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Spooks

by The Ivy

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Genres:
Fantasy, Comedy, Original
Release Date:
14 Feb 2006
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Player Rating:
Medium length game
Short game Can be completed within 30 minutes
Medium length game Takes at least 30 mins to finish
Full length game As long as a Sierra / LucasArts classic
MAGS game Monthly AGS competition entry
Non-adventure game Using Adventure Game Studio for something else?!
Joke game You know when it fits this category ;)
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Training game/td> Games made just to try out AGS
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Occasional, mild
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84 people have rated this game so far:
Visual:
89%
Immersion:
89%
Puzzles & Pacing:
88%
Overall Enjoyment:
92%

About this game

There's really no better way to spend a day in the Land of the Dead than at the Carnage-Val...there are rides, games, and a veritable sideshow of quirky employees. However, for one little ghoul named Mortia, things are about to take a dive out of the ordinary. After a smooth-talking skeleton challenges her to a game of darts, she wins the most unbelievable prize she's ever laid eyes on: a live goldfish!

A moment later the skeleton has fled, leaving Mortia with the task of finding her fish Spooks someplace safe to be "alive." If she doesn't help her little Spooks, and soon, he may die.

Apparently, this is rather unpleasant.



Features:
Innovative use of colour (you'll see)
A classic point-and-click experience
A hilariously defective cast of characters
Hours of gameplay
An almost unacceptable number of puns
Death
Destruction
Goldfish
See the people who made this game and any other games they've worked on >>
Design, art, writing
The Ivy has worked on 5 other games: (see them >>)
Scripting, debugging
Vince Twelve has worked on 11 other games: (see them >>)
Music, sound effects
The Scorposer has worked on 4 other games: (see them >>)
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Erenan has worked on 9 other games: (see them >>)
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Secret Fawful has worked on 5 other games: (see them >>)
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Mordalles has worked on 5 other games: (see them >>)
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AGS Awards

Won, Best Player Character 2006

Won, Best Music 2006

Nominated, Best Game Created with AGS 2006

Nominated, Best Gameplay 2006

Nominated, Best Original Story 2006

Nominated, Best Dialogue Writing 2006

AGS Panel Review

"Very funny, and fun to play. A few puzzles could be better designed, but overall a charming game."

28 people commented on this game (newest first):

Definitely worth a play. The art is charming and the puzzles are solid, though at times you may have to seek out a puzzle to keep the story going. The dialogue and characters are where this game really shines. Clever from the start and keeps you smiling to the end.
2013-08-07 00:47:00 by CitizenParagon
Enchanting little story, worth your time. Suffers from the curse of some puzzles only becoming accessible when others without a narrative connection have been completed which makes for some frustrating wandering trying to find the next one to tackle but other than that, very good.
2013-06-14 20:57:02 by elegantmechanic
Interesting story and the ending. Some of puzzles looked too hard to me because i think we should see hotspot names in a label. Lack of a label has made this game harder than it should be. But generally, i liked the game and experience that i had during playing.
2009-04-15 14:20:41 by proximity
Hello, my name is Joel, from the french AGS forum.
I want to translate your game in french.
If you agree, send me an email to this address:

kaldaya@hotmail.fr

and I contact you. Thank you. :)
2009-02-09 18:28:06 by foxyfox555 (foxyfox666)
I liked this game muchly! I had a moment or two of disinterest at first, I think I feared having to talk to all the different characters, but they weren't boring or repetitive so yay!

The puzzles were good, I admit I cheated on the merry go round puzzle, but all the others were just right.

Thanks again!
2008-09-27 17:42:27 by Squinky (squinky)
I thought the game was very well done overall. The plot was really original, and it worked. The game was upbeat, but it wasn't trite. I was skeptical of the graphics in greyscale at first, but I think that ended up working very well.

The dialogue was very original and hilarious. My only criticism is that the puzzles may have been just a tiny bit too easy at times.
2008-04-19 02:58:43 by HR (hrearden)
A lovely game - the use of colour really stood out. The puzzles were interesting and the gameplay smooth.

Thankyou so much for this - A lovely way to spend a few hours :)
2008-01-06 14:31:55 by ladymeba
This game is fantastic! It's stylish, imaginative and easy to follow. All puzzles are pretty much logical and the characters are extremely well done. I was just stunned at how gorgeous and professional this game was. Quite Tim Burton/Roman Dirge-esque.
2007-12-20 17:53:25 by Plushy
Kinda short and easy to solve. Wonderful concept, great finale.
2007-09-25 23:33:27 by Optimus
I really liked your Idea, and i hope you make a second part of this game!

