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Realms of the Haunting is a combination of first-person shooter and three-dimensional adventure game with quite a bit of live-action Full Motion Video thrown in to boot. Navigation through the game world is done through a FPS interface very similar to Doom; however there's also a free-floating cursor controlled by the mouse which you can use to interact with the various objects around you. There's also an inventory system and quite a few object related puzzles. The game has standard Doom-ish combat against a variety of monsters, however the combat is placed at intervals rather than throughout the game, and the emphasis is more on exploration and atmosphere.

The game's plot starts out as a typical haunted house story but soon mutates into an end-of-the-world tale combining New Age pseudo-philosophy and biblical Revelations. You take the part of Adam Randall, a pastor's son who is sent to investigate a haunted mansion by a mysterious priest who claims it's linked to your father's death. Once you enter the mansion you soon learn that not only is it infested with demons and evil spirits, but that the mansion itself is built over an old Satanic temple and the priest who sent you there is in fact a five-hundred year old French sorcerer trying to bring about the end of the world.You are soon joined by a helpful young psychic and aided by the ghost of a defeated knight. You'll also start a grudge with an ex-demon king as well as be chased around by the Antichrist-in-training.


Realms of the Haunting DOS One of the bad guys about to get it.
Realms of the Haunting DOS That can't be good.
Realms of the Haunting DOS Exploring the mansion.
Realms of the Haunting DOS Yep, he's dead alright.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Realms of the Haunting: The Battleground between ultimate Good and Evil" -- Tag-lined title

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User Reviews

A brilliant game that nobody ever heard of vedder (38764) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Help me, son. You’re my only hope! Jeanne (76516) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
Shivers with a shotgun Terrence Bosky (5463) unrated

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jan, 1997 5 out of 5 100
PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 9.3 out of 10 93
PC Player (Denmark) 1997 90 out of 100 90
GameBoomers 2003 9 out of 10 90
Abandonia Times Oct, 2011 9 out of 10 90
PC Gamer Apr, 1997 86 out of 100 86
Gamezilla Jan 09, 2001 86 out of 100 86
Edge Jan, 1997 8 out of 10 80
Reset Apr, 1997 7 out of 10 70
PC Player (Germany) Dec, 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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3D Engine

Realms of the Haunting actually uses a modified version of the 3D engine featured in Normality, another game by Gremlin Interactive. Some interesting lighting effects were added, as well as a combat element (since Normality was a purely adventure game).


Although the later US release of Realms of the Haunting allowed you to rebind some of the controls, the original UK release had no such facility. Fortunately, components of the US release can be utilised so as to allow the UK version to benefit from this feature. All the details and necessary files can be obtained here.

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Alan Chan (3618) added Realms of the Haunting (DOS) on May 08, 2000
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