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by Brendon Wyber


About the Story

Your job as a real estate agent brings you into contact with many old buildings, but none are quite like the old theatre that has stood deserted for almost thirty years. After visiting it with some prospective buyers, you discover that you have left your pager behind. You quickly stop off there, on your way out for the evening, to pick it up. However, at night, you soon learn, the theatre's denizens are more than just rats and spiders. Now you find yourself trapped in a world of secrets and of shadows, while a century-old evil awakens to hatch her nefarious plans. In order to survive the horror and insanity, you must use all your wits and cunning, and, to escape, you must solve the dark secret of the THEATRE!
[--blurb from The Z-Files Catalogue]

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: Release 2
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 6
Forgiveness Rating: Polite
Baf's Guide ID: 212
IFIDs:  ZCODE-1-950721-5144
TUID: bv8of8y9xeo7307g

Off-Site Reviews

"Theatre" is excellent when considered only as an adventure game, with good puzzles and superb game-play. I felt that it lacked the consistency and prose that would have made it a good piece of fiction too. (Gareth Rees)

The opening is nice 'n easy for beginners with plenty of advice in case you don't know what to do next. This may be frustrating for more experienced players as it is very linear. The middle game opens up more, with several well thought out but familiar puzzles open to the player at once. However, as mentioned above, there is a sudden change of direction in the atmosphere and style of the game, which was not to this reviewer's tastes. The end-game is where _Theatre_ really falls down though, with a short sequence of ill- or un- explained puzzles which, once finally solved, leave the player with an unsatisfactory ending and a bitter aftertaste. (Julian Arnold)
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This is the sort of game you'll find compulsive - it's hard to clamber back to the real world and do mundane things like making meals, shopping, etc., when Theatre lies beckoning from your computer. I really can't find a single teensy negative thing to say about it - spelling, grammar and writing are way above average; room descriptions ooze atmosphere; the plot turns and twists breathtakingly; and the suspense and tension are so real that you become engulfed by the gameworld.
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Xyzzy News
Although uneven in spots, "Theatre" is an engrossing game for anyone who's ever been intrigued by haunted houses or by the stories their walls could tell, if only they could talk...
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v.8: 15-Jun-2019 19:08 - Lance Campbell (Current Version) - Edit Page - Normal View
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v.5: 18-Mar-2013 15:28 - Edward Lacey
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v.4: 03-Mar-2013 13:41 - Edward Lacey
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v.3: 11-Mar-2008 23:07 - David Welbourn
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v.2: 25-Nov-2007 00:42 - pwiecz
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v.1: 29-Sep-2007 20:48 - IFDB
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