Download


shelby.zip *
Contains SHELBY.GAM
For all systems. To play, you'll need a TADS 2 Interpreter - visit tads.org for interpreter downloads.
Shelby.sit.bin
Mac OS Application (Compressed with StuffIt, encoded in MacBinary format. Free StuffIt Expanders are available for most systems at www.stuffit.com.)
Shelby.sit.hqx
Mac OS Application (Compressed with StuffIt, encoded in BinHex format. Free StuffIt Expanders are available for most systems at www.stuffit.com.)
shelbypc.zip *
MS-DOS Application
Version 2.0 *
Contains shelby.gam
For all systems. To play, you'll need a TADS 2 Interpreter - visit tads.org for interpreter downloads.
shelby.step
Walkthrough
Walkthrough and maps
by David Welbourn
* Compressed with ZIP. Free Unzip tools are available for most systems at www.info-zip.org.

Have you played this game?

You can rate this game, record that you've played it, or put it on your wish list after you log in.

Playlists and Wishlists

RSS Feeds

New member reviews
Updates to downloadable files
All updates to this page

The Light: Shelby's Addendum

by Colm McCarthy profile

Part of Quest Adventure
Science Fiction
1995

(based on 7 ratings)
6 reviews

About the Story

You play as Maurice L. Shelby, a laboratory apprentice employed by Commission Research Station 12B. The station is rather important: it houses one of several beacons placed around the world that generate the dimensional field that prevents total disaster. (It's a long story.) Unfortunately, you'll learn that one of the researchers has gone mad and stolen the beacon's phase modulator! The entire planet is doomed unless you can retrieve the modulator and restore the field.


Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: Release 2.1
License: Shareware
Development System: TADS 2
Baf's Guide ID: 188
IFID: TADS2-B9D4C9034B21BB9A00E3309FD9B5B9E8
TUID: ehgrdmftq2kj7cci

Awards

Nominee, Best Game; Nominee, Best Setting - 1996 XYZZY Awards

Editorial Reviews

Baf's Guide


A tense and gripping story set in and around an old lighthouse converted into a scientific research station. People vanish before your eyes, reality unravels at the edges, and through it all the storm approaches. Lots of description. Good building of drama and mystery, except for some mood-breaking silly bits in the second half. Has a mixture of mechanical and information-gathering puzzles, with a rather short time limit (given the richness of the environment) for a crucial early puzzle.

-- Carl Muckenhoupt

IF-Review
Disconnected Illusions
Overall, LSA is not too bad. Its shortcomings are only particularly noticeable when you see how much better it could have been. [...] As it is, hurried along by the limited plot, I never connected with the characters or environment.
See the full review

SPAG
In truth, despite the incongruency of the puzzles, I hasten to say that I enjoyed "Shelby's Addendum" a great deal. This game is well written. The plot is great, there's a bit of horror (but nothing overboard), the characters are well developed (including the player's character, which is unusual in IF but handled beautifully here), and the room descriptions and scenery descriptions are vivid and consistently of the highest quality. (Molley the Mage)

I've been rather harsh in this review; there are good aspects to "The Light: Shelby's Addendum," and it would not have been out of place had it appeared as a mid-period Infocom game. But I didn't enjoy playing it very much because the moments of excitement were few and far between. (Gareth Rees)
See the full review

Xyzzy News
The room and object descriptions are very well detailed, which contributes a lot to the atmosphere. Very often using the EXAMINE ALL or SEARCH ALL commands is key to finding a missing crucial object or discover how to solve a certain puzzle. There are also many nice touches that add an air of sinisterness, such as the blood-covered mophead or a lingering bad smell.
See the full review

Tags

- View the most common tags (What's a tag?)

(Log in to add your own tags)

Member Reviews

5 star:
(1)
4 star:
(5)
3 star:
(1)
2 star:
(0)
1 star:
(0)
Average Rating:
Number of Reviews: 2
Write a review


3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Saving the world with a single lightbulb.*, January 31, 2021
by Rovarsson (Belgium)
Related reviews: SF

The intro of The Light; Shelby's Addendum pulled me into the game immediately.
In a rather long passage the protagonist, a certain Shelby is hurrying to get to the scientists in the lighthouse when he is engulfed by an almost tangibly dense fog. Forced to take shelter, he falls asleep in a shed and awakens in the middle of the night. Although frightened, he takes his chances with the dark and the mist, only to find the lighthouse complex abandoned. Or so it seems...

Something went very wrong with the experiment. Up to you to find out what and how to fix it.

