This ClickHole Text Adventure Will Terrify And Inspire You

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Last time I wrote about a free miniature Choose Your Own Adventure game the response was a little muted, but hopefully this time around y’all will enjoy the recommendation a bit more. Because! This one is funnier.

The Mysterious Shadows of Skullshadow Island is featured on ClickHole, which is apparently a spin-off of classic satirical organ The Onion. I’m clearly out of the loop as I’d no idea they’d done this, but ClickHole’s mission statement of parodying sites like Buzzfeed and Upworthy is one I can get behind. The listicle is the bane of my Facebook feed.

(Uh, not that I’ve not written them myself. I have a hungry mouth to feed: mine.)

The adventure itself posits you as Eric Coleman, the younger of the famous crime-fighting Coleman brothers, boy adventurers extraordinaire. As the adventure begins you’re paddling a canoe towards the mysterious, shadowy Skullshadow Island, which apparently is inhabited by terrifying g-g-g-ghosts!

If you’ve ever enjoyed The Venture Brothers you’ll likely get a lot out of this short, silly adventure. Its author is apparently a bit of a fan as well, judging by the names of your brother and the island itself, not to mention the manner in which it sends up the neckerchiefed, pre-pubescent boy adventurer concept by hurling it full pelt into a rather less innocent world.

There are quite a few endings to this short game, most of them unpleasant, and it’s an amusing way to spend ten or fifteen minutes. Go on: be amused!


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    Oakreef says:

    Disappointed that the post title doesn’t start with “This One Weird…”

  2. MuscleHorse says:

    Clickhole is wonderful – it has a much higher hitrate than The Onion in my opinion (and yes, I understand that satire doesn’t need to be funny). This was an old favourite: link to

  3. Viroso says:


  4. dvorhagen says:

    Clickhole isn’t referencing The Venture Brothers, so much as it’s parodying The Hardy Boys (which The Venture Brothers also parodies). But yeah, Clickhole, so far, has been even more consistently funny than The Onion.

  5. tikey says:

    Skull Island? It should be called Duck Island

  6. mechabuddha says:

    Excellent work, Applicant 4530632. You showed resourcefulness, physical and mental prowess, and the cold-hearted ability to not let familial ties cloud your mission objective. We’ve decided to promote you to Full Field Agent status. Code name…007

  7. rexx.sabotage says:

    Nice shout-out to clickhole. The short, bear attack adventure is also delightfully absurd. They really deserve more traffic (but not too much–lest it’s popularity begin to infringe upon my internet hipster cred)

  8. iucounu says:

    Clickhole are absolutely killing it. Here’s the best thing they’ve done so far: link to

  9. malkav11 says:

    Yeah, I really dug this one. I particularly liked selling my brother out to the “ghosts”.

  10. caff says:

    Not sure about the “funny” aspect of this. But, it kept me busy for 5 mins.

  11. Jackablade says:

    I wager the skull may be behind that particular mystery.

  12. ikillvampires says:

    I laughed heartily at the killed by brother ending.