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Exit the loop game
Here a serious topic is presented in a funny way. The goal is to both entertain and inform those willing to play. You have to escape your psychosis by finding one of the two endings. Otherwise you are stuck in the loop. Best played in a pdf reader like acrobat. Playing it in the browser, leads to malfunctions. This game is translated from German language. It will be printed for charitable purposes and is a non-commercial project.
49th Place - tie - 29th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2023)
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This is a choose your own adventure pdf. The last one of these in IFComp I’d heard of was Simon Christiansen’s Trapped in Time, which was a long pdf and included a system for maintaining inventory through loops.
This game is different. It’s a bit shorter, and focuses on a real-life situation: psychosis. It describes different episodes that can happen in the life of someone with psychosis and ways that it can be treated.
It also has very well-done drawings that add significantly to the game.
Overall, I found it small but interesting and would definitely check out future work by this team!
Escape your Psychosis is an illustrated CYOA booklet about escaping the cycle of psychosis by recognising and avoiding the unhealthy choices. The format allows you to click on the option to process through the story. The text is accompanied by whimsical illustrations, relevant to the state of the story. The entry is meant to be educational.
This very short entry is the product of the author’s experience with psychosis in their surroundings, wanting to spread awareness and demystify what it means to fall into a psychosis. Through short snippets of situations, the entry takes a light-hearted, often humourous, approach to the theme. Still, it recognises that this is not a situation-fits-all type of content.
For what it tries to do, I think the game manages to do quite well. It provides enough variety and choices to make it feel believable, but brushes over the more darker elements of going through a psychosis to not make it a bummer (the illustrations* are a big help in this way). However, this can also be seen as what doesn’t work about the entry, with how over-simplistic the game tackles the subject matter, or how it overlooks completely the darker realities, or how too cheerful the entry looks for what it tries to portray. It can feel a bit superficial.
*they reminded me a bit of the Little Inferno game style…
I’d love to see more CYOA entries in a similar format in future comps!
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