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The Lonely Troll

by Amanda Walker profile

2022

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(based on 5 ratings)
2 reviews

About the Story

Meet a cast of mythological characters in an adventure about making friends.

This game is suitable for children as well as adults and has an extensive tutorial for first-time players.


Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: May 2, 2022
Current Version: Unknown
Development System: Inform 7
IFID: Unknown
TUID: hjs4vu9rqww4fuma

Awards

2nd Place - Text Adventure Literacy Jam - 2022

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
A cute smallish game about a troll helping magical creatures, May 13, 2022
by MathBrush
Related reviews: 15-30 minutes

I think this game does exactly what its creator seems to have wanted to do: make a light parser game with intuitive commands in a fun environment with lovely ascii art pictures.

You play as a troll who is lonely. All around you are magical creatures (one per region, each depicted with ASCII art). They all have desires found in a book, and essentially give you a bunch of fetch quests you have to accomplish.

Overall:
+Polish: The game is very smooth and polished.
+Descriptiveness: The characters are vibrant and unique.
+Interactivity: The game is simple, but has enough resistance (through multiple sources of info and several possible targets) to make it fun.
+Emotional impact: I enjoyed the game and art.
+Would I play again?: Yes, and may recommend it to others.


Small but dense fairytale adventure with great writing and fun NPCs, May 25, 2022

Absolutely nails the objective of the Text Adventure Literacy Jam: to make an enjoyable easy game for text adventure first-timers. This would be the Day One exercise in Text Adventures 101 if such a thing existed. You're a troll in a world of fairy-tale mythological creatures, trying to raise a dragon (literally) by the book. The set-up could have been cloying and twee, but the author has lots of sly fun inverting expectations: the cyclops is friendly, the fairy is angry, the unicorn is unruly. The ASCII art images are pleasant (the troll's house looks like cross-stitched embroidery). It's a kids game at heart but still requires some thought and lateral thinking to get through, even for adults. Everything just works!


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