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Scratches (PC CD)

by G2 Games
Windows XP
 Ages 12 and Over
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows XP
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 12 and Over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B00011ESYC
  • Release Date: 25 May 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,274 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Scratches is an atmospheric mystery adventure game for the PC, brimming with eerie twists and terrifying surprises. Set in and around a solitary Victorian mansion concealing a terrible secret, a long since forgotten story from the past emerges to haunt the present. A careful combination of inventory-based and deductive-style puzzles, integrated with a riveting storyline, non-linear gameplay, intricately detailed graphics, and an entrancing soundtrack, immerse you in a haunting Gothic atmosphere until the final shocking revelation.

As famed horror writer Michael Arthate, you arrive at Blackwood Manor, your newly acquired home, an old Victorian house lost in the outskirts of a small English market town. While the ominous weather bodes of darker days, you are initially charmed by this peaceful and quiet place. The pleasant stillness is soon broken, however, as the rooms of this exquisite, if faded glory, mansion speak of past events, their tales echoing through its walls. As the odd noises in the basement grow ever louder, you set about solving your sanctuary's long-held mystery.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scratches - good but lacking direction at times 11 July 2008
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
This is a good and intreguing game with some nicely thought out puzzles and a logical progression... most of the time.
The problem is the random "what do I do now?" moments. The game works in time-period slots (look at the clock in the hall to see your progression) and doing something right moves the time on a bit. The problem occurs when you're aimlessly wondering round wondering what you should do. Now, this is fairly standard in a point-and-click game, but in Scratches, most of the time, if you're stuck like that, it's because you haven't used the phone to "Call Jerry" enough or you're supposed to go to bed to move the plot on... This I found very frustrating, especially as you don't even get a hint such as "It's getting late, I should turn in" etc.
Anyway, other than that and the fact that the voice for the main character is so obviously an American trying to sound English it's a really good game. I didn't find it very scarey, but then I'm hard to scare. Still, it's a fun and atmospheric game to play with the odd "shock" moment.
I would advice, however, getting the "Directers Cut" edition, if you can, which apparently has an alternate ending and extra chapter at the end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As Scary as an Abandoned Mansion Should Be! 14 Aug 2008
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Scratches is a point and click adventure set in the atmospheric backdrop of a spooky, abandoned Victorian mansion, acquired by your real estate agent (that fact alone should make you run for the hills). But no, you are an author! An author of creepy tales, so you stay to unravel the mystery of the Blackwood Manor.A manor which has undoubtedly played scene to at least one murder.
The creepy music sets the scene; you are alone and the house does more than it's fair share to make you think otherwise.
It's very much like the Dark Fall series, Barrow Hill etc, (not surprisingly as Jonathan Boakes is involved) and is just as tense. You play totally alone, save for the phone calls you make to said dubious estate agent.
The graphics are true to the period in which the house should be furnished and you can interact with just about everything. The puzzles would be straightforward but they very much depend on you having completed certain tasks in order which can be extremely frustrating when you know what you should be doing next. without too much of a spoiler, use the phone often!)

An excellent game, let down only by 2 things.

1) Far too short. I solved this in around 8 hours.

2) Completely confusing ending. Whether this is because a sequel is imminent or because the game designers wanted to expand the players' mind is beyond me. There's a healthy debate on the meaning of the ending on a trillion and one websites but the most interesting I've found is on [...]

Debate away!

To sum up: definitely worth playing if you like point n clicks, but be prepared to think long and hard about the game, long after you have finished it.

You'll like this if you enjoyed : Black Mirror, Dark Fall Lights Out & Glass Rose
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Scratches!! ... not for the easily scared! 25 Aug 2007
By BobbyG
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Well, I was slightly disappointed with this game, mainly because it was so short!...oh and the main character has a very dodgy English accent (clearly an American!) However the graphics are good and it will get you thinking as the puzzles are quite hard. I admit, I had to use a walkthrough on some bits. Its a very scary game though. I'm glad it was daylight while I was playing. The music is very spooky and you just keep thinking that something is going to jump out at you!!

