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Game #4466
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  A Stop for the Night    View all Top Dogs in this genre
Interactive Fiction   Conventional

Rating: 7.8 (10 votes)

A Stop for the Night box cover

A Stop for the Night screenshot
A Stop for the Night is a fun Gothic horror IF that makes up for the confusing navigation system with superb writing that effectively evokes a creepy landscape - much like Anchorhead does on a grander scale. The plot - well, I'll leave you to discover that on your own, because figuring out what is going on is part of the game's appeal :)

The most striking thing about A Stop for the Night is something that some IF fans have been clamoring for for years: replacing convenient-but-unrealistic compass directions with a more realistic navigation system. Instead of typing "W" or "N," in this game you have to tell the game which door you want to go through. Unfortunately, this results in more confusion than fun, because the world of A Stop for the Night is made up of overlapping spaces, mazes, and long corridors, making it very difficult for anyone to make a map of the landscape - although the satisfaction you will feel after having completed the 3D mental map is worth the trouble.

While A Stop for the Night is neither truly exceptional nor a classic horror game in a sense that The Lurking Horror is, it is a fun, atmospheric, and well-written game that will keep you entertained while it lasts - and may even give you a feel goosebumps along the way. That is, as long as you are patient enough to get used to the 'realistic' navigation. Highly recommended!

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Joe Mason
Developer: Freeware
Publisher: Freeware
Year: 2003
Software Copyright: Joe Mason
Theme: Horror
None that we know of
System Requirements: Inform
Where to get it:   IF Art Show
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If you like this game, try: Lurking Horror, The, Anchorhead, Forbidden Castle

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