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Release 16: latest version of the game.
For all systems. To play, you'll need a Z-Machine Interpreter - visit Brass Lantern for download links.
Release 7: first released version, lacks much of the material in later versions.
For all systems. To play, you'll need a Z-Machine Interpreter - visit Brass Lantern for download links.
Release 10: the fourth public release, compiled by Inform v1171. Included with the Apple IIGS port of the ZIP interpreter.
For all systems. To play, you'll need a Z-Machine Interpreter - visit Brass Lantern for download links.
Release 12: published in Acorn User magazine, August 1994.
For all systems. To play, you'll need a Z-Machine Interpreter - visit Brass Lantern for download links.
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by Graham Nelson

Haunted House/Historical/Travel/Time Travel

About the Story

"As "Curses" opens, you're hunting about in the attic of your family home, looking for a tatty old map of Paris (you're going on holiday tomorrow) and generally trying to avoid all the packing. Aunt Jemima is potting daisies and sulking; the attics are full of endless distractions and secrets; Greek myths, horoscopes, sixth-century politics, a less than altogether helpful demon, a mysterious bomb plot, photography, ritual, poetry and a dream or two all get in your way; and somehow you keep being reminded of your family through the ages, and all its Curses... ...could it be that even you are Cursed?"
[--blurb from The Z-Files Catalogue]

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: 16
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 6
Forgiveness Rating: Cruel
Baf's Guide ID: 55
IFIDs:  ZCODE-16-951024-4DE6
TUID: plvzam05bmz3enh8

Off-Site Reviews

Gaming Enthusiast
The game is huge, well-written and thoroughly enjoyable, even though some puzzles prove to be a hard nut to crack.
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How would you react when a seemingly simple situation in your attic transformed into ancient magic, past and present places and times, a mental tour of your own history, a "chance" to control the fundamental basis upon which the universe is founded, the discovery of ancient powers utilized by Merlin himself, Heaven, Hell, robot mice, and of course curses? I don't know about you, but I reacted by becoming glued to my terminal for about 50 hours straight. (Molley the Mage)

Curses is a classic, and it must be treated as such. Nelson has studied the great Interactive Fiction tradition from as far back as ADVENT and collected the elements that define the medium. He then blended and used them in a skillful way to create a masterpiece. (Nick Patavalis)
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All in all, an engrossing and thoroughly enjoyable text adventure. I'd rate it up there with the Unnkulians and that's a quite a compliment coming from me. It's tricky but not impossible and I very much enjoyed the author's sense of humour. (Marion Taylor)
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Xyzzy News
"Curses" well qualifies for the title of "interactive fiction" as compared to the "adventure game" which strings together puzzles with little relation to the storyline. Apart from the descriptions, which are generally well written with an eye to atmospherics, you'll find bits and pieces of family lore that weave back and forth across a historical canvas, sewn together by your efforts. When (if) you finish the game, it should all make sense... more or less. (Conrad Wong)
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v.10: 22-Sep-2013 12:16 - Edward Lacey
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v.9: 29-Apr-2013 10:52 - Sam Kabo Ashwell
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v.6: 27-Jan-2013 10:56 - Edward Lacey
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v.5: 28-Apr-2010 04:15 - Emily Boegheim
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v.4: 28-Aug-2008 20:57 - Maze
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v.3: 01-Mar-2008 16:24 - David Welbourn
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