Popularity comes in many shapes and sizes. For the 5 Days a Stranger series, that popularity comes in the form of hundreds of actual skeptics who were skeptical that Yahtzee would not make another game in his oh-so-successful horror series. Yahtzee spilled the beans a few weeks early, and let his fans know that this excursion into gore and madness would his final game in the 5 Days series, ominously known as 6 Days a Sacrifice.
196 years ago, Trilby the master thief followed the vengeful spirit of John Defoe halfway around the world, and in doing so, came face to face with the demonic entity known as the Tall Man. 196 years from now, Dr. Jonathan Somerset grapples with the soul of John Defoe onboard the spaceship Mephistopheles. He successfully survives, but is discovered to be an impostor and is arrested for crimes he did not commit.
Today, July 22nd, 2189, Theo DaCabe, expert survey officer, has received an anonymous tip that the religious organization known as Optimology is conducting illegal experiments under it’s facility. He heads to the headquarters of this fad religion to run a routine health and safety inspection, but once he arrives, his destiny overshadows him, and he is thrown into a centuries-old plot to bring great evil to the Earth.
-Today the Mind of the Bridgekeeper shall meet with it’s destiny, and I shall see the Bridge extend between the Realms.
All right, I must say that Yahtzee has outdone himself this time when it comes to the gameplay. This game features an improved verb coin interface much like 7 Days a Skeptic or Monkey Island 3, where you left click on any item or hotspot to reveal a menu of icons, commands, and inventory items. In this game, the main character is also equipped with a handy-dandy journal with which he keeps important papers he finds lying around. Theo also owns a flashy cell phone with a noisy ring-tone, so that you can call the other captives you meet. Just press an arrow key to move, and press it again to stop moving.
The graphics in this game are a great improvement over the graphics in 5 Days and 7 Days, but mostly tie with the graphics in Trilby’s Notes. Each and every character is animated beautifully, to where you can almost understand their personalities just by how they move and act. The music, expertly made by Mark “Mod’s” Lovegrove, adds a huge level of tension to the game, and adds to the advancement of the plot. You can tell when you’re in great danger, or when you’re on a mission. The music heightens and slows depending on your situation. The plot in the game, unfortunately, is very dependant on the other three games. You can somewhat understand the plot without playing the rest of the series first, but I recommend you do play the rest of the series first. Another thing about the plot in this game is that the answers to the mysteries aren’t handed to you on a silver platter. If you don’t like games where symbolic things, hallucinations, and dreams are made to look like they are actually happening to throw you off track, I suggest you had better play some video game version of Bambi.
So to conclude (doesn’t that sound sophisticated) 6 Days a Sacrifice is an amazing psychological horror experience that rivals many others, even overshadowing the other games in it’s own series. Let me say that if you do not play this game, and love it, may the wrath of the Tall Man snappity, crackly, and poppity thine bones. Enjoy this gory, bloody, scary game. I give it 5 carrots.
(NOTE: This game contains graphic violence, and one scene of graphic sex, so I recommend it for ages 18+.But that’s just the opinion of a horse jockey, you don’t have to listen to it.)
Review by: Secret Fawful