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Game #2943
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Anchorhead    View all Top Dogs in this genre
Interactive Fiction   Monumental

Rating: 8.9 (53 votes)

Anchorhead box cover

Anchorhead screenshot
Anchorhead is an excellent horror IF in the tradition of Infocom's much-loved The Lurking Horror. Although not as scary as that classic, Anchorhead has more than enough atmosphere and unnerving plot twists to glue horror fans to their seat. Carl Munkenhoupt says it all in his capsule review:

"Lovecraft-inspired gothic horror at its best: a small town full of secrets, a gruesomely deformed monstrosity, a vast uncaring force awaiting its day. Despite the overblown style typical of the genre, this game generally works, and can get quite unnerving at times (especially in some of the NPC interactions). Highly open and explorable environment (aside from an abundance of locked doors), puzzles well-integrated into the storyline (including many optional puzzles and alternate solutions), lots of backstory revealed in an impressive variety of ways. Gets a bit sticky towards the end, with many tight time limits. Has a Sierra-style time system: the day ends when a certain point in the plot is reached. Features a female protagonist, two small mazes (one optional), references to incest, and a certain amount of strong language, gore, and really bad things happening to people." Highly recommended!

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Michael Gentry
Developer: Freeware
Publisher: Freeware
Year: 1998
Software Copyright: Michael Gentry
Theme: Horror
None that we know of
System Requirements: Inform
Where to get it:   IF Archive
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If you like this game, try: Lurking Horror, The, Ooze, Shadow of Comet

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