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Requires a TADS interpreter. Visit IFWiki for download links. (Compressed with ZIP. Free Unzip tools are available for most systems at
Contains rylvania.gam
Requires a TADS interpreter. Visit IFWiki for download links. (Compressed with the Unix-style .tar.gz "tarball" format. Free unpacking tools are available for most platforms.)
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Verbose walkthrough and maps by David Welbourn.

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The Horror of Rylvania

by D. A. Leary


About the Story

"What you expected would be a fun outing in scenic Rylvania turns into a gruesome nightmare, with *you* playing the starring role. Find out what it's like to be alternately the source and challenger of evil in the tiny Eastern European province. Test your very moral fiber as you decide to damn yourself and save others -- or vice versa." [author's blurb, from The (Other) TADS Games List version 1.2]

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: Release 2.5
License: Former shareware
Development System: TADS 2
Baf's Guide ID: 396
TUID: pgklownuffqn25nh

Off-Site Reviews


I enjoyed playing it. The atmosphere was well created to be eerie, but not disgusting. (Audrey A. DeLisle)
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Well, the game starts with you and your friend Carolyn being attacked by a pack of wolves during a trip through Rylvania, a small country somewhere in the backwoods of Central Europe. [...] Then, just as things really got rolling, I was resolutely grabbed by the collar, pulled back, and told, "Not so fast, my friend. From now on, you've got to do it the usual way -- explore, pick up things, and enjoy yourself". This sudden change alone was baffling enough; to make things worse, it turned out that one had to be pretty careful, if not pedantic, in collecting items -- the game is split in two parts, with many rooms in the first part no longer accessible when you reach the second stage; however, puzzles at stage 2 often require objects from stage 1 to be solved, so that you're very likely to lock yourself out of victory, and find out something is wrong only several hundred turns later (sometimes without a hint what item is needed, exactly). (Valentine Kopteltsev)
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This is a nice game. It's very big and there's lots of booty to collect and carry. I like that - it makes me feel (wrongly) like I'm getting somewhere. I found the UNDO command in TADS particularly useful after making a stupid move - and I did make one or two, believe it or not. The game has a solemn atmosphere in keeping with the scenario but there are some nice humorous touches including some footnotes - but you really need to be an Infocom/Unnkulian nut to get the best from them. (Alan Medley)
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The quality of writing in Rylvania is superb, with exquisite location and object descriptions; and you are quickly drawn into the utterly believable game world as the story opens on a scene charged with drama, and proceeds with unrelenting tension from there to the bitter end. (Bev Truter)
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v.8: 19-Jun-2015 21:33 - Zape (Current Version) - Edit Page - Normal View
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  v.7: 19-Jun-2015 21:33 - David Welbourn
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v.6: 18-Mar-2013 14:18 - Edward Lacey
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v.5: 10-Mar-2013 11:47 - Edward Lacey
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v.4: 29-Apr-2009 21:21 - Dave Chapeskie
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v.3: 07-Dec-2008 08:26 - David Welbourn
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v.2: 25-Nov-2007 00:08 - pwiecz
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v.1: 29-Sep-2007 20:49 - IFDB
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