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Platform(s): PC
Genre: Action
Developer: Nucleosys

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'Scratches' Off to Retail

by Rainier on March 2, 2006 @ 8:37 a.m. PST

Scratches is a gripping first-person mystery adventure game that will keep the players glued to their monitors, with its story full of breathtaking twists and surprises, until the final shocking revelation. Its combination of inventory based and deductive style puzzles carefully integrated with the storyline, along with the possibility to freely roam the house, will immerse the players in the haunting atmosphere.

"Scratches" is set in and around Blackwood Manor, a lonely Victorian mansion concealing a terrible secret, where a long forgotten story from the past emerges to haunt the present. As the wretched noises echoing throughout the walls of this cryptic mansion grow ever louder, you must set about solving a dark mystery.

In the role of horror writer Michael Arthate, you find yourself isolated by a washed out road, with a telephone as your only means of communication. In search of clues, you delve into every dark corner of the manor and its untended grounds via a point-and-click interface. Examining, probing, and hunting your way through musty rooms, an overrun greenhouse, a sinister chapel, and a forbidding crypt, your investigation deepens, and you slowly become aware of one terrifying fact: you are not alone.

A careful combination of inventory-based and deductive-style puzzles, integrated with a riveting storyline, non-linear gameplay, intricately detailed graphics, and an entrancing soundtrack by Cellar of Rats, immerses you in a haunting gothic atmosphere until the final shocking revelation.

"This game is the perfect storm of story, puzzles, and suspense," said Got Game President Howard Horowitz. "'Scratches' is sure to have you leaving a light on at night."

"Scratches" is available for a frighteningly value-packed suggested retail price of $19.95 (USD) and is rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB for Alcohol and Tobacco Reference/Blood/Mild Language/Mild Violence.

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