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Bonfire Night: The Black Dog

by Carter X Gwertzman

2023

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(based on 3 ratings)
2 reviews

About the Story

It's bonfire night, and they need a sacrifice.


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17th Place, La Petite Mort - English - ECTOCOMP 2023

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Escape a cult in the middle of the night, November 22, 2023
by MathBrush
Related reviews: 15-30 minutes

This is a parser puzzle game made in 4 hours or less for Ectocomp.

In it, you play as someone who has been bound and thrown in the basement of a church, a sacrifice for a cult. You have to escape and find your way out of town.

Like most parser games made in 4 hours, it has some rough spots, some missing implementation. But I found many of the puzzles intuitive; I thought, 'hmm, I wonder if I could use that for...' only to have it work.

The writing was evocative and descriptive. There was an isolated example of strong profanity which didn't fit, I think, with the intelligent, brooding and contemplative hero.

Overall, a good effort for Petite Mort, and something I enjoyed playing, although it would benefit from more polishing if there was a post-comp release.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Creepy escape, if you manage to, that is.., November 7, 2023
by manonamora
Related reviews: ectocomp

This is a short but a bit of an obtuse parser (definitely not beginner friendly), working as a survival entry in a creepy cult-like village. It took me restarting a few times to manage reaching the end (the first time, I managed to move about, exiting blocked spots and maze, by chance more than anything, before finding myself stuck again).

The lack of hints or walkthrough made some puzzle a bit convoluted to solve. Some actions require specific words, whose usual synonyms were not implemented (e.g. drink for glass), and it feels like there was supposed to be more places to explore or more puzzles to solve? As a whole, story-wise, your escape relies quite a bit on luck...

But if you look at everything, explore every room, and take everything you can find, you may be able to reach the end... somewhat unscathed.

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