Barrow Hill (video game)
|Developer(s)||Shadow Tor Studios|
|Publisher(s)||Shadow Tor Studios
Got Game Entertainment
|Release date(s)||April 16, 2006 (From Shadow Tor Studios)
September 1, 2006 (US)
October 6, 2006 (EU)
Barrow Hill is a horror adventure game created in 2006 by independent developers Matt Clark & Shadow Tor Studios.
The game is set in the site of Barrow Hill, which is based on real geographical locations in Cornwall, England. Forced to spend a sinister night there, you will investigate what is happening to the local people and why an archeological dig, led by professor Conrad Morse, has created so much unrest and hostility among the local community. During your exploration you will discover the local legends and superstitions, while using modern electronic devices like PDAs, GPS and metal detectors to unfold the mystery.
It is played as a classic first person "point and click" adventure, with the world being represented by pre-rendered, animated screens. The adventure is based on a non linear structure, that gives the player a lot of freedom in exploring the environment and collecting clues, letting him solve the game at his or her own pace.
Barrow Hill has received generally very positive reviews among specialized magazines and adventure game sites, praising the creepy atmosphere, the quality of both audiovisual aspects and the logical game structure. The game puzzles are considered to be very well integrated with the story and the environment, never seeming like artificial obstacles to the player. Some general videogame publications were less impressed. Eurogamer.net gave the game a 5/10 stating "While the storyline blooms from the initial boredom into something more intriguing, it fizzles disappointingly as the game comes to its rather abrupt end."Gamespot.com was less charitable, giving the game a 2.6/10 and stating "...Barrow Hill: Curse of the Ancient Circle is about as engaging and terrifying as a wait in a doctor's office."GameRankings.com, which averages reviews from various game review sites, gave the game a composite score of 71 percent out of a possible 100 as of Sept. 05, 2006.