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Grandma Bethlinda's Variety Box

by Arthur DiBianca profile


About the Story

It's the latest model, and it would really like to play with you.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: October 1, 2015
Current Version: Unknown
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 7
Forgiveness Rating: Merciful
IFID: 90B819FE-53E8-49F2-84D7-B552DC2A60D0
TUID: r3ed77yd9te07y5d

Off-Site Reviews

Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Bemusing puzzle box in the form of interactive fiction. Slap it, whack it, look at it. Eventually some stuff will happen. It is like the intricate and complex box in The Room except you have to use your imagination. Your filthy, filthy imagination.
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Jay Is Games
Congratulations! You've found Grandma Bethlinda's Variety Box! Why, what does it do? You haven't the faintest idea. But when curiosity killed the cat, satisfaction brought it back, so start poking around. All you can do is discover and have fun in this interactive fiction puzzle game by Arthur DiBianca. It starts off with a simple, plain looking box. But the more you poke, pull, crank, and solve, the more entertainment arrives out of it.
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well this is new
This game is entirely textual and even uses a text parser, but its only real commands are USE / U, WAIT / Z, and X / EXAMINE. (Another synonym for USE is UNDERTAKE TO INTERACT WITH. Very funny. Itís USE. Youíll be typing U though.) Thatís right, itís a game with three verbs, and the only verb that actually does things to things is USE, scoffed at as deeply unserious by verb nerds everywhere. Can we make an actual game like this, complete with extensive (but fair) puzzles and a interlude involving a botanical usurpation? Of course we can. These people did.
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