Reviews and Problems with Barrow Hill: Curse of the Ancient Circle
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1 June 2012
Excerpt: Barrow Hill is a small place somewhere in England, where you end up when your car breaks down. This happens during the autumn equinox, an important date on the pagan calendar. Combine this with a circle of menhirs in the neighbourhood and you’ll get a mix of mysterious events.
Excerpt: Barrow Hill (also known as Barrow Hill: Curse of the Ancient Circle) is a horror mystery adventure game created by Matt Clark, an independent game developer from Cornwall, United Kingdom. This is the first game developed by Clark under Shadow Tor Studios of which he is also the founder.
Excerpt: Barrow Hill: Curse of the Ancient Circle is a point-and-click adventure that shares many similarities with the two Dark Fall adventures. That is, it's largely the work of one man, Matt Clark, and it relies more on atmosphere and your imagination than it does on splashy special effects and...
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Conclusion: Unless someone really likes archaeology or must possess every adventure game ever created by man, then it’s doubtful anyone would bother to give Barrow Hill a glance. There’s no spark or magic about the game, which in the age of shortening attention spans and next-gen expectations is a huge problem.
Excerpt: There must be nothing more satisfying than making your own game on a shoestring budget, and then actually getting it published at retail. That's what Matt Clark and Jonathan Boakes, co-creators of point-and-click adventure Barrow Hill, have done and they've had some help too, with a long list of...
Excerpt: “The knowledge must be passed from one to another… My faith is torn, yet I know what I must do.” i History of any sort has long been an interest of mine. And there’s certainly enough to discover in recorded history to keep any enthusiast satisfied.
Summary: Bad things apparently happen in towns with "Hill" in their names. As if the nightmarish streets of Silent Hill weren't enough to scare fright-game fans out of their wits, now they have to contend with Barrow Hill: Curse of the Ancient Circle.
Pros: It eventually ends
Cons: Boring plot that is both amateurishly told and largely incoherent, no sense of horror, fear, or even mild heebie-jeebies, clunky graphics that do one thing well--hide clues, voice acting to make an online soap opera sound like the Royal Shakespearean Company doing <i>Hamlet</i>
Conclusion: To wrap up, I really enjoyed playing Barrow Hill. The game is dripping with atmosphere, has some beautiful graphics and lighting effects, and plenty of unnerving sound effects. The storyline is gripping and the puzzles mesh well with the plot.
Conclusion: Barrow Hill is a solid adventure that takes actual fact and blends and warps it to its own blend of reality through a haunting landscape and highly mysterious circumstance. I recommend it to any adventure gamer, and more so to those interested in ancient standing stones and Celtic legend.