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Necrotic Drift

by Robb Sherwin profile

Episode 2 of New Haz

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About the Story

Necrotic Drift is a survival horror text adventure... but with graphics and sound! An homage to the old Magnetic Scrolls game in presentation, Necrotic Drift follows the story of gaming store employee Jarret Duffy when all hell breaks loose in his mall.

Getting past the waves of undead in his path will require ingenuity, imagination, empty demands for the return of pre-casting, the ability to use common mall objects as weapons and twenty-six alphabetic keycaps working together with a functional 'enter' key.

It's text, baby! (... with pictures, natch.)

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: June 20, 2004
Current Version: 1.02
License: Freeware
Development System: Hugo
Baf's Guide ID: 2358
IFID: HUGO-30-2E-3D-09-22-04
TUID: uaxh30z0kh7n8nt3

Off-Site Reviews

Dead to Rites
"Necrotic Drift" is easily the best of Robb Sherwin's games to date with the most solid design and implementation, and the best blend of story and interaction. The writing is excellent, and the characters are some of the best-written in interactive fiction. If you were planning to try some Sherwin and just never got around to it, this would be an excellent place to start. Emily Short
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Necrotic Drift contains all the elements you'd expect of Robb --
bittersweet schmaltz, randomised combat, human, sympathetic characters,
tangential epigrammatic title, brilliant squick-out humour, big
textdumps and a streak of geek a mile wide. There are plenty of
references to previous Sherwin games, particularly Fallacy of Dawn and
Chicks Dig Jerks. It's his biggest and most skilful game to date.
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Jarret Duffy has life skills problems. He's earning $5.51 an hour as the assistant manager of Benji's Gaming and Role-Playing Emporium, is fumbling his way through an on again/off again relationship with Audrey Case, and keeps renting The Fellowship of the Ring to point out trivia to his roommates. Years ago he was voted Best Role-Player at an RPG convention, but he's missed a few saving throws since then.
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Play This Thing!
Necrotic Drift is one of my favorite games to bring out whenever discussing the relationship between player and protagonist.
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Page Update History

  v.10: 30-Jun-2020 07:04 - Zape (Current Version) - Edit Page - Normal View
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v.9: 10-Apr-2014 04:54 - Adolia
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v.8: 11-Jan-2012 01:50 - Robb Sherwin
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v.7: 25-Jul-2008 17:21 - Emily Short
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v.6: 28-Apr-2008 04:13 - Robb Sherwin
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v.5: 28-Apr-2008 04:10 - Robb Sherwin
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v.4: 05-Apr-2008 13:15 - Emily Short
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v.3: 25-Oct-2007 20:27 - Eriorg
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v.2: 23-Oct-2007 16:37 - Robb Sherwin
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v.1: 16-Oct-2007 01:50 - IFDB
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