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Additional Tales from Castle Balderstone

by Ryan Veeder profile

Episode 2 of Tales from Castle Balderstone
2019

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(based on 9 ratings)
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About the Story

Another anthology of terror, edited by Ryan Veeder, again. Also an ECTOCOMP 2019 entry.


Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: October 31, 2019
Current Version: 1
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 7
Forgiveness Rating: Bloodcurdling
IFID: ED3C95A3-A4B9-4648-A0B3-1FEFEC362209
TUID: cvy76hm1db0zpnem

Awards

Nominee, Best Setting - 2019 XYZZY Awards

3rd Place, Le Grand Guignol - ECTOCOMP 2019

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
Short horror parser games connected with a backstory, November 19, 2019
by MathBrush
Related reviews: about 1 hour

Like the original Balderstone (which you don't have to play to understand this), you are at a gathering of horror writers who tell 'stories' which are minigames. The order of the stories is randomised.

The games are coded well, and the tone varies a lot, sometimes dramatic, sometimes silly, sometimes frightening, all sort of tongue in cheek. Many of them have twists, whether geographical or as a meta-narrative etc.

I came, I saw, I had fun, the stories aren't really related, so why don't you just go try it out and see for yourself?


3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Tales From the Crypt, November 1, 2019

An anthology of spooktacular short games, with charming interstitial material. Some classic Veeder themes are revisited - the (Spoiler - click to show)twist in (Spoiler - click to show)the last game is a gimmick first explored in (Spoiler - click to show)Craverly Heights, frex - but that is not a downside. This collection felt much meatier than the first Tales from Castle Balderstone, although that may be simply because I had adjusted my expectations.

Light in difficulty, if not always in content (although never shocking or mean), I found this a delightful hallowe'en feast.


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For your consideration: XYZZY-eligible Best Setting of 2019 by MathBrush
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