A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux

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You take a deep breath of salty air as the first raindrops begin to spatter the pavement, and the swollen, slate-colored clouds that blanket the sky mutter ominous portents amongst themselves over the little coastal town of Anchorhead.

Anchorhead is a text adventure game in the style of classic Infocom games from the 1980s. No graphics, no menus, no point-and-click — you navigate a written story using typed commands, and read what happens next.

Travel to the haunted coastal town of Anchorhead, Massachusetts and uncover the roots of a horrific conspiracy inspired by the works of H. P. Lovecraft. Search through musty archives and tomes of esoteric lore; dodge hostile townsfolk; combat a generation-spanning evil that threatens your family and the entire world. A sprawling, meticulously detailed setting, brought to life by finely crafted prose and illustrated with dozens of spine-chilling illustrations, ensures that the story will stay with you long after you finish playing the game.

A sullen belch emanates from the clouds, and the rain starts coming down harder — fat, cold drops smacking loudly against the cobblestones. Shouldn't it be snowing in New England at this time of year? With a sigh, you open your umbrella.

Welcome to Anchorhead . . .

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“[...] in my book this game is the ultimate work of interactive fiction, overflowing with intrigue and compelling story elements, scary and engrossing, exceptionally written and impressively coded with a remarkable eye for detail.”Adventure Gamers

“As IF goes, though, this is a deeply beautiful piece. [...] There's lots of disgusting, unpleasant imagery, but first -- and en route to that imagery -- is a masterful build-up of setting and mood unparalleled by almost any other game I have ever played.”IF-Review

“Overall, the experience of playing Anchorhead was incredibly rich and memorable—not for the difficulty navigating, or for the puzzles, but for the immersive experience it provided.”Necessary Games

PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
Release date Jan 31, 2018
Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars
(14 total ratings)
GenreInteractive Fiction, Puzzle
TagsDark, Horror, if, Lovecraftian Horror, Mystery, parser, Story Rich, text-adventure
LinksSteam, Homepage


Buy Now$9.99 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $9.99 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Anchorhead-Windows-x64.zip 67 MB
Anchorhead-Windows-ia32.zip 58 MB
Anchorhead-MacOS.dmg 63 MB
Anchorhead-Linux-x64.zip 64 MB
Anchorhead-Linux-ia32.zip 66 MB

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