Home | Profile - Edit | Your Page | Your Inbox Browse | Search Games   |   Log In


For all systems. To play, you'll need a Z-Machine Interpreter - visit Brass Lantern for download links.

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


by Jonathan Fry


(based on 3 ratings)
2 member reviews

About the Story

The prologue to a much longer game, Stargazer features you as a young lad trying to escape the everyday routine of life underground.
[--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: 203
IFID: ZCODE-1-961015-A8D9
TUID: 6zy62tclr5qz52aq


19th Place - 2nd Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (1996)

Editorial Reviews

Baf's Guide

Written as a prologue to a larger game, this piece concerns a boy who lives a life of drudgery in a magical underground city until he takes on a quest to save it from destruction. The whole game is spent kitting him out for the journey; the moment you actually embark, the game ends. Competently put together, but I'd still rather have a complete story.

-- Carl Muckenhoupt

The author admits that this is a prologue for a much longer game, and as that it succeeds perfectly, with easy puzzles to set up Ali for his quest, and a limited area to explore at the outset.

-- C.E. Forman
See the full review

Although very short, the game contains interesting objects and atmospheric locations, immediately drawing you into the fantasy world of Thran and its surrounding areas. From the start of the game, where you wake up in your house (Home Sweet Hovel) to that mysterious passage wending southwards from The Road Less-Travelled, STARGAZER maintains that other-worldly atmosphere so vital to fantasy/adventure games of this type.

-- Bev Truter
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: 2
Write a review

A very nice little game that ends abruptly. An underground civilization., May 6, 2016
This game is meant to serve as an introduction to a longer game. As such, it ends before the story really gets started. It's very similar to an opening village area in Zelda.

The author has done a good job building up an underground civilization, with a variety of npcs and some simple puzzles.

The activities you do are not compelling, but the game is polished and the setting is well done.

Not long, not great, but worth a play, November 13, 2012
This short game, a prologue to a game which was apparently never released, deals with a young man living in an underground city and who is tired of the monotony of everyday life.
Luckily, he learns of some danger and has to leave the underworld. You then gather items you'll need for this quest and there the game ends...

I found the descriptions to be a little bit lacking in vividness, but the puzzles are easy and well scripted. Worth playing if you have 15-20 minutes to kill.

If you enjoyed Stargazer...

Related Games

People who like Stargazer also gave high ratings to these games:

The Play, by Dietrich Squinkifer (Squinky)
Average member rating: (48 ratings)
Pull yourself together, Ainsley. Just one more rehearsal until the big day, assuming nothing catastrophic happens. But really, all you have to do is get your motley crew of actors to run their parts once through from beginning to end....

Zork, by Tim Anderson, Marc Blank, Bruce Daniels, and Dave Lebling
Average member rating: (27 ratings)
Also known as Dungeon.

Stationfall, by Steve Meretzky
Average member rating: (35 ratings)
What a trotting krip! Since your incredible heroics in Planetfall, where you risked life and limb to save the planet Resida, things have hardly changed at all. Sure, you were promoted to Lieutenant First Class, but this only meant that...

Suggest a game


This is version 3 of this page, edited by Edward Lacey on 22 March 2013 at 4:33pm. - View Update History - Edit This Page - Add a News Item