Download



Walkthrough and maps
by David Welbourn
Game file
For all systems. To play, you'll need a glulx interpreter - visit Brass Lantern for download links.

Have you played this game?

You can rate this game, record that you've played it, or put it on your wish list after you log in.

Playlists and Wishlists

RSS Feeds

New member reviews
Updates to downloadable files
All updates to this page

Clusterflux

by Marshal Tenner Winter profile

Weird Mystery
2019

(based on 10 ratings)
2 member reviews

About the Story

You have a new pet but it happens to be a talking mongoose. You have a new friend but she seems to have come from another place and time. And you have fun housemates but some of them have dropped off the face of the earth. Things have been kind of weird around here lately.


Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: October 1, 2019
Current Version: Unknown
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 7
IFID: B69D21EB-FAB0-40C0-8449-E8E0DD3E5E68
TUID: r5d6phjstyp3rgex

Awards

27th Place - 25th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2019)

Tags

- View the most common tags (What's a tag?)

(Log in to add your own tags)

Member Reviews

5 star:
(2)
4 star:
(0)
3 star:
(8)
2 star:
(1)
1 star:
(0)
Average Rating:
Number of Reviews: 2
Write a review


8 of 8 people found the following review helpful:
A typical MTW game with cool settings, October 24, 2019
by MathBrush
Related reviews: about 2 hours

MTW tends to make games that have similar strengths and similar weaknesses.

Pros:
-Large casts of interesting characters that talk to you and follow you around
-Big maps and inventories
-Compelling plot points and settings

Cons:
-Only one path is implemented
-Difficult to predict correct paths
-Typos and bugs

This game is no exception. A mysterious mongoose/cat and a mysterious woman come into your life, and you investigate a weird house with links to the past.

I used the walkthrough because, from experience, it's difficult to play a MTW game without one.

Edit: For some more specific feedback on this game:

(Spoiler - click to show)Consider the following exchange when meeting the first human NPC:
>talk to woman
That's not a verb I recognise.

>ask woman about woman
sleeping young woman doesn't have anything useful to say about that.

This is a game filled with NPCs. It takes only 5 minutes to put in a response to TALK TO WOMAN that suggests using ASK/TELL instead. The capitalization and/or article usage for "sleeping young woman" is harder but is doable.

The default responses for many simple verbs like JUMP, PUSH, and EAT have all been left in.

Error messages make up the bulk of text you see when playing a parser game, and they need a lot of work here.


4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
Deeply satisfactory weird mystery, October 9, 2019
by Stian
Related reviews: IFComp 2019

Clusterflux is truly an ambitious project, and a much larger game than initial appearances would suggest. Itís actually impressively huge, especially considering itís a one-author game. Described as a ďweird mysteryĒ, itís also right up my alley, and I enjoyed it immensely. It did, however, take me six hours to get through it and had to consult the walkthrough twice. I think it would be hard for most to finish in under two hours, though the first two hours were just as enjoyable as the rest. Well, perhaps apart from the half-hour I spent banging my head against a specific puzzle.

In general terms, I would like to describe Clusterflux as a modern self-conscious style puzzle IF, where an everyday protagonist enters absurdity as if it were the most natural thing in the world Ė not too dissimilar to Bill Lindsayís excellent Bullhockey games.

While the plot is more than sold enough, and its absurdity intriguing, the puzzles are what makes this a great game. They are always clever, but generally not too clever, and solving them provides proper satisfaction. I was planning to stop after two hours, but this is the kind of game I canít put down until I have finished it.

With a game as big and ambitious as Clusterflux, there will likely be several small bugs persevering even rigorous beta-testing and I did meet a few of these. Still, it is impressive how polished it is, with thorough descriptions for almost everything. The large gallery of autonomous NPCs made certain scenes a bit confusing, but useful conversations are limited by a topic list which made it manageable.

A tremendous amount of work has gone into this game and Iím immensely grateful for it.


If you enjoyed Clusterflux...

Related Games

People who like Clusterflux also gave high ratings to these games:

Entangled, by Dark Star
Average member rating: (12 ratings)
Caught up in a time-travel experiment gone wrong, the actions you perform in the past will ripple forward in time. Can you find your way back without unraveling the universe? A small town stirs in your wake.

Jesse Stavro's Doorway, by Marshal Tenner Winter
Average member rating: (11 ratings)
Jordan is looking for his friend, Jesse, who is in hiding from the government. Picking up the trail, he discovers that Jesse is following the Grateful Dead on tour, but as Jordan immerses himself into the "deadhead" culture, he learns...

Ditch Day Drifter, by Michael J. Roberts
Average member rating: (22 ratings)
You're an undergraduate at Caltech, and you wake up to find it's Ditch Day, the traditional event when seniors leave the campus for the day, leaving behind puzzles for the underclassmen to solve in order to break into the seniors' rooms....

Suggest a game

Recommended Lists

Clusterflux appears in the following Recommended Lists:

My new walkthroughs for January 2020 by David Welbourn
On Thursday January 30, 2020, I published new walkthroughs for the games and stories listed below! Some of these were paid for by my wonderful patrons at Patreon. Please consider supporting me to make even more new walkthroughs for works...

Links




This is version 11 of this page, edited by Zape on 4 May 2021 at 10:35pm. - View Update History - Edit This Page - Add a News Item