Goliath The Soothsayer

Here’s some sacreligious Sunday time-killing. It’s based on a ‘true story’ about a ouija board that purportedly brought misfortune upon popular beat combo and nonsensical noiseniks The Mars Volta (“we can come up with cures for cancer and AIDS if we’re more in tune with what’s going on in the rainforest”).

Up until this week, Amazon had exclusive hosting rights for this Flash horror-adventure game. Now it’s free to be casually embedded on any old website, so you’ll find Goliath the Soothsayer in its entirety below the cut. It’s a short twist upon room escape games, and one that unreservedly slathers itself in religious and spiritual imagery in the name of creepiness. Religious and spirtual meaning? Eh, not so much. Plenty of spooky visions and observational puzzles, though.

Here it is, anyway. Walkthroughs abound across the internets should you become stuck/frustrated.

The game’s intended to promote the Mars Volta’s fourth album. Whole lotta songs about ouija boards on that, apparently.


  1. Jim Rossignol says:

    The Mars Volta are awesome.

  2. John P (katsumoto) says:

    Alec, what music DO you like? ;)

  3. Kieron Gillen says:

    Alec doesn’t “like” anything. It’s his “thing”.


  4. Alec Meer says:

    I like plenty of bands that aren’t The Mars Volta or Radiohead.

  5. Chris Evans says:

    Something that puts off the Volta? I dig that :D

    Bet it was based on some Trent Reznor or Marilyn Manson dreams :P

  6. Dracko says:

    I’m with Alec on this one!

    Didn’t one of Reznor’s production projects have a mystery website too?

  7. dhex says:

    I like plenty of bands that aren’t The Mars Volta or Radiohead.

    i like the cut of your jib!

  8. Chis says:

    Jim and I are the only ones who seem to have any taste here.

  9. Dracko says:

    We do not share the same values, sir.

  10. MEOW says:

    So far Alec’s musical choices have been sound. Kierons? Suspect. Majorly Suspect.

  11. Kieron Gillen says:

    If you hate Motown, you should get off this site, RIGHT NOW.


  12. Alec Meer says:

    Now that I’ll agree with.

    So, er, anyone play the game?

  13. Brokenbroll says:

    When can we expect a flash RPG based on Joe’s Garage?

  14. Jives says:

    It is worth noting that the new Volta album is realy realy good. Also that one of the song titles is a helen mirren reference.

  15. Jonathan says:

    I actually played the game.
    Gotta love a naughty Jesus.
    But not as good as Exmortis2 or that other one whose name I can’t remember.
    Not very good at all really.

  16. Dorian Cornelius Jasper says:

    Receiving Transmission–

    Motown is superior.

    –End Transmission

  17. Chis says:

    TMV will never make another Amputechture. What a perfect album, in all respects.

    Some people don’t like it. But then some people are fools.

  18. Rogue says:

    Radiohead are awesome. D=