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Aspel

by Emily Short profile

Fantasy
2015

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(based on 5 ratings)
1 review

About the Story

Her Majesty has sent your team to investigate the mountain palace of Aspel, now ruined, to find out its secrets and determine what value it may still have.

Aspel is an experimental interactive experience designed for multiple players, featuring asymmetric information and collective decision-making. The text you see on the screen won't necessarily be the same as what everyone else sees, so you'll need to communicate with your fellow players in order to experience it most fully.


Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: April 4, 2015
Current Version: 2
License: Free
Development System: Seltani
Forgiveness Rating: Merciful
IFID: Unknown
TUID: silj5lu3p32n4w4h

Awards

Nominee, Best Use of Innovation - 2015 XYZZY Awards

Entrant, Back Garden - Spring Thing 2015

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
A steampunk multiplayer game with a rich interface, February 3, 2016
by MathBrush
Related reviews: about 1 hour

This is a Seltani game. Seltani is a hyperlink-based multiplayer format. While I was not able to try the multiplayer options (due to lack of multiple players), the single player mode was enjoyable to explore.

There are three sources of information: a dynamic room description with hyperlinks, in-game pop-up windows with information and choices, and a sort of running commentary on the bottom.

The game allows the choice of three different steampunk characters with customizable motivations. Each character sees and understands the world differently. As far as I played, the world was a 3x3x3 grid navigated by an airship. Every item was well-implemented.

Characters are in the service of an unusual queen, and are tasked with "taking care of" ancient ruins. I enjoyed the ability to interact with a large number of animals.

Worth checking out, especially if you are interested in multiplayer IF.


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