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The "Jabberwocky" nonsense verse was originally released in Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There" (1871), detailing one boy's adventure in the mysterious Tulgey Wood. This visual novel adaptation captures the essence of the original work but takes a few strange detours along the way. There are a total of five possible endings.

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39th Place (tie), Best in Show - The IF Short Games Showcase 2023


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A short, branching visual novel adaptation of Jabberwocky, January 27, 2024
by MathBrush
Related reviews: less than 15 minutes

This game seems, from its itch page, to have been made as part of a doctoral program.

It's a bipsi/binksi visual novel and includes the original poem with some of the original drawings that Lewis Carroll included in his book. It also includes a branching portion where you explore the world described in the poem, with multiple endings.

I got two bad endings; I think I know how to get the good ending, but I was hitting the arrows fast to get through the text quickly and ended up treading dark paths.

Overall, its competently done and reworks a poem I loved as a youth (I liked it when I was older too when I saw how translators translated it). I think I might have liked more long-term effects of choices to allow strategizing, but overall this is pretty good.

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Whimsical adaptation, January 12, 2024
by manonamora
Related reviews: independent release

This binksi game is an text-adventure adaptation of the *Jabberwocky* "poem", with hand-drawn background to represent each location/bit of the story. The text is quite a faithful adaptation to Carroll's whimsical (and slightly dark) style, and I'd even see the illustrations being part of a printed edition. While I managed to beat the monster on the first try (completely at random, because I forgot how the poem went - a poem included in the game, btw), it was fun restarting the game and try other directions, finding other monsters - ones you are not prepared to fight...

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IF adaptations of existing poems by pieartsy
I'm looking for IF that adapts existing static poems, either using the text directly or taking the story/plot/themes of the text and turning them into something interactive. Does not have to be a "game" with a win/lose or branching paths...

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