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The Mist

DOS - 1985

Also available on: Mac - Apple II

Alt name Stephen King's: The Mist
Year 1985
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Adventure
Theme Horror, Interactive Fiction, Licensed Title
Publisher Mindscape, Inc.
Developer Angelsoft, Inc.
Dosbox support Supported on 0.62 (works best on 0.60)
3.9 / 5 - 10 votes

Description of The Mist

Undoubtedly one of the best IF titles from Angelsoft, Stephen King's The Mist is based on a famous short story by the world's leading horror author Stephen King. The choice of "The Mist" out of all other short stories is quite appropriate, because it is faster-paced and more exciting than most other stories.

A brief plot: a strange and deadly mist takes over the small town of Bridgton, near Long Lake, on 17th of July. Some survivors take shelter in a Federal market, but discover they are not safe inside, because the mist is not just mist - it's alive and after them!

The game itself follows the short story very closely, so anyone who has read it already knows the ending. The goal, of course, is to find a way to destroy the mist and save the town from being devoured. Puzzles are straightforward and fun, and even exciting because of the constant time limit and atmospheric writing.

The game does have one badly designed puzzle near the endgame, where you must kill a creature with your gun. The outcome of each shot is randomized, so you must save and restore numerous times to succeed. Worse, the game gives no hint about this random element, so you may assume that shooting isn't the right solution and try to do something else.

This gripe aside, this is a great action-packed adventure that King fans and IF veterans alike will enjoy.

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

Chalupa96 2013-11-16 2 points DOS version

The game is fun. It sticks to the story well, but diverts a couple of times throughout. Otherwise, it's a great game, and the horror element is not lost in the translation from book to game.

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