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Aesthetics Over Plot

by Rohan

2023

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(based on 10 ratings)
4 reviews

About the Story

After losing your job as a well paid biologist, you have been living rather ... letís say frugally. With the oppurtunity of getting invited to one of your buccaneer friendís party/banquet (really though?), you are determined to get the next job. But your potential bosses involve a omniscent mind reading cactus, a really cool donkey, and a wall. How would you win the job?


Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: April 5, 2023
Current Version: Unknown
Development System: Twine
IFID: A3A3BC10-F5D4-4889-A9B5-A353F5853DCB
TUID: vect2ozjqjgpy1ba

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Entrant, Main Festival - Spring Thing 2023

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Play this., April 8, 2023
by SharpNaif
Related reviews: Spring Thing 2023

This piece accomplishes exactly what the author set out to do. Readers shouldn't enter knowing much more than "silly" and "succinct." Two of the endings are disappointingly similar, but this one is definitely more about the ride than the destination.


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Short Twine job-hunting piece set at a party, May 16, 2023
by Vivienne Dunstan (Dundee, Scotland)

This is a short but entertaining Twine piece set at a party where through social interactions you need to try to get a job. Itís branching, and there are bad outcomes, and then others where you can get on better, and move the plot on. It is also possible to go back to previous choices, and try different routes. The writing is fun, though there are quite a lot of typos, including in the game blurb on the competition site. But that aside itís briskly written, amusing, and I felt a sense of immersion within the story. And I was happy exploring different endings.


A goofy game about business networking, May 13, 2023
by MathBrush
Related reviews: less than 15 minutes

This is a relatively brief Twine game with some silly/goofy humor in it. It seems like the main goal is just to get the reader to laugh, like when you can choose between wearing a suit or a cardboard box for your big debut.

'Aesthetics over plot' seems right, as there isn't much plot to talk about. You're out of work and are going to a networking event, and you just choose how to react to a few different things.

I'm not sure how to approach this review, so I'll use my five criteria scale:

-Polish: The game has some typos, and I think decapitalizes your name when you type it in.
+Descriptiveness: There are some clear textual images that are pretty funny, like your character shouting out their plans at the party.
+Emotional impact: There are definitely some funny parts.
+Interactivity: There are some significant differences on replay, even though it's a short game, and achievements are generously handed out.
-Would I play again? It was entertaining, but too slight to replay several times. I did replay once to see how much of a difference there was.


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