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Dark Fall: The Journal (PC)

by Mindscape
Windows 95 / 98 / 2000 / Me / XP
 Ages 12 and Over
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • A perfect blend of adventure and suspense set in beautiful, grippingly eerie environments to capture the imagination
  • Original and creative puzzle games to complete
  • 25+ hours of gameplay
  • More than 40 rooms and locations to explore
  • Immersive haunting ambient background sounds and music


Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows 95 / 98 / 2000 / Me / 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: B0001HDNQ0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,034 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

A force that existed at the very beginning of time, and will exist until the very end of time, waits to break into our world.

Those who have disturbed its slumber have paid the ultimate price. It is always waiting..

You receive a frightened cryptic voice message from your brother, an architect redeveloping an old train station and hotel in a now abandoned area. Alarmed he asks for your help.

Explore... forsaken train tunnels, the desolate station, the neglected hotel, and the unkempt grounds, and discover that although no one is there, you are not alone.

You must stand against the evil presence, armed with your wits and ghost hunting gadgets, to uncover hidden artifacts, ancient documents and a valuable journal, which together hold the key to mysterious disappearances and hauntings dating back centuries.


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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing! 26 July 2006
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Have to agree with all the other reviews I've come across of Dark Fall; this game has to be played in the dark, on your own and with the volume up high. I'm not spooked by much but more than once, I was given goosebumps and palpitations by a sudden phone ringing, floorboards creaking and a disembodied voice calling to me as I explored the abandoned hotel and railway station where the game is set.

This is an outstanding point and click adventure and the sound effects I mentioned immerse you totally and leave you feeling you are there. On your own. And very frightened.

There's a deliciously mysterious story to unravel which keeps you coming back for more. Graphics, although static for the most part, are crisp and add to the atmosphere Jonathan Boakes was trying to create when he created this masterpiece of ghostly goings on.

The puzzles and playing style are almost Myst-like, but set in a more realistic life like scenario, if you live in a haunted house of course. I am also reminded of Silent Hill, but without being chased by mad nurses and devil dogs. Buy this and enjoy being frightened to within an inch of your life.
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73 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spoooooooky!!! 6 Mar. 2004
Play this one with the lights out and the headphones on -
it will really scare you - and not a drop of gore in sight.
This must be the most atmospheric games I have ever played.
I felt really emotionally involved. Only the best games invovle me emotionally.
The story leads you naturally through a creepy environment. The clues are all there - all logical - which is not to say they are easy - they are challenging in the most satisfying way.
But be warned - sudden interuptions - or a phone ringing in the game will make you jump about three feet out of your chair.
I thought this one was terrific.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spine Tingling Adventure - Dark Fall 8 May 2004
This game tells the story of an abandoned hotel and train station. Your brother has gone gone missing there so its up to you to discover the mystery of where all the people have gone.
Its quite a spooky atmosphere with lots of creaking floorboards and strange noises for you to investigate. The story is interesting with bits of history thrown in although I kept forgetting which room had certain puzzles in so I ended up drawing a map for myself. Overall its a very good game and kept me entertained for days.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spine-tingled! 24 July 2006
By Emsky
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
The point-and-click adventure genre is forever in danger. So many games are obsessed with shoot-em-up, gore-fested banality, obvious puzzles and a weak storyline.

Darkfall proves that there is still much to offer in this particular genre. Atmosphere is the key to this game. It is terrifying in parts. Ghostly sounds, cryptic clues and spectoral guides surround you. Along with being visually impressive - amazing artwork from ancient to Art Deco - it is sinister in its delivery, as well as challenging. The puzzles are complex but logical, none of this 'well, how does that make sense?' gameplay. There is the need to record findings as you go and I would warn the more faint-hearted game-player to play this game in the hours of daylight. But, hey, I still got spooked.

