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About the Story
You find yourself facing down the Zombie Eye... again.
13th Place, La Petite Mort - English - ECTOCOMP 2022
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The first one the randomizer gave me is actually one I tested: a short (5-minute) parser game about dealing with the eponymous Zombie Eye in a dimly-lit London Underground station. The pixel-art graphics are very fitting, and Iím not sure if this is the default look for Adventuron games or a stylistic choice by the author, but the bright colors and monospace font give it a retro look that I really liked. I was told during testing that the game restarting every time it ends is a standard part of Adventuron too, but this game made it part of the story, and I always love it when games make use of features of the medium like that.
Without spoiling anything, I liked the plot, and liked how it tied in to the puzzles. This is a very short game, but in that space it tells the story it wants to tell, and the implementation is solid. I did run into a few guess-the-verb difficulties, but the author provided a verb list and a walkthrough for exactly that purpose.
I do have two main criticisms. First is that itís a bit too short; I would have liked a bit more puzzling before the final reveal, but Iím also not sure how I would have worked that into the story. Second, given how few puzzles there are, a more detailed implementation of those puzzles would have been nice, with more responses to incorrect approaches. But all in all this is just what Iím looking for in a Petite Mort game: short, sweet, and spooky.
This is a pretty surreal Adventuron game with images and a little music about confronting a giant Zombie eye in the London Underground. It involves a lot of sensory details, including sound and touch, in ways I found pretty poetic.
Dee Cooke is perhaps the adventuron author I know best, having made several excellent games before and winning or placing high in a lot of comps. I was surprised when this game was so small, then impressed when I realized it was in the 'made in 4 hours' division instead of the 'longer than 4 hours' division it seemed like it was in. This is pretty great for a speed-IF, with conversation, a reactive NPC, and graphics and sound.
Overall, it's a nice little treat with good atmosphere and some perspective shifts.
Tiny Adventuron parser adventure in which you try to rid the world of the titular monstrosity. A one-puzzle, one-room game, nicely illustrated with blocky graphics and some basic sound-effects. Uses the Adventuron "house style" - the look & feel of a 1980s BBC microcomputer. I managed to get stuck right at the start (the convenient VERBS command was enough to unblock me) but was smooth sailing from that point on.
|ZIT, by Amanda Walker|
Average member rating: (6 ratings)
A freshly divorced mother of two, at age 50 you are preparing for your first job interview in twenty years. There's a problem. A big one. A petite mort game written in 4 hours for Ectocomp 2022. Play time 5-10 minutes.
|Chapter Zero: Welcome to Cicada Creek, by P. F. Sheckarski|
Average member rating: (6 ratings)
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The Mines of Moria, by Sam Ruby
Average member rating: (3 ratings)
It is a bad time for the free people. The forces of the dark lord, Sauron, are swarming over the world. But there is hope. At great risk, a wizard and his ranger companion smuggled information out of Sauron's fortress which could be of...