Ocean Beach

by James Banks

Surreal
2019

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- Edo, June 28, 2021

- wisprabbit (Sheffield, UK), January 8, 2020

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.


- necromancer, November 17, 2019

- jaclynhyde, October 21, 2019

- Mr. Patient (Saint Paul, Minn.), October 15, 2019

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.



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