Begscape

by Porpentine profile

Surreal
2014

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A depressing game utilising randomisation and frequent repetition, February 3, 2016

This game is like a Verdi opera stuck in Act III. Verdi once wrote that he wanted to show the impossibility of human happiness, and this game is similar.

You generally only have two options at any time, and more often, just one: beg. You beg, and beg, and beg, and then leave or beg more. You try to get enough money for food and shelter, but you don't always succeed.

The game uses the same scenes over and over again; I think there are only two or three real screens, and each is like a mad-lib filled with different information every time.

Some people found this powerful, and I've really enjoyed the effect of depressing repetition with other Twine games, but I didn't really enjoy this game. With Those We Love Alive was much better, one of my favorite games of all time, and it was released in the same competition.