I can`t wait to play a second Part of it!
2007-09-13 03:11:08 by Yadaar
Absolutely, mind-blowingly fantastic!
2007-06-14 23:26:57 by Groogokk (Groogokk)
I just played the game through, and it's quite a slick production indeed! Presented mainly in greyscale with color used to convey a certain transition that I won't give away here, this was a highly enjoyable game. The puzzles were fairly easy, and new options open up as you play, making the game far more entertaining than mind-boggling, but this doesn't work against it. I think if the game had been saddled with mind-bending puzzles it would have served to stifle the cute, stylish presentation somewhat. All in all, a positive experience I could recomment to anyone who doesn't mind a healthy dose of cuteness.

Ultimately, this game centering around the dead is an endorsement of the joys of living.
2007-06-07 06:21:05 by Viskosity (Viskosity)
After I finally figured out how to download this game, I played it and finished it in about 3 1/2 hours in one night. It was a great game, I have to say. Very unique. The music was great to listen to, and the puzzles were well made. Some of them were a bit challenging but with a lot of thought and looking around you can figure it out. Looking forward to the sequel.
2007-03-23 15:39:09 by cajunpepper (cajunpepper)
Very nice game! The puzzles were hard enough to make me think sometimes, but not so hard that I ever had to give up in frustration. Very nice graphics, and the author's 'cameo' at the end added just the right touch.
2007-02-26 04:20:40 by Michael Beck (Michael Beck)
Fantastic game! Play it!

This is my favorite AGS game. The graphics are very good. The humor is great. The story is very good. The characters (most of them) are fantastic. Especially Mortia, the player character. She's sassy but likable. I really cared what happened to her. The goldfish Spooks was rather boring, as goldfish tend to be, but I really cared what happened to him also. Probably because Mortia is so concerned about his well-being. I didn't like the Fallen Angel at first but she surprised me by being one of my favorite characters in the game. It seems she was just a bit grumpy at the beginning. And I would click on the demon at the gate every time I saw him, after Mortia gives him something that is important to him, just to read what he says as, even though it doesn't change at that point, I found it laughing out loud hilarious. At the end I realized that Mortia reminded me of my niece. Wonderful game.
2007-01-27 06:14:06 by CapCase (CapCase)
Very cool, stylish graphics. Loved it...
2007-01-23 16:35:40 by Miez (miez)
Cute game, very nicely done. The Inhabited House is a nice touch.
2007-01-12 12:36:02 by Radiant (Radiant)
Great concept for an AGS game with excellent writing and music.I thoroughly enjoyed it.Waiting for other games by The Ivy!
2006-07-12 05:49:06 by AshkEnte (Ashkante)
Great fun. I really loved the characters, and I'm hanging out for teh sequal. ^_^
2006-06-09 04:23:25 by Theeph (theeph)
Absolutely fantastic. Very innovative concept about the 'death world'
2006-05-26 19:22:27 by JJ (zooomer1990)
Very very nice work!
2006-05-17 11:05:01 by Lexx (Lexx)
This is one of the best AGS games out there!

The story is original, compelling and well-told. The dialogue with the many fascinating characters is funny and involving, and the graphics have the perfect lo-res quality and charm of early Lucasarts titles.

Some people might find the puzzle structure a little too formulaic in places, but this never detracts from your absorption into the game's creepy, kooky world and Mortia's quest to save her goldfish.

An outstanding debut. Play this game, and keep an eye out for further titles from The Ivy!
2006-05-09 01:29:36 by Sheepisher (Sheepisher)
Awesome, hopefully a sequel is in the making. Can't wait to play the others!!
2006-04-28 12:06:23 by nvr2bgrwnup (nvr2bgrwnup)
This game was amazing! Congrats on a great first game! I can't wait for a sequel
2006-03-31 22:13:12 by trisarahtops (trisarahtops)
This lovely game deserves a lot of attention. The graphics are neat and charming, the color concept is interesting, the music is captivating and obviously tailor made for this game, and the writing is pretty good, too!

Now, where this game falls behind in my opinion, is in the puzzles department. The puzzles are pretty obvious and easy, and the hints are very generous. Many of the puzzle scenarios seem a bit too forced, but in the end, they don't deter much from the great art.

It's easy to tell that the author had a passion for the graphics, and that's something that we players can share and enjoy. The characters are loveable, and most of them would fit greatly as guest appearances in other games. I was left with the desire to know a lot more about the "world" the games begins at and its society.
2006-02-17 20:53:47 by jkohen (jkohen)
I just love that little Mortia. She and all the other characters living in the world of the dead are so unique, I could even imagine them being part of a succesful cartoon-series or something like that. The dialogues are excellently written, the music is great too. Wonderful game!
2006-02-15 18:04:44 by Totoro (Totoro)
I absolutely love this little Mortia. She and all the other characters who live in the Land of the Dead are so unique you just have to love them. I think the characters could even be used for a succesful cartoon series, I really love them and hope to meet them again! Music is great too.
2006-02-15 18:03:05 by Totoro (Totoro)
This was such a wonderful and inspiring game. Great concept, the game really kept me hooked all the way to the end. Great job, keep it up and I'm definately looking forward to your future projects.
2006-02-14 13:42:40 by Petteri (Petteri A)
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