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Barrow Hill

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Adventure
Publisher: Shadow Tor Studios
Developer: Shadow Tor Studios

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'Barrow Hill' - Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on April 24, 2006 @ 4:23 a.m. PDT

Barrow Hill is a horror/thriller adventure game; told from the point of view of the player using a first person perspective. Set in mysterious Cornwall, the players will unravel many mysteries, after being stranded on the lonely road to the 'barrow'. This ancient burial site, from pre-history, sits shrouded amongst the watching trees of the hill.

Get the Barrow Hill demo off WP (90mb)

Barrow Hill: The eerie Cornish landscape is brought to life like never before. Arriving during the Autumn Equinox you have one night to unravel a sinister story. Explore the well-trodden pathways across the land, seek clues in almost forgotten shrines and experience the ancient force which exists in the standing stone monument known as Barrow Hill.

Ancient Celtic Monuments: Standing stones are, perhaps, the most mysterious wonders of the ancient world. There are still no satisfactory explanations as to what they are, how they were built, and who constructed them. A detailed, and spellbinding, story is woven through the very fabric of Barrow Hill, offering possible explanations, further mysteries and a chance to get beneath the surface of archaeology like no other game before it.

Features :

  • A thrilling, and creepy, adventure game!
  • Windows exclusive, with easy mouse controls and interface, presented on DVD.
  • The leafy corners of ancient Cornwall are brought to life like never before.
  • Archaeology meets adventure, as danger lurks in the forests around you.
  • A full soundtrack of eerie music, and chilling sound effects.
  • Explore an ancient stone monument from the time of the Celtic people.
  • Utilise gadgets to locate clues and communicate with characters.
  • Practice ancient rituals and ceremonies, almost forgotten to modern man.
  • Find a deeper meaning to the variety of England's native wildlife.
  • A full range of puzzles and conundrums, integrated seamlessly with the game-world.

Use real archaeological techniques, and practice, to unearth forgotten artefacts and delve into the Celtic legends, which haunt the green lanes of the hill. Cornwall boasts itself as the home of many sorcerers, ancient kings and mythological characters. From the piskie folk of the hedgerows and clifftops to the beasts of Bodmin Moor. There isn't a corner of England's most western county that isn't rich in folklore, magic and danger!

Barrow Hill has been plagued by mystery throughout its modern history. A construction team, building the nearby Service Station, vanished one chilly November night. No sight, nor sound, has ever been offered as explanation. Could the ancient ring of standing stones be responsible? Certain academics certainly think so. Amelia Rumford, famed (and rather eccentric) archaeologist performed a survey of the stones in the 1980's. Her findings have since been ridiculed, as the content seemed to suggest that the stones moved during her time there. Utter nonsense? Sadly, there is no way of checking, as Amelia (like the construction workers) vanished without trace.

The Autumn Equinox, a powerful night in the pagan calendar, has thrown a dark cloak across the landscape. The ancient stones have been disturbed. Middlestone's respected archaeologist Conrad Morse has launched a new 'dig' at the site. He has invited others to join him, each proficient in their chosen fields. The circle must give up its secrets to these new arrivals, in the form of geophysical mapping (ground radar), and scientific crafts like palaeobotany (the study of near fossilised plants, and seeds). Each of the standing stones are unique, and un-surveyed. What clues hide underneath the rich soil of the Barrow's mound? When you arrive at the site, not all is as it should be. Something is very wrong. You have one night, the Autumn Equinox, to find out what lurks beneath Barrow Hill.

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