Last Half of Darkness: Shadows of the Servants (Windows)

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Dr. Muretta, a scientist, brought back an infected monkey to her New Orleans estate. The monkey, named Jaja and intended as a pet for her two daughters, was bitten by creatures in an ancient temple in an uncharted part of a rainforest. The monkey turned vicious over time, and its evil spirit arose to terrorize the family. The player has been summoned to rid the estate of the darkness once and for all.

Shadows of the Servants is an adventure game played in first person. The main objective is to uncover the ingredients needed to destroy the evil still present in the house, and then use them at the right time and place. To keep the evil spirits from finding and destroying those items, Mira, one of the doctor's daughters, has hidden them in various places. She left behind clues to the locations in the guise of puzzles and cryptic passages in notes and books.

In addition to the house and its attic, secret passageways and cellars, explore a graveyard, a crypt, a swamp and a small portion of the nearby town. The atmosphere, graphics, music and sound effects are all intentionally designed to startle and scare the player.

There are several jigsaw puzzles, a match-three game, and other types of puzzles to be solved. The player's inventory is hidden at the bottom of the screen. Each inventory object has a description and can be examined closer by right clicking on it. Some objects can be used with each other and some are actual puzzles. To use an object in the gameplay screen, select it and the cursor will change to become that item. The correct hot spot can be found when the item wiggles.

Included are a number of bonus games, demos and extras made by the developer, some of which changed with different version releases of the game:

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Last Half of Darkness: Shadows of the Servants Windows Talking to the lady in the swamp house will give you some answers
Last Half of Darkness: Shadows of the Servants Windows The top of a strange ring (in inventory). The symbols must be clicked-on in a certain order.
Last Half of Darkness: Shadows of the Servants Windows The beginning of the Swamp
Last Half of Darkness: Shadows of the Servants Windows The Foyer with exits to the left, right, up the stairs or out the way you came

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Alternate Titles

  • "Last Half of Darkness 2" -- informal title

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Critic Reviews

Just Adventure May 05, 2005 A 100
Adventure Lantern Mar, 2006 94 out of 100 94
GameBoomers 2005 B+ 83
Quandary Apr, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Adventure-Treff Oct 30, 2009 74 out of 100 74
Adventurearchiv Apr 08, 2005 72 out of 100 72
Puntaeclicca.it 2007 7 out of 10 70
Adventure Gamers Mar 26, 2005 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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When you purchase the full version of Last Half of Darkness: Shadows of the Servants, you also get the full version of Jewels of the Black Widow as a free bonus.

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Jeanne (76656) added Last Half of Darkness: Shadows of the Servants (Windows) on Jul 04, 2008