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The Warbler's Nest

by Jason McIntosh profile


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About the Story

Surely the reed bank counts as a wild place. While it gives you so much, you've never tended it, not really, not like you do with your garden. It's something like the forest, then, but much safer to search without attracting attention. So here you are.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: October 1, 2010
Current Version: 21
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 7
IFID: 6B9D8019-65AD-4BAE-90E0-D83AB5E3E464
TUID: he5spzmz6vr4dgej

Off-Site Reviews

Play This Thing
The gap between you and 'you'
The Warbler's Nest is an interactive fiction about perception: what seems to be going on may or may not be what is actually going on.
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If you play only one game from this year's comp I would heartily recommend The Warbler's Nest, with some slight reservations. The genre that would describe it the closest would probably be "psychological thriller."

As is the usual case, the game starts with little to no information and gradually tells the player what's going on. The clever part is that at some point your perception of the setting changes to something completely else, and it's not a Shyamalanian "Look! A twist!" but the player comes to the chilling conclusion gradually. The restrained style of writing supports the big picture perfectly.
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