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IF Comp Version 1
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Ghosts Within

by Kyriakos Athanasopoulos profile

Mystery
2021

(based on 7 ratings)
1 review

About the Story

The smell of damp moss fills the air. Wet grass and dirt surround you while you are lying face down on the cold forest floor. Your clothes are dirty, wet, and slightly torn in places. Your head's left side is throbbing, your heart is pounding irregularly, and your limbs have gone numb from the pain. You try to examine your surroundings, but the lighting is dim from your current position to do that. You try to stand up, but it feels way too exhausting. You try a second time with the help of a nearby fallen branch; finally, you manage to raise yourself from the ground...

Three different paths unravel before you, and the choice is yours. But you wonder: Did I end up here by accident? Did someone else do this to me? Or are there unimaginable otherworldly powers at play?


Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: October 1, 2021
Current Version: 1.2
License: Freeware
Development System: TADS 3
Forgiveness Rating: Merciful
IFIDs:  460FA0A5-5E04-462D-BAE5-5B363672ACB3
TADS3-D1BA6933EF64D9CC6F4A8C8189FFB167
TUID: iaumjhvhbs0c8ini

Awards

28th place - tie - 27th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2021)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
A sprawling city and mystery with multiple opening and endings, October 9, 2021
by MathBrush
Related reviews: 2-10 hours

This is a TADS game entered into IFComp 2021. It is a very large game, with dozens of locations and requiring many hours to play through.

There are three different opening scenarios, each giving you a slightly different backstory. In all 3, you're an injured and forgetful young man exploring a small town called Foghelm.

There are numerous NPCs to talk to and a big mystery to solve. There are at least 3 endings, some of which are bad endings which you can't undo out of, so make sure to save.

Gameplay requires the use of ASK, TELL, SHOW, and ASK FOR. Searching all around is also helpful, as is keeping a map, even if you usually don't.

I manage to beat the game with 32 points out of 50, meaning there are many optional things I didn't see. I also replayed with a different opening, and some areas were unlocked that I couldn't see the first time and others were blocked off.

Overall, this is a compelling and excellent game.

It's negative features, such as they are, are typos (a frequent typo is having both a period and a comma after speech), topics for conversation appearing before you'd really know about them, and the big world map making it hard to know what to do at times.

Very fun game, one of the most fun I've played in a long time.


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