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Barrow Hill (PC DVD)

by Lighthouse Interactive
Windows XP
 Ages 7 and Over
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows XP
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 7 and Over
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B000H7DQGQ
  • Release Date: 5 Oct 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,773 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Manufacturer's Description

Somewhere deep within the woods of Cornwall, a timeless force is stirring. Unseen beneath the ancient burial mound, known locally as Barrow Hill, a forgotten myth awakens. Following in the footsteps of the wellknown archaeologist, Conrad Morse, you will discover that the barrow is more than just a collection of forgotten standing stones& Experience the detailed and immersive storyline yourself, in this great adventure.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
81 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic-style adventure game for all ages. 23 Mar 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
It's not often that I am able to play a good computer game with my children (aged 8 and 14), as too many recent titles contain pointless 'adult' material (read: puerile).

Barrow Hill, although very creepy, does not contain any cruelty, blood or pointless gore. Instead, the designers have crafted a classic-style adventure game (some reviewers don't seem to understand what that is), which is perfectly balanced when it comes to clues and puzzles. If you want a few hours of mindless violence, go find something else, but if you prefer a well crafted, beautifully written adventure game (which provides approx 20 hours of non-linear gameplay) look no further.

It's a great game to play alone, and even better with company. Unlike many other games, you won't bore your friends to death with endless button thumping, instead, you'll find they are as involved in the puzzle solving and exploration as you are. A rare treat! Barrow Hill is a great game for those who love the genre, others may want to stick with the arcade.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Game 1 July 2007
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Barrow Hill restores the balance to 'point and click' adventure games. If you're bored with making war, killing things, city building, or wearing your fingers out from trying to reach the next platform... then you might enjoy this nicely done, (very atmospheric and slightly creepy), brain teaser. The puzzles are fun but not mind bending. The solutions are logical and make sense within the context of the game. A certain amount of reading is required but the various text add to the story and reveal many clues. Be warned, a couple of inventory items are well hidden. I wouldn't say there's any 'pixel hunting', but it's important to see the whole game, every screen. The music and voice acting add to the spooky environment. This game does a good job of playing on our fears of 'things that go bump in the night'. I appreciated that there was a choice of endings. Playing this game a second time might reveal interesting bits that could be missed the first time around. This is a first time effort from independent producer Shadow Tor and I'm looking forward to their next release.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
It's a brilliant game at a great price, an adventurous gamer will not be disappointed. It's dark, scary and pagan out there in the woods! Barrow Hill is a wonderful, detailed and exciting adventure game.

I finished the game (20+ brilliantly eerie hours) over the last week and can happily say it's one of the best adventure games I have played (and I've played alot of puzzle based adventure games!). The puzzles are logical, devious and very solvable, each one weaved expertly into the storyline and locations. I never felt 'stuck' or bored, as there are many clues scattered throughout the gameworld. Speaking of gameworld, I really should mention Barrow Hill's unusual and quirky setting; as well as the actual druidic stone circle (thousands of years old) there are abandoned farm buildings, a creepy service station and desolate motel rooms to explore, as well as a square mile of richly detailed countryside.

Barrow Hill is easily the most realistic game to depict England's green and pleasant land, even if it is the creepier side of the landscape around us. The makers of the game have gone to great lengths to make sure Barrow Hill looks like the Cornwall we know, so there are plenty of signs and sights from the English countryside.

If you like adventure games, with strong story telling and great puzzles then give Barrow Hill a go. It's well worth the price, and will sit on my shelf for many years to come!

Barrow Hill also ran flawlessly on my computers (no bugs, not a single one), which include Windows ME, 2000, XP and Vista.

It's a brilliant game at a great price, an adventurous gamer will not be disappointed. It's dark, scary and pagan out there in the woods!
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Barrow Hill is easily the best adventure game I have played for the last few months.

I was never stumped or stuck on a puzzle, as is the case with many adventure titles. So, what was so different? Well, there's the huge play area which is 75% non-linear. Yes, that's right! You can play the game at your own pace, solve puzzles in any order and soak up the atmosphere at your own pace.

