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The 5-Second Simulation

by alyshkalia profile


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A one-move parser game where your actions will unlock the clues needed to win.

(This game was written in less than two weeks for the 2023 Single-Choice Jam, and is the second game I've ever made with Inform 7. I'm not 100% happy with it and in hindsight there's a lot I'd do differently, but it was a great learning experience and testers have told me they enjoyed it, so I'm glad I pushed through and finished!)

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A Sysiphian Experience, August 27, 2023
by manonamora
Related reviews: singlechoice

While one the short side, this parser is still much longer than its title promises. Set somewhat like an escape room, you must find three words to complete the simulation and escape a doorless room. Easy, right? Well… no. You can only do one action before the simulation ends and you need to reboot it.

Forced to replay the game until you find all elements to complete the puzzle, the game forces you to think about your previous action, as it does not track it on screen. You can look at different objects around the room, as well as manipulating them to discover the room’s secrets. But remember, the room resets when the simulation ends!

The Sysiphian gameplay is quite interesting and pretty smart. It really makes you think about the information you have on the screen before you have to reload the game. Examining every single element in the room will give you and idea of what you can interact with… and most importantly how. The hints parsed throughout the rooms are quite cleverly done (though it took me a while to find some of them - thank you Help for putting me out of my misery). The first word is probably the easiest to find, and as soon as you understand the logic in it, the other needed words will follow quite easily (or go check the help section, like I did :P )

It is a very neat small parser experience, and I would recommend to anyone with 30min to spare.

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One Room Non-Escape Games by tggdan3
I'm looking for a one room game, where the purpose is NOT to escape that one room. (Eliminating games such as Enlightenment, Suveh Nux, 69,105 keys, etc). I'm not sure if there even ARE many such games, but I would be interested in...

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