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The Grumpy Cricket (And Other Enormous Creatures)

by John Goerzen profile


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The Grumpy Cricket is a lighthearted IF game. It's designed to be friendly for a first-time player of interactive fiction. There's no way to lose the game or to die. There is an in-game hint system (accessed by typing HINT) that provides context-sensitive hints any time. Clues are also included in various descriptions.

I wrote it in 2023 for my kids, which then ranged in age from 6 to 17. That's a pretty wide age range; I've included splashes of humor throughout that got all three of my kids laughing.

For younger kids, it can be a fun activity to do with your children.

Besides the main quest, there is also an implicit side game: figuring out what kind of creature you are playing.

It leans a bit towards being heavier on prose with the idea of being familiar to children used to reading books.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Cute and silly liliputian adventure, January 27, 2024
by manonamora
Related reviews: independent release

Trying to get back home after visiting your cousin, you are met with a few challenges - your trek is blocked by a few obstacles: little insects and giants block your way. Trying to solve the little puzzles are fairly simple (if you remember to climb things around you), and the responses quite silly. Who knew an acorn (Spoiler - click to show)could make a great seat!

The second half of the game is filled with puns and funny names for things around the building. If there is a list of cursed food out there, the menu hanged in the building should definitely be included (so yucky! poor kiddos!).

A short but very sweet little adventure!

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