Dark Fall: The Journal (Windows)

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This first-person, point and click adventure is an atmospheric ghost story which takes place primarily in an old train station and a nearby hotel in Dorset, England.

The game begins as you listen to a phone message from your brother urging you to meet him immediately because "something has gone wrong" and that "what they were looking for has found them." You leave immediately and, upon arriving, you discover that your brother is only one of many whose disappearances are unexplained.

Your investigations into the past and present will involve reading diaries, newspapers, letters and other records to uncover the secrets hiding in the buildings. You will be finding clues to puzzles as you explore the creepy environment where apparitions come forth without warning.

The in 2009 released Classic Edition adds support for Windows XP and Vista, new sound effects and other technical adjustments.


Dark Fall: The Journal Windows Many riddles are simply waiting to be solved.
Dark Fall: The Journal Windows The path here is boarded
Dark Fall: The Journal Windows Train to Dowerton
Dark Fall: The Journal Windows Men's toilet

Alternate Titles

  • "黑暗之秋" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Обитель Тьмы" -- Russian spelling
  • "Dark Fall: Rencontres Avec L'Au-Dela " -- French title
  • "Dark Fall - Il Diario dei misteri" -- Italian title
  • "Dark Fall: Das Journal des Geisterjägers" -- German title
  • "Dark Fall (Classic Edition)" -- 2009 re-release title
  • "Dark Fall 1" -- Common title

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User Reviews

Thrills and chills abound in this spooky, mystifying adventure! Jeanne (75486) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Just Adventure Aug 10, 2003 A 100
Quandary Jul, 2002 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Nov, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
IGN Aug 20, 2003 7.8 out of 10 78
Game Chronicles Sep 16, 2003 7.1 out of 10 71
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Sep 01, 2003 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
UHS (Universal Hint System) Sep 26, 2003 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Adventure Classic Gaming Jan 15, 2009 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Game Critics Dec 17, 2003 5.5 out of 10 55
GameStar (Germany) Jan, 2004 8 out of 100 8


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There is a subdirectory on the CD, which contains instructions for the gameplay, a making of and a full hint system.

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Jeanne (75486) added Dark Fall: The Journal (Windows) on Aug 03, 2002