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You have just inherited your great aunt Agatha's English mansion, Gharston Hall, a rambling monstrosity built in the 17th century. But as you start looking around your new home, a Mr. Brookes lets himself in, claiming that Agatha sold Gharston Hall to Perfidia Properties for the development of a hotel and leisure complex. He also insists that you pack up the last of Agatha's things and vacate the place by midnight. Something fishy is going on, but what can you do about it?

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I finally fixed the bug that prevented completion of the game. It took me twelve years but hey, better late than never, right?
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I have (somewhat belatedly) fixed the bug that prevented players from completing this game. Just waiting for if-archive to digest the new version, then I'll make it available here.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful:
Airing out an old mansion, January 4, 2011
by David Welbourn (Kitchener, Ontario)

Mansion is an initially charming tale of inheritance with an old-school feel and a few modern touches to make your way smoother: no inventory limit, no time limit, the player can't make the game "unwinnable", and there's a NPC that gives teensy hints. I should mention that there is a maze, but it's one of the easiest mazes I've ever seen since it can be solved without mapping it in any way (although you can if you want to).

Unfortunately, the game wasn't quite as well tested as the author probably thought it was, and several problems both major and minor remain. As far as I can tell (using the TXD and Reform decompilers), the game cannot actually be completed because one critical item can never be referred to. Also some puzzles are a bit too difficult to solve either because of coding difficulties or the puzzle designs themselves sometimes rely a little too much on finding new tools mysteriously appearing in places where you've already explored. (One might claim there's some read-author's-mind as well, particularly with the frog, but most of the read-author's-mind problems are minimized if you let the hintful NPC mentioned earlier give you hints.)

Still, I did rather like the parts of the game that I was able to play -- I enjoyed bedeviling the smarmy Mr. Brookes -- and I almost got to the end (58 out of 68 points). If a more bugfree and polished version of the game showed up, I'd like it even more.

[Note on the release date: Although the game itself was obviously written from 2000 to mid-2001, I don't believe it was actually released anywhere until it was uploaded to IF Archive in 2010.]

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Not able to complete..., June 24, 2012

I agree with David--the game has some nice touches and an old-school feel, but the fact that you can't actually complete it really ruins the fun and leaves the player hanging. I too reached the 58 of 68 point and can't access the final component to proceed. Also, the appearance of items in previously explored areas is frustrating, since they are seemingly unrelated to any action. An item will just appear in another part of the mansion after completing a task in another room. Even with walkthrough help the game can't be finished.

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