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Hunter, In Darkness (Browser)

Hunter, In Darkness Browser Title screen


100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
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Revisiting the proto-text adventure Hunt the Wumpus, this game gathers the essential elements -- pursuing a monster through a bat-infested maze of caves -- and casts an existential narrative over what were fundamentally random, arbitrary and amoral actions in the original game. A light-hearted game about killing the foozle takes on new life as the player's text adventure input reveals the story of a champion consigned to a hardscrabble existence reduced to the two elements in the game's title -- a job, wearying and dangerous -- in an unsafe work environment that swallows up men and makes widows of their wives. Wounding the Wumpus is one thing, a trifle that the game throws back in the player's face, but can the player transcend the endless cycle of butchery and emerge out the other end any less a victim than his slain opponents?


Hunter, In Darkness Browser Title screen
Hunter, In Darkness Browser Wounding the Wumpus.  But it wasn't a clean kill!
Hunter, In Darkness Browser How will I finish it off?  (Or will it finish /me/ off?)
Hunter, In Darkness Browser Winning the game

Alternate Titles

  • "Hunter, In Darkness: A Cave Crawl" -- Tag-lined title

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This game has been widely acclaimed since its release, when it achieved 8th place overall in the 1999 competition (tying for second place in the authors'-vote Miss Congeniality spin-off) and won Best Setting and Best Individual Puzzle in that year's Xyzzy Awards, as well as placing as a finalist there in the categories of Best Individual NPC and Best Use of Medium.

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Pseudo_Intellectual (43949) added Hunter, In Darkness (Browser) on Jan 15, 2009