Malstrum's Mansion (Browser)

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Following game launch in a lovingly simulated Macintosh environment, the player enters a retro 1st-person adventure in an explicitly Shadowgate vein (but closer to Uninvited in tone), apparently straight out of the Mac's old World Builder development system. There, the scion of a once-great family arrives at its dilapidated Vienna estate in 1800, to explore its haunted confines and the Roman ruins beneath, unravel a horrible family secret and acquire objects of mystical significance in order to dismiss an ancient evil demonic dealing cursing generations of the Malstrum family.

After fielding simulated copy protection, the player is quickly reminded of the minimalist and unforgivingly lethal nature of this old-style adventure game, exacerbated by the lack of any save / load functionality. With four action verbs to pick from (examine, take, operate and go) the player will combine these with prospective (if sometimes unlikely) hot spots on the screen, hoping to unlock a necessary item and not a surprise death.


Malstrum's Mansion Browser Some good wine we have here! And a torch with gunpowder. What if I combine them?
Malstrum's Mansion Browser Starting the game.
Malstrum's Mansion Browser That was a bad idea.
Malstrum's Mansion Browser That dog seems hostile.

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At least two of the game's opponents (the undead assistant and the grave dog) are modeled after analogous illustrations by Bill Houston in Fighting Fantasy gamebook #14: Temple of Terror (but, curiously, not its computer game adaptation). The assistant is a clear derivative of the gamebook's Phantom, while the dog is akin to the Death Dog in that game's desert city of Vatos.

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Pseudo_Intellectual (60497) added Malstrum's Mansion (Browser) on Apr 03, 2009