Brain Guzzlers from Beyond!

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- Laney Berry, May 18, 2017

- DocDoe, May 15, 2017

- ifMUD_Olly (Montana, USA), April 21, 2017

- TheAncientOne, March 25, 2017

- Spike, March 18, 2017

- Christopher Hall (London, Great Britain), March 8, 2017

- ArchDelacy, January 14, 2017

- prevtenet (Texas), January 10, 2017

- Domaknitrix (Virginia), September 1, 2016

- stadtgorilla (Munich, Germany), August 18, 2016

- Lotus Watcher, August 14, 2016

- EJ, August 12, 2016

- Witchy W, August 4, 2016

- leanbh, June 26, 2016

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
Fun, lighthearted (and subversive!) sci-fi piece, June 13, 2016
by streever (America)

This story is a puzzle-light spoof of 1950's (and modern!) stereotypes and tropes.

None of the puzzles are particularly difficult, and primarily consist of 'find the right object' type quests, with simple but fun secondary mechanics. There are any number of red herring objects (based on one play: it's possible they have more utility or alternate puzzle solutions) that add a sense of depth and contribute to the comedic themes.

The dialogue is fun and peppered with classic 'old-timey' declarations--when you are offered the chance, try saying the 'worst' swear your character can imagine.

The writing is concise, terse, and flows nicely: this is a piece that has clearly been edited & written for readability, and the effort is greatly appreciated.

- sipral, May 11, 2016

- Doug Orleans (Somerville, MA, USA), May 6, 2016

- MattC, April 25, 2016

- Denk, April 6, 2016

- gatebuildr, April 3, 2016

- Caleb Wilson (Illinois), April 1, 2016

- Robin Johnson (Edinburgh, Scotland), March 9, 2016

- E. W. B., February 23, 2016

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
A tight, well-written spoof of 50's sci-fi with comic-style graphics, February 3, 2016

This game was my predicted winner of IFComp 2015. This game is well-written, has great pacing (especially in the first half), a strong narrative voice, and excellent graphics. It is easy enough for people to get into with little IF experience, but provides enough of a challenge later on to be interesting.

You play a teenage girl whose town is overrun by the eponymous Brain Guzzlers. You have a cast of creatively-described friends and acquaintances who help you out. Conversation is menu-based, which allows Cherrywell to express the real flavor of the PC's world (with a lot of 'Jeepers!').

The game has some very creative puzzles, and some more straightforward. Each character of the game (besides yourself) comes with one or more high-quality graphics that show up when talking to them.

Game play is 2-3 hours long, I estimate. I recommend this to everyone; I feel like it will be played for years to come.

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
Brain-Guzzlin' Fun!, January 21, 2016

I've kept up with Cherrywell's comics since Muertitos, and as a longtime IF fan, was very thrilled to see them branch into the medium. Works very well for their signature quirky humor! Lots of cute jokes, but the fruit puzzle had me banging my head. Also, never knew (Spoiler - click to show)drive-in screens were made of silver...

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