DescriptionDespite a terrible snowstorm, a young G.U.E. Tech student travels to the school's computer lab to work on his grad paper. However, something strange has happened. The file containing the student's document has been partially overwritten by the Department of Alchemy's files. At first the student's only goal is to retrieve his lost document, but soon he realizes that something far more sinister is occurring in the depths of the school building.
The Lurking Horror is Infocom's only horror-themed text adventure game. The game is set in the haunted school building, in the midst of a blizzard that rendered escape impossible. The player explores the environments and has to solve puzzles to overcome obstacles. There are hostile creatures in the game, most of which must be defeated or outsmarted by using specific items.
- "The Lurking Horror - An Interactive Horror" -- Tag-lined title
Part of the Following Group
|Lovecraft-lite||DOS||Terrence Bosky (5227)|
|One of the last great text-only games ever made||DOS||Afterburner (477)|
|Horror Text Adventure set in ‘M.I.T.’||DOS||David Ledgard (63)|
|Become the protagonist of a Lovecraft-like tale||DOS||jgdjgdg jsjgsgsjhfdj (1)|
|Computer and Video Games (CVG)||Atari ST||Sep, 1987||9 out of 10||90|
|Commodore User||Commodore 64||Aug, 1987||9 out of 10||90|
|Happy Computer||DOS||1986||88 out of 100||88|
|64'er||Commodore 64||Oct, 1987||13 out of 15||87|
|The Games Machine (UK)||Atari 8-bit||Dec, 1987||85 out of 100||85|
|The Games Machine (UK)||Amstrad CPC||Dec, 1987||85 out of 100||85|
|The Games Machine (UK)||Commodore 64||Dec, 1987||85 out of 100||85|
|The Games Machine (UK)||Amiga||Dec, 1987||85 out of 100||85|
|All Game Guide||Macintosh||1998||70|
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Copy protectionCopy protection for the game required the user to input the correct Student ID number and password into a computer terminal.
Extras(From the Infocom Home Page site)
The game contained "G.U.E. at a Glance" (G.U.E. Tech guide), a G.U.E. Tech student ID card, and a red rubber centipede (between two sheets of clear plastic).
- G.U.E. Tech was based on M.I.T., the alma matter of most of Infocom's employee's. Locations in the game are similar, along with various M.I.T. slang.
- The college you find yourself at is George Underwood Edwards Tech, aka GUE Tech. GUE was the abbreviation for the Great Underground Empire from the Zork series, also published by Infocom.
SoundLurking Horror featured sound for certain systems (like Amiga). Do you want your version of LH to have sound? As of 2000, the missing sound files and a utility to upgrade your .DAT file were available via anonymous ftp from ftp.gmd.de at if-archive/infocom/missing-files, and the file was called LHSOUND.ZIP.
Unofficial SequelThe premise and setting (radically recast as "PUE Tech") are revisited in Jason Davis's 1991 Amstrad CPC text adventure The Smirking Horror, written with the "Graphic Adventure Creator" (GAC).
- Happy Computer
- Issue 01/1988 - Best Text Adventure in 1987
Related Web Sites
- Infocom Home Page (Fan site with comprehensive Infocom coverage)
- Lurking Horror Elevator Game (Working Z Machine File.)
- The Commodore Zone (All about the game with introduction, images, related links and comments area.)
- The Infocom Gallery (High-quality scans of the grey box package and manual of The Lurking Horror.)