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Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder (Windows)

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The player takes the role of Howard E. Loreid, a policemen serving in the small town of Wellsmoth. Loreid has recently been assigned to a missing person's case in which, apart from a daily routine of paper work, he must locate Loath Nolder, a once well-known private investigator. Nolder's last case, the murder of a wealthy man from Clark Field who had been involved in the occult, had changed Nolver's life. After the case he quit his job and traveled through Africa and Oceania for five years. After his return he became a murder suspect; however due to the condition of his health he was checked into a hospital from which he subsequently managed to escape, despite being under surveillance. It is now Loreid's responsibility to find him.

One of the key features of the game is a "thinking" interaction system in which players can manipulate and utilize ideas and clues. The abstract nature of this system introduces new forms of interactions within the game; for instance, in order to find clues in books or diaries that the player comes across they must underline them in order to bring them to Loreid's attention.

Technical elements of the game are reminiscent of Adventure Game Company titles such as Scratches, although there are more modern effects in Darkness Within and support for things such as higher resolutions.


Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder Windows Viewing items in the inventory. You can rotate them and zoom in and out.
Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder Windows Cut-scene. This one shows when you are moving between locations.
Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder Windows Loath Nolder's office, the 2006 calendar is still hanging on a wall.
Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder Windows Locating clues in documents.

Alternate Titles

  • "Darkness Within: Сумрак внутри" -- Russian spelling
  • "Darkness Within: A La Poursuite De Loath Nolder" -- French title

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The Press Says

FOK!games Nov 29, 2007 77 out of 100 77
Adventure Corner Jan 21, 2008 76 out of 100 76
Absolute Games ( Jan 19, 2008 75 out of 99 76
Adventure Island Feb 24, 2008 7 out of 10 70 Apr 24, 2008 11 out of 20 55
Jolt (UK) Dec 07, 2007 5.2 out of 10 52
IGN Dec 07, 2007 5.1 out of 10 51
Adventure Gamers Dec 08, 2007 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
GameSpot Nov 28, 2007 3.5 out of 10 35
Adventure Classic Gaming Dec 07, 2007 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20


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Virgil (1689) added Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder (Windows) on Nov 15, 2007