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The Labyrinthine Library of Xleksixnrewix

by Daniel Stelzer profile, Ada Stelzer, and Sarah Stelzer

Fantasy
2023

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(based on 5 ratings)
2 reviews

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A Reverse Dungeon Crawl


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14th Place, La Petite Mort - English - ECTOCOMP 2023

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
A difficult but rewarding dungeon making Inform game, November 22, 2023
by MathBrush
Related reviews: 15-30 minutes

This game was pretty difficult but rewarding. It was entered in the La Petite Morte part of Ectocomp, which is surprising given its complexity.

In it, you have a large rectangular grid of a dungeon, and you have to make a map for adventurers to wander in. You have to destroy adventurers, but to reach the weapons you need to hit them, you have to make a path that adventurers can also take, and if they get the weapons, they win.

I was baffled at first, and had no clue what I was doing. I found that the adventurers follow close behind you and can kill you the instant they have line of sight. I also found that you can't throw the killing weapon unless you have line of sight.

So I was truly baffled until I read the hints on the Psionic weapon, and then things became a lot more clear.

Overall, this was pretty fun. My only sticking point was how hard it was to get started, but after that I liked the puzzle.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
I'll get those darn adventurers next time!, November 7, 2023
by manonamora
Related reviews: ectocomp

Now, that was something different! Instead of going through a dungeon, fighting your way through waves of monsters, and solving crazy puzzles, all for a measly reward... you shape up the maze and fix up some traps to stop some annoying adventurers from desecrating your place of work (and avoid loosing your job).

This is the kind of game that is deceptively small (and so darn hard!), the kind you could spend hours trying out different combinations of maze formation and traps location, to stop adventurers from getting to the treasure. It is both a great brain-picker and a time-waster...

How this was done in only 4h is a mystery. Even with freely available extensions, which were mostly made by the author, the amount of content and writing within the game is impressive, and honestly insane. Do you have access to some time-wrap or something? Can you share?

Anyway, I'm going back to try to foil the adventurer's plans again...

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Trailblazer Award of 2023 by MathBrush
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Outstanding Inform 7 Game of 2023 by MathBrush
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Outstanding Use of Interactivity in 2023 by MathBrush
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