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by Hel @HelFarewell and Mylène Caillon, Cobb


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RETROSPECTION est une fiction interactive où vous incarnez une jeune femme se réveillant sans le moindre souvenir dans une voiture inconnue. Retrouvez la mémoire, comprenez ce que vous faites là, trouvez une issue.

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2nd Place, Best game; 5th Place, Best technical; 4th Place, Best writing - French Comp 2022


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
A rich and complex surreal French twine game about identity , February 19, 2022
by MathBrush
Related reviews: 15-30 minutes

This is an interesting game from the 2022 French IFComp. You wake up in the back of a limo having lost all of your memories and have to discover who you are and where you are going.

It's written in Twine using a retro-looking font (appropriate for the name Retrospection, but not otherwise pertinent to the story).

Perspective and identity are a major component of the game. Both first and second person are used, as are gender-neutral french language (the pronouns iel/lea, as well as ending adjectives with .e like 'fiancé.e'). Your opinion of yourself evolves as memories trickle.

This game is a good example of how 'bad' design principles can work well if used judiciously. This game contains examples of 'gauntlet' design (where you have to pass certain trials and need to restart if you 'fail'), as well as having large chunks of non-interactive text that fills the whole page. Despite this, the large chunks are well-written, and the game is structured in a way that replay is quick and not tedious.

The game even includes a very fun visually interactive element a (spoilers for mechanics but not content (Spoiler - click to show)jigsaw puzzle), and possibly more; there are many endings, of which I saw two 'losing' endings and one ending I consider a 'winning' ending (mega spoilers for content)(Spoiler - click to show)deciding I wasn't worthy to return to life.

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Outstanding French Game of 2022 - Player's Choice by MathBrush
This poll is part of the 2022 IFDB Awards. The rules for the competition can be found here, and a list of all categories can be found here. This award is for the best French game of 2022. Voting is open to all IFDB members. Eligible...

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