, also known as the John DeFoe Tetralogy
or the Trilby Tetralogy
, are a series of horror-themed freeware adventure games
by Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw
. Yes, that one.
First released in 2003, the first game follows a Gentleman Thief
named Trilby as he tries to burgle an old country manor, only to end up trapped inside with a bunch of other people and a lurking, homicidal being. The following games jump around in space and time (though Trilby shows up again), but all end up having some link to the secret of DeFoe Manor.
The four games are, in order of creation, 5 Days a Stranger
, 7 Days a Skeptic
, Trilby's Notes
and 6 Days a Sacrifice
(in chronological order of events: 5 Days, Notes, 6 Days, 7 Days, though it makes more sense if you play 7 Days before 6 Days). There is also a tie-in game
titled Trilby: The Art of Theft
, which shares the hero and Player Character
with half of the other games, but isn't connected to any of them with regard to subject matter.
Some Interactive Fiction
by the name of the Countdown Trilogy
and a tie-in short story called The Expedition
, which expands upon the background of the universe and some of the lesser, yet still important, events within the storyline also exists.
With their old-school graphics, the games nevertheless manage to be surprisingly suspenseful. Can be found here
, along with some of Yahtzee's other games. Special editions with useful author commentary, extra scenes and some other stuff were formerly available as donationware, but are free to download now
The games use the following tropes:
(when examining Chzo) my king. protect him always.it hurts