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Contains LydiasHeart.t3
Also contains readme and PDF map.
Requires a TADS interpreter. Visit IFWiki for download links. (Compressed with ZIP. Free Unzip tools are available for most systems at www.info-zip.org.)
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by David Welbourn

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Lydia's Heart

by Jim Aikin profile


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About the Story

"Lydia's Heart" is a large, complex game with a serious tone and seven or eight NPCs you can converse with. The genre is low-key horror: There's almost no actual blood, but there are several ways to die in a very frightening way. Various bits of magical fantasy are included in a basically real-world setting.

This game is version 2.0 of "Last Resort." The story is the same, but it's not simply a TADS port of the original -- there are more rooms and about 18 entirely new puzzles. The author recommends that you play "Lydia's Heart," not "Last Resort."

You play the part of 14-year-old Diane Lindsay. You have been dragged off by your Aunt Caroline to a run-down motor court in rural Mississippi for reasons that are not initially clear. As you explore the motor court, you'll meet various creepy people and overhear a murder being committed. You'll meet a ghost named Lydia, who (if you can figure out how to make friends with her) will tell you why you've been brought here, and why you must get away before the afternoon is over.

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Off-Site Reviews

I'm torn on whether to recommend this game. On the one hand, it has a perfectly serviceable story and really interesting characters. I feel I must defend it more vigorously because there is a serious dearth of games (in any medium) which put as much effort into exploring character motivation as they do exploring dungeons and the finer points of headshots. But pretentious illusions aside, these are literary challenges in which we find our enjoyment, and the challenge must match but not distract from their literariness. I'm not sure Lydia's Heart meets that standard. The author's wish for a large, serious story may have been fulfilled... but it sacrifices enjoyable gameplay in the bargain. (by Nate Dovel)
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Page Update History

  v.9: 26-Feb-2022 02:43 - David Welbourn (Current Version) - Edit Page - Normal View
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v.8: 08-May-2021 13:45 - Zape
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v.7: 21-Dec-2017 08:13 - Autymn Castleton
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v.6: 28-Dec-2012 06:26 - Edward Lacey
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v.5: 17-Jul-2009 14:38 - Nate Dovel
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v.4: 23-May-2008 08:06 - Emily Boegheim
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v.3: 09-May-2008 00:02 - Emily Short
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v.2: 22-Mar-2008 19:15 - Emily Boegheim
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v.1: 16-Mar-2008 13:58 - Jim Aikin
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