The Weight of a Soul
In a world of arcane mysteries, a young doctor’s apprentice unravels a conspiracy most grim.
The Weight of a Soul is a text adventure game. It’s an interactive mystery-horror novel set in the world of Solphos. You play the part of Marid, a doctor’s apprentice, and your actions in the coming days could determine the fate of the Channelworks District.
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, and emotional suffering.
As Seen On…
- Spring Thing 2017
- Spring Thing 2021 (Best in Show)
- Rock Paper Shotgun
About This Game
The Weight of a Soul is a passion project that I’ve been working on since 2016. It’s a long and ambitious interactive novel inspired by classics like Anchorhead, Blue Lacuna, and City of Secrets. It began as a side project, when I thought to myself: “I’ll work on something small and simple, like a text adventure.” As it turns out, text adventures aren’t such small and simple projects after all.
The Spring Thing 2021 version of the game is the most recent public release. This is a full-length interactive novel which has earned many accolades, including the Best in Show ribbon at the Spring Thing Festival. An average playthrough has over 50,000 words and may take five to six hours to complete; there are seven possible endings that can be achieved. (See if you can find them all.)
The Weight of a Soul is very very good. It really is a page-turner, gripping us with strong world building, excellent prose, great pacing, and a mystery to reveal.Victor Gijsbers
The writing in The Weight of a Soul is excellent… The depth and smoothness of implementation are astonishing in places, so well done that they become almost invisible to the player.Rovarsson
I enjoyed playing through this game, and truly consider it a rare game. I think it will do well in the XYZZY awards for 2021… The polish on this game is impeccable, the setting and prose is descriptive, I’d definitely play again.Brian “MathBrush” Rushton
While The Weight of a Soul is complete, I don’t consider it finished by any means. I’m working on an improved version of the novel which I plan to release as a ‘premium edition’ on itch.io and Steam.
The premium version of The Weight of a Soul will be priced at 9.99 USD and have the following features:
- Edited and updated prose
- A modern graphical user interface with tooltips, inline hyperlinks, and slick animations
- Over 40 pieces of artwork drawn by me
- A bonus PDF with developer commentary for The Weight of a Soul
- A bonus high-resolution map of the Channelworks District drawn by Shanflower
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If you’re interested in playtesting the premium version of the game, drop me an email. When I need playtesters, I will send you a private download link with instructions about what I’d like your feedback on.
When in game, you can type the >playtest command for instructions on how to record your playthrough. Once you’re done, you can send your transcript and comments to me by email.
Thanks for your help!
This game was written in Inform 7.
Thanks to my mentor, Ben Slater, for providing lots of useful comments and guidance.
Thanks to everyone who’s ever given feedback on this game: Brian, EC, Emily, Gabriel, G_L, Lewis, Liangdeng, Luel, Mabbu, MathBrush, Miss G, Mown, Niklor, Nommy, Rovarsson, Samuel, Sarah, Qingxiang, Victor, Wei Ling, the folks at Rotten Mage, and probably a whole host whose names escape me (sorry!). Your time has helped to make this game better. Any bugs in the game are my fault and not the fault of these amazing people.
I’d like to thank Lieu, Gu, Wen, WY, GA, and the rest for putting up with my fits of manic inspiration. Thanks also to the co-creators and stewards of the Expanded Multiverse: your creativity and positivity are what inspire me to keep going.
Thanks to my family, to the Inform team, to the Singaporean game development community, and to the IF community. And of course, thank you, dear player. I hope you enjoy the game I’ve made.
- Link to the in-game map by Shanflower
- The Guiding Light is a short story I wrote a long time ago, which this game is a loose sequel to. It’s not required reading, but it may shed some light on the protagonist’s backstory if you’re interested.