Scratches (Windows)

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Horror writer Michael Arthate comes to the isolated Blackwood Manor to complete his latest book. Alone in the Victorian home, nestled away in Northumberland, England, Michael's only contact with the outside world is via the telephone. Little does Michael realize that he isn't as alone as he believes. Exploring the house, Michael uncovers sinister secrets leading up to a terrifying answer to the question, "what is that noise in your basement?"

Scratches is an adventure game played from a first-person perspective using a point-and-click interface. Players must use inventory and deduction to solve integrated puzzles, exploring the manor and its grounds. An original soundtrack has been created by Cellar of Rats.


Scratches Windows The back of Michael's last book (I count 4 references to Lovecraft)
Scratches Windows Approaching the manor.
Scratches Windows There's a gallery of African art on the second floor
Scratches Windows Opening movie.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Шорох" -- Russian spelling
  • "Scratches: La Guarida del Miedo" -- Spanish title
  • "Scratches: Graffi Mortali" -- Italian title
  • "Scratches: Dans l'antre de la peur" -- French title

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Are you scared? Depeche Mike (17177) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Atmospheric, but clichéd and tedious plumifrons (95) 2.83 Stars2.83 Stars2.83 Stars2.83 Stars2.83 Stars

Critic Reviews

GameBoomers Feb 27, 2006 A+ 100
Absolute Games ( Mar 21, 2006 85 out of 100 85
GamerDad Jun 20, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 Jul 02, 2006 16 out of 20 80
Adventure Gamers Mar 08, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
IGN Mar 06, 2006 7.7 out of 10 77
Game Over Online Mar 06, 2006 76 out of 100 76
La Aventura es la Aventura Nov 30, 2006 75 out of 100 75
GameZone Mar 03, 2006 7.4 out of 10 74
PC Action Mar 19, 2006 62 out of 100 62


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Terrence Bosky (5221) added Scratches (Windows) on Mar 03, 2006