History Videogame / Anchorhead

12th Apr '18 10:28:39 AM Radhil
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An updated and illustrated version can also be found for sale on Steam.


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* AntiFrustrationFeatures: Later versions of the game removed puzzles that didn't fit well, or made their hints easier to find. There's also several puzzles that have more than one way through them.
** You can't open the puzzle box, but [[TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday the proprietor of The Cauldron]] can easily. Since he's not always available, you can also set it on the train tracks and [[CuttingTheKnot let a locomotive break it open]].
** The potentially lethal maze in the paper mill can be bypassed entirely by an attentive player.
31st Mar '18 7:55:52 AM Radhil
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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: Edward Verlac. His mother Anna had made sure he was protected from Croseus, but Edward spent 30 years never taking off the amulet and never believing what would happen if he did.

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: Edward Verlac.Verlac's final journal is full of this. His mother Anna had made sure he was protected from Croseus, but Edward spent 30 years never taking off the amulet and never believing what would happen if he did. When he finally sells it, Croseus is still waiting for him. Edward spends ''months'' fighting for his sanity and desperately trying to recover the amulet. He finally breaks by murdering his wife and children, and then himself, seeing it as better than [[FateWorseThanDeath what Croseus would do to them]].]]
31st Mar '18 7:42:50 AM Radhil
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* AlienGeometries:
** Secret passages in the mansion lead in directions that have nothing to do with the rooms or walls they are following. The peepholes you find in the walls clearly change floors without rhyme or reason, and one gives you a dizzying view that's only possible ''looking downward from the ceiling''. Exiting dumps you to a crawlspace in the attic, which is described as so wrongly angled you get a headache just looking.
** The backstreets and alleys north of the river loop and backtrack so confusingly you never find any usable path. You'd be forgiven for thinking, like the heroine, it's only mundane confusion, [[spoiler: until the path to TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday vanishes and becomes just another loop that makes no sense.]]



* BrownNote: If you continue reading the book in the church.

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* BrownNote: BrownNote:
** Using the telescope properly will give you a sight so disturbing [[spoiler: it brands the true name of the approaching EldritchAbomination into your brain.]]
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If you continue reading the book in the church.



* DrivenToSuicide: Anna Verlac died young, at only 25, and it is heavily implied that she committed suicide. Her son Edward does the same thing after killing his wife and daughters.

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* DrivenToSuicide: Anna Verlac died young, at only 25, and it is heavily implied that she committed suicide. Her son Edward does the same thing after killing his wife and daughters. [[spoiler: All the deaths were desperate attempts to end Croseus's reign of terror over the family.]]



* TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday: Source of a key artifact you'll need to win the game.

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* TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday: Source The Cauldron, a tiny occult shop with a friendly old violin-playing keeper, with just the right blend of a key artifact touristy knick knacks and mysterious omens. One of the only bright spots in the town, [[spoiler: and although you can still hear the violin, you'll need never be able to win find it the game.next day. It seems it wasn't there yesterday for Edward as well, possibly to make sure the amulet he was about to throw away would be preserved for you.]]


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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: Edward Verlac. His mother Anna had made sure he was protected from Croseus, but Edward spent 30 years never taking off the amulet and never believing what would happen if he did.


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* ThreeActStructure: Splitting the game up into days reinforces the feel of acts. The first and second days serve as prologue and exposition as the player explores the town's mysteries. [[spoiler: Day three is entirely rising action with many more active threats on the players life, and day four is a full-force climax as the town goes straight to hell.]]
31st Mar '18 5:48:48 AM Radhil
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* BodyHorror: [[spoiler:William Verlac.]]

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* BodyHorror: [[spoiler:William Verlac. You find a photo locket of his face early on, and wonder why it's so closely cropped. His face is on his ''chest'', and the rest of him... gets worse.]]



* CosmicHorrorStory: Arguably -- [[spoiler:you ''can'' win in the short-term, but it's not exactly LovecraftLite, either; the "good" ending strongly implies that [[TheEndOrIsIt everything is about to start all over again]].]]

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* CosmicHorrorStory: Arguably -- [[spoiler:you ''can'' win in the short-term, short-term and wreck Croseus's centuries long plan, but it's not exactly LovecraftLite, either; the "good" ending strongly implies that [[TheEndOrIsIt everything is about to start all over again]].]]



* DraggedOffToHell: Or to the Womb of Nehilim, to be precise. Can happen three times: you can get trapped there if you mess around in a certain area, it can happen to the whole world in one of the bad endings, and in the good ending, [[spoiler: this is how you'll defeat Croesus.]]

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* DraggedOffToHell: Or to the Womb of Nehilim, to be precise. Can happen three times: you can get trapped there if you mess around in a certain area, it can happen to the whole world in one of the bad endings, and in the good ending, [[spoiler: this is how you'll defeat Croesus.Croseus.]]



* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Your nightmares. In one dream, you're a little girl, waiting for your father to come and tuck you in to bed... but when your "father" comes in to your room, you realize it is actually your husband Michael, as he starts to remove his belt. [[spoiler:In the best ending, you find out that you are pregnant - this dream was a vision of what could have been [[FridgeHorror your unborn daughter's future]], had you not stopped Croseus.]]

