User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

Realms of the Haunting

MobyRank MobyScore
Windows
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4.8
DOS
83
3.9
Linux
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User Reviews

A brilliant game that nobody ever heard of DOS vedder (20210)
Help me, son. You’re my only hope! DOS Jeanne (75601)
Shivers with a shotgun DOS Terrence Bosky (5234)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
DOS 48 3.9
Linux Awaiting 1 votes...
Macintosh Awaiting 1 votes...
Windows 2 4.8
Combined MobyScore 50 4.0


The Press Says

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100
DOSJust Adventure
Happily, the game has both adventure and arcade difficulty settings, which allows us non-action experts to play the game on "easy"--and even that was plenty challenging, believe me! ROTH gets my "Whole Lotta Game" stamp of approval. It's a must-play for any adventure player who'd like to see what the best of action/adventure has to offer. By the time you make it to this game's apocalyptic conclusion, you will be one exhausted and happy gamer.
93
DOSPC Zone
As I mentioned earlier, it's a scary experience. The sound effects have a lot to do with this - insane laughter, crying babies, hollering beasts and creaking floors add so much to the game you'll be jumping out of your skin, like I was, every time you hear something out of the ordinary. Realms of the Haunting is Gremlin's best game for years. It's an epic. It's a completely absorbing experience from start to finish, and it really, really deserves your attention.
91
DOSGame Revolution
Just when you thought you had it with those senseless Doom bloodbaths, running around in corridors and wreaking havoc on your enemies in the same old 3D view, Realms of the Haunting will change your mind. Interplay incorporates the Doom engine into an entirely new and refreshing type of gaming. The objective is no longer kill kill kill. You're actually supposed to explore and solve the mysteries of a strange mansion. Although you still engage with creatures(skeletons, robots, weird stuff) using handguns, shotguns, and even fireball wands, Realms falls into a new category. The game is a 3D adventure, not shooter.
90
DOSAbandonia Times
Realms is extremely hard to find at this point in time, and unfortunately the world seems to have forgotten it. Torrents and Abandonware downloads of the game seem to have dried up over the last few years and the game has gotten harder and harder to find. It’s definitely worth hitting up your local used PC game retailer, Ebay and Amazon to try and get a copy. It went down in history as a forgotten game, but this is me telling you: Play this!
90
DOSComputer Gaming World (CGW)
With its deep plot, carefully balanced blending of action and adventure, and a well-designed, graphically rich game world, REALMS OF THE HAUNTING is a unique, immersive gaming experience. Interplay took a chance with this unusual hybrid title, and they’ve succeeded – in spades.
90
DOSGameBoomers
I have a very hard time seeing someone who has completed ROTH sit down and replay it, while you know the story perfectly well. It is a very joyous experience, and although it is extremely long, it is also just a one-time game. Despite this, Realms of the Haunting is an incredible game, with one of the best stories to date, and should keep even the most experienced players nerves tense as strings during many dark evenings.
90
DOSAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
ROTH is outstanding and one of the best adventure games I have ever played. I think it takes a step beyond a lot of adventure games on the market and definitely earns the distinction of 4 1/2 stars. The interface is clean, the graphics and FX add to the game tremendously, and I became so engrossed in playing that I lost track of time. The storyline is engaging and engrossing and never gets old or boring. The interactive cinematic sequences are great additions and really help move the story along. While there is not as much puzzle- or riddle-solving as you will find in most adventure games, ROTH makes up for it with the addition of some intense action. This game is exciting, scary, thrilling, and will definitely get your blood pumping. I constantly found myself jumping whenever monsters would suddenly appear from the floor. I highly recommend this game to anyone looking for a solid adventure with the added benefit of action and combat.
