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An Open Field

by Chris Daniels


(based on 6 ratings)
2 reviews

About the Story

It is a beautiful day to relax and enjoy your surroundings! And yet, it seems something isn't quite right today. What is so disconcerting?

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28th Place - Casual Gameplay Design Competition #7


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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful:
Spartan Meets Guess-the-Action, February 26, 2010
by AmberShards (The Gothic South)

This game begins with an abundance of purple prose and/or spartan implementation. You are lying down, but you can't get up. You have a basket (which contains things) yet you can't open it. You can't move in any directions, so you're left to just try things at random until something happens. That's annoying. If there are preferred courses of action, it's the designer's responsibility to guide players towards them -- unless ticking off the player is the point, and this game isn't purposefully one of Those Games.

I eventually gave up trying to guess what I was supposed to do next, because the game just didn't have enough hooks to keep me interested. It was missing foreshadowing, clues, plot, and had very little emotion. I realize that sounds harsh, but it's more a statement said with a sigh than a landscape-wasting nuke. Maybe taking a look at how stories work and why they work will help for the next effort.

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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
Not quite expected..., March 25, 2010
by Ziixxxitria (California)

Finding what was meant to happen was a bit frustrating. When most of it relied on noticing things and not everything listed in a room was described, it was rather jarring. The flow of the story and small similarities between scenes makes me think the author meant something profound, but I couldn't say what, and for it to have more effect I would want more information or attachment to the character.

I think I only got through one spot without being terribly frustrated is that I (Spoiler - click to show) regularly >x me as a reflex. I was disappointed in the ending that was more prose than further action. It was okay for a first game, but I would not replay it, nor recommend it to anyone.

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The following polls include votes for An Open Field:

Games with an evolving environment by Sorrel
I'm looking for IF where the setting constantly evolves/changes to either advance the plot or confuse the player. Something to the effect of Shade.

One room games by cpuguy
I would like to know what one room games are available. I enjoyed the acorn court, and am looking for more similar games.

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