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A headstrong twelve-year-old detective gets in over her head when she's hired to solve a murder mystery at an internet technology conference.
10th Place overall; 3rd Place, Miss Congeniality Award - 19th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2013)
Nominee, Best NPCs; Nominee, Best Individual NPC - 2013 XYZZY Awards
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Bell Park, Youth Detective isn't really so much a game as it is a funny short story. It isn't meant to be taken any more seriously than a skit on Saturday Night Live—and what's even better is, I can see this actually being a funny skit on a show like that. Suspension of disbelief shouldn't be a problem at all.
To say it has multiple branches like a CYOA is true, but it's more like a series of jokes with multiple punchlines. At first, I chuckled a few times here and there throughout the story, but upon reading one passage toward the end, I burst out laughing. At that point, Bell Park certainly served its duty and became a worthwhile read.
It's very well written, fun, and simple. Two thumbs up.
The writing is good: I'm not typically one to sit through a game with large amounts of text, but the presentation and writing on this game were both very well done.
The story centers on a 12 year old detective investigating a murder, and makes clear nods to how ridiculous the premise is.
The writing is funny and engaging.
This CYOA is low on choice--like many classic CYOAs, it seems to have one outcome. The lack of choice didn't hamper this entry, however--it was still engaging and enjoyable.
I appreciated the formatting of the page--in general, I think the better CYOAs lay out the page in a way that makes it easier to read than the default layouts.
I enjoyed the humorous yet mature writing style, and the titular character much more than the game itself. The only real puzzle is figuring out the solution to the crime, by interviewing all of the suspects. Ultimately the main character is so likable and funny that going through every dialogue option was buckets of fun. You will find yourself going "back" to check all of the options.
The character of Bell Park is one of the most well-developed teen characters I've ever seen in IF. Although in general I despise twine games, I think the format really worked for this game. It would have probably been less interesting as a short story, for example, because part of the fun was going through all of the different dialogue options.
I would recommend this game to people who don't like Twine format in general, because "Bell Park, Youth Detective" really plays more like a Choose Your Own Adventure book than the typical moody avant-gardism infesting the genre.
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