I was more than happy to be surprised by this detailed, intelligent and exciting adventure game. Stone Circles, like Stonehenge, have always been misrepresented in games. They are too often used as portals to hell, or exhibit childish connections to UFO's and aliens. With Barrow Hill you get a realistic stone circle, in a realistic setting with a fantastical story and great puzzles.

The styling of the game is suitable for the genre, but wouldn't impress those looking to boast about their big rigs and ultra expensive gfx cards. Instead, those looking for a good story, some brain activity and a detailed world with have no problems getting sucked into a surprising, inventive and moving story.

For a game set around a group of old rocks, in an unassuming English village this is top adventure stuff! I look forward to seeing what Shadow Tor Studios come up with next.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing 19 Dec 2009
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
I love point and clicks, especially spooky or scary ones and I was very much looking forward to playing Barrow Hill. It's just a shame it was such a disappointment! I'm quite shocked at the number of good recommendations this game has when it is so lacking.
I've played point and clicks from the early 90's that had better cut scenes than Barrow Hill and although some of the graphics were quite pretty the way everything moved made me feel like I was watching a slide show.
This is an inventory based point and click but as there is no narrative, comments from your character or tags on items it was very hard to figure out what things were. Especially near the end where you have 7 almost identical items which have to be used in a specific way... I ended up having to draw a map of my inventory!
The game is quite spooky to begin with but it gets old very quickly as they don't do enough to maintain a edge of the seat atmosphere. They also fail to present a scary monster for you to worry about.
The story was quite short and there were a couple of places where because there was practically no narrative or anything to examine in any detail the game just seemed to grind to a halt. Oh and if you're hoping for an exciting ending don't hold your breath.
This game has an overall feel of being unfinished. As if the designers created a skeleton of the game and then just got board or run out of money and decided "oh well, that will do" the sad thing is that with a little more effort it could have been a really good game.
The game does play on Vista however the auto play is very buggy, and there are no loading screens so it looks as if you're computer is hanging rather than installing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not used yet
I haven't played this game so I can't make any comments about it. I liked the look of it and bought it.
Published 2 months ago by judderb
1.0 out of 5 stars The most baltent case of "Emperor's New Clothes" I ever experienced in...
How on earth this piece of trash got the rave ratings it did is quite beyond me, I can only imagine it was a sympathy vote. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Darrow
5.0 out of 5 stars Odd but good
An interesting and atmospheric excursion into fictionalised folklore...a little slow to start, but which pulls you in to the quiet creepiness. Read more
Published on 31 Dec 2010 by Mr. L. Porter
3.0 out of 5 stars Short 'n' creepy (kind of)
I'm hopeless at point-and-clickers, but I love the atmosphere of these Lighthouse Interacive games, so I persevere with them. Read more
Published on 3 July 2010 by M.O.R.
1.0 out of 5 stars Barrow Hill - won't even install on my PC!
Whoever said that it works on Vista is wrong! I've received the game today - got it out of its box, and checked the condition of the disc before putting it in (which was fine) but... Read more
Published on 10 Aug 2009 by Ms. Il Crawford
2.0 out of 5 stars Cheap n' Tacky
I can only be amazed by the opening dialogue to this game as I heard the radio show... "That's lifted right out of John Carpenter's The Fog! Read more
Published on 14 July 2009 by Othyization
1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious
This promised to be a good classical adventure game. I was therefore quite disappointed to find the scene changes almost primeval with a "plot" that really left you feeling "I... Read more
Published on 7 Jun 2009 by Mr. D. F. Hodrien
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Little Game
This is quite a good game considering where it came from. It's a point and click mystery game and it has got lots of atmosphere to it. Read more
Published on 9 April 2009 by I. M. Knight
3.0 out of 5 stars I like this
I have had this game for 6 months, however I installed it today. I have played it for 45 mins. OK but after 45 mins I am still no the wiser what I am looking for or what the point... Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2009 by Mr. G. L. C. Sexton
5.0 out of 5 stars If you go down to the woods today...
This game was brilliant.

Scary, gripping, thought provoking, and edge of the seat suspense. I highly recommend this game for anyone who likes a good mystery. Read more
Published on 9 Feb 2009 by Tim Allan
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