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by Charles Mangin


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(based on 12 ratings)
3 reviews

About the Story

It is pitch black. You are a grue.

Can you catch your next meal, or will you succumb to starvation and worse?

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: October 1, 2017
Current Version: 5
License: Creative Commons
Development System: Inform 7
Forgiveness Rating: Polite
IFID: 47DEC7E0-8F4D-4791-BFB8-382E1F4E6A16
TUID: ji9b06p3iyhcyf8y


54th Place - 23rd Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2017)


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
A good enough first effort, October 2, 2017
by Sobol (Russia)

The game feels a bit unfair, but it's so short and your options as a grue are so limited that it isn't hard to win; in-game hints are also available. There are several nice atmospheric touches like referring to the human NPC as "it", the description of the starting location, some customized responses, etc. And even many standard responses - e.g. the infamous "hollow voice" - seem completely at home in this setting.

I'd like to see more parser games from the author. Hopefully with some more polish - this one doesn't list beta-testers and is kind of rough.

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
A clever Infocom homage marred by implementation difficulties, November 16, 2017
by MathBrush
Related reviews: less than 15 minutes

This game was fun and clever; I think a large chunk of judges found the concept fun and original.

You are a lurking grue, and you have to devour an adventurer.

Because it is completely dark, you have rely on your other senses.

I had difficulty getting helpful responses from going in different directions, and with the final verb.

Overall, if the feedback from comp judges is implemented, this would be a game that continues to get played for a long time.

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Story file is confused about Z-machine version, May 19, 2018
by bignose (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
Related reviews: bug

I wanted to play this, but was unable to. The file name implies (because of the .z8 suffix) that it is a story file for the Z-machine version 8.

However, the content of the file declares a Z-machine version of 10, which is not recognised by any interpreter I have tried.

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