My thoughts about Barrow Hill

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My thoughts about Barrow Hill

Postby danyboy » Fri Dec 22, 2006 8:35 am

Here are my thoughts about Barrow Hill :

You find yourself in Barrow Hill to uncover a hidden mystery buried their for hundreds of years. You’re stranded on the lonely road, which leads up to the Barrow; you must make your way through the trees, and darkening landscape, and out onto the Barrow itself. Following in the footsteps of the well-known archaeologist Conrad Morse you will discover that the barrow is more than just a mound of earth and a collection of forgotten standing stones. However, not all archaeology is constructive, for some things should be left buried and undisturbed. Perhaps it is too late for that…

It took me a while to get into the game, the game takes place at night and my old monitor is giving me a lot of trouble seeing things. When I got used to the surroundings and was able to find my way around it was more enjoyable. Walking around the areas near the gas station is a maze on it’s own.

Sounds and music fit perfectly in the game and it brings a spooky atmosphere; closing your eyes and just listening the sound makes you feel like you’re really there walking in those woods searching for clues and answers.

A lot of efforts went into the details and if you like reading and history you will enjoy the game a lot. I learned a lot about the place and I really hope I will be able to visit it one day and see the country where my great grandfather and grandmother were born. The story was very intriguing. The graphic are excellent. What I didn’t like much was that there was a lot of random events, which can put you on the side line for a while. That’s what happened to me in the first part of the game.

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Puzzle are mostly integrated into the story, but mixing all of the ingredients for the big finale was a pain in the &*?. I did enjoyed the tower puzzle; I like that kind of puzzle a lot.

There are not a lot of characters to talk to in this game except Ben and Emma. I got tired of seeing Emma and her same images on the phone. There are few interesting cutscenes in the game, but the ones that are there are very important.

After I was done with the game a few questions were unanswered and it was a bit irritating. The game was short but interesting and the end worth waiting for. Overall Matt did a very good job for his first game. Hope he will make another one in a the near future, but please, Matt, can we have a couple of scenes during daylight?

Minimum System Requirements For Barrow Hill:

Microsoft Windows 98/SE/ME/2000/XP
Pentium III 450 MHz or better Processor
128 MB RAM (512 MB Recommended for XP)
1x speed DVD-ROM drive or better
16MB SVGA Graphics Card or better with 32-Bit Colour
DirectX 9 Compatible Sound Card

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Postby trudysgarden » Fri Dec 22, 2006 9:44 am

Good job DB. I thought that the atmosphere in this one was great - you're right about the sounds. Navigating was a pain for me at first - but it always is when I switch from a RPG or shooter to an adventure game. Here's hoping Matt's working on something really special for us in the near future!

happy trails,

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Postby danyboy » Fri Dec 22, 2006 10:10 am

Hi guys,

Thanks Carolyn!

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Postby Sophie » Fri Dec 22, 2006 7:38 pm

Thnk you DB.
Barrow Hill is definitely on my wish list



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Postby danyboy » Fri Dec 22, 2006 9:01 pm

Hi guys,

You're welcome Sophie!

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Postby draclvr » Sat Dec 23, 2006 10:22 am

I'm glad you finally liked the game, danyboy! I know you were getting pretty frustrated in it for awhile.

I really liked the atmosphere in Barrow Hill. With my 17" LCD monitor I didn't have any trouble with the darkness of the scenes. Well, except on the forest path between the cave and the gas station. But it's one of my "keeper" games.
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Postby Katsmom » Sat Dec 23, 2006 11:10 pm

I really liked Barrow Hill. I thought the creepy atmosphere was great. :shock: I was pleased that the "thing" was a true threat, and not just a teaser like in the Dark Fall games; and that the game creators give you a "second chance" when it gets you (as in the Nancy Drew games). :cool:

Danyboy, my suggestion came too late for you but might help someone else playing Barrow Hill. Save your game often -- not because you might die, but because random events happen in the game and you might want to see and hear them a second time. You can go back to the saved game and (usually) the event will occur again.
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Postby danyboy » Fri Dec 29, 2006 7:25 am

Hi guys,

Thanks to the both of you.

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