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A very solid graphical treasure hunt game that requires careful attention, May 1, 2021
by MathBrush
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I found this at first to be one of the best games in the Text Adventure Literacy Jam, and one of the better games released this year, but I got a bit worn out by the end.

The game handles the narrator/pc split of parser games well by having you, the player, command a robot. The robot goes around measuring scientific things like light levels and oxygen percentages, and collecting specimens which are hid all over.

The graphics are great, the puzzles are interesting, I really like this game. But I got a bit overwhelmed. There are so many different specimens to find, I got kind of worn out by the end. Perhaps if I had approached this over a longer period of time and played with another, it would have been perfect.

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Andrew Schultz, May 2, 2021 - Reply
Yes, I think that's the big risk of such a game. I didn't realize until the second playthrough that the specimens were organized (Spoiler - click to show)by area number, so stuff in the field (area 1) was first, then stuff in the pond (area 2), etc., with the cave belowground (area 6) going last.

Once I assumed tracking what was where was part of the meta-game, since part of science is checking your work for things you might've missed, I got less upset about missing something and figured a few ways to lawnmower the game.

I think it'd be really cool if the game had an option to see where each specimen you'd return was found, when you go east and west in the ship, but that's asking a lot.

Maybe a post-comp release. I don't know how much Adventuron lets you tinker with graphics, but I assume it's more sophisticated than just "1 graphic per room." E.g. IF (truth state) (insert graphic A at (X, Y)) ELSE (insert graphic B at (X, Y))
MathBrush, May 2, 2021 - Reply
Thanks, this was interesting to read. And I think there is some kind of variety with graphics, since I noticed the specimen room updated a graphic for each specimen I caught
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