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|Author:||Michael S. Gentry|
Lovecraft-inspired gothic horror at its best: a small town full of secrets,
a gruesomely deformed monstrosity, a vast uncaring force awaiting its day.
Despite the overblown style typical of the genre, this game
generally works, and can get quite unnerving at times (especially in some
of the NPC interactions).
Highly open and explorable environment (aside from an abundance of locked
doors), puzzles well-integrated into the
storyline (including many optional puzzles and alternate solutions),
lots of backstory revealed in an impressive variety of ways.
Gets a bit sticky towards the end, with many tight time limits.
Has a Sierra-style time system: the day ends when a certain point in the
plot is reached. Features a female protagonist, two small mazes
(one optional), references to incest, and a certain amount of strong
language, gore, and really bad things happening to people.
Reviewed by Carl Muckenhoupt (30 Jun 2000)
|Winner, Best Setting, Xyzzy Awards 1998|
Finalist, Best Story, Xyzzy Awards 1998
Finalist, Best Game, Xyzzy Awards 1998
Finalist, Best Writing, Xyzzy Awards 1998
Finalist, Best Puzzles, Xyzzy Awards 1998
Finalist, Best Individual NPC, Xyzzy Awards 1998
|Play Online:||Play it at ifiction.org|
|Related Links:||SPAG review|
- AnchorheadDemo.gblorb (621.07 KB)
- Glulx executable (version: 2, incomplete, "Special Edition")
- anchor.z8 (508.00 KB)
- Z-code 8 executable (version: 5)
- anchmap.zip (4.77 KB)
- map in GUEmap format
- anchor.sol (28.37 KB)
- AnchorSolve.txt (8.61 KB)