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You Could Stay Here Forever

by KnightAnNi

Surreal
2023

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(based on 4 ratings)
3 reviews

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An eerie, 500-word interactive fiction created for the Neo-Twiny Jam. Revisit your childhood mall on the night before the bulldozers come to destroy it. Enjoy it while you can.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Malls had a mystique once. They still do., August 31, 2023
by Andrew Schultz (Chicago)
Related reviews: Neo Twiny Jam

This is a story about the last night of a closed mall before it is demolished. You sneak in, hoping to find memories. Itís well done, with the sound manipulated at a critical point.

I havenít visited a mall in ages but I am sad to read of ones I liked closing down. I remember thinking when I grew up I would go to one of those big malls and eventually buy one item from each store, except maybe the jewelry and such. But when I grew up I generally had favorite bargain outlets or waited for the day after Thanksgiving or Christmas to pick up sales.

Adults would moan how malls got rid of forests or parks or whatever when I was young, and these days I'm sort of mourning the loss of malls and food courts and such, even though I never spent much there and appreciate when bike paths or nature areas are set aside. Malls seem so impractical, but of course we can't drown in those memories.

YCSHF captures that and in a different way from Jim Aikinís super-long The Only Possible Prom Dress, which also takes place after-hours in a mall, but it celebrates the oddities of malls with all sorts of odd stores with jokes. Here the limited word count here leaves plenty of mystery and reminds me of how malls got smaller, or they started having empty storefronts. And yet I'd still love to explore more of this abandoned mall. Both works got me to thinking of franchises I saw in all sorts of malls and went bankrupt. I finally Googled a few of them.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Creepy/nostalgic abandoned mall story, July 18, 2023
by MathBrush
Related reviews: less than 15 minutes

This was written for the Neo Twiny Jam in 500 words or less.

Abandoned/liminal/nostalgic media has been oversaturated this decade, but this game nails it pretty well and feels fresh. It uses creepy audio to establish the feeling, and it hits the right ratio of wholesome to unsettling that makes for a truly good horror piece.

Short and sweet. Interactivity is slight but used to good effect.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Exploring a soon-to-be-gone building, June 23, 2023
by manonamora
Related reviews: neotwinyjam

Through its soft but uncomfortable sound and its bare description, this entries does a good job of building and eerie atmosphere. You are truly alone there, and you should probably leave, but you find yourself questioning if you should maybe stayÖ

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