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  • Summary: 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 you may be embarking on...
    you arrive, the train is empty and the station is deserted. You begin to explore - the train tunnels, the station, the adjoining hotel, and the grounds - and discover that although no one is there, you are not alone. Finding artifacts, ancient documents and a valuable journal, you realize that the area holds a history of disappearances and hauntings dating back centuries. [DreamCatcher Interactive] Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. The best independent adventure game since "Cracking the Conspiracy."
  2. Proves that gameplay and story can (and always should) supersede flash and that a game does not need a big budget to tell a great story.
  3. Not a huge game, taking about twenty hours to finish in all, but is packed with some of the scariest moments I have encountered in my gaming life.
  4. A very well-designed ghost story from a very promising developer, and well worth the purchase for suspense and first-person fans.
  5. Eschews the normal audiovisual glitz in favor of something truly rare in computer games: a deep and compelling story that is worthy of a good novel.
  6. Breaks no new ground and puts too much emphasis on puzzles, but its meticulously detailed world and paranormal detective story generally keep things entertaining.
  7. A slow, repetitive game released way past its prime. It's a shame really, because it had the potential to be so much more.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. JeffT.
    Sep 7, 2003
    Beautifully woven narrative, evocative sound and atmosphere combine to make this a true adventure gamers feast. Made by ONE person, pure genius.
  2. Feb 28, 2014
    This game was truly a masterpiece to my 15 year old brain when I first played it almost a decade ago. The atmosphere alone was one that chilled me to the bone. But the secrets that I uncovered as I made my way through the abandoned train station really just made me constantly want to find out more about what had happened here. Really great game. Expand
  3. BradG.
    Apr 20, 2005
    Really... well... lame. Sorry, but this is nothing but a jumble of good ideas wrapped into laughingly lame package. I love a good avdenture game but this is not it. The sound is the real let down. The lack of consistant ambient effects and the harsh cutoffs at the end of each "creepy" sound bit are a joke. The imaginative environments are destroyed by grainy 640x480 renders and the whole mess starts to get really repeditive. The voice acting is solid and the puzzles are quite unique but neither make this game enjoyable. If you want an atmospheric adventure game that will leave its mark on you, pick up Myst Uru: The Complete Chronicles. Dark Fall was made by one person and it really shows. It may have made a good freeware title in the late 90's but its honestly a joke as a "boxed and shelved" product, even at $19.99 or so. Expand