Story File
Version 1.​2
For all systems. To play, you'll need a TADS 3 Interpreter - visit for interpreter downloads.
Story File
IF Comp Version 1
For all systems. To play, you'll need a TADS 3 Interpreter - visit for interpreter downloads.

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

Ghosts Within

by Kyriakos Athanasopoulos profile


(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
TUID: iaumjhvhbs0c8ini


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


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

(Log in to add your own tags)

Member Reviews

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

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.

If you enjoyed Ghosts Within...

Related Games

People who like Ghosts Within also gave high ratings to these games:

Colossal Adventure, by Pete Austin, Mike Austin, Nick Austin, James Horsler
Average member rating: (4 ratings)

Silicon and Cells, by Nic Barkdull and Matthew Borgard
Average member rating: (3 ratings)
Jaya Koto's plan was perfect: One big VR heist, and she'd be set for life. Too bad the city’s psychotically devout cybercops chose that exact day to screw with her. With no big score and the city’s security apparatus tracking her every...

Río Alto: Forgotten Memories, by Ambrosio
Average member rating: (6 ratings)
Luis couldn't stop reliving that day, the very same day he decided to dig into Felisa's silences, into Juana's sadness, into Marta's lies, into Mr. Eustaquio's cowardice... into his own troubled life. What could be worse than forgetting...

Suggest a game

This is version 8 of this page, edited by Kyriakos Athanasopoulos on 29 November 2021 at 8:52pm. - View Update History - Edit This Page - Add a News Item