Inherent Evil: The Haunted Hotel (Windows)

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Twenty years ago, your parents opened the Reed Hotel, and were mysteriously killed shortly after. Now, against all advice, your brother has decided to re-open it... and he's gone missing. You must explore the evil place to save him, and try to escape with your life. What lurks in the bowels of the Hotel's basement? What secrets do the rooms in the upper floors hold?

As Kyle Reed, you'll explore from a first person perspective. To move from screen to screen, click on green areas that appear on-screen. Interaction is handled by the use of various icons that appear over "hot spots" or objects, very similar to The 7th Guest.

The game is divided into 8 chapters (or "levels"). Should you die, you'll either be exited from the game or be able to restart the previous chapter. There are multiple endings based upon your actions within the game.


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Alternate Titles

  • "Inherent Evil" -- Remake release

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Spooky, yes, but bad game design ruins it. Jeanne (76511) 2.33 Stars2.33 Stars2.33 Stars2.33 Stars2.33 Stars

Critic Reviews

Just Adventure 2000 B 75
GameBoomers Jan, 2006 B 75
Just Adventure 2000 B- 67
Adventure Gamers May 19, 2002 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Quandary Mar, 2000 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Absolute Games ( Nov 30, 1999 40 out of 100 40
Computer Games Magazine Feb 27, 2000 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20


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Inherent Evil was originally planned as a contest, released in episodes. The decision to release it as a full game was made very late, and therefore it shipped with no save function and episodes that booted you back to Windows when you were done.

Version differences

Inherent Evil was re-released in 2005 in a keep case. In the original version, when the player didn’t finish one of the eight chapters correctly, he or she was kicked out of the game. As it was part of a contest, each chapter had to be unlocked over an eight week period by coded keys. In the re-release these features are gone and the game allows for smooth transitions between the chapters. Besides improvements to the interface it was also adapted for Windows XP.

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curacao (289) added Inherent Evil: The Haunted Hotel (Windows) on May 04, 2001