What They Don't Know

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A short story from three perspectives, September 14, 2023
by MathBrush
Related reviews: less than 15 minutes

Although short, this game satisfies all my criteria for 5 stars:
+Polish: This is a short twine game with custom styling and no typos or errors that I saw.
+Descriptiveness: The three main characters are painted vividly, with distinct and well-defined personalities and motives.
+Interactivity: As part of the single choice jam, there is only one option to choose, but it's an interesting one: which perspective to see the story from. It was fun to contrast the different perspectives and viewpoints.
+Emotional impact: I chuckled after the first story, not so much that I found it amusing but that it managed to pack in so much in a short time.
+Would I play again? I enjoyed playing it three times to see all endings.

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What They Don't Know review, September 1, 2023
by EJ
Related reviews: single choice jam

This game offers brief windows into the minds of Lady Highchester, her daughter and ostensible heir Chelle, and Ara, a commoner who has been brought in as a possible alternate heir.

The choice the player gets is which order to read the three characters’ POVs in. I read Lady H’s last, and it did feel like that was the way it was supposed to be, since while the two younger women are only concealing their feelings for each other, Lady H’s secrets change the player’s view of the situation considerably.

Despite the brevity of each segment, the game gives a good sense of the personalities of the three women and how they relate to each other; Chelle and Ara are endearing, and Lady H an interesting figure with understandable, if unsympathetic, motivations. I'm definitely cheering for Chelle and Ara to run away together!

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