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9 Hours to Dawn

by Cogliostro

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File size: 28 MB
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14 May 2011
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About this game

Jack just wanted to have a caving holiday on Mount Shasta. Caught in a terrible storm as he enters the area, he stops to assist a broken-down car. Moments later, a third car crashes into the back of his, wrecking all three vehicles. With no means to go find help, the vehicles’ occupants reluctantly band together to seek shelter from the storm in a nearby abandoned cabin. But this is a cabin with an ill-starred history, and dark forces are abroad in the woods. With dawn a long nine hours away, will any of the stranded motorists live to see the sun rise?
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11 people commented on this game (newest first):

After pulling over to help two women stranded at the side of the highway, Jack's original intention to rescue them from a long night in the rain winds up with him saving their lives. A third driver and his passenger smash into the other cars, leaving all marooned at the edge of the deep, dark Pacific Northwest forest.

This game is immediately engaging. All five main characters are well-fleshed-out, the tension steadily builds and you're treated to three narratives that I found to be pretty expertly woven together. During the hours until dawn the eclectic group works together--along with moments of deception and infighting--investigating a twenty-year-old murder, its paranormal residue, and more.

It's both cosy and unsettling. I love it. Throw in Tulpas, The Harmonic Convergence of 1987, and one of the otherworldy cave systems of the PNW/Northern Cali, some well-placed jumpscares--I am thrilled.

There are some hiccoughs in the sound, and it took a little trial and error for me to find room exits, but this did not in any way diminish my enjoyment of the game.

9 Hours to Dawn could definitely be expanded, and the unexpected ending leaves things open for a sequel (one of the endings, that is). Maybe even a series.

Five cups out of five. Totally recommend! ;-D;-D;-D;-D;-D

2022-12-06 11:04:48 by cipberbloom
Great atmosphere!
2020-07-13 07:08:25 by lanchong
Really enjoyed this game. The puzzles were pretty straight forward, but the author created a really enjoyable take on the "haunted cabin in the woods" type scenario. Huge amount of work went into the backgrounds.

Definitely worth playing!
2014-05-18 07:23:20 by pharlap
After seeing the reaction from other players, I decided to give this game a try. I am very into horror games.

This game has a few redeeming qualities, but after the eighth jump-scare in the frame of a minute, the novelty wears off. The poor graphics, story and grammar problems really hinder the immersion. The puzzles are instantly solvable and not creative.

Play this is you need to burn an hour.
2013-09-10 01:07:41 by modulok
I found this game fairly bone-chilling. There are some great horror effects thrown into this (I also jumped out of my skin like stepurhan).

You should save this game for a dark, rainy, night when you have a few hours to spare :)

2011-08-31 13:56:43 by Andy
I can only recommend this game, some very unusual things you do not see in adventure games these days so often, or maybe at all :)
2011-06-10 15:42:13 by shimbo (david)
A thoroughly engrossing ane well thought out game. I especially liked the way the puzzles were integrated with the plot, so your actions felt natural rather than puzzle-solving.

Not for the faint-hearted though. I near jumped out of my skin when entering the downstairs hallway in chapter 3. Good use of overt scares (like that particular jump-scare) sparingly rather than relying on them.
2011-06-06 08:37:44 by stepurhan
This was an interesting game. I just couldn't get into the game during the first two scenes, but later the game managed to pull me in.

I didn't like the art and the action parts are pretty weak. The characters have potential, each with his or her own personality, but the writing is rushed.
2011-05-28 10:08:49 by jkohen
The 'strangers crashing in a haunted house' concept has been tried and tested, yet this game manages to pull it off in a refreshing, original fashion. It's very well written, the story is set up well and the characters are fleshed out more than you'd expect. The game stays compelling and entertaining by means of clever character switches and a nicely paced eerie atmosphere.
The action sequence mentioned above didn't work for me, but you're allowed to skip it, so I didn't lose myself in frustration there. It's also pretty cool that some of your actions affect the ending!
2011-05-23 20:15:21 by Valentijn
This is like a well mixed drink with ingredients like some drops of scare, a splash of romance, mixed with mystery, a spoon full of tension and some pinches of death.
You are allowed to dive into the story as deep as you like, discover all the innumerable details to explore the motivations of the characters and enjoy the atmosphere.
Even if you are not that kind of gamer and prefer solving your task, you will get in the right mood while going through the story.
You also get a chase, which you are allowed to try as long as you have fun with it (or successfully go through).
Very recommended!
2011-05-16 22:36:17 by Tabata
I enjoyed this game and the different ending were interesting.
2011-05-16 19:14:43 by Michael (mmenees)
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