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The Queen's Menagerie

by Chandler Groover profile

Fantasy
2016

(based on 37 ratings)
1 review

About the Story

These beasts won't feed themselves.

A puzzleless exhibition. Ten to fifteen minutes.


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Awards

Nominee, Best Writing - 2016 XYZZY Awards

15th Place - 22nd Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2016)

Editorial Reviews

The Breakfast Review
Partaking of Groover is like partaking of some everlasting, continuous feast, each story just another slice of the unending line-up. There is a sense of decadence, of something delectable made from organ meat and fat. Something baroque.
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catacalypto
Third person works well here, establishing a voyeuristic distance between reader and keeper thatís complicated by Textureís format of dragging. The platform requires slightly more input than a hyperlink, but less so than even a limited parser, and so seems particularly suited to work that deals with themes of implication, constraint, and guilt.
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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Though this is not a long piece, individual passages of prose are doing a lot of work. Dark, short, suitable for Gothic tastes, good for 10-15 minutes of play. Probably not for small children.
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These Heterogenous Tasks

Itís highly Gothic; the closest comparison I can think of is Mervyn Peake, although the thematics are very much in the same general territory as With Those We Love Alive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
A visually rich Texture game about feeding grim animals, May 10, 2017
by MathBrush
Related reviews: 15-30 minutes

In this game, you play as a zookeeper for a queen.

This is a texture game, which is good for mobile and desktop. You grab a few nouns at the bottom, and drag them above; in this story, they nouns are mainly keys and food.

Your job is to feed the animals. This game is about exploration of the universe; your choices matter, making replay enjoyable.

The game is visually well-developed as well.

Highly recommended.

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