Darkfall provides hours of sinister entertainment, an intriuging mystery and the most chilling audio effects I have experienced. If you favour the sort of game where you fear what is behind the next door, then play this game.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spooky and thrilling. 29 Nov. 2005
By Dark Paths VINE VOICE
Anyone who has wanted to explore old abandoned train stations, or partake in ghostshunts, will love this non-violent, blood free spook-fest. The atmosphere is chilling, and the details are wonderful to behold. There are many puzzles, enigmas and trials to overcome, which are challenging, and logical.
Switch off the lights, close the curtains, crank up the sound, and enjoy the wonderful Dark Fall.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary ghosthunting adventure game. 4 Sept. 2006
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I seem to have found this game late on. I'm sure glad I did! It's a super, creepy, adventure game with lots of puzzles, story, history and fascinating ghosts. You actually to communicate with many of the spirits, rather than shoot them (like in so many survival horror games). Help the ghosts move onto the otherside to learn what has kept them trapped in a desolate hotel and train station. This is definitely a great game for Halloween or the dark nights of Winter. Don't have nightmares!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 29 Dec. 2006
By Crazi
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Well I got this for xmas and what an excellent game. The storyline is good and understandable. The graphics are great and the sound is great. All in all a quality combination. The puzzles are solvable although you may need to refer to a walkthrough on a few occasions which are easily available on the net. Make sure you have a pen and paper handy as you WILL need it to take notes all over the place. Playing in the dark with the sound turned up definitely adds to the atmosphere. The only slight downside I could think off is that you need to read a lot...lol sometimes pages and pages off storyline which is not good after 15hours of playing as you find it hard to stop once you've started :) All in all one of the best balanced adventure games I've played and well worth it!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brick Yourself. 30 Mar. 2006
I haven't really got anything to say that hasn't already been said, but I really felt the need to say how much I loved playing this game.
It's the perfect blend of Myst's puzzle adventuring, Resident Evil's suspense, and an Episode of Most Haunted.
You do have to think, and I must admit I was forced to resort to a walkthrough a couple of times.
Its like reading a bloody good horror book, with surround sound.
Buy it, Play it, Love it and brick yourself.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It's OK
Published 9 months ago by HelpmaboaB
1.0 out of 5 stars Intellectual and copyright theft from Jonny Boakes
As with all the so called "games" I use the term loosely from this self appointed ambassador for UK software the entire game has literally been stolen. Read more
Published 12 months ago by THE D HAMMER
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite good if overly difficult and the ending is stupid (spoliers)
I recently bought this second time around as I had lost the original disc I bought from Amazon when it first came out. Read more
Published 15 months ago by S. L. Alleman
1.0 out of 5 stars One deep Concern
I enjoyed some of the photographic images presented in the game, particularly as a lover of old railway stations and hotels. Read more
Published 20 months ago by SimonF
1.0 out of 5 stars Would not run
Could not get this game to run. Tried it on two different laptops and got cyclic redundancy check errors. Frustrating.
Published 21 months ago by Pensioner
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic.
This game is now in my top ten favourites ever (!), the atmosphere is amazing, not overplayed, sound plays a big part in many of the puzzles so it feels like you are completely... Read more
Published on 23 Sept. 2011 by K. Russell
2.0 out of 5 stars Scary but a bit boring!
The noises, voices, sudden movements make this game scary and if you're brave enough, play it at night or in the dark! Read more
Published on 22 Mar. 2011 by LJ
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
I agree practically word for word with hippy chick's review. This game is far too over rated in my opinion. There's very little interaction and far too much to read. Read more
Published on 9 Dec. 2010 by babygold
1.0 out of 5 stars Rather disappointed...
I have to say after reading reviews of this game I was really looking forward to receiving it, but after playing for a few hours I have to agree with the more negative... Read more
Published on 14 Nov. 2010 by Hippy Chick
5.0 out of 5 stars I usually hate being scared but ...
I loved this. It spooked me right out but in just the right way! If you are easily spooked or don't like to be scared I'd say DON'T play this late at night with the lights out,... Read more
Published on 25 April 2010 by Kat Fernand
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