Voice Box

by B Minus Seven profile

Horror
2015

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Simple choice mechanic, though too insubstantial, November 25, 2015
by verityvirtue (London)

In this Ectocomp 2015 entry, the unnamed protagonist is robbed of her voice, and at each turn she has two options: to weep, or to seek.

The two options suggest a world of contrast: weep, and be resigned to your fate; seek, and be active in reclaiming your voice (or finding a new one).

B Minus Seven writes abstractly, hinting here and there at wisps of setting, but nothing really substantial ever features. The focus, rather, is on the PC's actions. I felt like this game could have touched on some deeper themes, but because of the abstract writing, it's like looking at something from the corner of your eye. Where is the metaphor? (Is there one?) It's never really clear.

The game is over in three moves, and I found it too short to get to the meat of the story. The protagonist remains inscrutable, a blank shell. It's hard to feel for a protagonist if you don't know much about her.

I do like concepts like this - the simplification of the choice mechanic reminded me of When acting as a particle / When acting as a wave - but it felt like a glimpse into a weird and intriguing world, rather than a chance to immerse myself and roam around.