The Lost Crown: A Ghost Hunting Adventure PC Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 7.5
Graphics 7.6
Sound 7.5
Value 7.4
Distributor: AFA
Classification:
M15+
Review Date:
August 2009
Reviewer:
Michael Marsh

7.5


The Lost Crown: A Ghost Hunting Adventure

I would have loved to have seen this game on the PS3 or 360, not because of the gameplay but rather the content which would have looked great on the big screen, in the dark. With that said, The Lost Crown: A Ghost Hunting Adventure is developed by Darkling Room and is one of those rare adventure games on the PC which involves ghost hunting.

Story wise, the game revolves around Nigel Danvers, a treasure hunter who is about to take on more than he expected when visits the town of Saxton, somewhere along the English coast.

While in this town, he soon realises not everything is what it seems and he starts to experience some supernatural activities. As fate dictates, Danvers discovers some ghost hunting equipment (ala Ghost Hunters America) and from there, itís time to venture into the unknown.

The story is a little over the top at times but it actually suits the genre and is a little predictable at times but then again, what game isnít? The graphics also assist in immersing you into this game and can be quite spooky at times, especially the certain scenes in the game that will scare the living daylights out of you if you're not expecting it.

The game is reminiscent of those classic PC adventure games that most have gone the way of the Dodo but itís good to see a publisher take a risk with this title. Although itís more of a point and click game, where the title does shine is through the user of paranormal equipment such as night vision goggles and the spooky EMF meter which records the voices of the dead.

Needless to say, this is where the frights start to begin. It doesnít help that many of the places you visit is quite dark and eerie and if you want to be totally submerged into this game, you should play it in the dark. As you explore, youíll fall across a variety of puzzles that need to be solved, however every now and then, there will be some paranormal parts which does give you some additional motives to finish the game.

The graphics of the game may not be on the console level of detail and considering the budget behind this game, it still does a very good job. The characters looks good and the environments are well detailed, however where it does shine is through the use (once again) of the paranormal equipment and of course the ghosts that sometimes jump out at you. With a decent musical score and some great background ambience, the game has everything needed to drawn you into this title. The voice acting however is a little mediocre at the best of times which is a shame.

In conclusion, The Lost Crown: A Ghost-hunting Adventure is an almost dead genre on the PC, however for fans of this genre, this is definitely a worthy purchase and will keep you enthralled with it's spooky story and strange settings. The gameplay is at times dated but if you can get past, you'll have an enjoyable time.

 






 
 



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