Returning from work you listen to a frightened and cryptic voice message from your brother, a talented architect redeveloping the old Dowerton station in Dorset, England. Boarding a train to meet him, you travel to Dowerton alone, wondering what adventure … see full wiki
"Dark Fall: The Journal" is a mix of a horror and mystery game. It combines searching for clues and being scared by who knows what to make a fabulous game.
Story-Your brother left a message on your answering machine saying that he was at a town called Dowerton getting it ready for some people who wanted to tear it down in order to build a nightclub. He then says that something evil has turned up and it got the two ghosthunters who had been there looking for ghosts (obviously). He was now afraid it was after him, and the message ends rather eerily. Anyway, you head to Dowerton to see what's going on, but you black out only to wake up in the train tunnel in Dowerton. The mystery begins there. . .
Graphics-The graphics were grainy, but I really liked them. Everything looked really nice, and some of the graphic "scares" really made me jump! The one thing I didn't like was when you used something, it didn't look like you were physically using it. For instance, when using a key to unlock a door, it just shows the key floating to the lock, going in the lock, and turning. That was unrealistic, and it's my only complaint in the graphics department.
Sound-There is no music in this game except once at the beginning, every now and then you hear some from the bar, and when you are near a radio you can turn it to a music station. The sound effects are pretty creepy. In some rooms, you would hear this whisper that you couldn't understand, and in some rooms you would hear a very clear voice talking to you, but nobody is there! My one complaint in the sound department would be that sometimes when you open a drawer, pick up something, etc. it would echo the sound. I know that it wasn't intended, and it got annoying after a while.
Gameplay-Okay, this is a first-person point and click game. But it's in slideshow format, which means that it's like a still picture that you look at, and you can click on things on the picture. Sometimes, something will move or flicker, but most of the time the picture is still. You cursor is a plus sign, and it turns to an arrow to move, magnifying glass to examine, wrench to fiddle or fix, and I think a hand to pick up. You don't pick many things up. I think at the end of the game, I found that I had only collected 8 items. You do have to write notes in this game, but it isn't that bad. It's just every now and then, but you do have to read a lot of things in this story. That's where you find out what happened, because you are unable to talk to anyone (who's alive at least) in the game. The puzzles in this game were perfect, I thought. They were easy enough to understand, but they were hard enough that you had to really think about them. I never had to use a walkthrough. There is even an in-game hint system which you can use at anytime (well, almost anytime). I just want to give a warning to potential players, this game is very supernatural. There is a ouija board that you can use (although you do not have to in order to accomplish anything), and the game revolves a bit around alchemy. So if either of those things discourage you, don't get the game.
Fun-This game is really fun. I was trying to play it only during daytime (it's that scary!), but I would often go into the night trying to finish it.
Length-That brings me to my next point. I did finish it in 3 days. Now mind you, it took about 10-12 hours, but I finished it without a walkthrough, and with only 2 or 3 hints. The ending is really good in my opinion, but I'm not sure if it has much replay value. If you cling to your notes, you can probably finish the game within 30 minutes of starting a new game, but if you don't look at your old notes, and start some new ones, you might have another fun go at it. I plan to replay it again and possibly find out some things I didn't notice before.
Anyway, I think that it's a great game to play other than a few supernatural things that some might not want to fool around with. I took off a point because of the echoing sound, but I still recommend that you get this game. It is a marvelous mixture of fun, scares, and mystery!