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  • Summary: THE ANSWERS LIE IN THE SOIL...

    Antiquarian Thomasina Bateman is writing a book on the barrows of England, documenting the treasures she finds buried within. When an intriguing letter summons her to the small village of Bewlay, tucked away in the remote countryside, she sets off by train
    THE ANSWERS LIE IN THE SOIL...

    Antiquarian Thomasina Bateman is writing a book on the barrows of England, documenting the treasures she finds buried within. When an intriguing letter summons her to the small village of Bewlay, tucked away in the remote countryside, she sets off by train with her assistant a day behind.

    Upon her arrival, however, the mysterious man who summoned her is nowhere to be found. Her assistant never arrives. A stubborn landowner refuses access to the barrow, and the locals are wary of this woman who is traveling alone and (gasp!) wears trousers.

    The excavation of Hob's Barrow is off to a rocky start. And then Thomasina starts having strange dreams

    FEATURES:

    * A dark, complex and evolving storyline featuring interwoven elements from real English folklore.
    * Traditional point and click adventure game puzzles and interactions, with an easy modern interface.
    * A cast of intriguing characters, from suspicious villagers to sickly vicars to lordly landowners, all with their own unique stories and motives.
    * A distinct folk horror tone and grounding.
    * Evocative pixel-art graphics, featuring cut-scenes and engaging animations.
    * A suitably atmospheric original soundtrack from The Machine. The Demon. - one half of the duo behind the award-winning "Football Game" soundtrack.
    * Fiends in the furrows, the smell of damp soil, and a cat or two.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Feb 3, 2023
    90
    There are some minor shortcomings, such as the game only clocking in at about five hours, and the ending feeling both rushed and a tad predictable. But all in all, The Excavation of Hob's Barrow is an excellent modern point-and-click thriller.
  2. Jan 25, 2023
    80
    At its best, The Excavation of Hob’s Barrow feels like the halcyon point-and-click days of LucasArts. Some of its puzzle chains are compelling, immersive, and pitched just right difficulty-wise. It gets a bit messy in the third act, but not enough to undo the excellent scene-setting and plot-thickening that precedes it. Hob's Barrow could have been hobbled by its muted setting; instead it brings a barrowload of supernatural chills.
  3. 80
    It’s not the longest game, at about ten hours depending on how quickly you puzzle through it. However, there’s a haunting quality to Hob’s Barrow that will stay with you long after you finish playing. It’s a fine example of literary and gothic horror being brought to the video game medium, and that’s something I’ve been asking for more of in video games for quite some time now.
  4. Jan 25, 2023
    80
    As time goes on and Thomasina becomes haunted by strange dreams and flashbacks of her past alongside some disturbing encounters in Bewlay, the cosmic horror elements of Hob's Barrow slowly come to the forefront, leading to the game's harrowing conclusion. With a recent resurgence of the point-and-click genre, this game is a great example of how to do the style justice. Although it's occasionally stifled by less-than-stellar quests, the overall storytelling, acting, and general ambiance of The Excavation of Hob's Barrows make it well worth a player's time.
  5. Jan 26, 2023
    80
    The Excavation of Hob’s Barrow is a clever and creepy indie game that isn’t afraid to show how much love they have for this style of storytelling. It may not be the kind of game that will please everyone, but it will satisfy those looking for an old-school experience wrapped up in eldritch horror. Switch owners looking to expand their adventure game library will find a solid experience here, and the low price point will work in its favor. Thomasina’s misadventure is a story worth playing, so long as you go in ready to tussle with the old-school quirks of the genre.
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Jan 27, 2023
    2
    The story is boring and quickly becomes predictable. The gameplay is literally to bring item A to place B, there is almost nothing to thinkThe story is boring and quickly becomes predictable. The gameplay is literally to bring item A to place B, there is almost nothing to think about. If you can't remember the place where you're supposed to go, simply look for it and you'll find it. There is no challenge whatsoever in this game and without a good story, no reason to keep going. Really bad. Expand