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To the City of the Clouds

by Catherine Bailey

Humor
2012

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(based on 2 ratings)
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About the Story

To the City of the Clouds is a thrilling interactive adventure novel where your choices control the story. The game is entirely text-based–without graphics or sound effects–and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

Search for the lost Incan city known as La Ciudad de las Nubes in the mountains of Colombia. Your fledgling archaeologist will battle venomous pit vipers, tropical diseases, and the FARC guerrilla army to secure fame, fortune, and tenure at a prestigious university. Alcohol, lustful young students, and Incan spirits delight and bedevil you along the way.

Choose your persona, your sexual orientation, and your propensity to wear khaki native huipiles…then let the adventure begin!


Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: October 26, 2012
Current Version: Unknown
License: Commercial
Development System: ChoiceScript
IFID: Unknown
TUID: 5j5vycroj6m175j

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
made an era ago, and it shows, January 15, 2021
by Blattella (Singapore)

i do not think this story aged particularly well, and i did not think it very well made when i first played it four or five years ago either.

the game has a strange fixation with sex that it never actually wants to put in central focus -- one of your stats is "libido", and i don't think this ever really comes into play?

while nothing else really stood out to me as especially *glaringly* flawed, i just don't think this holds a candle to other, more thought-out choice of games releases

if you want to play an archaeologist in a choicescript game, i would point you to "relics of the lost age" instead


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
An early choicescript game with a dissolute archaeologist MC, January 15, 2021
by MathBrush
Related reviews: about 1 hour

Well, if you enjoy games where you can play as a hard-drinking, cheating professor, stealing artifacts, snorting lines of coke and hitting on students, this is definitely the game for you.

That's not really my style. This is an early choicescript game. In the beginning, they had 3-4 pretty great games in a row, but they didn't really know what worked, and that resulted in a string of very short games with weak use of stats, unfulfilling scenes and hit-or-miss humor that was often miss. After that, they hit their stride with some games that are still awesome to this day (Slammed! and Choice of Kung Fu, for instance).

That said, this game is still well-polished, with few, if any errors, and the interactivity generally worked for me. I had to sweat over a few choices, and they had actual consequences.

At 68,000 words, this game is a tenth of their most recent game (Luminous Underground) and a little less than half of the average game.

The story is about you, an archaeologist, hearing rumors of an ancient Incan city, the 'City Lost in the Clouds'. You have to dodge Columbian militia and ancient spirits to explore the city, and then safely make it back.

This game was recently in the 'Most underrated Choicescript games' poll, and was second to last (before Treasure Seekers of Lady Luck, which I actually like). If you play even 1 or 2 choices of the demo, you'll instantly know if you like it or not.


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