About the Game:
The Witching Hour is a horror/survival game. You're either a human who has chosen to spend the night in the wrong house or a spirit that returns from hell to haunt that house between midnight (the start of the witching hour) and 6 AM. The goal of either team is to be among the living when dawn breaks - those who are not will return to Hell for an eternity of torment.

The Teams:


Humans:

Being trapped in this house your only goal is to stay alive. As the haunting spirits are already dead you cannot really hurt them, so you must rely on speed, evasion and flight to remain among the living until dawn.
Fortunately you have come in possession of one of Dr. Graf von Altenberg-Ehrenstein's mercury dischargers, a highly experimental weapon created with spirit hunting in mind. As mentioned spirits cannot be killed, but launching a mercury projectile [left mouse] at them will slow them down for a while. Firing a large charge of scattered mercury [right mouse] will also push a spirit away from you. A treacherous human might even turn the gun on his fellows, to slow them or push them towards attacking spirits. Note that your remaining ammo is shown as the mercury level in the three vials on the side of your weapon.

Spirits:

As a spirit you'll hold most of the cards. You might not be as fast as the living but you're nearly invisible, so people will not know which direction to flee from you. You will also be able to see much better in the dark and ... well ... there is no way the living can kill you.
Once you get close enough to one of the living you will see a soul link between the two of you - this means that you can start tearing the soul from the body of the human before you by holding down either mouse button. Once you have ripped the soul from the body of your victim you will automatically take over their body. You then have a chance of staying among the living - if no one else rips your soul from the body.

Controls:
Navigate using the WASD keys and the mouse. Interact with doors and light switches using the "E" key. A hand icon showing up on screen means that you are aiming at something that you can interact with.
Note: whenever spirits interact with anything in the physical world they will temporarily become visible. Not interacting with the world of the living for a while will make a spirit near invisible once more.
Humans can sprint by using the "Q" key. This will give a burst of speed for a short time, but afterwards you will be exhausted and unable to sprint for a while.

Sound:
Sound might save your life in TWH. You can keep track of time by paying attention to the sounds of the grandfather clock. As a human you will also be able to hear the sound of nearby spirits and make your escape before they find you.

Lights:
Light switches are important in a number of ways. First of all, keeping lights lit will make it much easier to see approaching spirits. A brightly lit room might even blind the light-sensitive spirits, so spirits will want to keep the lights off.
Also, a night in a haunted mansion passes significantly faster with the lights on. If you keep the lights lit you will find that dawn comes earlier, which might just mean that you can escape with your body.
Because the interplay of light and dark plays a key role in the game, we recommend keeping Unreal Tournament’s in-game brightness setting set to 5.

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61 comments by Henley on Dec 22nd, 2009

Here are the Phase 4 finalists for the Best non-FPS Mod, Best FPS Mod, Best Machinima, Best Vehicle Set, Best Level Set, Educational,Best Use of Physics, Best Art and Best Graphics in Maps category's in the $1 Million Intel Make Something Unreal Contest. All finalists in this category are eligible to enter the Grand Finals. This competition rewards top mods created for Unreal Tournament 3 with cash and hardware prizes in four preliminary phases and a grand final. Visit Makesomethingunreal.com for full details.

Best FPS Mod Phase 4 Finalists:

Best FPS Mod Phase 4 Honorable Mentions:

Best non-FPS Mod Phase 4 Finalists:

Best non-FPS Mod Phase 4 Honorable Mentions:

Best Machinima Phase 4 Finalists:

Best Machinima Phase 4 Honorable Mentions:

  • DoubleKill Episode 1
  • DoubleKill Jess
  • FightSabers
  • The Crucible Trailer
  • UT3 News Take 1
  • The Last Stand
  • Dream
  • Silent Scream of Vengeance
  • Prometheus
  • HOLP 3 Teaser

Best Vehicle Set Phase 4 Finalists:

Best Vehicle Set Phase 4 Honorable Mentions:

  • XS Prototypes
  • Starbase Defense Vehicle
  • VCTF-Boilerplate

Best Level for a Mod Phase 4 Finalists:

