"Great atmosphere thanks to its black-and-white art style, use of real world photos as backdrops, and solid, often unearthly sound effects and tracks." - IGN.com
"Brilliant sound design and superb art direction." - Adventuregamers.com
Unravel an ancient mystery and search for an ancient treasure on England's fog-shrouded coastline, famed for its legends of smugglers, pirates and ghosts. Join ghost-hunters Nigel Danvers and Lucy Reubans as they investigate a tale of horror and haunting. Wielding the tools of the modern-day ghost-hunter in a cinematic, richly detailed interactive world of wind-swept coastlines and crumbling crypts, you will be captivated, taunted and teased by mind-bending puzzles and interactions with the town 'locals'. But, be warned, there are those who will stop at nothing to prevent Nigel discovering "that which should stay hidden". With nerves of steel and wits to match, in your search for The Lost Crown you will soon discover long lost secrets previously known only to the dead!
Spine-tingling ghost story.
Realistic ghost-hunting, featuring actual E.V.P. (Electronic Voice Phenomena).
Explore isolated, creepy locations with a nite-vision camera.
Photographs of unexplained entities captured by creator Jonathan Boakes while researching the game.
A Full cast of actors to bring the world of Saxton to life.
Chilling original soundtrack.
Point and click gameplay with both first and third person interaction.
Realistic and integrated puzzles.
A stunning 30+ hours of gameplay.
The Lost Crown © 2008 Jonathan Boakes - Darkling Room. Developed by Jonathan Boakes - Darkling Room. Licensed exclusively worldwide to and published by Iceberg Interactive B.V. All brands, product names, and logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. All rights reserved. Made in England.
I recently purchased this game on Steam, having played it some years ago from a borrowed disc. I had not too clear but vaguely fond memories so decided to get it as it promised enhancements on the original. The game has lovely atmospheric sound effects and beautifully developed characters. As you play you gradually realize that many people and places aren't quite what they appear. The mostly black and white graphics with a single coloured object [like a hand-tinted photograph] that are this game's signature are very effective though I'm not quite as keen on the few scenes where there is a tear right down the 'photograph'. You play as a slightly reluctant ghost hunter with a bevy of gadgets, there are a lot of different supernatural occurrences you can record using them, getting them all will now get you achievements on Steam, not that I managed it, but it does add replay value. This is a dark game featuring past murders and all too current animal torture and death, it is not one for the more sensitive. The plot is pretty good, talking with different characters leads you through without feeling forced down a set path, though the dialogue comments on items occasionally gets ahead of what you've learned and confuses you. There are several mysteries to solve as you go through the game, putting the various ghosts to rest as well as locating the Lost Crown itself, the small triumphs as you progress are nice. OK, bad points: Some very repetitive comments when doing things and examining items, gets annoying fairly fast; The penultimate act, I'll try to skip spoilers so..., perhaps I skipped over some dialogue I shouldn't have but I was left a little confused what was happening and how. Mind you the finale was fairly spectacular and leaves you with a good feeling. To be honest I didn't notice much difference from the first version, though I'm assured by the 'net that it is now possible to get 100% completion. Still a very good game even some years after its original release.
A mysterious paranormal adventure that I think about regularly even years after playing it, is how I'd sum The Lost Crown up in one sentence. You'll find yourself conducting paranormal investigations, unlocking ages old secrets and ultimately artifact hunting in this strange place where time has stood still preserving all of it's secrets that are even now just out of reach, or are they? The characters are memorable due to wonderful voice acting. Atmosphere, music and sounds make for an immersive experience as well. Like any adventure game, there are some slow spots while you figure out your next move and traveling around the large island can get tedious but it does not take away much at all from the game as a whole. I don't want to give away anything and have kept this review vague for that reason, but I rarely write reviews and decided that this game was deserving of my praise.
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