If you're looking at the reviews to get an idea if the game's worth playing, I'll give a short review and then a more in-depth one after if you really want to know about the game, feel free to check out my video.
Short review - If you enjoy horror games, with jumpscares and an intriguing story then play this game. It is alot of fun, the audio in particular is noteworthy compared to many other horror game's I've played. Just be warned, you'll have some hurtful things said about you by the bad guy (I've only just got over it). Just make sure you take time to make your choices as they really do alter the outcome of the game.
Long review - This game builds on the first version from itch.io, adding new content and presumably fixing bugs from the previous version. It was just as much fun to play through the second time as it was the first.
The jumpscares really got me, even one's that got me last time. The combination of the graphics and audio really does immerse you and makes you feel like you're in the castle, it's a haunting place.
Now this is a balanced review and I do have some thoughts about the game in a constructive sense. My raw reaction can be seen at the end of the below video, but I've also had time to dwell on it and have some thoughts which I'll go through briefly, both good and bad (I want to preface this by saying that any of the below could be player error, so I'm not using them as criticisms because it may just be me being stupid)
Using the hint I was able to get across the puzzle to the vault door early on in the game, but the door wouldn't open. Unsure what else I could have done beforehand, as going on any further felt like I was leaving that area well and truly behind.
The prison are will give you nightmares. Awful place.
Having the woman follow me was very buggy as she kept getting stuck, to the extent that I just abandoned her in the end. Loved the addition of an NPC, but she just could not follow me at all (not sure whether to take it personally)
I found it difficult to make a choice when it said that I can't go back on it e.g. the crown can't be collected again, but that's more down to my own indecisiveness than a criticism on the game, I think that may have contributed to me not being able to conclude the game (an example was I didn't place the crown on the table originally, but then sat on the throne, not realising it would disappear)
Not sure if it was because of my resolution choice in the graphics settings but I had to place my cursor on a certain part of an item in the inventory in order to read its description (I play on 4k but put the resolution down to 1440)
I think if I'd had some sort of clue in one of the letters about the whereabouts of the sceptre I may have gone back looking for it but because of how vast the map is I didn't even know where to start once I got to the throne room without it
Like my first playthrough of the game, the latter part, personally, was not as strong as the beginning / middle. As you'll see in my gameplay, I got truly stuck and wasn't able to finish the game. I understand that some players want a challenge, a game that won't hold your hand at all. But my personal experience I wasn't able to ascertain from the notes I collected what I was meant to do with the jars of blood (I found the room just not where to put them). I also found that once I sat on the throne wearing the crown and it disappeared, I was at a loss on what to do next. Maybe that was just my particular ending, stuck in that cursed place forever, so if that's the case then it was my own fault for poor decision-making.
Overall, I love this game. For those reading, I've talked to the developer a couple of times now and I can tell he's passionate about it, and I appreciate he took the time to reach out to such a small content creator to ask if I'd give the game a go. Hence I took the time to give my full thoughts on the game. Well done you've made a brilliant game, and whereas the final third of the game may not be to my fancy, the rest of my time playing the game more than made up for it. Check out my video if you want to see someone terrified try and get through this evil castle. (If you want to see my gameplay of another one of his, then make sure to subscribe :) )