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Quintessence

by Lapin Lunaire

2022

(based on 3 ratings)
1 review

About the Story

Galina has always been Good. How could she not be? Beloved daughter of the town blacksmith, sweetheart of the farmer's most charming son, and envy of her peers—Galina's life is as close to ideal as it can be. Sinister powers may lurk deep in the forest, where waters run cold and unafraid, but Galina is well-protected; after all, how could anything less than blissful befall someone so good?

Her constant longing for perfection, however, is more dangerous than she knows.


Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: October 31, 2022
Current Version: Unknown
Development System: Twine
IFID: Unknown
TUID: vbzuqfk2d2qpzb71

Awards

7th Place, Le Grand Guignol - English - ECTOCOMP 2022

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
A lovingly illustrated short horror story based on Slavic folklore, November 5, 2022
by MathBrush
Related reviews: 15-30 minutes

This game has really high production values. It's even got a custom loading icon! There are nice custom-styled fonts and colors and background images, and the text is rich and subtle. It includes cyrillic letters in cursive (I think) which say 'Welcome, sister' or something like that.

The story is about Rusalkas, water spirits that are created when someone betrays a woman and she drowns afterwards. There is a prelude, telling the story of a rusalka, and then a longer story with more choices about a young girl and the boy in the village she broke up with.

I was very impressed with much of this game, but I had some trouble, too. The text is complex, and I had difficulty following along between figuring out what's implied, jumping between multiple narratives without clear indications, and following the allusive language. And, for all the setup, the game feels incomplete; we only see the story of one rusalka, when the game seems set up to tell more.

In any case, this game could serve as good inspiration for people wanting to see how they could style Twine, it looks great, similar to Grim Baccaris's work.


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