Video Game / The Trail Of Anguish

The Trail of Anguish is a loose prequel to Andrew Walters's earlier sci-fi adventure game The Perils Of Akumos. Loose in that though the games share a universe, this one has a totally different setting and tone. It takes place on a college campus, where you play a student hunting down a crazed killer. In all the time when you're not dealing with this allegedly deadly threat, you're just doing a series of college activities, varying from bizarre tasks for professors to just eating and sleeping.

The game's available online through Rinkworks.

This game provides examples of:

  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer - Not just big enough to walk through but big enough to build and fly a hovercraft through.
  • Eating Lunch Alone: You have to do this. Eating the food turns out to be its own challenge.
  • Fish Out of Temporal Water - If you believe the dinner presentation, this explains Silas and Verna's confusion.
  • Hero of Another Story: Chris is on an adventure of his own, complete with a ridiculous inventory. He claims that everyone is one some sort of adventure.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: Spoofed with Chris - you question the ability to bring your large inventory on your date; he reveals a bicycle he's been carrying without your noticing.
  • Nobody Poops: If you try, the game informs you that you don't need to because "this is an adventure game after all."
  • Jerk Jock: A gang of them, who chase nerds because, maybe, they think they're still in high school?
  • Sequel Hook: There's a rather sudden one, leaving your character's fate unknown. The sequel is still promised, but it's been more than a decade...
  • Starving Student: Your poverty confines you to a shabby dorm, and you can't afford clothes.
  • Trapped in Another World: Silas and Verna, in yours. Then, in the closing scene, the tables turn, and YOU're trapped in another world.
  • Twenty Minutes In The Future: It takes place in 2073, but other than a futuristic car, the setting departs little from a contemporary one.
  • Wacky College: Of the "mad, disturbing professors" variety.