The Dark Tales Of A Christmas Carol: The Game
Throughout this game ( The Dark Tales Of A Christmas Carol), Ebenezer Scrooge attempts to change the way he views life and everyone in it for the better. There are five levels to the game. Level one is when Scrooge is all by his lonesome. Level two is when he meets the Ghost of Christmas Past. Level three is when Scrooge meets the Ghost of christmas present. Level four is where he encounters the Ghost of Christmas Present. Lastly, Level five is when Scrooge “beats” all of the Ghost and has a new look on life and realizes that his life is great and he should be filled with joy. Each time Scrooge encounters a Ghost he has to conquer them to get to the next level until he reaches the end and has a different outlook on life. Scrooge stated, “Spirit,” said Scrooge, shuddering from head to foot. “I see, I see. The case of this unhappy man might be my own. My life tends that way, now. Merciful Heaven, what is this?” ( A christmas Carol by Charles Dickens pg.116. December 19, 1843). In this quote Scrooge realizes how pitiful his life is and wants to change it.
In level one, Ebenezer Scrooge is portrayed as a negative and narcissistic person. Scrooge starts in his office, as cold as ice, because he refuses to pay for coals to keep it warm. He tells his assistant that he must work on Christmas day before he leaves the office. He is shown walking down the street with an irate look on his face. He goes to his empty and lonely house. Scrooge throughout his day and ends up in bed ready to settle down. Scrooge receives a visit from Jacob Marley, the dead partner of the character.This ghost warns the Scrooge of what will happen in the next levels and what will happen if he does not learn from the levels and progress. The scene closes as the ghost of Jacob Marley fades away. Level 2 is The Ghost of Christmas Past. Scrooge wakes up just before he is visited by the ghost of Christmas past. The ghost of Christmas past comes along and takes Scrooge on a journey through his past Christmases, such as his Christmas as a child, or his apprenticeship with Fezziwig, or his engagement with a girl. The girl who leaves him due to his love for money and not for her. Scrooge watches in despair and tries to talk to the people in the scene. He does all he can to interact and change the scene he is in but there is nothing he can do and he must endure his own pain. This extremely vivid and eye opening experience moves Scrooge to tears before the ghost of Christmas past takes Scrooge back to his bed.
In level three, Scrooge is awakened once the clock strikes one. Once Scrooge is awake, the player waits for the arrival of the second spirit. As Scrooge waits a couple of minutes, he starts to get curious and starts to check the other room. As he approaches the door, he hears his name being called and tells him to enter the room. Once Scrooge enters the room, the second spirit announces that he is the Ghost of Christmas present. Scrooge notices that the Ghost of Christmas present is wearing a green robe as the Ghost of Christmas present orders him to touch it. Scrooge notices that everything is starting to disappear and finds himself in the city during Christmas morning. The spirit takes Scrooge to the home of Bob Cratchit where him and his family are having a feast. Scrooge then notices that Bob is carrying Tiny Tim who is crippled. Scrooge asked the spirit whether Tiny Tim will survive. The spirit responds to him saying that there will be an empty chair next year due to the conditions of the Cratchit family. Afterwards, the spirit introduces Scrooge to two children named “Ignorance” and “Want”. Scrooge asked the spirit if they could be helped and the spirit responded by stating, “Are there no prisons?” and “Are there no workhouses?” The clock strikes midnight while the Ghost of Christmas present vanishes. Scrooge then notices a phantom coming his way
In level four Scrooge finds himself in the presence of the Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come. Scrooge knew this ghost was different. It was terrifying and wore a dark cloak that hid its features. Scrooge asks the spirit if it is the ghost of Christmas Yet To Come, and the spirit does not answer. The spirit takes Scrooge to multiple places, the first being the London Stock Exchange. While there Scrooge listens to a group of men discuss the death of a rich man. The next place is a local pawn shop where Scrooge watches men sell stolen goods of the dead man. The next place is a dinner table where the husband and wife talk about how happy they are that he died because they owed him money. Next Scrooge watches over the Cratchit household as they mourn the death of Tiny Tim. Scrooge begs and pleads with the Spirit to reveal the identity of the dead rich man, but then Spirit says nothing; it just takes them to a graveyard and points at a newly dug grave. Scrooge approaches the headstone and finds that it reads “EBENEZER SCROOGE”. In shock and full of terror Scrooge begs the spirit to undo all of these things and states “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future.” (A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens pg.127). After this promise was made, the spirit collapsed in his cloak and Scrooge woke up in his bed after completing level four.
On the last level, level five Scrooge finds himself sitting in his room after a night he’ll never forget. He sits in shock for a moment, and then raises the spirits for a second chance at life. He then shouts “Merry Christmas”. After getting dressed in a hurry Scrooge runs out into the streets and offers the first boy, he finds a good sum of money to deliver a Christmas turkey to Bob Cratchit’s house. That was step one of scrooge writing his wrongs to beat the game. The next step was finding the charity work that he rudely dismissed and promised to donate money to the charity. Scrooge then attends Fred’s Christmas party and fills the room with so much Christmas joy the other guest can’t believe it. Scrooge lives out the rest of his days with a heart full of Christmas Joy and even becomes an important person in Tiny Tim’s life. That is how Ebenezer Scrooge beat “A Christmas Story”.
Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol. 1843. Project
Gutenberg, https://www.gutenberg.org/files/46/46-h/46-h.htm. 29 April, 2020