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Tales from Castle Balderstone

by Ryan Veeder profile

Episode 1 of Tales from Castle Balderstone
2018

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(based on 6 ratings)
1 member review

About the Story

An anthology of terror, edited by Ryan Veeder. Also an ECTOCOMP 2018 entry.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: October 31, 2018
Current Version: 1
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 7
Forgiveness Rating: Spine-tingling
IFID: 1C114FA9-6864-440C-A832-23AC3FABB3D8
TUID: bpp58cwqb8gfu1wk

Awards

Winner, Le Grand Guignol - EctoComp 2018

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
A humorous and horrifying collection of short Halloween games, November 3, 2018
by MathBrush
Related reviews: 15-30 minutes
This game is framed as a collection of friends sharing tales. After an intimidating wall of opening text, you begin playing the mini-games in random order.

You can, at any time, excuse yourself to go to the bathroom to skip a tale, which opens up a small segment of the game.

The stories were fun, and in a wide range. One was essentially a one-note joke; one was a deeply disturbing exploration in three parts that was frankly horrifying; another was like a fairy tale; and the fourth is a fun riff on metaphorical games.

I found this game truly enjoyable. Its one defect for me was the difficulty in finding the right actions/verbs on a regular basis. However, that may be part of the charm. But when I saw a pattern on the wallpaper and couldn't X PATTERN, or couldn't get a response for cutting it with one of two items present in the game, I got frustrated. SHOUT could work more often, TALK TO isn't implemented. But I don't know if it's worth it going back to spruce this game up, since the fun's already there.

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