Don't Read the Comments

by Ashton Raze

Humor
2013

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Short, Simple & Sweet, December 22, 2013
by Alexander (Scotland)

I can empathise with the Reading Comments Conundrum so much, and it feels oddly validating to see a game about it!

DRtC is fairly short and fairly simple - the only change from the default Twine interface is really the background and font - but this game neither warrants nor requires sophisticated formatting, and the simplicity of the game's setup doesn't detract from the experience.

It's hard not to smile and smirk away while playing thanks to the great writing and comical setup, especially given the way the game presents the choices in the latter half of the game, when you begin to think, "surely I can risk having a quick look at the comments?". There's even nods to both Pokémon and Twin Peaks, which felt like a nice wee touch.

(Spoiler - click to show)In all honesty, I tried reading the comments from the very first time it was presented as an option, and the semi-frustration at not being able to read them actually made the end of the game feel strangely gratifying, in spite of the copious spam).

All-in-all, the game is short, simple and sweet - it's not pushing the boundaries of the medium, and it's not delivering an intense experience, but it's accessible, funny, and succeeds at its modest mission; well worth taking some time out to play.