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Zorlok

by Albie profile

Urban Fantasy
2022

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(based on 3 ratings)
1 review

About the Story

Zorlok follows the misadventures of a demon with no memories and the nerdy high schooler they're bound to serve. Uncover mysteries and cause mayhem in a dark comedy about monsters, found family, personal identity, and the nature of good and evil.

Zorlok is rated MA-17 for swearing, alcohol and drug use, sexually suggestive content, violence, self-harm, discussions about trauma and mental health, and death.

This game is currently a work in progress. The setting and story are inspired by campy horror movies, classic murder mysteries, and an old Monster of the Week campaign. The game is being created with Twine. The prologue is available to play in browser on itch.io, click here to play.

Story
You were a terrifying demon who wielded hellfire, fought angels, and corrupted souls... at least, you think you were. You can't be sure. Not since you made a deal with Tommy, some nerdy high schooler willing to sell you his soul to become "cool."

That should have been easy, right? You could've sat the kid in front of a fan for a few minutes, let him cool down, collected his soul, and been on your way. But, no! Before you could even introduce yourself, Tommy made you forget your past and start going by the name Zorlok.

So, now you're "Zorlok". A demon, sure, but a demon with no sense of self and no clue what the Hell being a demon means—you don't know why or how you became like this, how to control your infernal powers, you aren't even sure how these pacts are supposed to work (for example, you tried the fan thing and nothing happened, so, either that loophole doesn't work or there's some other trick to stealing souls you haven't figured out yet).

But what does it mean to be a demon? With your memories and identity stripped away, where does that leave you? You're a demon, but are you still demonic?

And just in case your amnesia and the subsequent identity crisis weren't enough, you've gotten involved with a group of monster hunters working for a local fey council. Now you and two random humans are supposed to protect the city of Casper from vicious predators, investigate strange deaths, and fight off "evil." Whatever.

You're just glad to get a break from doing Tommy's math homework.

Features
- Embrace the chance to redefine yourself or attempt to regain your former identity by uncovering your past
- Customize your gender, pronouns, identity, physical appearance, demonic features, and hellhound
- Watch your alignment shift and Tommy's personality change as a result of your choices
- Learn to control your infernal powers and choose the three domains at your command: either Fire or Ice, either Sight or Spirit, and either Corrupting or Shifting
- Tell elaborate lies or risk unveiling dangerous truths
- Help Tommy survive high school or sabotage him at every turn
- Explore Casper, WA, a strange little city either surrounded by or inhabited by monsters (depending on who you ask)
- Set everything on fire... accidentally.


Game Details

Language: English (en-US)
First Publication Date: May 13, 2022
Current Version: 1.01
License: Free
Development System: Twine
Forgiveness Rating: Merciful
IFID: B23132D3-91BF-4158-99DA-9C128303991B
TUID: dghcy4iuhovj7toe

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A Strong Introduction to Demonic Adventure , November 20, 2022

At the time I'm writing this review, only the game's prologue and character creation are available to play, but that's more than enough to see what an amazing game Zorlok is already shaping out to be. I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that this is one of the strongest game intros I've encountered.

Stylish UI and atmospheric music set the scene for the player's introduction to Tommy (it is his story we follow during the prologue, to get a picture of his life pre-demon-summoning). We follow him through part of a ttrpg campaign, some tumultuous teen feelings, and a meeting with a local witch (The witch, Harlow, is a personal favorite, and I'm excited to see how the author handles her character in the future)

Eventually, the demon emerges. I don't want to spoil too much, but the character creation for Zorlok is probably the most extensive I've ever seen in an IF game, full of thoughtful details, trans-affirming choices, and more than few excellent jokes (especially if you take the time to play more than once and gague Tommy's reaction to different choices). The music also sets the tone during this sequence and really helps hype the player up. All-in-all this is an excellently written, masterful introduction to the story. I can't wait to see where it goes.


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