A Cold Grave

by Mike Michalik


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- CMG (NYC), October 1, 2016

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
., October 1, 2016

A short detective game with immaculate CSS, graphics, and a Nine Inch Nails soundtrack. This is a surreal twine game about a psychic detective and a dead person tracking down their killer. Your choices determine whether this chase for the killer ends in failure or success. The writing is succinct for the genre and is a short length story. But there were also some concepts thrown in such as folklore, I believe its Icelandic or something from Alaska? And there were no explanations for these, it just felt thrown in. But overall the game is solid, just a tad rushed.

Pros: Clear, clean, impressive graphics and CSS along with atmospheric songs by Nine Inch Nails.
Cons: Rushed story.

I made an account to give give this a good rating because I liked it that much, June 24, 2016
by Castiel Malakh
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Title + it reminded me of a really good Supernatural episode. This inspires me, gave me new ideas. Only truly incredible works can inspire a person in such a way. I love the words and how they are presented, it really gives the piece an otherwordly feel. The whole thing is really great.

- couture, December 25, 2015

- leanbh, November 21, 2015

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
What a sight!, August 25, 2015
by verityvirtue (London)

In this visually compelling work, you are a psychic detective called to the side of a body. A familiar body. What happened to it?

The strongest point of this game has to be the brilliant use of the visual interface that Twine offers. (Spoiler - click to show)I thought the cutscenes right up near the beginning, as well as the moment when you open your eyes in the body, were great. It suits the style of his economical writing and added to the atmosphere of the game. A pity it was so short, though; the story appears to be rich in unspoken backstory.

- zylla, June 21, 2015

- hoopla, March 18, 2015

- BlitzWithGuns, November 25, 2014

- Marco Innocenti (Florence, Italy), August 27, 2014

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
Very, very nice., August 27, 2014
by Fetaznapleta
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I liked it a lot. You will too.

- niemytapyta, August 27, 2014

- Jubell (Florida), May 30, 2014

- Anya Johanna DeNiro (Minnesota), March 18, 2014

- forgepoet, February 25, 2014

- E.K., January 17, 2014

- Jason Lautzenheiser (Navarre, Ohio), December 29, 2013

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Impressive, December 29, 2013
by Hanon Ondricek (United States)

A very nicely styled Twine story. Low agency, but paced very nicely. The story is oblique but understandable, there's a little bit of gore as you are a psychic who enters the minds of the dead to get clues about their demise.

The writing is restrained, but a little bit on the nose at the beginning. The writing gets better as the story goes along and the author settles in.

I would definitely read more of this if it were a full-length novella or a slightly expanded and more interactive experience as a full-blown game. There are lots of hooks in this set up to give the reader more choice and more chances to explore and examine and interact. The author does a lot of good things with word-changing paragraphs.

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