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Darkness Within: In Pursuit Of Loath Nolder - PC

Platform : Windows Vista, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows XP
Rated: Teen
29 customer reviews
Metascore: 52 / 100
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  • Built-in Hint System with 3 Difficulty Levels ¿ Players can choose to play in Standard, Detective, or Senior Detective modes.
  • Unique Inventory System ¿ Utilizing the ¿thinking screen' allows players to collect and examine items, and thoughts. Clues can also be researched, combined or used.
  • Dynamic Puzzles and Features ¿ Traditional adventure game puzzles are complimented by deciphering dreams and underlining excerpts in documents to garner critical clues.
  • Enhanced Gameplay Experience ¿ The proprietary game engine enables compelling special effects and stunning visuals in a panoramic first person game environment.
  • Eerie Gameplay Atmosphere ¿ An immersive experience is created by a fascinating story, chilling real-time cut scenes, and haunting music.
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Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder takes players to an eerie and disturbing corner of the human psyche exploring nightmares, the occult, and a frightening psychological world. The game is filled with terrifying vistas and a compelling plot that revolves around a protagonist-investigator in classic Lovecraftian style. As police detective Howard E. Loreid, players are tasked to solve the murder of Clark Field, a wealthy man involved in the occult. At the top of your list of suspects is Loath Nolder, a highly respected private investigator who mysteriously abandoned his last case for reasons unknown. Rumor had it that he ventured to several exotic places around the world. It remains a great mystery as to why Loath Nolder disappeared so suddenly, resurfacing five years later and resuming his investigations just as abruptly as he had left them. Why does this venerated P.I. now sit on the other side of the law? This seemingly routine investigation takes a dramatic twist as strange and terrifying happenings begin to plague your psyche. You experience lucid horrifying dreams and are tormented by paranormal happenings. Why do days pass instead of hours when you sleep? What's real and what's not? As you pursue fugitive murder suspect Loath Nolder, you must face dire truths hidden deep within a haunting darkness and the recesses of your mind. Darkness Within is truly a game that will send shivers up your spine.


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Platform: PC
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  • ASIN: B000SKUHKA
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: November 6, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,345 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Matthew R. Sullivan on December 24, 2007
Platform for Display: PC
This game just happens to be down my personal alley, but I think it would be fun for anyone who enjoys adventure gaming (with a twist). I haven't played a game this fun, this engaging, in a long time. It is scary, to be sure, but the scares aren't cheap slasher fare- in fact you rarely see anyone or anything that could harm you. It's a psychological thriller, as it has been promoted, in the style of the great HP Lovecraft.
It takes a little while to work through the beginning to establish the whole "detective" scene- questions, clues, etc-, but each time the answers break through the layers of established routine, until the character begins to question his own sanity. It's a lovely time.

I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who has problems with motion sickness. It is sometimes hard to control your character's gaze (cursor)- at least at first- and is a little like running with a video camera. Can get rather nauseating at first.

All in all I think it would be fun for just about anyone, even without the Lovecraft/horror connection. The story is engaging (a strange murder mystery), the means by which you gather clues from documents is new to me, the puzzles are more easy than hard but fit well- no need for a walkthrough, and the graphics are just about perfect. It's not completely linear: you are free to explore any location at any time, but you do need to have certain information before you can move into new areas. This one puts to shame every game I've played in the past year that was even remotely promoted as "horror" or "thriller" (I'll mention no names...). I was sorry it had to end so soon, and played it again.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Michail Chourdakis on December 26, 2007
Platform for Display: PC
This game is terrific. No blood, no violence, but yet the best horror music, graphics and story since the era of Shadow Of The Comet.

Graphics ? Splendid. Dark and horrifying, they will glue you to the screen.
Sound ? The best. Do not make the mistake of playing this game at night with sounds enabled. You risk a heart attack.
Plot ? Very good. While the game is supposed to be based in a cthulhu myth, there is actually no cthulhu involved - you will just go from a nightmare to reality and back.
Atmosphere ? 200% You will jump out of your chair a LOT. Lots of crappy houses, dirty attics, suspicious trap doors, evil cellars and more Alone in the Dark stuff - Get Ready!
Action ? So so - You will have to read a few books (and I *mean* it) before you can proceed - but the game can offer you hints. Hey, did any one understood why he lost 4 days in sleeping ?

Get it now!
Highly recommended!

And my favorite quote:

"It's a link... it's a link!! It is a link between what's above and what 's below..."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M.Evans on August 29, 2008
Platform for Display: PC Verified Purchase
If you enjoy games that are intensely creepy but aren't of the hack and slash variety, then you will love this game. If you've ever played "Scratches" - this is like Scratches on crack. Its ten times scarier, but theres also ten times the amount of reading; If you've played classic adventure games before, you know the deal - there's books on the table, books on the shelf, sheaves of paper lying around everywhere, ready to be read and parsed and analyzed (no walk-throughs are necessary, just patience). If you're in a rush playing games and want quick action, don't bother with this game. If you're a thinking type who enjoys HG Wells, solving mysteries and prefers scariness to sort of build up slowly and then scare the living crap out of you, then this game is well worth the time and effort.. Don't let the puzzles scare you though, playing on Standard level I never got stuck on a clue for more than 20 minutes, most of them were pretty intuitive anyway.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Adventure Game Fan on April 27, 2008
Platform for Display: PC
This game was very enjoyable and it took me 28 hours to beat (the game tracks your time of game play), the puzzles were difficult enough to stump me a while but weren't so difficult that i had to use a walkthrough. Another neat factor of this game, is when the game ends it rates your gameplay and there were a lot of "secret stuff" i missed; which is good because it made me want to play the game again. The only reason i didn't give this game 5 stars is because i don't feel that there is enough voice/communication with other characters in this game. There is a very small amount of talking in this game, so there is long amounts of silence which makes the game lonely at times. But other than that, it was a very different and entertaining game with an interesting plot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard P. Marsden on March 3, 2008
Platform for Display: PC
Finding Lovecraftian games is a difficult process. Sure, many a game uses elements of the author, but few capture the essence of his work. The psychological horror of the unknown is what appeals to true Lovecraftian fans, not the use of a shotgun on a Deep One. No offense to the enjoyable "Call of Cthulu: Dark Corners of the Earth". "Darkness Within, in the Pursuit of Loath Nolder" delivers when it comes to being faithful to the Lovecraftian genre. It will truly SCARE you.

The game is a point and click mystery adventure, strikingly similar to "Scratches", but far longer and more creepy. You play the role of Howard, a detective out to catch a private investigator gone bad, one Loath Nolder. During the case you have phantoms to chase, books to read, puzzles to solve, and the sinking sensation that you are either A. Going mad, or B. Something terrible really is happening and you sure wish you were going mad!

The puzzles are fairly easy and it seems the developers were more interestd in storyline than complex math equations or wordy riddles or heavy pixel hunting (thank you). There is a lot of reading to do, but that is the point. The game is more an interactive book, than a true adventure point and click. If you want something like that, check out "Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened (Cthulu Loves you!)" However that particular game won't scare you like this one will!

What about graphics? Scenery is well done and even by day exceedingly creepy. However the graphics, when it comes to the 'few' living beings you encounter, are terrible and incredibly dated given when the game was made. We are talking late 90's graphics when it comes to people, but great when it comes to objects. Odd mix.
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