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IF Comp 2010
14th of 26
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XYZZY Awards 2010
Finalist - Best Supplemental Materials (two nominations)
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Author(s) Wade Clarke
Publisher(s) n/a
Release date(s) 01-Oct-2010
Authoring system Eamon
Platform(s) Web browser and Apple II
Language(s) English
License(s) Freeware
Color effects optional
Graphics none
Sound/Music none
Cruelty scale Cruel

How It Begins

WARNING: Leadlight contains violence and gore.

The game opens with a warning about violent and disturbing content, and indicates that Leadlight is recommended for mature gamers only.

A front-end menu lets players start a new game, manage saved games, read the credits or change an alert preference.

The player's character in Leadlight is Belinda Nettle, a 15-year-old boarding student at Linville Girls High School in the Blue Mountains, Australia. The introduction describes Belinda's background and her school life.

When the game begins, Belinda awakens in the student library at night. Another student, Charlotte, is sitting across the desk from Belinda, and Belinda realises that Charlotte is dead. Belinda arms herself against attackers and begins to explore the school and its grounds to try to discover what is happening at Linville.

Notable Features

  • When the player must HIDE from danger, a warning paragraph appears, signalled by two asterisks **
  • On an Apple IIGS, hide alerts and game status are also indicated by the screen border changing colour.
  • The player's score has four major components: Weapons Found, Secrets Found, The Slain and Deathtraps Hit


Version 1.0 (Competition Version)

Version 1.1

Version 1.1 added additional and improved descriptions, and fixed some bugs.

Version 1.2

Version 1.2 includes two bugfixes and extends the dance sequence.

Version 1.4

Version 1.4 includes a bugfix, changed dropability for one item (making the game's puzzle difficulty Merciful - the combat remains Cruel), a new hint on the hint sheet and now displays the game version number on the title page as well as down in the credits.

Version 1.5

  • Leadlight (Wade Clarke; 8-Apr-2015; Apple II and web browser).
    • Playtesting and additional credits as per Version 1.0
    • IFID: 6E738EA373AB7101D0FB1001F0873E0D
      IFID links: IFDB, Babel metadata, Babel download. (Note: Babel services at IF Archive are not yet available.)
    • Download : Leadlight Bundle from IF Archive. The bundle contains emulator packs for Intel Mac OS X and Windows/​Vista (the Read Me explains how to proceed for all other setups), the illustrated Player Guide PDF, the hint sheet PDF and Apple II disk images. Also includes all previous versions of the game.

Version 1.5 is the basis for Leadlight Gamma. Leadlight 1.5 has 14 bugfixes, 9+ prose updates and 4 mechanical changes on Leadlight 1.4. Complete (spoilery) changelog available in download bundle.


General info

Post-IFCOMP Reviews

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