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Codex Crusade

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Episode 1 of Codex Crusade

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Embark, if you dare, on a quest through the twisted labyrinth of academia, where libraries devour knowledge, student morph into eldritch abominations, and librarians hide secrets that blur the line between genius and stupidity.

If you read Borges once in a caffeine-induced fugue and have never recovered from the revelation that you might be an idiot, then this is the text adventure for you.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
A complex Twine game about exploring an enormous library, April 20, 2024
by MathBrush
Related reviews: about 1 hour

This game was in a poll for games that need more reviews.

In this game, you play as a lowly librarian who has been tasked by a mysterious stranger with finding the Babylon Book, which contains all stories that can ever be written.

This is meant to be the first in a three-part series. The bulk of the game takes place in a bizarre student cafeteria where history, magic, and collegiate life mingle.

The game uses a lot of styling, and has cycling links, background images, music, and a lot of text boxes where you can type what you want. I'm not sure how often the game checks what's in the type boxes; I had one puzzle where for sure it mattered, but others didn't.

The story is madcap and surreal, so it can be fun but also hard to follow at times. I wasn't quite sure how I ended up in the cafeteria, or why I couldn't leave it; and I encountered many things before I knew how to make use of them.

But, this is fairly compact, and it's not too hard to explore everything even though there's a lot. So I was able to figure out things in the end.

I definitely think I'd play the next few games. The one thing that I wish were a little different was the many times where I saw a cool feature (especially text boxes) and didn't know if it was 'cool feature just to have fun with that is only used for characterization' or 'essential puzzle component'.

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