Sierra stressed it was intended for adult audiences.
The company willingly submitted it to a ratings system, and included a password-protected censoring option within the game to tone down the graphic content.
Adrienne hopes to find an inspiration for her next novel in her new home, but starts having nightmares immediately upon moving in. Adrienne explores the estate, making mysterious discoveries like strange music, warnings written on her computer, and ominous messages from a fortune-teller automaton.
After opening a locked box atop an altar, Adrienne unknowingly releases Carno's demon, which promptly possesses Don.Objects in the game can be picked up by clicking on them or interacting with them in a film sequence, after which the item automatically goes into the inventory.If an object is small enough that it can be easily missed, a pulsing glow occasionally surrounds it to draw attention to it.According to Arinn Dembo from Computer Gaming World, the game is focused more around the story and the frightening atmosphere, rather than on a difficult gaming experience, and therefore the puzzles are relatively easy, logical, and straightforward.Successful mystery novelist Adrienne Delaney (Victoria Morsell) and her photographer husband Don Gordon (David Homb) have just purchased a remote mansion off the coast of a small New England island previously owned by a famous 19th-century magician, Zoltan "Carno" Carnovasch (Robert Miano), whose five wives all died mysteriously.