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You've been locked in a padded cell for no obvious reason with only a deranged hamburger-eating clown for company. The cell doesn't even have a door. So begins an adventure that will take you to many places including custard-filled caverns, the world's worst Indian restaurant, the planet Venus, and the inside of a cereal packet. You'll meet such strange characters as the peculiar Plugalug, the mysterious Cow of Honour, Rampateuay of the Hills (a prophet who predicts things he's about to do) and the sinister Boss.
Irritating and unfunny
... The admittedly bug-free play reads like something written by a 13 year old.
... The play, the “puzzles” (such as they are) and the illustrations are simple,
sophomoric and pointless.
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Escape from the Crazy Place is a sprawling, labyrinthine Twine game with significantly more content than games such as Birdland. It's absurdist, surreal, dreamlike, and ridiculous.
It's history is almost more absurd (parts of this may be inaccurate; play the TADS version to see more). It began as a physical handwritten CYOA book in school over 30 years ago, passed around by students and added to over time. That copy was lost, rewritten from memory.
It became an online html game before anyone was doing much CYOA html, then it became TADS in 2006. Now, years later, it's been redone in Twine.
It has dozens of authors. It has parts that are clever and exciting.
But it also has parts that are less exciting. One reason passing around a physical CYOA book in school is thrilling is because you can see the heft and size of it and think, "oh man, this puppy is huge!". Flipping through can give you an idea of its contents.
Escape from the Crazy Place is online, though, so you don't really know what you're getting. And the first passages are the oldest, by those with the least experience, referencing 80's and adolescents. The first about also loops around itself somewhat, making it even harder to get a grip on the size of the game.
I kept pushing through (playing with my 6 year old son) and we found a lot of really great content. That experience made me think that this is a good game to play collaboratively, just as it was written.
I've played "Escape from the crazy place" on and off since I was introduced to it about 6 years ago and every time I'm in I find odd new locations and mix-ups, mashups and reminders of our mortality.
I've had tantalisingly close moments of near-escape but the path is long, absurd and complex, like life itself.
It's often laugh-out-loud fun regardless and new releases get new branches and storylines, so I'll keep on searching for a way out.
The deeper I go, the better it gets.
This is a surrealist gem.
I've never beaten it, despite spending some time on it, but the remarkably surreal world kind of sucks you and drags you along.
Normally I dislike CYOA games as they tend to offer small variations on a theme, but this was created over a long period of time and is HUGE and so constantly offers something fresh.
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