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Realms of the Haunting (DOS)

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Description

Realms of the Haunting is a combination of first-person shooter and three-dimensional adventure game with quite a bit of live-action Full Motion Video thrown in to boot. Navigation through the game world is done through a FPS interface very similar to Doom; however there's also a free-floating cursor controlled by the mouse which you can use to interact with the various objects around you. There's also an inventory system and quite a few object related puzzles. The game has standard Doom-ish combat against a variety of monsters, however the combat is placed at intervals rather than throughout the game, and the emphasis is more on exploration and atmosphere.

The game's plot starts out as a typical haunted house story but soon mutates into an end-of-the-world tale combining New Age pseudo-philosophy and biblical Revelations. You take the part of Adam Randall, a pastor's son who is sent to investigate a haunted mansion by a mysterious priest who claims it's linked to your father's death. Once you enter the mansion you soon learn that not only is it infested with demons and evil spirits, but that the mansion itself is built over an old Satanic temple and the priest who sent you there is in fact a five-hundred year old French sorcerer trying to bring about the end of the world.You are soon joined by a helpful young psychic and aided by the ghost of a defeated knight. You'll also start a grudge with an ex-demon king as well as be chased around by the Antichrist-in-training.

Screenshots

Realms of the Haunting DOS Some ancient artifacts in the library
Realms of the Haunting DOS I don't think we are in Kansas anymore...
Realms of the Haunting DOS Some really eerie catacombs
Realms of the Haunting DOS Is this a platform game, or what?

Alternate Titles

  • "Realms of the Haunting: The Battleground between ultimate Good and Evil" -- Tag-lined title

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User Reviews

A brilliant game that nobody ever heard of vedder (20147) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Help me, son. You’re my only hope! Jeanne (75616) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
Shivers with a shotgun Terrence Bosky (5236) unrated

The Press Says

Just Adventure 1997 A 100
Game Revolution Jun 05, 2004 A- 91
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) May 21, 1997 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Player (Denmark) 1997 90 out of 100 90
GamePro (US) Apr, 1997 4.5 out of 5 90
PC Games (Germany) Dec, 1996 87 out of 100 87
Just Games Retro Oct 31, 2013 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
All Game Guide 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gamesmania 1997 75 out of 100 75
Reset Apr, 1997 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

Ever wondered what the actors from "Realms" are doing now? I did, and so, a few months ago, I tried to trace them. (in addition to its superb plot, RotH has, in my opinion, the best acting I've ever encountered in any game). And so... what I could suggests that David Learner (Belial), a relatively popular actor already before "RotH", is still in his acting career, performing many theatrical roles. Emma Powell (Rebecca) acted in a couple of movies and seems to be involved in a US/UK theatrical production now. I couldn't find anything on David Tuomi (Adam), though... it would seem that he has nothing to do with games or acting nowadays.

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Alan Chan (3601) added Realms of the Haunting (DOS) on May 08, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Picard (29363) and menschenfeind (3391)