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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 Somebody placed cameras throughout the hotel at points of possible ghostly activity.
Dark Fall: The Journal Windows The Station
Dark Fall: The Journal Windows Darkroom
Dark Fall: The Journal Windows George's Study

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Alternate Titles

  • "黑暗之秋" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Обитель Тьмы" -- Russian spelling
  • "Dark Fall: Rencontres avec l'au-delà" -- 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 (76322) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Game Over Online Aug 08, 2003 82 out of 100 82
PGNx Media Sep 18, 2003 8 out of 10 80
GamesFire Jan 21, 2004 79 out of 100 79
Adventure Lantern Dec, 2007 78 out of 100 78
IGN Aug 20, 2003 7.8 out of 10 78
Adventure-Treff Dec 22, 2003 70 out of 100 70
GameZone Aug 16, 2003 7 out of 10 70
GameSpy Sep 06, 2003 68 out of 100 68
Gamekult Dec 12, 2003 4 out of 10 40
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.


Many of the railway station and hotel settings are based on the 1979 'The Railway Station' episodes of the British sci-fi mystery series 'Sapphire and Steel'.

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Jeanne (76322) added Dark Fall: The Journal (Windows) on Aug 03, 2002