Endless highways through landscape after landscape, a gas station or motel every once in a while, and just one thing to look forward to: the horizon. That's called freedom. At least when you're cruising the States in a big car. Hitchcock, among others, knew that this could get ugly and easily turn into a very unpleasant experience - and used it well for his film "Psycho". As the leading character of astragon's casual mystery Dark Alleys: Penumbra Motel you will also find out how it feels. A friendly turn - that's how it all begins. Monica's grandmother is very ill and as her mother's best friend you accompany the girl on her trip through a number of states. The uneventful car ride takes a harsh turn, when Monica leaves the car to buy a drink at a gas station. The minute she enters the building it starts to crumble and soon the child finds herself standing in an decayed ruin that seems at least a few decades older. She is taken over by a number of ghosts that drag her to the old motel.
Voila – that's where your troubles begin. From now on you are dealing with the Penum family, former motel owners and collective victims of a gruesome axe murderer who killed all of them except for the youngest son. On this day evil took residence in the old house and constantly seeks out new victims. And Monica seems to be a real dish. To save her you not only have to find her, but also throw some light on the Penum murders. Fearless investigators can take on this job and find out the secret of the haunted house through classical point & click gameplay. Dark settings in and around the motel conceal useful items that provide clues to countless riddles and puzzles. The beautifully eerie and almost morbid graphical artwork and fitting and excellent sound design that almost reminds me of a 20s silent movie produce a singularly creepy ambience. Mystery fans will love it.