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The Little Match Girl, by Hans Christian Andersen

by Ryan Veeder profile

Episode 1 of The Little Match Girl

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(based on 11 ratings)
2 reviews

About the Story

A touching short story.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: December 31, 2021
Current Version: 2
License: Free
Development System: Inform 7
Forgiveness Rating: Heartwarming
IFID: 35EC398C-AD13-46E7-AA2F-88930B1E43A5
TUID: ahy26o7rp6nqp6ve


A Pretty Vorple Version November 30, 2022
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
Quest through time and space, with a Hans Christian Andersen setting, February 6, 2022
by MathBrush
Related reviews: 15-30 minutes

This game takes the classic, depressing/sacrifical tale of the little matchgirl and uses it as a setting for a larger story.

In the original story, each match a girl lit gave her another vision of brighter things. In this game, each match is used to teleport to the user to...whatever location Ryan was interested in talking about that day?

The overall puzzle structure is fairly lenient; it is generally a fetch quest, and each task can almost always be solved by brute force, but has internal logic.

+Polish: The game is smooth. I had a couple of issues with synonyms here and there (literally can't remember what, but it was me typing dumb stuff), but the vast majority of possible actions I tried worked great.
+Descriptiveness: Very clear and easily envisioned settings and characters.
+Interactivity: The quest structure is simple, but I felt allowed to go off the rails at times.
+Emotional impact: It didn't have quite the gut punch of the original, but was more fun.
+Would I play again? Sure!

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
A short time-travel story, January 4, 2022

By means of the matches, you'll travel through time and space to various places, meet a handful of charming NPCs, and solve a dozen inventory puzzles. Keep notes and you'll probably solve it in under an hour.

Veeder's NPCs are always reliably charming, and this game is no exception.

As I write this, the game identifies itself as "Episode 1" of a series. Thus far, it's a fine short piece; I'm curious to see how it expands in subsequent episodes.

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