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The Enigma of the Old Manor House

by Daniel M. Stelzer profile


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About the Story

Everyone's heard stories about the old mansion on the hill. Decades ago, they say, old Doctor Black lived up there all alone. Until something happened—nobody knows what—and he vanished without a trace. The house belongs to the Historical Society now, it's turned into a little sort of local museum. But the south wing has always been closed to the public, and they say that's where it happened. Where he was murdered.

You don't really believe in the ghost stories any more, of course. You're too old for that. He probably just had a heart attack. But it is Halloween coming up, and Abby started telling the story, and you'd read that book and you told her it sounded like a poltergeist, a ghost that throws things around. Which means it has to be real and physical, right? Something you could find and trap.

And then Dylan made it a dare and nobody wanted to back down. And that's how you ended up here, in the dead of night on Halloween, prying one of the boards off the window next to the door and squirming your way in.

None of the others showed up. But you are not afraid of ghost stories, and you are not going to chicken out like your friends did. One way or another, you're determined to find out the truth, just like the detectives in the books always do.

This is a short, puzzle-y work of parser IF. Tutorial included for people who aren't familiar with the medium.

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1st Place, La Petite Mort - English - ECTOCOMP 2022


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
A pleasant, methodical ghost-hunting parser game, November 12, 2022
by MathBrush
Related reviews: about 1 hour

This game was made in 4 hours, but has about a dozen beta testers, and it makes sense, as it is very polished.

This is a game where you explore a dark mansion with a lightsource and a helpful notebook. You are trying to find a ghost, and have to navigate around, dealing with blocked passages and places your light can't get through.

The atmosphere is generally creepy, especially since someone died there in the past. The descriptions of the dark areas are especially evocative.

Overall, it's a clever game and has some heartwarming parts.

I think it could still do with a little more polish, even with the cadre of testers. That's to be expected for most speed-IF, but it would make sense for the author to add on to it, since I could see people liking it in the future. The commands I think would be useful to have responses to include(Spoiler - click to show)POINT POINTER or STACK BOOKS, or X ROD.

I liked this one quite a bit. I used hints 2 or 3 times.

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