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All Ectocomp 2016 Grand Guignol entries
Contains Psychomanteum.gblorb
Zip file containing all Grand Guignol entries into ECTOCOMP 2016
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by Hanon Ondricek profile


(based on 12 ratings)
3 member reviews

About the Story

Every year your friend hosts a Halloween party where guests are expected to complete three dares. This is the third.

A Grand Guignol entry for ECTOCOMP 2016.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: October 31, 2016
Current Version: Unknown
Development System: Inform 7
IFID: 42C7A0CA-9451-495C-8D3E-97003F2ACE95
TUID: f0e2fae1stvsn6w


3rd Place, Le Grand Guignol - EctoComp 2016

Editorial Reviews

Emily Short
"An unnerving experiential game."
On a dare, you are forced to spend some time alone in a dark room with mirrors. Which should not be inherently horrible, right? Besides, you have matches, and a safeword.
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Short "haunted house" game with reality-warping possibilities, July 16, 2017
by verityvirtue (London)
Related reviews: melancholic
Every year, your friends hold a Halloween party, and each guest must complete three dares. The Psychomanteum is new: a mirrored chamber, in which you must stay, in darkness, for an hour. That shouldn't be too bad, right? You're a connoisseur of haunted houses and all things Halloween, after all, so nothing should really surprise you.

This game has all the usual trappings of Halloween - pumpkin spice, haunted houses, darkness. This contrasts with the genuine sense of increasing derangement as the PC spends more and more time in the titular box.

Psychomanteum has a strong concept, aided by the background music and sound effects. There were some disambiguation issues, if memory serves, and I didn't know what to make of (Spoiler - click to show)the slate. Psychomanteum leaves its truth deliberately ambiguous, but presented some deliciously creepy possibilities.

A short haunting from ectocomp, June 11, 2017
by MathBrush
Related reviews: less than 15 minutes
IN this game, you're trapped in a mirrored box as part of a Halloween stunt, carrying only a candle and some matches.

I couldn't get the game to do much, but it really had atmosphere. Just the act of lighting the matches, and the candle, and having the descriptions of your reflection described, were subtly creepy.

A short, but original&effective minimalist tale, January 2, 2017
This author really knows how to use minimalism to create an atmosphere of the eerie & the liminal...
A short piece with a novel concept, it features a limited environment but a very well implemented one, used to heighten the tension. Effectively written, and with several endings depending on what is done.

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