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Slouching Towards Bedlam

by Star Foster and Daniel Ravipinto


Web Site

About the Story

In the beginning was the Word, and it was hungry.

Enter a steampunk adventure set in a London that might have been. The year is 1885. Bedlam Hospital still stands in Moorsfield, a decaying shell used to house the poor and the hopeless. Steam-driven mechanical wonders roam the streets. Gear-wheeled analytical engines spin out reams of thought onto punched paper tapes.

And in the darkness - in the alleys and the side shops - hide secrets.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: September 25, 2003
Current Version: 1
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 6
Baf's Guide ID: 2186
IFIDs:  7A687259-600A-4527-B72C-2AB6AAF9FA0C
TUID: 032krqe6bjn5au78

Off-Site Reviews

Gaming Enthusiast
Adding to this very atmospheric narration, great setting and overall enjoyability of experiencing the game, Slouching Towards Bedlam can be recommended to anyone seeking a good and engrossing story.
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Jay Is Games
Once you start crawling through the game, you'll realize just how story-driven Slouching Towards Bedlam is, and the setting, character interactions and impeccable writing perfectly frame the experience.
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Play This Thing!
Slouching Towards Bedlam is a great game, without being a perfect one.
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The pacing is superb: the pieces of the story come at just the right moments, the understanding comes gradually and not too slowly. The size of the game is next to perfect for the Comp, exactly filling up two hours in reaching one or two endings and reading the appendices. There are moments that made me completely forget about the real world, and focus entirely on what was happening in the game.

In short: you must play this game.
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>VERBOSE -- Paul O'Brian's Interactive Fiction Page

[T]he writing worked really well, and the coding was similarly solid -- I found no bugs at all. In fact, between the game's puzzlebox premise and its lack of flaws, I've found this review rather hard to write, so I'll just close by saying this: play Slouching Towards Bedlam. Your time will be well-spent, and you may find that it remains with you in entirely unexpected ways.
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