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

Download

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

SABBAT

by Eva

2013

Web Site

(based on 8 ratings)
1 member review

About the Story

A game about transition from powerless to powerful.

Has freeware and commercial versions. The commercial version contains unique pixel art and a soundtrack.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: 2
License: Free
Development System: Twine
IFID: Unknown
TUID: vuc8c4367mchl685

Tags

- View the most common tags (What's a tag?)
(Log in to add your own tags)

Member Reviews

5 star:
(0)
4 star:
(2)
3 star:
(3)
2 star:
(1)
1 star:
(2)
Average Rating:
Number of Reviews: 1
Write a review


3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Surprisingly affectionate witch fantasy game about gaining power, April 30, 2016
by verityvirtue (London)
Time to completion: 20-30 minutes

(There is also a commercial/paid version of SABBAT with art and a soundtrack. This was based on the free version, linked above.)

[Warning: this game contains mentions of sexual content and self-harm, also optional animal abuse.]

It's hard to have a sabbat of one, but hopefully, once you get all the materials together, you'll be able to gather power for yourself.

SABBAT's narrator is friendly and encouraging. It was kind of like having a friend to guide and cheer you on, and in a game about making blood sacrifices to gain power, it was unexpected, but oddly cheering: I cannot hate a game which calls me witchdumpling. The mildly cynical humour here is refreshing. Instead of making trite remarks about how awful everything is, the humours slants toward the self-referential. You've made candles infused with centipede venom, and you muse how hard it was to get that venom in the first place and why did you buy a centipede again?

This game taps on the 'Living Alone in My Sad Apartment' genre, but uses this to highlight the contrast between your current state and the power that you eventually attain. Amongst other things, SABBAT draws on the idea of power through sex. Part of the PC's transformation involves a change in sexual organs, and one of the ways the transformed PC gets power from people is by having sex (or at least attempting to).

The game could be a bit of a mixed bag. The subject matter involves mixing with unknown forces, a theme usually given a more serious treatment in other fiction, but here it feels almost everyday. Yet the game remains self-aware as the PC acknowledges the strangeness of it all.

The branching reminded me of Magical Makeover, where combinations of items combine to produce different outcomes. Like MM, there are no 'bad' combinations in SABBAT (though there are some which are more amusing than others).

I wouldn't usually have plumped for the storyline, but the narrator really made the game for me. It can be polarising, but, for me, it was a charming game about the powerless seeking power and the lonely seeking companionship.

(This was originally published here: https://verityvirtue.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/sabbat/)

If you enjoyed SABBAT...

Related Games

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

A Fly On the Wall, by Nigel Jayne
Average member rating: (3 ratings)
. . . this game was updated, expanded and released in 2017 as A Fly on the Wall, or An Appositonal Eye. . . The Harrison Mansion is closing after 45 years of delighting its visitors with collections of the weird and recreations of the...

Blighted Isle, by Eric Eve
Average member rating: (38 ratings)
Blockade duty in the Bay of Biscay, vile weather, and an unplanned jaunt over the side of the ship into the tossing waves. But instead of drowning, you end up on an island that has no right to be there - and that's just the start of your...

Spellbound, by Adam Perry
Average member rating: (9 ratings)
You still remember well the moment that the professor shocked the orthographic community by announcing that there were, somewhere out there, 26 letters in all. Harness the alphabet's power to find the 23 letters that no living human has...

Suggest a game

Recommended Lists

SABBAT appears in the following Recommended Lists:

Combinatorial Explosion by verityvirtue
Combinatorial explosion is a name fitting for a band, or a game about chemistry, but, according to mama Wikipedia, it refers to "the effect of functions that grow very rapidly as a result of combinatorial considerations". There you have...

Polls

The following polls include votes for SABBAT:

Christianity in IF by Bainespal
Sam Kabo Ashwell's statement in his recent review of Cana According to Micah that "the best works dealing prominently with Christian themes are written by non-Christians" made me curious. Perhaps a list of games with serious Christian...

Links




This is version 4 of this page, edited by Leon Arnott on 16 December 2013 at 4:09am. - View Update History - Edit This Page - Add a News Item