Requires a Z-Code interpreter. Visit IFWiki for download links.
Walkthrough and map
by David Welbourn

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

Ritual of Purification

by Jarek Sobolewski

Fantasy/Science Fiction/Surreal

(based on 4 ratings)
1 review

About the Story

Tha' art a magician, embarked on an astral projection. Danger. Romance, perhaps. Learning, maybe...
[--blurb from The Z-Files Catalogue]

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: Release 1
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 6
Baf's Guide ID: 256
IFID: ZCODE-1-980927-2CCB
TUID: vthu58wk6wm7qj1o


12th Place - 4th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (1998)

Editorial Reviews

Baf's Guide

A fantasy/occult scenario of self-empowerment through astral projection. Come face-to-face with your shadow-self, learning a handful of magickal spells along the way. Small map, simple puzzles, purple prose, a couple of not-really-interactive sequences. Certainly not everyone's cup of tea, but then, what is?

-- Carl Muckenhoupt

>INVENTORY - Paul O'Brian writes about interactive fiction

I would really like to play a game with this kind of tone which had freed itself from shopworn images and RPG leftovers. Something with imagery like the more arresting parts of Ritual, but which really cohered to make a powerful statement on some aspect of the human condition, could really take advantage of IF's immersive capability to create a remarkable work of art. Ritual isn't it, but I hope it becomes the jumping-off point for someone (the author perhaps?) to create something like it but better: no writing errors, no cliches, no anachronisms, no bugs -- just the Ditko universes exploding and melting all around us, with meaning.
See the full review


- 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

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
An intense, surreal game about becoming purified, July 1, 2017
by MathBrush
Related reviews: 15-30 minutes

This is a short surreal game that swerves from scene to scene with intense emotion. You confront hell, satyrs and nymphs, and so on. There's extreme pain, and you can see your collection of spells by typing Spells.

Some of it is fairly juvenile, though, especially the parts with nymphs/satyrs and the general breathless feel.

Ritual of Purification on IFDB

Recommended Lists

Ritual of Purification appears in the following Recommended Lists:

My new walkthroughs for May 2019 by David Welbourn
On Wednesday, May 29, 2019, I published new walkthroughs for the games listed below! Some of these were paid for by my wonderful patrons at Patreon. Please consider supporting me to make even more new walkthroughs for works of...

This is version 5 of this page, edited by Paul O'Brian on 6 May 2022 at 1:04am. - View Update History - Edit This Page - Add a News Item