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ZOOM Inherent Evil
The Haunted Hotel
$19.95 (Win95/98/Me/XP) (Retail) (INHEVILPR)

Publisher: HeadGames Publishing


ESRB Rating: Teen (13+) - Animated Blood


Imagine Your Worst Fears

It's been twenty years since your parents were murdered at the Reed Hotel, only you and your brother escaped. Your brother returns to the hotel your parents owned, hoping to re-open it. Now he is suddenly missing. Are you next? You rush to the hotel to investigate, but mysterious sounds and gruesome events from that frightful night twenty years ago plague your efforts...and so do your dead parents. It's up to you to make your way through the hotel finding clues to unlock the dark secrets of Inherent Evil.


  • Photo-realistic 3D graphics
  • Challenging puzzles
  • 8 Ghastly levels
  • Multiple endings
  • Huge areas to explore
  • Hours of game play
  • Intuitive interface
  • Hair raising original soundtrack


Windows 95/98/Me/XP: Pentium 100MHz (P166MHz recommended), 16MB RAM (32MB recommended), 4x CD-ROM drive (8x recommended), SoundBlaster compatible sound card, DirectX compatible video card (16 bit color), keyboard, 100% Microsoft compatible mouse, 150MB available hard disk space.

Tested OK on Windows XP. Windows NT is not supported.


Adventure Gamer by Ray Ivey

"And as actually released, it's a pretty darn fun, modest game. Why modest? Well, it's got modest ambitions, it's a modest length, and it's available for a very modest price.

" I happen to be a big fan of modest games. Playing Inherent Evil reminded me of other lean and mean games like Safecracker, Cracking the Conspiracy, Connections, The Cassandra Galleries and Frankenstein: Through the Eyes of the Monster."

"This is the tried and true formula of many fun adventure games. The gameplay interface is elegant, intuitive and unobtrusive. The game is not innovative by any means, but there's something comforting in its very familiarity. You don't play Inherent Evil to bang your head up against Black Dahlia-type puzzles. You breeze through it to enjoy the atmosphere.

"There are a few wonderfully creepy sequences in the game. Exploring the dark second floor with nothing but a flashlight was wonderfully stressful. And there's a wonderful moment late in the game that involves lights snapping off and a ghostly messenger that's really delicious."

"First, the acting is shockingly, unbelievably, unforgivably bad. I'm sorry, but these here adventure games have been made for lots of years now, and there's no excuse whatsoever for this problem...The second problem the game has is its already notorious lack of a game save feature. Yes, you read that correctly. No save feature. The game is separated into eight sections, and whenever you complete a section, you get booted out of the game - yes, booted out of the game, sports fans - and when you restart the game you can then progress to the next level. I understand this odd structure has something to do with the developers' early intention of this game being an online only adventure game."

"These criticisms aside, however, I have a very fun eight hours or so playing this creepy, atmospheric, comfortingly familiar game. If Eclipse DOES create a sequel, I'll jump on it like a duck on a June bug."

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