The Terrible Old Man

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There's a frail and senile old man, they say, who lives alone on the edge of town and pays for his groceries with gold dubloons... the perfect mark for a trio of goons in this short but supremely creepy freeware indie point-and-click adventure based on the original tale by Lovecraft.

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Well, that was... underwhelming. All of two scenes and nothing else. I've not read the story this is based upon yet, but if it's that short, I'm going to have to say the team could've chosen a better story.

sunnylauren August 31, 2015 6:26 PM


I guessed that the old man would be evil...based on the title, the little I know of H.P. Lovecraft, and the setup of the game itself. But what actually happened?

Obviously he murdered the mafia men, but how? What was that creepy yellow-eyed thing going on when he came out of the house? Was he a werewolf? Demon-possessed? Just an old man who got away with murder?

It was hard to feel sorry for the mafia men, because

They didn't really deserve murder, but at the same time they kind of deserved what they got for trying to take advantage of and rob an old man.

sunnylauren August 31, 2015 8:09 PM replied to Dora

Thanks for the response!

So I guess we're not supposed to know what the old man was or how he killed them. I guess to me he just seems like a crazy old man, brain fried from age and horrific sights on the sea, with extensive knowledge on how bodies look when they're just washed up. Or maybe he's a werewolf.


Lovecraft was like that. All of his stories are sort of vague in the particulars of the horror. Lots of them leave out the actual horror altogether. He uses a lot of characters that "come back changed" or "saw things too terrible to describe". And, when it comes to the actual monster or terrible event, that's all you get. It actually bugs me a lot. I don't like reading his stuff, for all that I sort of dig the eldritch nature of it, because most of his stuff boils down to, "I saw some nasty stuff, and it killed old Fred, so you bugger right off, then, but I have been changed by it, so I'm going to go fight it and die, and you'll never see me again."


It's about as abrupt and inexplicable as its source material. In one way, it makes it hard to blame the game. In another, it kinda makes me want to ask, "Why use this source material?"


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