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on October 5, 2012
If you like immersive adventure, difficult puzzles, and/or Norse mythology, you'll love this game.
Graphics are good. Music is spotty, sometimes good -menacing mood music, mostly just ethereal background noise. The sparse voice acting is good except for a few spots (like thief talking to Alex). Baron Wittard has a good voice (sounds a little like Roddy McDowell).
This is an adventure plus puzzles game. Point and click, you move around searching for stuff.
This game reminds me ever so slightly of Call of Cthulhu:Dark Corners of the Earth (CoC). Flicking lights, heartbeats, etc.
This is what I thought early in the game - Dare I say so far it's slightly boring. I've been tooling around for the better part of an hour and the only thing that has happened is the lights went out for a few seconds so I'm in total darkness. CoC is way better. Baron Wittard must have been designed for those who want just a hint of scary and suspense.
It has highly detailed surroundings. It's like you are actually there with the amount of detail.
There is virtually no inventory. You have to write things down. There is no help. I realized ¾th of the way through that you could use the "map" to move around. Also, I found the diary about this time. It has a lot of background information which would have provided me with a better game experience had I found it sooner. Also, I discovered by reading Rushes review (see below) that I could access the map, camcorder, menu icons by right clicking to "stop" the panning cursor.
I agree with one reviewer about the puzzles. Use the walkthrough!! Puzzles have to be completed before you can proceed! There are no skips for the puzzles. The memory puzzle-you have to click through 12 separate rounds! I have had my eyes glued to a walkthrough for most of the game.
Just google "gameboomers Baron Wittard walkthrough" and you should be able to find the walkthrough written by MaGtRo that I used.
The last puzzle with the amulet I had to use YouTube.
Playtime 8+ hrs. Without walkthrough, playtime probably 16+ hrs.
Below are some sites with additional reviews -
adventurelantern.com (reviews, BaronWittard) by Jonathon Wisnoski
gameboomers.com (reviews, BaronWittard) by Rushes.