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The Watchmaker (PC)

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"PC version: The Watchmaker a lawyer; Victoria Conroy; and an expert in paranormal phenomena; Darrel Boone; meet for the first time at 3.00 a.m. in a London legal studio. A few hours later a taxi drops them off at the gates of an imposing Austrian castle ¿"

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      28.01.2005 02:04
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      When I started playing the game, I was struck by the quality of the graphics. It reminded me of Gabriel Knight III. Since I loved that game, you can imagine I liked this one from the start. The Watchmaker is an epic 3D point and click graphic adventure with many animated cut scenes. The graphics are exceptional - especially in and around the castle - the English voices are not great, but passable - probably because it was produced in Italy. But the game is well worth the playing.

      The game begins with the introduction to the two main characters, Darrel an expert in parapsychology and Victoria a lawyer. They are briefed about the case they have to investigate a large pendulum with special powers has been stolen, which could have catastrphic consequences if not found. They are sent to an Austrian castle, where the pendulum is believed to be hidden. Your quest centres around the castle and the grounds of said castle. The castle is vast and it will take you some time to discover all areas. You arrive at 9am and have till midnight to find the device. The game has a timer, but it is not real time - yes time moves on, but basically when you have sucessfully completed a task - so no worries about the timer running down and you not being even half finished.

      You switch between characters, which is achieved by pressing the F8 key. If you need to swap items you can call the other character and give the required item. The beauty of this game is the inventory it is a joy to use, if you click on an item you get a 3D image, which can be handy need you see the back of a bottle etc. The puzzles are relatively straight forward, but of course there is always the odd obscure one thrown in - i reckon developers do it to extend gameplay, but that is my opinion. The time spent on detail is impressive, as there are many mirrors round the castle and you see your character's reflection running or moving past - i liked that touch.

      One flaw i found was, when you click the mouse to move the character to a certain part of scenery, it wandered off to another part......GGGGRRRRRRRRRRRR, quite annoying. Due to the fact the character gets shot at and has to dodge other obstacles, this was really annoying as your character died because it wasn't at the right place at the right time. However, there are limitless saves and i advise you save whenever you are going round a corner or trying anything new, you never know after all and let's face it if you get killed after forgetting to save and you have to go over and over old ground the it becomes mighty boring.

      The game is made by GotGameEntertainment and should you need any patches or fixes - the website has them. Good game, well worth the try!!

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