Get this game if you like a challenge and like a bit of a scare! :-)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SCRATCHES 5 May 2008
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Well I have just finished playing this game, although it is a brilliant game, it is to say the least a very scary game, the music is eerie at times, which makes you jump. I only played this game during the day, as at times I did have to shut my eyes because when you open doors, they seem to take ages to open, therefore thinking someones behind there. The box says CREEPY HOUSE OF HORROR, and it lives up to its statement.
Must have game ( not for the screamish).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SCRATCHES and Windows 7 27 Oct 2011
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I bought this game because of the generally positive reviews from other people and because I like horror-based adventures. There's a lot to enjoy about the game - good story, graphics and music. The puzzles are mainly good but once or twice I got stuck just because I hadn't clicked on the right part of an object and therefore failed to realise it was usable - a bit annoying. I agree with the reviewers who didn't like the voice acting - it was pretty poor but didn't detract too much from the game.

One thing I didn't pick up from any of the previous reviews was that the game is not instantly compatible with Windows 7. After installing I tried to launch the game but it crashed my PC. A quick search of games forums yielded a solution which involves editing a file in the game program to change the "refresh rate". Not too difficult to do and the game works perfectly after that.

Hope this helps
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling! 29 May 2008
By Julie J
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Very atmospheric game. I love horror films, and actually found this to be quite chilling. The puzzles are logical and not too difficult. Get lost in this old Victorian house, and see what happens!
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4.0 out of 5 stars OK but... 23 July 2013
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I like adventure games, I like suspense type horror games. Therefore I came to the logical conclusion I would enjoy Scratches.
I played through the first few minutes and liked the atmosphere and general gameplay.....but then started to feel ill. I had just had eaten not long before playing and initially blamed the food, since I have played many games and never been motion sick before.

A few days later I decided to try again, around 15 minutes of play I started to feel ill again, and eventually had to stop playing.

Then it happened a third time (I noticed an anti-motion sickness setting in the menu and was trying it) and I finally gave up.

My sister on the other hand has played the game from start to finish without any motion sickness and enjoyed the game.

I'm not trying to fault or flame the game itself,what little I was able to play I enjoyed, I'm just trying to inform other potential players to be cautious if you are prone to motion sickness as this game may well trigger it (in fact it's the only game that has ever affected me so far)-that said the setting in the menu may help for some.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
my wife loves the puzzles
Published 1 month ago by Mr S Brown
1.0 out of 5 stars One deep Concern
I enjoyed some of the photographic images presented in the game. As a lover of the architecture of old houses, I found the rooms, staircases etc. Read more
Published 15 months ago by SimonF
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but beware if you're using windows 7
Bought this game as a present for my wife, all installed ok but when trying to run it the game just sits there, after googling the game discovered its a known issue with windows 7,... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Peter Best
1.0 out of 5 stars Shut that Door
A dull boring game. Limited movement. No logic as to the solving of this 'mystery'. Just hit and miss throughtout. Read more
Published 23 months ago by A. Oliphant-callum
2.0 out of 5 stars Scary?!?
Rather disappointed with the game, who said it was scary?!?! Boring, in Nancy Drew style- walking from one place to another, pick this, read that. Read more
Published on 11 Dec 2011 by Kitty
4.0 out of 5 stars Hummm
This is a good game and really quite spooky. But I guess I must be El Thicko as unlike some reviewers I found the game incredibly hard and had to use the walk through on a number... Read more
Published on 23 Jun 2011 by Me
5.0 out of 5 stars Good point and click game
If you are into frustraing point and click games then this one is for you! I actually quite enjoyed it as it is quite a eery game and i love FPS horror survival games. Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2010 by Speagle
4.0 out of 5 stars Scratches
Very good game, took a while to work out some of the clues but worked it out in the end, the ending of the game made me jump.
Published on 19 Feb 2010 by D. Godfrey
1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious
I imagined something a little more slick. I was bored quite quickly and completely lost interest when it came time to dig around - afraid I could not be bothered to finish it and... Read more
Published on 13 Sep 2008 by H. Baar
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