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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 Loath Nolder's office, the 2006 calendar is still hanging on a wall.
Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder Windows A puzzle
Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder Windows Some rotten psycho behind the door. Better leave it closed.
Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder Windows You are in the middle of nowhere and the sun eclipse is coming. Is it a dream or just another world?

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 Dec 11, 2007 81 out of 100 81
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Dec, 2007 78 out of 100 78 2007 7.5 out of 10 75 Nov 19, 2007 67 out of 100 67
CD-Action Oct, 2008 6 out of 10 60
Worth Playing Jan 11, 2008 5.4 out of 10 54
Jolt (UK) Dec 07, 2007 5.2 out of 10 52
Adventure Gamers Dec 08, 2007 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Gamekult May 16, 2008 4 out of 10 40


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