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  • Summary: The Excavation of Hob's Barrow is a folk horror narrative-driven adventure. Explore the isolated moors of rural Victorian England as you uncover the mysteries of Hob's Barrow. The answers lie in the soil...
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Oct 11, 2022
    90
    Narrative-driven adventure done right, The Excavation of Hob's Barrow goes from suspenseful to downright ghastly, with the in-between being filled with excellent writing, awesome presentation, and flawless atmosphere. Lovecraft meets Edgar Alan Poe, meets Pagan folk horror, in a point-and-click that won't challenge your puzzle-solving skills, but will masterfully play with your mind, and force you follow the main heroine's journey towards her inevitable demise. The actual game requires five or so hours. The experience will stay with you far longer.
  2. Sep 28, 2022
    90
    The Excavation of Hob's Barrow is an adventure of a rare "harvest", which, if it had been released in the golden age of adventures, would now be remembered as a top example of the genre. With its brilliantly written plot and a thrilling finale, Cloak & Dagger's creation has already carved out a lofty place among the best indie games of the year.
  3. Oct 4, 2022
    90
    The Excavation of Hob’s Barrow is an outstanding horror game, a spine-tingling story brought to life by well-executed graphics, music, interface, and voice acting.
  4. Sep 28, 2022
    80
    The Excavation of Hob's Barrow is a classic point-and-click adventure that is simple and not particularly long. It would have benefited from a few additional sections, but overall the atmosphere, intriguing plot and excellent voice acting make it a good choice for fans of the genre.
  5. Oct 5, 2022
    80
    It’s not the only horror game set in the UK, but its Englishness and its historical setting is a constant boon. And while the ending is a sliver too familiar to be perfect, the journey to that point is so wonderfully chilling that, unlike its protagonist, you won’t regret digging into The Excavation of Hob’s Barrow.
  6. Sep 28, 2022
    80
    Despite this inevitable deflation, The Excavation of Hob’s Barrow is a very strong and cohesive experience that deftly executes an absorbing folk horror atmosphere in virtually every moving part. No element of the traditional adventure game format is wasted, with every facet contributing to make it a focused and memorable journey, with a very strong identity. It’s the kind of game that immediately makes you want to play more adventure games.
  7. Edge Magazine
    Oct 6, 2022
    70
    This is a cautionary tale of what happens when our human need for answers overrides common sense - and its disturbing finale drives that home with commendably blunt force. [Issue#377, p.120]

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  1. Jan 8, 2023
    10
    The game has been marvelous and fascinating until the very last moment. In this game you are playing as Thomasina Bateman, a young ladyThe game has been marvelous and fascinating until the very last moment. In this game you are playing as Thomasina Bateman, a young lady seeking to excavate the Hob's Barrow in order to complete her book on the Barrows of the East England.On her arrival she's warned by the locals not to seek the barrow as it can bring unfortunate events. but will she listen and break the promise she made with her father? The story itself is quite interesting and left me yearning for more as the excitement of what is yet to come was lurking beneath my skin everytime I put it down and decided I was done for the day. I, myself, love pixel games and I'd say the pixel art added a lot more to to the creepiness and although the game was in pixels it didn't take much of its details. One thing that I really enjoyed was the map. It gain access to fast travel and didn't cause many troubles while doing so. Although I suggest walking instead of fast travelling as it can trigger some scenes. The voice overs were charming and hearing them speak in perfect British accent was soothing to the ear and also the music. I have nothing bad to say about this game. 10/10 definitely will recommend it to anyone that I encounter. Expand