Bad Day on the Midway is a little different to The Resident's previous interactive release. While still a showcase for the band and their Freak Show inspired ditties, it is more of an actual game. There are now puzzles to solve, you need to use a little strategy to win the game and you can actually die. What is interesting here is the use of multiple characters. You can essentially possess the different characters you meet which will open up different locations and objectives. Death is not always the end of the game, though, as in one particular scene you can possess your killer.
You begin the game as little Timmy who is visiting the carnival for an evening of unfaltering enjoyment. Not even a mass murderer on the loose leaving piles of dead bodies on the floor could stop his upbeat outlook of the experience. As he explores the attractions, he can transfer his consciousness into another character in a similar way to Inscape's own Dark Eye (which I reviewed elsewhere on this site). There are six playable characters ranging from a dramatic fortune teller to an escaped lab rat. Each has their own story to tell, and each can uncover pieces of the overall mystery.
There's only really one puzzle in this game - be the correct person in the correct location at the correct time to view the complete story, but even if you've done it wrong, you're guaranteed to witness something strange and downright bizarre. Like a woman whose skin turns to bark who performs one of the most memorable songs in the entire game. You can also see a sperm whale give birth to an electric eel! That's certainly not something you see every day.
The two Residents game from Inscape are not so much something you play, but something you experience. The images will stay with you in your nightmares and the songs will creep into your psyche. I therefore consider them an absolute must-play and urge everyone to give them a go.
To download the game, follow the link below. This custom installer exclusive to The Collection Chamber uses the DOSBox-X build of DOSBox running Microsoft Windows 3.1 to get the game working on modern systems. Manual included. Read the ChamberNotes.txt for more detailed information. Read the Tested on Windows 10.
03.05.2016 Version 2 - Separated the two games into their own installer.
Autoclose Windows 3.1 when exiting the game.
15.03.2022 Version 3 - Now uses the DOSBox-X build of DOSBox 0.74.
Added PDF Manual.
File Size: 463 Mb. Install Size: 684 Mb. Need help? Consult the Collection Chamber FAQ