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More a Haunting than a History

by E. Jade Lomax


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(based on 2 ratings)
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About the Story


an interactive fiction game from E. Jade Lomax (ink-splotch / dirgewithoutmusic), the writer who brought you Beanstalk, Second Star to the Left podcast, and Stay?.

Return to your sleepy, strange little hometown after years away. Explore your old haunts, reconnect with old friends and new, and dig into the mysteries that rise up in the town like mist.

It's a story about leaving home and coming home; about life after death-- in more ways than one. This choose-your-own-adventure game lets you explore who you used to be so that you can decide who you want to be.

What is More a Haunting than a History?

A LGBTQ-friendly dating sim wrapped up in a weird little town with weirder denizens. (Including polyam & aroace relationship options)
An interactive fiction story about memory, responsibility, and identity; about understanding the past in order to decide the future.
OXENFREE mashed up with a Teen Wolf fanfic, or maybe if Charmed had a baby with Gone Home?


Select "Run Game" or "Load Game." Read the text that appears like it's a story unfolding, and select between the bolded options offered to you. 

It is recommended to use the Chrome browser for this game; other browsers tend to drop your progress if you leave the webpage for too long, especially on mobile, even if you've saved.

Use the SAVE button to preserve your progress as you explore your hometown. Any refresh/reload of the web page will clear your existing progress. Many phones will automatically drop any idling webpages, so save before you leave the browser app to go to another application or tab. 


If the game "freezes," choices stop appearing, or it has other issues in execution, we suggest closing the browser, then reopening it & reloading your most recent save. (Do NOT save at the place the error occurs. Only use a save that already existed.) This has helped with most the commonly seen bugs. 

If the game won't load at all ("Run Game" does not appear), try deleting your cookies. 


Made using inkle's INK - inklestudios.com

Written by E. Jade Lomax - ejadelomax.com

Ink by E. Jade Lomax 

Save Function provided by Adam Rubin and E. Jade Lomax
Photo by Curt Lomax 

Hero Testing by Jules Lomax
Beta testing by Marina Lomax, Piper Lomax, Adam Rubin, M. Esty, Kaden Sundberg, N. Oguri, S. Hayes, Grace Li, and many wonderful helpful others! 

Liked the game? Check out my tumblr ink-splotch for behind the scenes content and my other works. I'm also on Twitter @ejadelomax. 
Want early access to future games, stories, or scripts, "making of" posts, and other tidbits? Consider supporting my patreon at https://www.patreon.com/ejadelomax 

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cool game about what happens after a paranormal ya story, February 24, 2023

in "more a haunting than a history," the pc returns to their tiny hometown after their aunt's death. what seems at first like a simple matter of dealing with her affairs while reconnecting with old friends, though, rapidly becomes more complicated, because it turns out that their high school years were straight out of a "teens vs monster of the week" cw show... only they don't remember any of it.

the game was definitely nostalgic for me as someone who watched a lot of that stuff at that age, and it's a little more realistic take on how hard it would be on a teenager to be constantly saving your town from evil, while not being totally miserable all the time or coming off line the writer thinks the genre is bad. like, there are some people who are like "it's bad when stories have kids saving the world because kids shouldn't have that responsibility," but this feels more aimed at adults who have moved on from that kind of story but remember it fondly.

the game is really well written and does a good job balancing the main plot and the dating sim aspects. tho i guess it helps that three of the dateable characters are deeply tied into the plot and the pc's history. imo all the relationships were compelling and believable, which isn't always easy to pull off. (poly and aroace options too! you love to see it!) i also thought the writing was good overall, and i loved the creepy dream sequences. (this is the second review in a row where i've mentioned creepy dream sequences... idk, i just really enjoy them for some reason! 😆)

there seems to be a lot of different endings depending on your choices, but not a lot of branching during the game itself. the endings are pretty substantial tho - several "pages"/screens each - which i appreciated!

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Outstanding Underappreciated Game of 2022 - Player's Choice by MathBrush
This poll is part of the 2022 IFDB Awards. The rules for the competition can be found here, and a list of all categories can be found here. This award is for the most underappreciated game of 2022. Voting is open to all IFDB members....

Outstanding Ink Game of 2022 - Player's Choice by MathBrush
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