- Investigate a strange world
- Question remarkably lifelike characters
- Unearth precious clues enabling you to journey right to the heart of the mystery
Inspired by the writings of H.P. Lovecraft, Necronomicon plunges you right into the heart of the mystery. The prerendered, exceptionally detailed 3-D environments and realistic graphics in Necronomicon re-create the Lovecraft universe. You'll encounter old, dilapidated houses, dark, dingy passages covered by moss hundreds of years old, an alchemist's laboratory packed with magic spells, and evil-looking machines. These, combined with the rich, evolving story line, will captivate you as you make your way through the many locations, each stranger than the last, all the while being drawn in by the game's immersive atmosphere.
Top Customer Reviews
I am a fan of all things Lovecraft, and the whole Cthulhu mythos, so I had very high hopes for this game. But even if I had bought this game simply looking for a bit of fun and a challenge I would have been disappointed. I think if I had simply bought this game looking for a fancy manual I would have still been disappointed... maybe if I had bough this game looking for two expensive coasters my expectations might, just might, have been lived up to. The manual was the first warning sign, being as it was woefully thin. Surely the game that would explore the dark mind of H.P. Lovecraft would go into his work a little? But no, just a simple explanation of commands... four pages. And that's it. Oh yes, you do get a quote... break out the champagne!
I was expecting a game somewhere along the lines of Clive Barker's Undying (a true masterpiece of horror gaming) but the fact that the installation period took about 2.5 seconds gave me the suspicion that the game was not particularly graphic intensive. And I was right.
The front end menu had some shocking French synth music accompanying it, like Jean Michelle Jarre at age 5, and there was a familiar sound when I selected the button to start the game. Yes! The Star Trek Elite Force selection sound. Not very 1920's...
By now I was dreading playing the game, just hoping that at least the story would be good.
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The story is the most compelling part of this game. It ties together well, and it was never boring or dragging. It is inspired by H.P. Lovecraft's work, and it does manage to build that special atmosphere of his work. The story and the game is exceptionally linear, so don't expect any kind of exploring, which can be quite frustrating at times. Graphically speaking, the game looks great. Everything is polished, although not the best-looking game of its time. Everything looks great, if slightly lifeless at times. The animation of the characters is great, but not quite as detailed as that of the Dracula Trilogy. The voice-overs are top notch, and cannot be critized if you ask me. Even though you don't really have any options when it comes to the dialogue, you're still left with a feeling of statisfaction when listening to the voices.
This game is far from perfect, and it's grotesque difficult level can be extremely discouraging. That being said, this game oozes atmosphere, and even though it relies on tension rather than on actual thrills, it's still worth the ride if you have the patience to stick with it.
- Beautifully rendered
- Great voice-overs
- Compelling story
- Great atmosphere
- Exceptional difficult level
- Staggering puzzles that will leave you quite literally clueless
- Music? No excuse for the painfully avarage soundtrack
- Way too linear