The eerie Cornish landscape springs to life in Barrow Hill: Curse of the Ancient Circle, a haunting mystery adventure game for the PC. A detailed and spellbinding story and organic puzzles are woven through the very fabric of Barrow Hill, leading you … see full wiki
"Barrow Hill: Curse of the Ancient Circle" is an adventure/suspense/horror game that use Celtic legends to create a creepy atmosphere. It has a lot of pros, but it has some cons, as well. I am going to break down the game into several parts to explain it.
Story-You are driving along the British countryside, when your car suddenly dies. You are unable to go back the way you came because of a force field (I'm not kidding) so you head forward to explore around the area. You eventually find out that a recent archaeological dig has upset some rocks, and they have come alive and attacked people (that is not a spoiler). So, basically you're goal is to appease the rocks and put them back to "sleep".
Gameplay-This is a simple, first-person, point and click adventure game. It's puzzles can get a little difficult, but they can mostly be solved quickly. There are a few startling scenes in the game, but they aren't horrifying, and wile you can die in the game, you come right back to life to the location right before you died. Basically, the premise of the game is to explore the area collecting items and information in order to find out how to appease the rocks.
Graphics-The backgrounds are nice, but this is a very dark game. Most of it requires the use of a lantern, which allows you see only a tiny circle at a time, and this makes it hard to look around for items and paths. The characters in this game aren't that great looking, the look like fake 3D characters.
Sound-There is little to no music in this game, but when it comes on, it adds to the spooky atmosphere. The voice acting is OK but not great. The background sounds are pretty good, though.
Fun-This is a fun game, although it is extremely unrealistic. The story is a bit cheesy, but I found that this made me enjoy the spookiness rather than freak out about it.
Length-The game isn't that long, maybe 10 hours? It could have been a bit longer if they had added a few more puzzles, but it's an OK length.
Overall, this game is worth a play, although I must say once more that the story is extremely fake and cheesy. It has its spooky moments and its fun and challenging puzzles which make this game a pretty good play.
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