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About the StoryA unique horror game, inside another horror game. 80ís text-adventure by way of psychological horror and meta-representation. A short story, free, for PC and Mac.
Created for Ludum Dare 36, this 72 hour game jam project suddenly became an overnight hit, with front page features on gaming sites within days of release.
It's creepy, its different, it's only 20 minutes long, and it's free. Go try it, and let us know what you think.
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But it's not a pure text adventure, it's displayed on a monitor screen attached to an old computer in a dark room: and this visual and sonic ambience surrounding the text is crucial to the experience, delivering the shocks and surprises so the text adventure itself doesn't need to.
This forms chapter 1 of "Stories Untold", a commercial compilation of four spooky adventures, and it sets the creepy tone very well. This chapter can be downloaded for free from Steam and GOG.
The entire experience gives off a "Stranger Things" vibe, from the Stephen King-esque typeface to the Tangerine-Dreams inspired ambient electronic music playing in the background.
The parser was frustrating at times: it seemed to struggle to understand very similar commands, but was workable, and thankfully there are no convoluted puzzles or complex verb/noun issues.
The overall experience was short and well-plotted. I think the central conceit is one that could easily grow stale, but the author ended this perfectly, while the idea was still novel, frightening, and evocative.
This is a very cool work that plays with nostalgia and horror in very satisfying ways.
A Fresh Approach to the Classics, April 14, 2019
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