Realms of the Haunting

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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 Baddies all around
Realms of the Haunting DOS A portal to travel between realms.
Realms of the Haunting DOS Doom-style traps: As soon as you approach the shotgun tons of baddies pop-up.
Realms of the Haunting DOS Our first enemy

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 DOS vedder (20289)
Help me, son. You’re my only hope! DOS Jeanne (75508)
Shivers with a shotgun DOS Terrence Bosky (5231)

Critic Reviews

PC Zone DOS Aug 13, 2001 9.3 out of 10 93
Game Revolution DOS Jun 05, 2004 A- 91
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS May, 1997 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Quandary DOS Nov, 2002 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
All Game Guide DOS 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Just Games Retro DOS Oct 31, 2013 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Computer Games Magazine DOS 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Jan, 1997 80 out of 100 80
Reset DOS Apr, 1997 7 out of 10 70
Privat Computer PC DOS 1997 69 out of 100 69

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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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