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Nov 14th 2008
I've been playing some older Infocom titles and discovered this thing while looking for other text adventure. Ho-lee shit this game is good.
First off, it's a pure text adventure, no graphics of any sort. Which is good, because there's really no way in hell that Lovecraftian horror works with graphics. No mere picture can do justice to the concepts. Most attempts end up as bad, sexless hentai. Just tentacles and not much else. So, the author wisely lets words paint the (infinitely more horrible) pictures in the players' minds.
Basic plot of the game, you play as the wife (yes, wife, this is one of the few adventure games with a specfically female protagonist) of a professor who has recently obtained a job at a small, New England university. As you explore the environs, you begin to learn things, terrible things, about the town, its people and your family's place in it. The game is divided into "days" of no set length. The day ends where certain "tasks" have been accomplished. The only point at which time become a factor is toward the end of the game, which was a wonderful, harrowing climactic experience.
Anyone appreciating horror, especially Lovecraftian horror, would do well to check this sucker out.
You can get it
At the above page are both links to download the game as well as a link to download the Z-machine interperater to play it. Seriously, check this thing out.
Nov 15th 2008
Just played it right through, start to finish. VERY well written. Though I would have got stuck on a number of points without the walkthrough -- a number of scenes require quite obscure actions that aren't obvious even when you examine you surroundings carefully. I'm looking forward to playing through again, and this time exploring a lot more and examining EVERYTHING a lot more closely.
And trying to nab those elusive last 2 score-points that I somehow missed! ;)
Nov 17th 2008
It's a dark lovely experience, isn't it. I said it above but it bears repeating that I am so grateful the writer didn't use graphics, sound or gimmicks that take you out of the story. Just a beautiful piece of work.
Dec 1st 2008
It's been forever since I played this game. I should play through it again...I was just happy to be done, but maybe I should try to get the full score.
Dec 2nd 2008
You might try playing it in small doses with frequent saves and just touring the game. Examine everything. Try everything. That sort of thing.
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