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New Accessible Game: Descent Into Madness.
Friday, July 14, 2006.

title: Descent Into Madness

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license: unknown

genre: Adventure Games

developer: Sounds Like Fun

platform: Windows

release: 2006

features: sound

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Descent into Madness is a horror-themed adventure game from the team of students of the University of North Carolina who name themselves "Sounds Like Fun" and who previously developed Sonic Zoom.

The story of the game is that you awaken one day to find that you have been kidnapped! Starting with no idea where you are, you slowly piece together clues that you have been the test subject of a scientist trying to find a cure for his wife's maddening disease. However, the experiments have had the unforunate consequence of driving their subjects mad as well. Now it's up to you to find a cure for yourself and escape before you experience the same fate of the 51 test subjects before you.

There are no visuals - the game plays like an elaborate spoken story. The gameplay is similar to old computer adventure games. There are three actions a player can choose: Move, Use Item and Examine. The player solves puzzles and unpieces the story through voice recordings left behind by the scientist. The only controls are the arrow keys, the space bar, and the esc key, which are all relatively easy to find for a blind user. The game contains over 300 sound files.

The goal of the project is to create a framework that allows other people to program their own stories and puzzles as well. Currently, user-created content still requires a bit of programming experience, but a secondary goal is to make user-created content easier to create through text-to-speech and scripting tools.

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