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The Lurking Horror

MobyRank MobyScore
Atari 8-bit
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4.4
Commodore 64
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4.5
DOS
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3.7

User Reviews

Lovecraft-lite DOS Terrence Bosky (5234)
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)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Amiga 5 4.5
Amstrad CPC 3 4.4
Amstrad PCW Awaiting 1 votes...
Apple II 3 4.4
Atari 8-bit 3 4.4
Atari ST 4 4.1
Commodore 64 5 4.5
DOS 21 3.7
Macintosh 3 4.3
Combined MobyScore 47 4.1


The Press Says

MobyRanks are listed below. You can read here for more information about MobyRank.
100
Apple IITechtite
One of the first of the best thriller games, The Lurking Horror should be in the collection of any fan of Stephen King, or thrillers in particular. This text adventure was set in a college, where strange experiments are taking place. You must stop the evil before it engulfs the whole campus...and perhaps the world itself! So cool was this game's story, puzzles, and overall play value --even to this very day-- it made Techtite's list of Top 50 Multimedia Classics. Every thriller game out today pales in comparison.
90
Atari STComputer and Video Games (CVG)
I put The Lurking Horror on the same level as Stationfall, although, preferring science-fiction to horror, purely as a matter of personal taste, I found this slightly less enthralling. If you are into horror, and into adventures, get into The Lurking Horror.
88
DOSHappy Computer
An den Rätseln von The Lurking Horror gefällt mir, daß trotz der Horror-Fantasy-Handlung jedes Problem streng logisch gelöst wird. Es gibt hier kein wildes Rumhantieren mit Zaubersprüchen, das mir bei Fantasy-Adventures immer mißfällt. Die Handlung ist immerhin so gruselig, daß ich mich beim Spielen sicherheitshalber ab und zu umgucke, ob nicht doch irgendwo ein Monster in meinem Zimmer aufgetaucht ist. Außerdem lasse ich jetzt immer alle Lichter in meiner Wohnung an... Obwohl ich anrügen sollte, daß Infocom mal etwas frischen Wind in die Adventure-Szene blasen sollte. Im Augenblick brillieren Infocom-Adventures durch Handlung und Puzzles, nicht durch technische Perfektion. Da hat Magnetic Scrolls ("Guild of Thieves") zur Zeit die Nase vorn.
85
Atari 8-bitThe Games Machine (UK)
The size of the game and the amount of puzzles there are to solve, together with the very professional implementation of Lurking Horror make it yet another masterpiece from Infocom. Playing it alone in the darkened room at the dead of night is not recommended for the weak of heart.
85
Amstrad CPCThe Games Machine (UK)
The size of the game and the amount of puzzles there are to solve, together with the very professional implementation of Lurking Horror make it yet another masterpiece from Infocom. Playing it alone in the darkened room at the dead of night is not recommended for the weak of heart.
85
Commodore 64The Games Machine (UK)
The size of the game and the amount of puzzles there are to solve, together with the very professional implementation of Lurking Horror make it yet another masterpiece from Infocom. Playing it alone in the darkened room at the dead of night is not recommended for the weak of heart.
85
Atari STThe Games Machine (UK)
The size of the game and the amount of puzzles there are to solve, together with the very professional implementation of Lurking Horror make it yet another masterpiece from Infocom. Playing it alone in the darkened room at the dead of night is not recommended for the weak of heart.
85
AmigaThe Games Machine (UK)
The size of the game and the amount of puzzles there are to solve, together with the very professional implementation of Lurking Horror make it yet another masterpiece from Infocom. Playing it alone in the darkened room at the dead of night is not recommended for the weak of heart.
85
DOSThe Games Machine (UK)
The size of the game and the amount of puzzles there are to solve, together with the very professional implementation of Lurking Horror make it yet another masterpiece from Infocom. Playing it alone in the darkened room at the dead of night is not recommended for the weak of heart.
83
DOSAdventure Lantern
For now, let’s be as frank as the mists of nostalgia allow. The Lurking Horror is a very good game, which uses a mature, though still quite limited, version of the Infocom parser, and manages to infuse the player with an (admittedly false) sense of true freedom. Sometimes of dread too, as this game oozes atmosphere like an ooze oozes ooze. The rather loose and at times disjointed plot, that besides its shortcomings does a great job of being interesting and involving, puts you in the shoes of a GUE (George Underwood Edwards) student, in a typical dark and stormy night, one day before an assignment is due. The apparently desperate struggle to prepare the said assignment soon turns into a dangerous journey to the GUE Alchemy department, through the old and Lovecraftian underground corridors of the University. Then you get to die a lot and experience quite a lot of weird and some (wisely few) quirky little funny moments.
72
DOSSPAG
Lurking Horror's parser is, as expected, up to snuff. The writing is excellent; the game is firmly rooted in the Gothic horror used by Lovecraft and Poe. Dave Lebling has captured the essence of the genre well. The plot, however, is not as well developed. It contains some nice elements, but at times the disparate plot elements felt unconnected. The characters also lack flair.
70
MacintoshAll Game Guide
The Lurking Horror is more complex than most, and the ending might be seen as a bit of a letdown by some players. However, the game is enjoyable on the whole.