If memory serves me correctly, "Shivers" was released at the same time as "Phantasmagoria" and, unfortunately, got lost in all of the media hype surrounding the latter. I have fond memories of finding those pesky Ixupis (or those pesky Ixupis finding me <G>) and jumping out of my chair on more than one occasion (particularly after my first encounter <G>), and it is still one of my all-time favorite games.
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I think Shivers was released a month or two before Phantasmagoria, and Gabriel Knight 2: The Beast Within soon after that. I remember when Shivers was released it was a complete surprise - there had been no fanfare prior to its release and in fact I don't recall having even heard about it beforehand. Shivers remains one of my all-time favorite games, too. I think it's a fantastic game.
It was certainly an embarrassment of riches back then, wasn't it ? As much as I enjoyed "Phantasmagoria", "Shivers" was like a diamond in the rough and I enjoyed it so much more. I think Sierra blew its entire advertising budget promoting "Phantasmagoria" and "Shivers" was such a pleasant surprise that sneaked up on us. "Harvest of Souls" was also a great game.
One of my all time favorites. This game taught me how to run away in adventure games, of course this was learned after getting caught by those pesky Ixupi's dozens of times. This is also where I first came across a ridiculous Chinese Checker puzzle that I spent much time and money on the pay-per-minute Sierra Hot Line trying to write down the 30 moves it took to win any one of which, if missed, prevented you from completing. Of course this game was in a time before there was Internet help and walkthroughs. I would be curious to learn how much money Sierra made from all their games on that Hotline.
I just checked and most of this fantastic Fan made web site created in 1999 dedicated to the Game Shivers and a little of Shivers 2 is still up. Here you can get solutions to the puzzles along with where the Ixupi's are and where the Pots and Lids are usually found and much more. You can also download the fantastic music from the game that was embedded in my mind because of the hours and hours I spent playing this game. Especially the elevator music that you constantly heard every time you used the elevator which was a lot.