90
DOSGamePro (US)
Realms has it's minor quirks, but the game's a blast because it exercises your brain with intriguing, challenging adventure elements while quenching your bloodlust with frenzied skull-bustin'. You'll have a fine time playing this Realm.
90
DOSQuandary
ROTH is definitely a game for those who like a lot of action mixed in with their adventuring, though you can mitigate the effects of combat by playing with the difficulty set to 'Easy'. It's big, it's scary (by far the most frightening game I've ever played); and it's got a fantastic story line with the obligatory twist in the ending.
90
DOSPC Player (Denmark)
Realms of the Haunting er en herlig blanding af action og adventure. Kampscenerne kommer med passende mellemrum; ikke så ofte, at man tror, man spiller Doom, og ikke så sjældent, at man tror, man spiller Phantasmogoria. Spillet er medrivende, spændende og ganske uhyggeligt. Køb det, og spil det med lyset slukket...
87
DOSPC Games (Germany)
Noch nie ist mir ein Action-Adventure mit einem ähnlich perfekt aufgebauten Spannungsbogen untergekommen. Realms of the Haunting spielt sich rasant, ohne rasant durchgespielt zu sein - d. h. Puzzles und Gegneraufkommen sind so wohldosiert, daß Frustration eigentlich an keiner Stelle entsteht. Gleichzeitig zeichnet sich das Game durch seinen enormen Umfang aus - an einem Wochenende läßt sich Realms jedenfalls kaum durchspielen. Eines sollten Sie jedoch auf jeden Fall beherzigen: Realms of the Haunting eignet sich nicht für Kinder oder Zeitgenossen mit allzu sensiblem Nervenkostüm - und das, obwohl eigentlich im ganzen Programm kaum Splatter-Effekte zu sehen sind. Realms of the Haunting braucht keine Holzhammer-Methoden, um Spannung zu erzeugen ein untrügliches Zeichen für überragende Qualität.
86
DOSGamezilla
Realms of the Haunting is a marvelous game that combines several genres to make a compulsive, intense and rewarding game that is unlike anything you've played before. The mix of first-person combat and mind-bending puzzles wrapped in a mysterious plot create a definite winner.
86
DOSPC Gamer
Relive the days when adventure ruled PC gaming as Interplay takes you on a hair-raising ride through the Realms.
80
DOSJust Games Retro
Overall, Realms is more creative than I expected, and a fine first person adventure. Comparisons to System Shock and the FMV Tex Murphy games are quite fair. You’ll need to be prepared for a long game, a fair amount of reading, and a plot that’s a little convoluted and daft. I could have done without the lengthy mazes and the more onerous jumping puzzles, but overall, there’s satisfaction to besting its challenges. Not a game for everyone, but a unique adventure for those interested.
80
DOSAll Game Guide
The full motion videos, excellent 3D backgrounds, and appropriate atmospheric music all combine to give the game a spooky, intelligent feel. Jaded adventurers and first-person fanatics can feel right at home in Realms of the Haunting; it's the best of both worlds.
80
DOSHigh Score
Realms of the Haunting är ett av de mest innovativa och spännande äventyr jag skådat på länge. Och när det dessutom är härligt läskigt också är det inte långt ifrån full poäng.
80
DOSComputer Games Magazine
It seems likely that Realms of the Haunting is bound to start a trend of some sort in merging adventure with action in this manner. Gremlin has created a long and challenging game with excellent atmosphere and story progression to keep you involved and motivated through the whole bloody thing.
80
DOSPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Dit spel is het eerste dat zichzelf de titel van horrorspel mag toekennen. Het is bovendien het levende bewijs dat je niet Sierra of Origin hoeft te heten om een knaller van een adventure op de markt te brengen. Ik kan dit spel aan zowat iedereen aanbevelen. Het is lang geleden dat een spel me zo kon boeien als Realms of the Haunting. Als je een adventure zoekt om je enkele bangelijke feestnachten te bezorgen, haast je dan snel naar de winkel en eis onverbiddelijk je ROTH exemplaar op!
80
DOSEdge
That Realms of the Haunting should succeed in inducing sensations of unease, wonder and genuine fright marks it out as a unique software experience. Such virtues are not immediately apparent, however, as the game has a clumsy user interface and a disappointing 3D system. Using weapons and items is a pain, with gameplay freezing while a separate inventory screen pops up where much confusion over the two-button manipulation system ensues. And, ironically, Gremlin’s True 3D engine is anything but true, as it uses a simplified perspective system and a fudged viewpoint tilt similar to LucasArts’ Dark Forces. Next to Quake’s more solid graphical engine, ROTH can’t help but look like at least a year out of date – especially the flat-looking pre-rendered sprites used for its various adversaries.
75
DOSPower Play
Hier ein Monster abgemurkst, dort einen Gegenstand aufgenommen, diverse Schalter umgelegt – die Bilanz der ersten Spielstufen fällt ernüchternd aus, zumal der Actionanteil in „ROTH“ gewiß keinen hörigen id-Apostel zur Gremlin-Bruderschaft konvertieren läßt. Schuld daran sind in erster Linie eure dümmlichen Widersacher, für die selbst geöffnete Türen unüberwindliche Hindernisse darstellen. Doch erfreulicherweise wird das stupide Ballern nach und nach von subtileren Knobeleien in der Hintergrund gedrängt. Grafik und Sound entfachen zwar keine Stürme der Begeisterung, sind aber noch einigermaßen Up to date. Recht manierlich geraten sind auch die Bluescreen-Zwischensequenzen, so daß hier häufiges Auftreten eher als atmosphärisches Plus denn als Störung des Spielflusses empfunden wird. Schade, mit gelungenerem Actionpart hätte „ROTH“ noch deutlich mehr Punkte einfahren können.
75
DOSGamesmania
Die spannende Story und die exquisiten Videoschnipsel lassen mich gnädig über eventuelle Unstimmigkeiten wie hakelige Steuerung oder unpraktisches Inventory-Handling hinwegsehen. Die einzelnen Spielabschnitte sind angenehm kurzweilig geraten und motivieren durch nicht übertrieben große Komplexität; gespannt wird von einem Kapitel zum nächsten gespielt, etwaige Durststrecken wurden bewußt vermieden. Für den nächsten Teil wünsche ich mir reichlichere Musikstücke und einen Tick mehr Abwechslung im Spieldesign.
70
DOSReset
Szukanie przejść do nowych fragmentów rezydencji, odkrywanie ukrytych mechanizmów i rozwiązywanie łamigłówek góruje mimo wszystko nad elementami zręcznościowymi, potwory zabija się niejako przy okazji. Do tego dochodzi ogromny obszar gry, dziesiątki zróżnicowanych środowisk 3D. REALMS OF THE HAUNTING nazwalbym więc unowocześnioną wersją wspomnianego na początku LEGACY. Wykonaną bez sprzeczności z wymogami roku 1997.
69
DOSPrivat Computer PC
Spillets action-del og den tilstedeværende stemning af mystik gør et ihærdigt forsøg på at klamre sig til spillerens opmærksomhed, men de dårlige filmklip, som udgør en stor del af spillets heldhed, og de pinlige skavanker i spillets storyline ødelægger alt for meget for det samlede gameplay. Endnu en selvdestruktiv egenskab ved Realms of the Haunting er, at det er langt mere selvhøjtideligt, end der er belæg for.
60
DOSPC Player (Germany)
Das ist schon eine eigenartige Mischung, die uns Gremlin hier präsentiert. Der Wechsel zwischen 3D-Darstellung und Videosequenzen ist nicht unproblematisch, da es leicht zu Brüchen im Spielfluß kommen kann und somit die Atmospähre leidet. Dennoch vermag das apokalyptische Abenteuer um Ritter und Dämonen eine Zeit lang zu fesseln. Das düstere Ambiente der Filmsequenzen und die recht flüssige Grafik im soliden Actionteil haben durchaus ihren Reiz.