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House of the Stalker

by Jason Clayton White

Horror
1996

About the Story

An escaped serial killer is loose in the neighbourhood. Even worse, he might be in your house. Or was that smashing sound something to do with the cat?
[--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: 202
IFID: ZCODE-1-960930-C00D
TUID: c4gq9drlxwiu1a9h

Off-Site Reviews

IF-Review
Don't Go Violent On This Review
The writing is sloppy (although the style cracked me up) and the code, buggy. I actually refrained from including other bits of text because I didn't want to spoil all of its `jokes', which aren't as numerous as I recalled. Still, as clichéd as games like these are, they carry that spark of inspiration that most `this is my apartment' and `treasure quest' games lack, and sometimes that's enough to win a place in your heart.

-- Jonathan Blask
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SPAG
The atmosphere never feels particularly creepy, as in "Theatre", mainly because the game constantly jokes about the psycho who's probably downstairs right now waiting to kill you. The puzzles deal primarily with doing the right thing to the stalker at the right time, which means there's a lot of "guess what I'm thinking" to wade through.

-- C.E. Forman
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SynTax
I'm sure the author wasn't aiming for this effect at all, but somehow my game character was so...so...IRRITATING. But then you can always bump your character off by ambling outside to where the stalker is lurking, and get yourself killed. This provided quite a good substitute ending for me, when I realized I was unable to finish STALKER due to the suspected bug.

-- Bev Truter
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