In short, this is one of the best games I’ve played!
I played a lot of IF during the '80 but drifted away from it when Infocom folded and I got other interests (like starting a family and such). The release of Infocom’s source code last year got me interested in IF again and now I’m catching up by playing the “best” games from my hiatus. Last week my family still was on vacation and I was alone at home. No better time to play Anchorhead…
I played the 1998 version and when I was finished I iimmediately went out and bought the 2018 version from itch.io and played that too. I actually liked the 1998 version more (somehow I thought it was more “charming”). The thing I most missed in the 2018 version was the score. It helps me keep progress and alerts me clearly when I did something right.
Something that struck me was that the game layout, with a town that change shape and appearence, much reminded me of Wishbringer (with a more adult content) and of course there is an umbrella (just like in Trinity). The Wishbringer connection is something I never seen mentioned elsewhere, so maybe its just me…
The writing is top notch and I think it successfully could be converted book or film (or has it already?).
In my personal ranking this is up there with Trinity and Curses! (remember, I have a lot of games between 1988-2020 still unplayed…). This game will stay with me and be remembered fondly for a long, long time.