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The Excavation of Hob's Barrow (2022) is a point-and-click horror adventure where you unravel a dark mystery in the Yorkshire moors. You investigate locations for clues, talk to the strangely hostile locals, and solve puzzles to gain their favour. It stands out for its unusual historical folklore setting that combines haunting locations and paranormal elements playing on Victorian superstitions to create an unsettling yet thrilling story.

You play Thomasina Bateman, an antiquarian from 19th-century London who is invited to the moors of Yorkshire to investigate the barrow (burial mound) of a mysterious figure called Hob. When you arrive in the nearby town, however, you find the person who invited you is nowhere to be found, nor is your assistant, who was set to follow you up the next day. You find the villagers to be hostile and unfriendly and set about unravelling the many mysteries and terrors lurking at every turn.

Play involves searching each location for clues and items and talking to characters to learn new information. As you play, you piece together bits of information and slowly gain the trust of some of the villagers. At each new location, things seem to take a more grim turn, and the unease is highlighted by animated extreme close-ups of the characters' faces that show the tension and terror in each. Eventually, things come to a head as you learn the truth, and you enter the barrow.

The result is a game that combines classic point-and-click gameplay with a dark old English folklore-inspired story to create an experience that's simultaneously gripping and unsettling.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked The Excavation of Hob's Barrow 8 months ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Point-and-Click game with Communication, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Play elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 5 and a half hours and 8 and a half hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 for Extreme Violence.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature (M) for Violence and Mature Themes.

Skill Level

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Many of the puzzles can be quite tricky to solve, and the generally unsettling atmosphere means it's more suited to older children and teenagers.

CostsCosts

The Excavation of Hob's Barrow usually costs £11.39 to £13.49.
 

The Excavation of Hob's Barrow

Switch Store Switch £13.49
Steam Store PC £11.39
Steam Store Mac £11.39
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 28/09/2022, updated in 2023

Out Now: Mac, PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Point-and-Click (Communication, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Play)

Accessibility: 22 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Cloak and Dagger G (@CloakAndDaggerG)


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