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You are the backup AI for the colony ship Vocation (what a terrible, boring name!). You now exist and a subroutine indicates that you ought to go home.
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Homecoming

by Carolyn VanEseltine profile

Science Fiction
2014

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(based on 10 ratings)
2 reviews

About the Story

"Homecoming" is a short, twisted comedy about a newly awakened AI.


Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: September 10, 2014
Current Version: 1
License: Free
Development System: Inform 7
Forgiveness Rating: Cruel
IFID: Unknown
TUID: 2ottee5x0vwqxl0p

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Beautiful short piece, September 12, 2014
by streever (America)

Homecoming is one of those short, smart little works of Interactive Fiction that doesn't feel complicated, but is incredibly novel and entertaining.

The novelty in this case rests almost entirely in the writing; VanEseltine creates a memorable and relatable character out of a near-minimalist work of Interactive Fiction. The game can be played to a satisfying end with a few directions typed into the parser, or you can meander and wander a bit. Either way, you'll discover a surprisingly deep game behind the simple mechanics.

The level of skill and craft on display here is subtle; the expertise and practice that went into it makes the final display feel effortless and easy.

There are a number of possible endings, and variations within those endings; this is a game you're going to want to play multiple times.


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
A short, darkish comedy about an AI in a damaged ship making its way home, April 12, 2016

In this game, you play a computerized AI trying to head towards earth. There is a linear path to and away from earth, and a few branches along the way.

The main interesting feature of the game is the various choices that you can make. You are the AI of a ship that has been severely damaged, with all crew and colonists in cryosleep. You can choose to go straight home, or to try a variety of other things.

The game is funny, and well-written. At times I suspected it to be a parody of Hoist Sail for Heliopause and Home.

This game is short and enjoyable, and recommended for everyone. I gave 4 stars instead of 5 because I felt like the interactions available didn't really draw me into the world.


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