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Nominee, Best Writing - 2000 XYZZY Awards
One of SpeedIF's gems. Pure nonsense, but nonsense of a highly enthusiastic and infectious sort. Very small and easy.
-- Carl Muckenhoupt
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You are a Chef! is solidly within the "look, I have written a really bad game!" school of comedy. We can see this from the very first line: "HELLO CHEF!!!!!1". The string of exclamation marks ends with a '1' because the fictional 'n00b' author put his finger off of the Shift-key a little too early.
The main problem with this approach to comedy is that an intentionally bad game is still a bad game. To take badness and elevate it to another level is possible, but very hard; and I doubt that taking a straightforward approach to it is the way to go. See Mystery Science Theater 3000 Presents "Detective" for a non-straightforward, and much more successful, example. There, a separate "commentary" track is used to make fun of the source material. In You are a Chef!, we are just playing the very bad game.
Nor is the sheer absurdity of the events enough to make the player chuckle. Absurdity is only funny if there is some method behind it. Random objects falling from the sky simply do not qualify as a good joke.
Perhaps the dreariness of the game is best demonstrated by this exchange:
Iron safe falls from the sky!
It lands on top of clown and breaks open!
In the iron safe you see a MYSTERY INGREDIENT.
I cannot tell you! It is a mystery!!
If you thought that was funny, please play this game.
This is a pleasant and zany little piece of SpeedIF. It's positively nonsensical, but so enthusiastically so as to be quite amusing. There's no real puzzle--walking about typing 'take all' would be sufficient to solve it--but it's brief enough that it's oddness alone is enough to sustain it. How can one not love a game that opens with "HELLO CHEF!!!!!1 You must make FOOD! You have a list! First to food wins!"?
It's silly, it's fun, it has a monkey in it, and the goal is to make soup. What more could you want? (It's Speed IF, so don't expect it to be typo-free.) Effectively puzzleless.
|The Elysium Enigma, by Eric Eve|
Average member rating: (76 ratings)
It was meant to be a routine visit on behalf of the imperial government, just to remind the settlers that the Empire hadn't forgotten them, and if you stick rigidly to the letter of your orders and refuse to use either your eyes or your...
|SCREW YOU, BEAR DAD!, by Xalavier Nelson Jr.|
Average member rating: (22 ratings)
SCREW YOU, BEAR DAD! is a game about puns, rampant drug use, learning to enjoy life despite uncertainty, and elderly women in attack helicopters. Also - bears. [Note: game contains strong language, and brief scenes depicting familial...
|Eight characters, a number, and a happy ending, by K.G. Orphanides|
Average member rating: (12 ratings)
"The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting." -- Sun Tzu, The Art of War As you wake to find yourself on the acceleration couch in Control, you can expect the muscle memory of your training to come back first: the...
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