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About the Story
An interactive nightmare
8th Place, Le Grand Guignol - English; 3rd Place, La Petite Mort - Spanish - ECTOCOMP 2023
Entrant - The Bare-Bones Jam
Number of Reviews: 2
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This is one of the more serious Ectocomp games I've played. It can be hard to write interactive fiction that has gravitas and purpose to it, as giving players agency can take away from overall arcs.
This game handles it well. You are in a hotel room, a haze filtering in through the curtains. War is going on, bombings and violence. And you are confronted with the memory of someone who is no longer there...
The game is short, so there isn't much to say, except that this is written well and was poignant.
Forenote: I played this entry in English.
Even though the game is fairly short, I only had the stomach to reach two different endings. The writing is quite gruesome, with violent imagery, which considering the events happening around the release of the game made it very hard to read (personally) - even if they are probably not related.
The interactivity and choices available, as well as the responses from those choices, are pretty confusing, which makes total sense since this is supposed to be some sort of nightmare. The branching also seemed quite complex, with paths seemingly looping back.
Pretty impressive for something made (originally in Spanish) in 4h!