Tales From The Basement

a Modern Adventure by EndMaster

Commended by EndMaster on 7/28/2019 5:35:39 AM

Player Rating5.92/8

"#67 overall, #2 for 2008"
based on 776 ratings since 06/25/2008
played 40,288 times (finished 1,239)

Story Difficulty4/8

"march in the swamp"

Play Length6/8

"It'll be a while, better grab a Snickers®"

Maturity Level7/8

"anything goes"
Some material may be inappropriate for persons under age 18. If this were a movie, it would probably be R.

Because Basement Dwellers are people too!

Additional Notes:

This story is three stories in one. Your first choice will lead to a separate tale of a different “basement dweller”. Each one is mostly different in tone.

Ebay Escapist is weird and random. It’s the least verbose of the three. (Or my stories in general)

Good Girl is the longest and most descriptive of the three. There is some weirdness going on here too, but is mostly kept much more in "reality". There is a cast of characters link in the beginning to help you keep up with who’s who.

Anime Addict has a lot of offensive language and humor, so if you don't like that sort of thing you shouldn’t read this one.

In all the tales there are several endings varying in degrees of good/bad/neutral outcomes. While there are some endings better than others, these are basically just tales of basement dwellers.

Player Comments

This game is really three wholly distinct styles all together, with a single choice at the start that shunts you into one of them. The first, the eBay part, is not precisely a lolrandom game (it's too well written for that) but it's not really developed in the way the other thirds are. They are like microstories, some cleverer than other, and some with funny twists.

The Good Girl path is brutal. It's really wrenching and violent. I don't have the strongest stomach for the content. But. *Even* considering that, I was engaged by the story, and I think that's a strength of this path. In particular, the ring girl path was really strong, and the sister is compelling. I also particularly like how frequently in this game, when awful things happen, you have the opportunity to respond appropriately. It rarely does as you expect, because this is all a desperately black comedy, but it lets you try, and that's what I want in a choice game.

The anime path was grosser, going for more shock-gross at first, especially in the "pick a fetish" path which the game cleverer gives you if you try to "opt-out" of the adventure. But Patricia is hilarious, and all of the paths with her are great. The narrator in the Anime fork is especially funny. This is gross-out comedy, and it's done well.

I *hate* these genres of writing, but I *still* thought this was an entertaining game. So, End, I have to hand it to you.
-- Gower on 9/8/2019 7:42:05 PM with a score of 0
Every now and then I read a story and think to myself that the author must have had a lot of fun writing it, and that makes me smile. Tales From The Basement is one such story.

As usual for EndMaster, the story itself was in the Cave of Time branching style. There were a few pages with multiple ways to get to them, but they were in the minority, and there was always a choice that led to a unique page in such situations.
The paths themselves are generally quite short, but there are a lot of them. So any of you faggots who actually read reviews before you read a story should be sure to play through all the branches and THEN complain about the story being too short.

The E-Bay Escapist path is very random and definitely the most ridiculous of the three stories. However, unlike what one might expect from a LOL RANDOM story, it is still actually well-written and funny. My favorite ending in that one is probably…oh, hell. I don’t have a favorite because there are so many funny ones.

The Anime Addict was by far the most disgusting of the three protagonists. That made it all the more fun to see the horrible results of Brian’s degeneracy. I’ll admit that pure, unpolluted delight in reading of a character’s self-imposed torment is very pleasurable in a non-gay way. If you are not someone to whom such humor ever appeals to, I would not recommend that path, but if you are, quit reading reviews and just click the link.
The FINAL FURSECUTION ending was my definite favorite in that path, but not because the others were lacking necessarily.

The Good Girl path is very wacky and has the best characters, I thought. The character who stood out to me the most was Moon Shadow. She is like an exaggerated version of flakes I know in real life, only it’s way funnier because I don’t have to talk to her. Uncle Ed was another favorite of mine, but all the characters in that path were highly entertaining in their own ways.
My favorite end was probably the one in which Suzy and her siblings fight the mutants together.

These stories were even better than I remembered, and if you’re still reading this, you should go check them out.

-- Cricket on 6/26/2019 9:44:17 PM with a score of 0
Your writing never fails to impress. I found all three paths of this story to be entertaining and amusing, as the writing never missed a beat, seriously. This story was fun to read the entire way through, and both the quality of the writing and humor remained consistent throughout each page.

I must admit that I found myself enjoying the Good Girl narrative the most. There was just so many characters that were full of life and each had their own interesting traits about them. It made for many interesting choices as to where the story could go, and where these choices went were all quite entertaining for me as the reader to experience.

How you manage to keep each path in your stories unique and fulfilling remains to be something that is rather awe-inspiring.

All in all, this was impressive storytelling as always. I enjoyed this very much, but enjoyment is something that I have come to expect from EndMaster's works.
-- TharaApples on 12/23/2016 3:07:50 AM with a score of 0
Everyone wants to be entertained when they read fiction. This story is very entertaining, offering 3 paths with different styles at the beginning. The story contents are well enough described by other reviews at this point. I was smiling through almost every prompt in the first and third forks, which are packed with humor and shock humor. The second fork is a little more serious and involved; player choices relate more directly to the outcome. As with the other stories I've reviewed by EndMaster, he manages to make a lot of variety in each ending. I didn't find anything wrong with the writing here except spelling and grammar, which I find easy enough to overlook.
-- AnthonyScoffler on 9/18/2020 2:25:25 AM with a score of 0
I really liked it! It was fun choosing all the different options and finding new endings
-- Moonyasnow on 10/29/2019 9:19:48 PM with a score of 0
I am rereading this again and this time as a kinda proper citizen of the promised land, so here's my irrelevant comment and rating! I enjoyed it, especially the part where we the furfag got executed.Thanks for this one!
-- Universe12345 on 7/10/2019 8:44:54 PM with a score of 0
Pretty Good!
-- Reywalker786 on 5/31/2019 2:43:39 PM with a score of 0
I scrolled through a list of games and when i saw that there was an anime addict option in this game i started playing this.
-- BassFountain969 on 5/25/2019 1:33:32 AM with a score of 0
That anime part was accurate. Great now I'm feeling depressed. I think I'm gonna go dunk my face in a toilet or something...
-- ShoujoAddict on 10/23/2018 8:41:16 AM with a score of 0
-- Hat on 9/7/2018 2:13:03 PM with a score of 0
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