the Great Ancients who once dominated the land in a reign of terror? Legend tells tales of an ancient ritual ground, hidden deep in the shadows of the tangled forest, marked by an ornate and mysterious cross. Once, long ago, this site was the stage for wild and terrifying rites that no one dare speak of, lest they suffer the wrath of the Ancients.
Why are the townspeople of Illsmouth struck by such shattering terror? Why are they drawn to the ancient ritual grounds after so many years? What has released this curse from its deep sleep to play havoc upon the souls of innocent people?
You'll take on the role of John T. Carter, a brilliant young astronomer, piecing together the puzzling history of the village and its cryptic inhabitants. Incredibly realistic action and supernatural chaos intertwine to draw players deep into the puzzling mysteries within the Shadow of the Comet.
Includes the CD-ROM and floppy versions of Call of Cthulhu: Shadow of the Comet. Bone chilling sound effects that hurtle you into the depths of chaos! Confront your deepest fears as you enter once more the realm of Lovecraftian horror!
Call of Cthulhu Shadow of the Comet is a Lovecraft inspired adventure game based on The Shadow over Innsmouth that has you investigating the town of Illsmouth over a three day period while waiting for Halley's Comet. The story, atmosphere, and setting are great and the puzzles are decent. The UI is poor, mouse support was not included like it was in many of the adventure games at the time, instead you move with the mouse keys and interact with items by pushing keys, like hitting L to look at something. The only indication that you can interact with something is when a line appears between you and an object that is in your line of sight, this tells you that you can pick it up but will not tell you about objects that you can do other things with, making the game needlessly difficult and causing you to likely miss important objects unless you use a guide. Character models look good in close ups but during gameplay they have very little details and just a line across the face where the eyes would and problems with some scenes either with very long delays, long pauses between speech, animation that is moving too quickly, or animation that doesn't stop such as mouths constantly moving long after they were done speaking. Environments look good and are atmospheric, as is the music although there isn't much of it and it does loop which gets annoying. This includes both versions of the game, with the CD version adding mostly poor voice acting, though the poor acting can actually be fitting for some characters and add to the unsettling feel of the town. Mouse support was also added to the CD version but instead of moving by clicking on areas or objects you hold the mouse button while the arrow is in the direction you want, it doesn't end up being the improvement that it should have been. If you are a fan of Lovecraft's work this could be a game worth checking out if you can get past the UI, the frequent time wasting and scene hurting pauses, and some ridiculous moments like escaping a lighthouse by attaching a pair of wings to yourself.
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