Best Level for a Mod Phase 4 Honorable Mentions:

Phase 4 Educational Category Finalists:

  • Arizona State University (Becca's Tale, EXILE)
  • Art Institute of California, L.A. (UT2D Killing Time, vCTF-Boilerplate Team Art Mod, Millagun UT2D)
  • Art Institute of Vancouver (TikiWiki)
  • DePaul University (ToonDoom)
  • Högskolan i Skövde, Sweden (Sanctum)
  • IT University of Copenhagen (Steam Racers, The Witching Hour, Cubes of Serenity, Chalupa, Takeshi Gladiatiors)
  • North Carolina State University (Blackbeard's Escape)
  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (BailterRay)
  • Supinfo International University (Defend Unreal Territories)
  • Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia (Hazard: The Journey of Life, Steel Halo)
  • Starr's Mill High School (Project Swing)
  • University of Oulu, Finland (Robofonics)
  • Vancouver Film School (Curvature, Ascendancy)

Best Use of Physics Phase 4 Finalists:

Best Use of Physics Phase 4 Honorable Mentions:

  • XS Prototypes
  • MillagunUT2D
  • UnWheel 2
  • Snarf Vehicles
  • DM-NewHorizon
  • VCTF-Electro
  • UT2D Killing Time
  • Cubes of Serenity
  • TRE - Last Life
  • DM-RB-Labyrinth

Best Art in a Game Mod Phase 4 Finalists:

Best Art in a Game Mod Phase 4 Honorable Mentions:

Best Graphics in Map Phase 4 Finalists:

  • City_Domination
  • CTF-Strand
  • CTF-CBP3-Antediluvian
  • CDom-CBP3- Saip
  • DM_AfterInfection
  • DM_Nano_Beta
  • Planetstorm-Space_Ixion
  • TH_Temple
  • War_CBP3_midst
  • War_Haunting_The_Chapel

Best Graphics in Map Phase 4 Honorable Mentions:

  • CDom-CBP3-Yarith
  • vctf-electro
  • The Ball
  • Black Sierra
  • Deadman's tales
  • DM_Dust
  • DM_Gamme
  • DM_Necrosis
  • JB-pagoda
  • CDom-CBP3-Velocity
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The Witching Hour

The Witching Hour

Nov 14, 2009 Full Version 5 comments

The Witching Hour is a multiplayer survival-horror game with a team-switching mechanic that completely reverses traditional gameplay. Players are split...

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FI2_Dev_Valamis_PL
FI2_Dev_Valamis_PL Jul 28 2010, 5:47am says:

Add me my account: Waran22 ( Velkan) if you want to play this mod or The Haunted, Black Sierra, whatever.

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werty2517
werty2517 Jul 11 2010, 12:03am says:

This just looks like a crapy rip off of Bioshock

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robot128
robot128 Jan 20 2010, 10:33pm says:

never any servers

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likestoplaymods
likestoplaymods Jun 5 2010, 3:03am replied:

lol another that is unmotivated to make a server

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robot128
robot128 Jan 17 2010, 3:30pm says:

my steam name is Boomer!!

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robot128
robot128 Jan 17 2010, 3:28pm says:

ill play on this mode just message me on steam

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robot128
robot128 Jan 16 2010, 11:27pm says:

are there ever going to be bots

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Deus_Miseratur
Deus_Miseratur Jan 17 2010, 7:44pm replied:

Unfortunately, the significant gameplay changes introduced in this mod (such as team switching, near-invisibility and materialization, tactics of betrayal among mortals and lack of any reason to co-operate among spirits) would require us to rewrite a very large part of the default Unreal AI. Since the game is more suited for multiplayer fun in any case, I don't see bot support happening, I'm afraid.

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StrakInPak
StrakInPak Jan 2 2010, 3:34pm says:

Why doesnt this mod have any servers? This mod looks great fun to play!

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Unstackable_Steaks
Unstackable_Steaks Dec 31 2009, 3:18pm says:

Damn, there are no servers out for it. :(

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