Countdown 1 - the Body

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Countdown 1 - the Body
Author(s) Ben Croshaw
Publisher(s) n/a
Release date(s) 04-Jan-2007
Authoring system Inform 7
Platform(s) Z-code 5
Language(s) English
License(s) Freeware
Color effects none
Graphics none
Sound/Music none
Cruelty scale Cruelty to be determined

How It Begins

August 18th, 1779. You are Jack Frehorn, carrying nothing. You are in the "harpsichord room" of your home, which now only contains a decorative end table bearing a bottle of rum, curtainless windows, the stairs up, a trapdoor down, and the door that leads outside. The cursed harpsichord you smashed on that horrible day, just over a year ago.

On July 28th, 1778, you murdered your greatest friend Wilbur with a gun and then butchered the body with an axe. At the grave, you pleaded for your life when a mysterious figure in black appeared. Satisfied, he disappeared. Exactly a year later, the Tall Man returned with instructions from his foetid master. Now, twenty-one days later, you will complete those instructions.

Trivia and Comments

  • This is the first part of a trilogy of games to be released shortly.
  • The player only gets an overview of what is probably an extensive backstory. It's possible that this game (and Countdown series) continues a storyline begun in one or more previous games by this author.


Release 1

  • Countdown 1 - the Body (Ben Croshaw as "Yahtzee"; 04-Jan-2007; Z-code 5).
    • Release 1 / Serial number 061219 / Inform 7 build 4B91 (I6/v6.31 lib 6/11N)
    • IFID: 11901B81-89E3-11DB-88B0-00902790B6B8
    • Room count: 3
    • Download from the author's website.