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Down, the Serpent and the Sun

by Chandler Groover profile


About the Story

The feathered serpent coils before you, greater than any god or any monster. Maimed warriors are crushed beneath its claws. The sun will never rise again.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: February 16, 2015
Current Version: 1.00
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 7
Forgiveness Rating: Polite
IFID: B086BFF0-F8AA-4A07-9538-8DAC1F4DF807
TUID: jwj9zj64g3pcckoc

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Emily Short's Interactive Storytelling
Points to this one for presenting a highly unusual setting: the body of a feathered serpent that has just (I think per Aztec mythology?) swallowed the sun. Gloom and gore abound.
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This is a decently accomplished piece. It's very sparsely implemented (think Ecdysis) but that works against it. Lots of scenery doesn't seem useful. By the time you reach the...terminus of the serpent you might have missed important things you could actually interact with. It's a short game though, and worth it for the unusual setting.
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The puzzles are pleasantly straightforward (at least to reach one of two similar endings), making this a nice game of exploration through an atypical and grotesque setting. --C.E.J. Pacian
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Stuff I have to say about stuff, and stuff
I think the game was a bit too sparse, but this looks like it can be fixed. The rejection messages are very atmospheric and non-generic and give a nice sense of impending doom, so well done there!
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These Heterogenous Tasks

This has some strong things going for it ambitious prose, a strong mythic feel, a really strong idea of the mood it wants to evoke but those same things drag some pretty big problems along with them.
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