Candy

by Ryan Stevens

Joke
1997

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- Malasana, August 26, 2021

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Two Grams of Magic, March 19, 2021

This is an unfinished game from the enigmatic Rybread Celsius. The puzzle of how genuine he was has never been solved, and while some have called him a dadaist, a postmodernist, and a genius, others have denounced him as a mere troll, or someone playing a clever joke by offering up baffling nonsense as art and laughing when pretentious critics praise him. Well maybe the laugh's on me, but I like Rybread's bizarre prose and strangely atmospheric games, even though they are often hard to solve without a walkthrough.

This unfinished fragment from the author is brief indeed, but still has two grams of that twisted Rybread magic. Playing as a little girl, you search your sleeping aunt's house for candy. It's hard to find though, as the game informs you with very little subtlety that your aunt is anorexic, and has thus purged it from the house. There are three rooms, and three pieces of candy to get, but Rybread does well in this small expanse. Two wonderful moments: (Spoiler - click to show)descending into the carpet, and reading about the knife. The way the girl nonchalantly descends is striking and feels like genuine insight into the mind of a child and their imagination. The note next to the knife is chilling, indicating that the aunt's anorexia has developed into body dysmorphic disorder (BDD).

Considering how interesting these few rooms are, it's a shame that Rybread never finished it. I'd like to see more, but I'm glad we have at least this glimpse.


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
A super short Rybread Celsius game about body image, February 10, 2016

This is an unfinished Rybread Celsius game about body image. More than other Celsius games, there are bugs, entrances not matching with exits, u implemented items, quirky syntax.

At least this one has a message, about body image. It wasn't that bad of a message; as I said in another review, this author would fit in well with some of the absurdist Twine authors.


More of a rant than a game, September 17, 2015
by mjhayes (Niagara Falls, NY)

Besides being very hastily written, I knew not to expect much from this excuse for a story when I looked out the window and got the description, "It's a beautiful sunny day. You have a sudden urge to play Nintendo." Imagine my (lack of) surprise when I gave up trying to open the padlock on the refrigerator and ended up reading a long rant about body image acceptance, or some such. Move along; nothing to see here.


- Simon Deimel (Germany), December 25, 2013

- Mark Jones (Los Angeles, California), July 16, 2010

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Unfinished but interesting, December 22, 2007
by Dominic Delabruere (U.S.A.)

As of the writing of this review, "Candy" is not at all finished and very buggy, but holds some interest. What little there is in this game presents a fun satire, most notably of societal encouragement of eating disorders, in a fairly rich (if currently tiny) environment. Were it finished, I would recommend this game.


- Miron (Berlin, Germany), December 11, 2007

Baf's Guide


A bizarre and unsettling "game" with very little interactivity. The theme of the game seems to be anorexia, but this doesn't seem to have been developed. Lots of spelling mistakes, programming errors, and inside jokes, and it even features that old favorite, takeable objects listed in the room description. In other words, a typical Rybread Celsius game.

-- R. Serena Wakefield

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