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Showtime at the Gallows Reviews
Author: The Dominant Species (TDS)
Date: 2005
ADRIFT 4.0


Reviewed by Robert Street (Reviews Exchange 7)

Showtime at the Gallows is another horror game written by TDS. The horror is a lot more graphic than his other game Can It Be All So Simple? and I wouldn't recommend it to people who dislike gory violence. Personally, I have never been a fan of this kind of horror, so I didn't find the game as interesting as other people may.

The writing is well done, but I found that the puzzles and story weren't quite as good. There weren't many real puzzles, and when there were puzzles, I had to resort to the hints a surprising number of times, as I just couldn't figure out what command was needed and I kept on dying. This is probably because I just didn't connect with the player character or storyline very well. A few mazes were also included, and although they were easy to progress through, they did not really add anything apart from bulking up the size of the game. A lot of the game did feel like filler, as there wasn't a huge amount of story. The game was more just a collection of horror scenes, which if you like horror it would be fine, but I prefer more story. 

Overall, I didn't find the game hugely interactive. Mostly you could not move off the rails, and generally all you had to do was wait for scenes to end. However, every so often something came up where you did have to react, which I sometimes did not realize as I assumed that there was more waiting involved. A plus point to this game was that I didn't really find any bugs or errors, so the game was technically done well.

Showtime at the Gallows is good for what it is, but unfortunately I personally did not enjoy playing it that much. Don't take this review as being too definitive, as I am sure that other players will enjoy this game far more than me, if they like this kind of horror.

SCORE - 5/10


Reviewed in Independent Adventuring March 2006

Texas Chainsaw Massacre never read so good. You play a washout everybody used to make fun of because he was always scared of everything. But when faced with a real maniac who just took apart our friend limb by limb, you must pull yourself together in order to survive. This is an extremely well written adventure, which suffers from only one problem: the majority of the time you will be waiting. This is not a big deal, though, as you’ll keep being entertained by the text, as it scrolls by. With the exception of a few over the top clichés (abusive father whom your mother later killed), the story is very gripping, and won’t let you go until you die. Or maybe make it out alive, after several attempts.


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