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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 Stairs leading to second floor.
Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder Windows A puzzle
Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder Windows Options menu.
Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder Windows The kitchen in Ivar's cabin

Alternate Titles

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

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Adventurearchiv Jan 01, 2008 82 out of 100 82
FOK!games Nov 29, 2007 77 out of 100 77
Adventure Corner Jan 21, 2008 76 out of 100 76
Adventure Island Feb 24, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Game Captain Jan 07, 2008 70 out of 100 70
Games32 Feb 27, 2008 68 out of 100 68
GameZone Nov 20, 2007 6.3 out of 10 63
Game Watcher Oct 24, 2007 6.3 out of 10 63
Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks Mar, 2008 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Adventure Classic Gaming Dec 07, 2007 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20


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Virgil (2540) added Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder (Windows) on Nov 15, 2007