Eidolon

by A.D. Jansen

Surreal
2014

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Mysterious and evocative Twine fiction/puzzle, December 28, 2021
by Wynter (London, UK)
Related reviews: Choice-based fiction, Twine puzzles

This is one of the most atmospheric and evocative Twine stories that I have read. The things you see and read on your mysterious journey seem full of meaning, yet I could not say what they mean exactly.

The strangeness and arbitrariness of some of the objects which you interact with allow for some workable puzzles, even in Twine: rather than logically figuring things out, as in a parser game, you need to visit various different locations several times and note when they change and where new links appear. Many of the passages and descriptions do nothing to move the plot onwards, but they serve to develop the atmosphere and act as red herrings as you try to find a way forward. The visuals were absolutely appropriate to the gloomy midnight setting - black background, white serif text with pale grey link text - but I found that I really needed to look closely in order to notice where the links were.


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Andrew Schultz, December 29, 2021 - Reply
Thanks for reminding me of this! I really enjoyed it too. To me this was one of those entries that I said, yeah, it's pretty good, but maybe I'm biased because it's my sort of thing, but then looking back I realized it was, indeed, really good, because it wasn't just *my* sort of thing but could appeal generally.

Too bad the author hasn't come back to the community to write again. It's a generic thing to say "I hope X keeps writing" but I suspect the writer has done so, just not in Twine.
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