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* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Your nightmares. nightmares.
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In one dream, you're a little girl, waiting for your father to come and tuck you in to bed... but when your "father" comes in to your room, you realize it is actually your husband Michael, as he starts to remove his belt. [[spoiler:In the best ending, you find out that you are pregnant - this dream was a vision of what could have been [[FridgeHorror your unborn daughter's future]], had you not stopped Croseus.]]]]
** Your dreams also foreshadow the plot, and drop direct hints about the places you'll need to visit to get through the day.



* FromBadToWorse: [[spoiler: By the middle of the third day, you are well and truly screwed. Michael wandered off and vanished for much of the previous day, and having gotten him back, it's clear he's not entirely himself anymore. Following your leads puts you in immediate mortal peril by introducing you to William. The cult decides not to tolerate your poking around anymore and starts hunting you down shortly after. You will spend the rest of the game on the run, hiding, or looking over your shoulder.]]



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* [[RedEyesTakeWarning Red-Rimmed Eyes, Take Warning]]

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* [[RedEyesTakeWarning Red-Rimmed Eyes, Take Warning]]RedEyesTakeWarning: Red-rimmed eyes are seen in all depictions of the Verlacs over the years, [[spoiler: and when Michael develops his own, it becomes clear it's a sign of Croseus taking over.]]



* SpookyPainting: Croseus Verlac's painting in the sitting room.

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* SpookyPainting: SpookyPainting:
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Croseus Verlac's painting in the sitting room.room, described as pure madness captured in a portrait.
** An entire gallery of them toward the back of the house, that like to rearrange themselves or randomly vanish without leaving any trace they were ever there.
6th Feb '18 10:52:54 AM Octoya
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* YouCantGetYeFlask: Averted.

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* YouCantGetYeFlask: Averted. The game generally gives you hints about what you should do to progress in doing what you want (such as, should a player want to look in a high window in the game's first area, suggesting they push a garbage can closer to get close enough,) as well as recognizes a variety of valid commands to do it.
6th Feb '18 10:35:57 AM Octoya
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* DownerEnding / BolivianArmyEnding: It depends on your interpretation, or, rather, on what you want to believe happens after the end.

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* DownerEnding / BolivianArmyEnding: DownerEnding: It depends on your interpretation, or, rather, on what you want to believe happens after the end.



* DreamingOfThingsToCome and DreamingOfTimesGoneBy: In your nightmares. Pay attention, they hold useful clues.
** In one dream, you're a little girl, waiting for your father to come and tuck you in to bed... but when your "father" comes in to your room, you realize it is actually your husband Michael, as he starts to remove his belt. [[spoiler:In the best ending, you find out that you are pregnant - this dream was a vision of what could have been [[FridgeHorror your unborn daughter's future]], had you not stopped Croseus.]]

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* DreamingOfThingsToCome and DreamingOfTimesGoneBy: In This can also occur in your nightmares.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Your
nightmares. Pay attention, they hold useful clues.
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In one dream, you're a little girl, waiting for your father to come and tuck you in to bed... but when your "father" comes in to your room, you realize it is actually your husband Michael, as he starts to remove his belt. [[spoiler:In the best ending, you find out that you are pregnant - this dream was a vision of what could have been [[FridgeHorror your unborn daughter's future]], had you not stopped Croseus.]]
2nd Oct '17 12:51:05 AM Heart
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* BadassNormal: The protagonist, who has to go up against supernatural forces armed with nothing but cleverness and determination.


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* DrivenToSuicide: Anna Verlac died young, at only 25, and it is heavily implied that she committed suicide. Her son Edward does the same thing after killing his wife and daughters.


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* FeaturelessProtagonist: Details about the protagonists' appearance, identity, and personality are very vague at best.


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* ItBeganWithATwistOfFate: An ordinary woman, with a perfectly ordinary life, learns that her husband of only five months has inherited a vast estate across the country, so they decide to pack up and move... and then it just gets more and more bizarre from there.


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* TeenPregnancy: Eustacia gave birth to her son when she was only 16. Anna gave birth to her first child when she was 17. [[spoiler:Though this was because they were both victims of rape by their own fathers, so they certainly had no choice in the matter.]]
1st Oct '17 4:12:31 PM Heart
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* AncientConspiracy: It goes all the way back to the town's founding.

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* AncientConspiracy: It goes all the way back to the town's founding.founding four centuries earlier.



* BookEnds: Both at the beginning in the deserted office, and at the ending scene which [[spoiler:takes place in your bathroom]], you hear that:

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* BodySnatcher: [[spoiler:What Croseus Verlac has been doing to his male descendants for four centuries, including your husband.]]
* BookEnds: Both at the beginning in the deserted office, and at the ending scene which [[spoiler:takes place in your bathroom]], you hear note that:
17th May '17 6:58:38 AM DoktorvonEurotrash
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* GeniusLoci: The EldritchAbomination the cult worships is a living comet.

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* GeniusLoci: The [[spoiler:The EldritchAbomination the cult worships is a living comet.]]
5th Sep '16 7:14:20 PM Delphi
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* DraggedOffToHell: Or to the Womb of Nehilim, to be precise. Can happen three times: you can get trapped there if you mess around in a certain area, it can happen to the whole world in one of the bad endings, and in the good ending, [[spoiler: this is you you'll defeat Croesus.]]

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* DraggedOffToHell: Or to the Womb of Nehilim, to be precise. Can happen three times: you can get trapped there if you mess around in a certain area, it can happen to the whole world in one of the bad endings, and in the good ending, [[spoiler: this is you how you'll defeat Croesus.]]
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