Crowdfunding Chronicles

Crowdfunding Chronicles: The Corruption Within

Pixel graphic scene of a cabin at night.

Campaign Ends: August 12
Platform: Windows

Exploring creepy, decaying mansions is a highly enjoyable past time. For me, it’s been a life-long hobby that started with the likes of Maniac Mansion and the NES port of Uninvited. If you happen to share my love of creaking floors and hidden drawers, I humbly direct your attention towards The Corruption Within, a first-person point-and-click thriller with colorful retro-style pixel graphics sure to remind curious guests of our NES favorites.

Set during the Victorian Era, our tale kicks off with you and your family on a relaxing camping trip. When your wife and children suddenly go missing, you set out to find help, and stumble upon a strange mansion full of curious characters. Certainly a resident or two would know something about your family’s disappearance!

Explore the mansion and nearby surroundings in your hunt for clues, and solve the mysteries behind its strange and even menacing inhabitants. Be careful who you trust! Each character has their own unusual backstory, and you’ll need to uncover their secrets before you can find your family. Though there will be plenty of puzzles for you to solve in this unsettling edifice, the game’s focus remains on the characters and narrative.

Pixel graphic scene of a child's creepy bedroom.

The Corruption Within definitely looks to be a unique addition to your point-and-click library; it’s rare to see modern games in this genre featuring both a first-person perspective and nostalgic pixel art. While the initial campaign goals have been met, stretch goals will add a pair of secret rooms and some additional endings. Personally, I’m looking forward to a delightful evening of rummaging through other people’s closets and admiring their dilapidated, multicolored furniture. Fun times!

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Tina Olah

Tina Olah

Tina Olah is a features writer and occasional reviewer for RPGFan. She is also an illustrator, cosplayer, book hoarder, and personal servant to a really cool Shih Tzu. Tina is an avid fan of strange science fiction and fantasy worlds, and would like you to know that she spent a considerable amount of time making Paladin’s Quest fan art back in grade 7.