There are more long non-interactive passages of text like the intro in the game, like cutscenes and a fighting scene between two NPCs. They are well written and do not slow down the pace of the game. The opposite actually, in my experience. They felt more like rewards after a sequence of tasks done correctly, showing you the fruits of your labour quite eloquently.
The room descriptions are also lengthy and detailed, helping to sustain the dim and gloomy mood in the fog-surrounded lighthouse.

The map is seemingly wide open from the start of the game, with just enough locked doors and hints to other areas to keep it interesting. You can explore every nook and cranny to your hearts content at first. However, as you solve puzzles, you trigger some events that speed up the story significantly and take you to other locations completely, where the pressure to act becomes much higher. (I don't think there is an actual timer, but it sure feels like it. Good writing!)

The obstacles are never too hard. Most are lock and key-puzzles, opening up new and/or hidden rooms in the complex. Some are mechanical puzzles, figuring out what button does what and getting a machine to work. It's one of these that pushes up the tempo towards the fast and action-packed endgame.

The story is great if you are willing to let yourself be swept along. In hindsight, there are some gaping holes and improbable situations (No failsafes in a project of this magnitude? Really?). Turn your willing suspension of disbelief up a notch and you'll be fine.

The NPCs were a tad too distant to my liking. I would have liked to see a deeper exploration of the scientist-gone-mad bad guy. As it was, he was a bit of a caricature.

The Light; Shelby's Addendum shines through its fast-moving plot and its consistently gloomy atmosphere. Great game!

* The title of my review is a tip of the hat to the excellent walkthrough by David Welbourn. Use it sparingly, the game is not that difficult, but go over the whole thing after you've finished the game. The work of a true craftsman.


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
An early hit that was later forgotten. Huge lab/lighthouse exploration game., February 3, 2016

This long sci-fi game was nominated for the very first XYZZY award for Best Game in 1996. It is a sequel to former games, as far as I can tell.

This game seems to have been forgotten, with only 3 ratings and no reviews on IFDB. It is a very large game, about as long as Spellbreaker.

The plot concerns a young apprentice scientist who isn't doing as good as they should working on scientific research working in a slightly different universe (with a sort of C. E. J. Pacian feel). Many things show up here before other games; you explore a complicated set of labs the year before Babel came out, and you explore a creepy lighthouse two years before Anchorhead.

The tone is mildly dark and mildly humorous. Some parts of the game near the end are pretty silly. I still don't understand (Spoiler - click to show)the transvestite squid and the yellow submarine full of blue rodents. I have no idea why the tone changed so much there.

This is an old-school game, where they were still incorporating Infocom tricks like search-everywhere puzzles and hidden timers that were only designed to increase the length of small-size games. In a large game like this, it is frankly unfair. Many of the puzzles have difficult solutions, and many items are under-implemented.

I loved the story, as much as I understood it. I just took a walkthrough and ran with it.


If you enjoyed The Light: Shelby's Addendum...

Related Games

People who like The Light: Shelby's Addendum also gave high ratings to these games:

Lux, by Agnieszka Trzaska
Average member rating: (16 ratings)
You wander around in darkness even though the lights are on. Sandra is the only one to survive a mysterious attack on a deep space mining station. She is alive, but has lost her vision. Now Sandra must navigate the dangerous, damaged...

Thanksgiving, by Hannah Powell-Smith
Average member rating: (13 ratings)
You're twenty-one. It's dark in here. Thanksgiving is a story game about being an anxious student with secrets, meeting your boyfriend's folks for the first time. And being Judged. Play in your browser on most devices.

Time Passed, by Davis G. See
Average member rating: (8 ratings)
All these years later and I still think about you. A game about memory and middle school.

Suggest a game

Recommended Lists

The Light: Shelby's Addendum appears in the following Recommended Lists:

Favorite semi-linear games by MathBrush
These are games like Anchorhead where you have a large amount of freedom, but you can't always return to the beginning. Generally these games are divided into chapters or days, with each one like its own mini game.

Annotated list of best sci-fi games by MathBrush
A few months ago, I thought, "There really aren't that many sci-fi IF games". Then I started going through old games I had played, and downlaoded TADS, and was shocked at how many great sci-fi games there are. This is a list of my...

Forgotten Treasures of IFDB by MathBrush
These are games that are great, either in my opinion or in many others, but which have been forgotten. By forgotten, I mean it satisfies the following: 1. Not an IfComp or XYZZY Best Game winner, 2. Not in Best 50 Interactive Fiction...

See all lists mentioning this game

Links




This is version 9 of this page, edited by Zape on 5 March 2021 at 7:15pm. - View Update History - Edit This Page - Add a News Item