Scratches is a terrifying story where a story from the past emerges to haunt the present. You control famed horror writer Michael Arthate as he explores Blackwood Manor, a Victorian housenear an English market town. It's a quiet and pleasant existance, until odd noises in the basement keep him up at night. As they grow louder, you'll explore the house and unlock the strange tales that echo through its walls.
A pleasantly spooky story from the maker of the two Dark Fall games, with some of the same strengths (lovely evocation of an England that no longer exists, some genuinely creepy moments) and weaknesses (erratic plot, bizarre use of English from a native speaker) of those two games.
The atmosphere is the strongest part of this game; the Victorian house is so lovingly recreated you can almost smell the moldy stench of rotting plaster that inhabits these places. The music and sound are a real bonus, with movie-level sound effects and score really amping up the creepiness.
The creepiness can be extreme at times, but it's of the something-unknown-about-to-spring-from-the-dark sort and not the rotting-corpse-shoved-in-your-face sort. If you've been desensitized by over-the-top gore fest movies, you might yawn at this; if you're sophisticated enough to appreciate Hitchcock and Poe, this will suit you down to the ground. Translation: there's no blood, but it could still give your kids nightmares.