To the City of the Clouds

by Catherine Bailey

Humor
2012

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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


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An early choicescript game with a dissolute archaeologist MC, January 15, 2021
by MathBrush
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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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