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Hunter, In Darkness (Browser)

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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?

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Hunter, In Darkness Browser Is this a premonition of my own fate?
Hunter, In Darkness Browser Winning the game
Hunter, In Darkness Browser Starting location
Hunter, In Darkness Browser Title screen

Alternate Titles

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

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Awards

  • rec.arts.int-fiction competition
    • 1999 - #2 in the authors'-vote Miss Congeniality category
    • 1999 - #8 overall
  • Xyzzy Awards
    • 1999 - Best Setting
    • 1999 - Best Individual Puzzle
    • 1999 - Finalist in the Best Individual NPC category
    • 1999 - Finalist in the Best Use of Medium category

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Pseudo_Intellectual (44552) added Hunter, In Darkness (Browser) on Jan 15, 2009