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The Tower and the Toucan

by E. Lily Yu


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(based on 6 ratings)
2 reviews

About the Story

A perfectly ordinary day.

Birds and other bright things.

(First published on in April 2016, then reprinted in sub-Q magazine on 31 May 2016.)

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: April 1, 2016
Current Version: Unknown
Development System: Twine
Forgiveness Rating: Cruel
IFID: Unknown
TUID: 75jolhnksw0a6bps


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Short, well written adventure. Would've liked bit more of a story arc, February 28, 2018

This is a short Twine story; you're a waitress at a pub, and you're going to deliver food to the local recluse in his moss-covered tower -- The "Thinker of Thoughts" they call him -- as you do every afternoon. No one answers the door, but you (can) enter anyways, and then you start snooping around...

The strongest aspects of this are the writing, which is solid, restrained, and punctuated with some nice imagery, and the setting, which is imaginative, especially as this drifts into more fantastical territory. This strikes an excellent balance between these elements.

The story though doesn't really have too much... story to it. It's structurally more like one of those old-school CYOA books, insofar as it feels more like a series of events strung together, more than something with a set beginning/middle/end for our character. There are choices, and they "matter", but they felt pretty arbitrary (Pick up this thing, or don't?). There are a lot of basically dead ends, unsatisfying, and there might be a pinpoint path through all this that would've led to a more substantial wrap up, but if there is I don't really know how I would've reached it. I would've just preferred this be more linear instead, I think.

I was looking at a science fiction book anthropology when I saw this author's name, and I thought it looked familiar, which is how I came back across this. This shows well enough that I'm still interested in reading what the author does in a short story format with a bit more structure in place, and where the strengths of this should lend themselves well. (The book was "The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume 11" also starring Yoon Ha Lee)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
A branching story about a magical tower, June 10, 2016

This is a short, highly branching Twine game published by Sub-Q magazine.

In this game, you play as an individual who investigates a mysterious, magical tower in your town whose owner has been missing.

All sorts of things can happen through the various brwnches, including various toucan encounters.

The game was charming, but the branching and writing didn't really pull me in.

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