DescriptionAnchorhead is a horror-themed interactive fiction game set in a Lovecraftian dilapidated fishing village. After a gruesome death ends the Verlac family line, a young couple, from a distant branch of the family, inherit the ancestral mansion. The player takes on the role of the wife in this horror-themed interactive fiction game, exploring the mansion and the town, talking to its denizens, and uncovering the mystery that hangs like a miasma over the town.
The plot is divided into three days, but - save for a few time-critical puzzles - the player need not hurry, as time only progresses after puzzles are solved.
- "Anchorhead: An Interactive Tale of Lovecraftian Horror" -- Tag-lined title
- "Anchorhead: An Interactive Gothic" -- Tag-lined title
Part of the Following Groups
|After slogging through pale Lovecraft imitations, someone finally gets it right.||Windows||Terrence Bosky (5225)|
|Captivating; very well-developed story and excellent attention to detail||DOS||Mirrorshades2k (273)|
|SPAG||DOS||Sep 15, 1999||8.7 out of 10||87|
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Director's CutIn 2006 Michael Gentry announced an updated Director's Cut edition of Anchorhead in November 2007, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the game. This new edition was supposed to be a complete rewrite of the code in version 7 of the Inform programming language (the current release version was written in version 6 of Inform).
- XYZZY Awards
- 1998 - Best Setting
- 1998 - Nominee Best Game
- 1998 - Nominee Best Writing
- 1998 - Nominee Best Story
- 1998 - Nominee Best Puzzles
- 1998 - Nominee Best Individual NPC (for Michael
Related Web Sites
- Anchorhead @ ifiction.org (Play the game online.)
- Download this game from the Interactive Fiction Archive (Anchorhead is freely distributed by the author through the Interactive Fiction Archive at ifarchive.org- Click this link to download it directly!)
- Game Couch Interview (2006 interview with Michael Gentry on Game Couch about Anchorhead and the planned remake (English))
- Michael Gentry's Anchorhead Page (Author's page dedicated to the 10th anniversary re-release of Anchorhead.)