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  • Summary: This atmospheric point and click adventure game finds you cast as famed horror writer Michael Arthate just arriving at Blackwood Manor, your newly acquired Victorian home lost in the outskirts of a small English market town. Soon after your arrival, a terrible secret from the manor’s pastThis atmospheric point and click adventure game finds you cast as famed horror writer Michael Arthate just arriving at Blackwood Manor, your newly acquired Victorian home lost in the outskirts of a small English market town. Soon after your arrival, a terrible secret from the manor’s past emerges to haunt the present. Now isolated by a washed out road, you are stranded with a telephone as your only means of contact with the outside world. As the odd noises echoing throughout the walls of this mysterious mansion grow ever louder, you must set about solving your home’s long-held mystery. Examining, probing, and hunting your way through musty rooms, an overrun greenhouse, a sinister chapel, and a forbidding crypt, your investigation deepens, and you slowly become aware of one terrifying fact: you are not alone. [Got Game] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. They have really pulled out all the stops with their first effort and created one classic piece of Adventure gaming. Just don’t get too used to that luxury called sleep.
  2. PC Gamer
    82
    Scratches won't appeal to everyone, but for fans of quaint English ghost stories/mysteries, it's to die for. [May 2006, p.102]
  3. Both the story and the gameplay are substantial and the game is genuinely scary rather than gory. Proving once again that you don't need dripping blood and gore to be scary.
  4. It's the standard point-and-click adventure/horror/mystery game that has been around for years. The ability to look around to several different areas of the same area is a welcomed feature but results in some problems in moving to different areas in the game.
  5. Scratches would have been a runaway hit … 10 years ago. Today? It’s just fairly tedious. This one’s only for die-hard point-and-click fans; others will be bored stiff.
  6. It's shame that the ending is so inadvisably abrupt, opting for a limp 'shock' finale rather than a satisfying closure that would have sat so much better with the game's slow-burning narrative.
  7. Scratches is dull, ugly, a bit short, and a perfect example of exactly why traditional adventure games have fallen out of favor.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 5 out of 19
  1. RemcoE.
    Sep 20, 2006
    10
    Masterpiece the atmosphere is very good and gripping you feel the sadness in the house of what happend you want to stay there till you Masterpiece the atmosphere is very good and gripping you feel the sadness in the house of what happend you want to stay there till you finished the story and then still you wonder what really happend when you are an horror fan this is just it. ignore those critics with unfair reviews ( one review says the game is bad because it has the classic point and click system, but this game is made with the classic method in mind). Expand
  2. JerryB.
    Mar 5, 2006
    10
    A thrilling, and creepy horror adventure! A must for fans of the genre.
  3. KevinB.
    Jul 21, 2006
    9
    The only reason this game scared the crap out of me, was because I was playing in the dark with the volume turned ALL the way up. And then it The only reason this game scared the crap out of me, was because I was playing in the dark with the volume turned ALL the way up. And then it struck me: this game isn't scarey without the soundtrack! Freaking crazy music makes this game fairly interesting. It also has a farily confusing story plot, that, if you figure out, is rather quite good. Expand
  4. EdgarP.
    Apr 24, 2006
    9
    Excellent story, excellent graphics and excellent audio. Superb game!
  5. Sep 20, 2013
    9
    Although the title font and color might lead one to assume that this is just a throwaway horror flick, Scratches actually provides aAlthough the title font and color might lead one to assume that this is just a throwaway horror flick, Scratches actually provides a compelling game experience. While it may not add much to the point-and-click adventure scene, this really ought not count against it; in a time when point-and-clicks are really made purely for the sake of classicism more than innovation, this game does a great job of capturing the spirit of the genre. This set aside, the game offers a story which keeps the player guessing through the end, and provides a good dose of suspense and an occasional jump to go with it. The visuals are stunning, as well as the sound layers; both do a good job of attaining a solid feeling of immersion, very similar to reading a good suspense novel. All in all, this game may not look like much from the outset, but it has a lot to offer to the right player. Expand
  6. Jan 20, 2013
    8
    If you love books as much as point-and-click games, you should definitely try Scratches. It's not only about an author solving a mystery, forIf you love books as much as point-and-click games, you should definitely try Scratches. It's not only about an author solving a mystery, for me the whole game felt like reading a very compelling book. Some puzzles were a bit difficult, but most of the time I was like "what would I do next?" or "what would I do in this situation?" and it worked. It's kind of difficult to remember every thing in every room, so I would recommend writing things down or even draw a map of the house and surroundings.
    What bothered me was that there's no tutorial at the beginning (for example, I had no idea how to access the inventory), the items in your bag are not labeled, so you don't know exactly what they are and you really do have a lot of clicking to do.
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  7. Aug 5, 2015
    0
    I've heard people rant and rave about this "horror game". It took me a long time to track down a physical copy of this stupid game and by theI've heard people rant and rave about this "horror game". It took me a long time to track down a physical copy of this stupid game and by the time I did get one... It didn't work. The game is old enough to have compatibility issues with new versions of windows, there's also a bug that I ran into the causes the game to crash every time.

    Technical issues withstanding, this game is not only slowly paced, but completely uneventful. I am a huge horror fan, but I came into this expecting some sort of actual horror game, instead it's really just a writer walking around being freaked out.

    In the end, the game writers left it up to you to draw your own conclusion if there was actually anything paranormal or if it was all just in your character's head, which frankly, is lazy writing no matter how you try to defend it.

    Contrived, slow, stupid, poor writing, bad pacing, outdated. This game isn't worth any sort of time investment.
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