IntroductionI never hurt you in anger (Blackstone Chronicles VLP)
John Saul's Blackstone Chronicles: An Adventure in Terror is a point&click adventure game with a very long name. It was released in 1998 as the sequel to John Saul's serial novel Blackstone Chronicles published in six parts between 1996 and 1998. It's a forgettable book completely overshadowed by the game it spawned.
John Saul's Blackstone Chronicles: An Adventure in Terror was designed and written by Bob Bates, who earlier worked on a number of late Infocom's and early Legend Entertainment's interactive fiction pieces, such as Gateway 1&2, Eric the Unready and Sherlock: The Riddle of the Crown Jewels (the game where you can shoot Holmes dead less than a minute in).
John Saul's Blackstone Chronicles: An Adventure in Terror is horror game achieving its effect without the use of jump scares, buckets of blood or mass hysteria. It's a very chill and collected trip through the history of pre-neuroleptic psychiatric treatment, when healing the mind usually involved systematically hurting the body.
I'm keeping my commentary to a minimum here because the game has lots of good but unsubtitled narration.
01. The Villain.
02. The Temperature.
03. The Delusion.
04. The Shock.
05. The Table.
06. The Pain.
07. The Secret.
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