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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 Ancient unholy artifact sitting in the altar of an underground pagan temple? Sure, I'll take it!
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 I don't think we are in Kansas anymore...

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 (20181)
Help me, son. You’re my only hope! DOS Jeanne (75620)
Shivers with a shotgun DOS Terrence Bosky (5234)

The Press Says

Game Revolution DOS Jun 05, 2004 A- 91
GameBoomers DOS 2003 9 out of 10 90
GamePro (US) DOS Apr, 1997 4.5 out of 5 90
PC Player (Denmark) DOS 1997 90 out of 100 90
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS May, 1997 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Abandonia Times DOS Oct, 2011 9 out of 10 90
PC Games (Germany) DOS Dec, 1996 87 out of 100 87
Computer Games Magazine DOS 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
High Score DOS Feb, 1997 4 out of 5 80
Gamesmania DOS 1997 75 out of 100 75

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Trivia

Although the later US release of ROTH allowed you to rebind some of the controls, the original UK release had no such facility, thus forcing the worst control layout I have ever encountered upon the hapless player.

Fortunately, components of the US release can be utilised so as to allow the UK version to benefit from this feature. All the details and necessary files can be obtained here:

http://shadowcat.freehosting.net/roth_patch.html

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Contributed to by Picard (29350), Sciere (256865), Alan Chan (3597) and menschenfeind (3638)