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Ocean Beach

by James Banks

Surreal
2019

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(based on 7 ratings)
2 reviews

About the Story

You are waiting for the end of day.


Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: October 1, 2019
Current Version: Unknown
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 7
IFID: D70E962E-B415-11E9-A41D-724018C4CC61
TUID: g0cgz8t996i8h1vc

Awards

68th Place - 25th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2019)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
A thoughtful parser game with timed text and a peaceful, symbolic setting, October 2, 2019
by MathBrush
Related reviews: about 1 hour

This game is meant to be contemplated slowly. You wander along a beach, looking at symbolic locations, waiting for the end of day.

The walkthrough is especially entertaining. (It only says (Spoiler - click to show)Don't worry about the puzzles., and I listened). Overall I found it peaceful, if a bit slight.

The timed text, though, was rather aggravating. Other readers may not have the same reaction, but timed text goes against everything I like and find distinctive about parser games, and this game contains sections with timed text that takes over a minute to get out a page's worth of text.

The writing and design is otherwise excellent. The portrayal of a beggar seemed a bit classist at first, but the beggar's home shows that perhaps things are not as they seem at first. A lot to think about here.


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Slow and meditative, December 27, 2019
by Stian
Related reviews: IFComp 2019

Ocean Beach is primarily meditative, beautifully and frustratingly so.

Pauses are part of the game.

Pauses are a big part of the game.

They take time. At sunset.

Sunset begins.


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