EXPLORE a small country town with nearly two dozen characters
CHOOSE your path--your actions alter the course of the story
PICK UP, COMBINE, and USE a multitude of inventory items to solve a variety of challenging and unique puzzles
DISCOVER the town's terrifying secrets in a truly dark and mature storyline
EXPERIENCE 8+ hours of content filled with over 250 pieces of original artwork, an hour-long soundtrack, and 33 achievements
Relive the days of classic gaming with Shady Brook, a dark and mysterious text adventure. Inspired by the television series Twin Peaks, Shady Brook places players in the role of author Jake Torrent in his search of a small town's twisted secrets.
Shady Brook puts a unique spin on classic interactive fiction, combining classic room-based explorative text game mechanics with a stylish graphical interface. It plays like an interactive novel. You make a series of choices that determine what happens next in the story. But unlike in traditional gamebooks and visual novels, Shady Brook also features more advanced adventure-based game mechanics, including locations to explore, items to interact with, characters to meet, and puzzles to solve.
Author Jake Torrent, alongside his blind father Wayne, moves to the small, peaceful country town of Shady Brook. At first, everything seems idyllic. His neighbor, Tim, is always willing to lend a hand, and the Ekan family invites him to dinner.
But soon, Jake learns that his home's previous occupant committed suicide, and mysterious things begin to occur. When another resident also commits suicide, Jake starts to suspect foul play. Could this town take part in a conspiracy to cover up a murder?
As Jake investigates, he gets more than he bargained for: a town secret so terrifying that there is no turning back...
- EXPLORE a small country town - INTERACT with nearly two dozen characters - CHOOSE your path--your actions alter the course of the story - PICK UP, COMBINE, and USE a multitude of inventory items - SOLVE a variety of challenging and unique puzzles - DISCOVER the town's terrifying secrets in a truly dark and mature storyline - ENJOY over 250 pieces of original artwork and an hour-long soundtrack - UNLOCK 33 achievements to view a special post-game bonus scene - EXPERIENCE 8+ hours of content--the equivalent length of a novel!
Shady Brook is based on the 2005 adventure game of the same name. The game's storyline was critically-acclaimed. AdventureGamers.com praised its "dark, quirky characters" and "twisty story." Shady Brook was the recipient of Adventure Archive's prestigious "Best Independent Game 2005" Award.
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I played from start to finish twice hoping for a different ending as I made some different choices the second time around. One of my gripes is that you really need multiple save slots in case you think you've made a mistake or want to try two or more different actions at a certain point. As my initial statement implies, the same thing happened at the end of the game on the second time around. That was disappointing. I tried to do some things in a different order, but there isn't much wiggle room there. I'd love to get to see an alternate ending without playing the game all the way through a third time.
After a slight issue, I was contacted by the developer, Christopher Brendel, who tracked down the glitch and quickly gave me a patch for the game. He and his partner are such nice people. The games are challenging, frustrating (in a nice way) and most definitely fun to play. I am looking forward to the next adventure!!