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  • Summary: Take on the role of writer Michael Arthate and experience a journey that teeters between reality and madness. A suspenseful adventure, Scratches challenges players to explore beautiful and chilling environments, solve mind-bending puzzles and unearth the buried secrets of a tale that beganTake on the role of writer Michael Arthate and experience a journey that teeters between reality and madness. A suspenseful adventure, Scratches challenges players to explore beautiful and chilling environments, solve mind-bending puzzles and unearth the buried secrets of a tale that began with obsession, and ended with madness and murder. Expand
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  1. Dec 10, 2011
    9
    Amazing game! this game is genuinely scary, the night time parts really scared the crap out of me :P. Really fun exploring the house, andAmazing game! this game is genuinely scary, the night time parts really scared the crap out of me :P. Really fun exploring the house, and finding new things, even reading the diaries was interesting! the only half-way negative thing I have to say about this game is sometimes its really hard to find some things. Expand
  2. Feb 3, 2014
    9
    Scratches creates an immersive feeling that creeps along building suspense and at times has you gasping at the edge of your seat, afraid ofScratches creates an immersive feeling that creeps along building suspense and at times has you gasping at the edge of your seat, afraid of what is around the next corner or door. The beautiful ominous environment along with a deep dark haunting story sucks you into this puzzling thriller with lingering chilling fright. Play at night with the lights out, if you dare.

    However, this point-and-click adventure game is for people that have more than average patience; those who don’t mind taking time searching, clicking, exploring, reading, studying clues, solving brain-scratching puzzles, and figuring out the mind-bending actions to advance the story line. Many fans of the game admit using an online guide to complete certain game sections – while still enjoying the beautiful haunting suspenseful atmosphere and the creepy engrossing story while having frightful fun in trying to solve a good horror mystery.

    This game is not for those who do not have a great deal of patience, get frustrated in taking time trying to figure out how to manipulate things to progress a story, find difficulty immersing themselves in a subtle slow suspenseful environment, and/or have trouble putting themselves in a character's shoes.
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  3. Aug 22, 2016
    9
    An all time great. Loved the duology story, loved the music and the atmosphere is incredible. One of my favourite parts of this game were theAn all time great. Loved the duology story, loved the music and the atmosphere is incredible. One of my favourite parts of this game were the pieces of diary notes you'd find as you explore the house and learn more about its previous owner, it's very well written and engrossing. By the end you'll have experienced one of the best horror games with a gripping story, a likable main character and a well made exploration game which you'll never forget. Expand
  4. Apr 23, 2012
    6
    First off, don't bother playing this game without a walkthrough at hand - unless you have a LOT of time to go over the same tracks again andFirst off, don't bother playing this game without a walkthrough at hand - unless you have a LOT of time to go over the same tracks again and again. Having said that, there are some genuine scare-jumping moments during the game, and the atmosphere is great. Play late in the evening, lights dimmed, it's fun. But, it gets -1 for lots of walking about, -1 for some bizarre choices on what you can or cannot pick up, -1 for esoteric puzzles that are more annoying than fun, and -1 for how long it takes without a walkthrough (hats off to those out there who actually wrote one, I used one from margobean.com, what a time saver). Having said that, the music is great, good voices, interesting story for the most part, and the odd scare moment, overall not bad at all for $10 in the point-and-click category. Expand
  5. Jul 3, 2011
    6
    Scratches would have been great if only it were a live-3D First person with monsters/ghosts like the game Amnesia, and not just a 'static'Scratches would have been great if only it were a live-3D First person with monsters/ghosts like the game Amnesia, and not just a 'static' point and click... for that I only give it a 6. The eerie sounds, music, environments and graphics are pretty good and it causes a quite depressing state! I really wish this had been the first person live-3D style.... If you don't mind clicking around a lot and not having the typical 3D-motion, then this game is for you! ...Overall, this game is Good.... Though I recommend if you are already depressed or sad, you shouldn't really play it! Expand
  6. Apr 29, 2011
    3
    It's impossible without a walkthrough. Linear storyline in an open "world" means lots of wasted time looking stuff over and over. The story,It's impossible without a walkthrough. Linear storyline in an open "world" means lots of wasted time looking stuff over and over. The story, voice acting, and especially the music are good, but this is just a terrible "game". It would be quite entertaining to watch it unfold as some veteran played through it. But the puzzles are too hard. You have to know what to do. I have two dozen items and a hundred interactive points. Mostly the puzzles don't make sense. But the music and sound effects are phenomenal. They are they only redeeming factors to give it two points. And story. That is three. Expand
  7. Nov 28, 2012
    0
    I played Scratches for 30 minutes, and nothing happened. This game feels like somebody got their horror story rejected by a publishing house,I played Scratches for 30 minutes, and nothing happened. This game feels like somebody got their horror story rejected by a publishing house, so they tried to turn it into a video game instead.

    Even though Scratches is a $2.99 title on Steam, don't bother.
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