5 Days a Stranger
Windows - 2003
Description of 5 Days a Stranger
One of the best freeware adventure games I have ever played, 5 Days a Stranger is yet another excellent medium-sized adventure from Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw, the freelance author behind such classics as the Rob Blanc trilogy.
5 Days a Stranger is similar to his previous game The Trials of Odysseus Kent in terms of game length, but it is different from all of Yahtzee's previous games in all other ways. Which, given his talents, can only mean good things for us adventure gamers.
In contrast to Rob Blanc games, 5 Days a Stranger is neither a funny nor 'light' game. It is a serious horror/mystery game that is reminiscent of Clock Tower on the console and Alone in the Dark. You play Trilby, a veteran "gentleman thief" who broke into the supposedly empty DeFoe Manor in search of loot, only to find that something is amiss. Soon, you find that you are trapped in the house, and that four other people are trapped as well. Together, you must find secrets of the mansion and get the hell out - before it is all too late.
For a medium-length amateur game that you can finish in 2-3 hours, 5 Days a Stranger is near perfect. The graphics are more than adequate, there are no pixel-hunting puzzles to annoy you, and all the characters - including various DeFoe personnages you will learn about - are interesting. Each of the four NPCs that are trapped in the house with you has his or her own personality and agenda, although it's too bad dialogue choices (which are well-written) are not more adaptive: sometimes after you find a horrible event you can only say "how are you doing" to certain people.
This nitpick aside, the game is a lot of fun to play. The focus is clearly on plot and characters than on puzzles, which are quite easy to solve. The plot is unravelled in an exciting way, with many long cut-scenes and books you can read up on DeFoe history. Despite its cartoony graphics, 5 Days a Stranger managed to startle me a few times - something that speaks highly of how effective it is as a horror game.
If you are a fan of Clock Tower or horror genre in general, 5 Days a Stranger will not disappoint. Two thumbs up, way up!
Review By HOTUD
Comments and reviews
hjk321 2019-01-30 1 point
How to run on windows 10:
In compatibility properties for the main exe, set it to run in Windows 95 mode, enable 16 bit colors, and run in 640x400 with administrator permissions.
Launch the WinSetup program and set it to run in windowed mode at 640x400. You are now free to play the game.
ZambiGazmzz 2018-07-31 4 points
Never played this until now, was interested because the description mentioned Clock tower and other Survival Horror games.
When I downloaded the game one of the first things I read on the readme file was "- So, don't come running to me when you expect a light-hearted runaround, and find instead insane ghosts and people being murdered in nasty ways." This only made me more excited to play it.
Game is Fantastic, and for anyone having trouble running it,
Change color resolution on your computer to 16-bit!!
Run in Window mode,
And for a larger window run in 640x400
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