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Ecdysis

by Peter Nepstad profile

Part of Commonplace Book Project
Horror/Lovecraftian
2007

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(based on 73 ratings)
15 reviews

About the Story

You wake, a pounding headache loud in your inner ear, the back of your head itching and tingling, your mouth full of cotton. The pain drives away your dreams, weird visions of alien landscapes...

Ecdysis is based on an entry in H.P. Lovecraft's Commonplace Book.


Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: June 15, 2007
Current Version: 1.6
License: Freeware
Development System: TADS 2
Baf's Guide ID: 3111
IFIDs:  TADS2-73A28DCF8EB6077691F1273C2DA41118
TADS2-4237898024ECA31166DFB23C3B352D26
TUID: aqtol7ejlzadgnsz

Editorial Reviews

SPAG
You play an average husband who wakes up in the middle of the night in a cloud of weird visions and physical pain. As the short, linear narrative plays out you will be gradually transformed into something Other. It's genuinely creepy to guide your character's figurative and literal descent, although one might wish for a bit more interactivity to go with the solid writing.
-- Jimmy Maher
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Jay Is Games
"Ecdysis" toys with the player's perceptions in ways that only a text-based game can [...]
-- Emily Short
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful:
Very brief, but effective, June 27, 2008

Ecdysis is a compact bit of horror. Summarizing the plot too much would only ruin it, but it's worth knowing that this is one of several games based on snippets from H. P. Lovecraft's "Commonplace Book", and that the premise is a weird and disturbing one.

Ecdysis is fairly linear up until the late stages of the game. I found that the first release of the game had some awkward moments, but the later release is smoother and easier to play. Puzzles are mostly a matter of figuring out the one next thing you can do, and are not too hard -- but all the same this does make some good use of its interactivity. Worth a look.


12 of 17 people found the following review helpful:
Robbed of the "Best In Show" award, March 14, 2008

A shot of pure Lovecraftian horror. Unlike the disappointing Dead Cities, this entry in the Commonplace Book Project maintains the creeping dread perfectly from beginning to end. No jarring implementation issues or intrusive default parser responses, no aimless undirected wandering, Ecdysis is short, sharp, and perfectly formed. There are multiple endings, all suitably Lovecraftian.


9 of 12 people found the following review helpful:
One-trick-pony with a very good trick, May 24, 2010
by Nusco (Bologna, Italy)
Related reviews: lovecraftian horror, short, mature

Ecdysis is underimplemented, extremely short and linear, heavy on directing the player and very limited in scope. However, it makes up for all of its shortcomings by being a very disturbing small piece of IF - even more disturbing than Lovecraft's average work. Not for the squeamish.


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