The freeware horror-themed point-and-click adventure 5 Days a Stranger
is the first part of the The Chzo mythos
. It tells the story of a cat burglar named Trilby who sets out to steal the family valuables from the manor of the recently deceased Sir Roderick DeFoe. But once Trilby gets inside, all the doors and windows are locked, and he cannot get out.
Soon he realizes that four other people are trapped in the house as well and the house has a reason for keeping them there - a truly sinister one. Together with scavenger Philip Harty, TV reporter Simone Taylor, the youngster Jim, and the secretive AJ, Trilby has to delve into the family history to solve the secret the manor is hiding.
The game is controlled through five mouse-controlled actions: walk, look, use, and talk. These can be selected from the bottom of the interface, from the inventory screen, or by cycling through them with the space bar. The entire game takes place over the course of five days, introducing a whodunnit
theme when some characters go missing. Most puzzles are inventory-based, but some also rely on conversations. It is also possible to die during certain sequences if the player does not react quickly.
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The later games of the DeFoe series occur on (at least in part) the date of July 28th frequently, as that is the date when the links between the real work and the world of magic are weakest (for a variety of reasons).
However, in 5 Days a Stranger
the date for when this occurrence takes place is not July 28th but is instead June 28th!
This inconsistency is retconned in Trilby's Notes
and 6 Days a Sacrifice
, where John DeFoe's fate and the events of the first game are both respectively moved forward one month later to the proper date.
The game's music is taken from RPG Maker 2000.
Additional information contributed by
Jeremy Johnson and
- AGS Awards
- 2003 - Best Game Created with AGS
- 2003 - Best Gameplay in an AGS Game
- 2003 - Best Dialogue Scripting in an AGS Game
- 2003 - Best Puzzles in an AGS Game
- 2003 - Best Scripting in an AGS Game
This entry to the MobyGames database was contributed by Zack Green (1015)
on Jan 22, 2004.