Charles Dexter Ward has summoned you to the island of Pawtuxet to stop a renegade spirit that is murdering the townspeople. The spirit is using human souls to become immortal, and you will be next if you can't stop him.
Based on the novel by H.P. Lovecraft, this Hidden-Object Puzzle Adventure game will test your investigative skills as you solve the mysteries of Ward’s family and complete the ritual that will banish this evil spirit once and for all!
This is a special Collector's Edition release full of exclusive extras:
• Revive the lost souls in the bonus chapter!
• In-game strategy guide
• Exclusive behind-the-scenes video
• Concept art gallery
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Ratings and Reviews
As others have pointed out, this is a demo, and not the full game. I think you have to buy the full game from within the demo, but I haven't found where that function is. I might consider buying the full version if I knew it was substantially longer than the demo, but there is no indication as to how long the full game runs. Also, as far as I can tell, the "exclusive extras" highlighted in the copy at the top of this page are probably just in the paid full version. None of that is in the demo. Overall, this is a pretty good little point-and-click game, featuring above-average artwork, and puzzles that aren't too taxing (if the demo is any indication).
Can anyone who has purchased the full game give us an idea of how much longer the full game is?
Very good fun, spooky but kid safe
These games are all fairly similar with lots of lists of items to click on room by room. Often the items are a bit obscure, leading to click-on-everything mode. But gradually they get easier as you get used to the game. The help along the way is excellent. The graphics and music are terrific. The stories are fun. In this case, it's not exactly the HP Lovecraft story, which adds some unique suspense. There is clearly an avoidance of the seriously scary. These are kid friendly games.
The 'Collectors' Edition' extras are enjoyable. I liked the bonus chapter. I played through the entire game within the equivalent of an afternoon, albeit with a headache and aching button clicking finger. But that's my problem. IOW: I found it to be very good fun that kept me interested to the point of not wanting to stop until I'd solved everything. I did find the help provided to be essential during the first play through. But what a great help system! I never needed to touch the walkthrough provided. The help didn't spoil anything but kept me on track with the quests and games without having to waste time running all over to find the next goal location. There are three game playing modes. Start with easy and move up a notch each following play through.
The team's obsession with HP Lovecraft is greatly appreciated. They have a lovely series of related games and often toss in a few Lovecraftian obscure references for fellow fanatics.
Superb Lovecraftian puzzle game
I got this because I’m an H P Lovecraft fan, so this is my first ever hidden object/puzzle game. Got to say, I’m hooked! The game looks and works great, with just enough dramatisation to keep the story clear without getting in the way of the hidden object and other puzzles. Atmospherics are great, including the perpetual rain outdoors and the authentic look of a 1920s fishing village, albeit with a slight art deco twist. The Lovecraftian vibe is a bit more subtle here compared to the Cerasus Media’s ‘Mountains of Madness’ game (which tracked the source material rather closely). That's presumably to make ’Soul Keeper' work as an adventure game, so rather than overtly following the ‘Case of Charles Dexter Ward’ story, the player tries to stop Joseph Curwen stealing the souls he needs to become immortal. This is the special edition version of the game and comes with a whole extra level to be played after the main game is finished, as well as a walkthrough manual and even a copy of the original HPL novella.
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- cerasus.media GmbH
- 659.4 MB
- Requires macOS 10.6.6 or later.
English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
- Age Rating
- 9+ Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
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