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Video Game / The Mystery of Brackly Hall

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The opening, and one of the puzzles.
The Mystery of Brackly Hall is a 2000 Interactive Fiction game by C. Patrick, hosted online at Adventure Games Live. Lord Brackly is dead, and he has left his inheritance to whoever can find the secret vault hidden somewhere on his estate; it is the player's objective to find the vault.

Although not an especially remarkable game — it is the easiest game hosted on Adventure Games Live — it is notable as the first user-submitted game, which inspired other AGL players to begin working on their own games.

This game contains examples of:

  • Easier Than Easy: With a difficulty rating of 2, this is by far the easiest game on Adventure Games Live, save for the tutorial mini-game The Trainer. It is even considered easier than The Early Years and More Early Years, which are collections of short games written by the site's creator at the age of 12.
  • The Many Deaths of You: Averted. This is the only Adventure Games Live game in which it is absolutely impossible to die (Trail of Anguish is the only other game which even comes close, featuring one way of dying.)
  • The Maze: Quite literally features a garden maze. There's a map, but it's only accessible once you've found an item somewhere in there.
  • What Does This Button Do?: There are two such machines in Brackly's secret laboratory, one of which teleports you into the middle of the maze.