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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 Strange sketchs and maps...
Realms of the Haunting Windows More lava
Realms of the Haunting Windows Swordplay
Realms of the Haunting Windows Mummy (possibly)

Promo Images

Realms of the Haunting Render
Realms of the Haunting Render
Realms of the Haunting Screenshot FMV screenshot
Realms of the Haunting Screenshot

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 DOS vedder (58105)
Help me, son. You’re my only hope! DOS Jeanne (76216)
Shivers with a shotgun DOS Terrence Bosky (5458)

Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) DOS Jan, 1997 5 out of 5 100
Pelit DOS Jan, 1997 90 out of 100 90
PC Gamer DOS Apr, 1997 86 out of 100 86
Gamezilla DOS Jan 09, 2001 86 out of 100 86
CD-Action DOS May, 1997 8 out of 10 80
Just Games Retro DOS Oct 31, 2013 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gamesmania.de DOS 1997 75 out of 100 75
Reset DOS May, 1997 7 out of 10 70
Privat Computer PC DOS 1997 69 out of 100 69
PC Player (Germany) DOS 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 pure adventure game).


David Learner (Belial), a relatively popular actor already before this game was released, still acted afterwards, performing many theatrical roles. Emma Powell (Rebecca) acted in a couple of movies and plays, and currently works as a voice-over artist. For David Tuomi (Adam) this seems to have been his only acting job.


Although the later US release of Realms of the Haunting allowed the player 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.

Information also contributed by Jaromir Krol and Shadowcat.

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Contributed to by Picard (45706), Sciere (791382), Alan Chan (3618) and lights out party (61745)
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