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In its heyday, the Burlington-Northern Railroad criss-crossed the country, a favorite of tramps and vagabonds who called it... The Big Nothing.
Entrant, Main Festival - Spring Thing 2018
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[Time to completion: 5-10 minutes]
[This game contains descriptions of gun violence.]
You’re on a boxcar, but something’s not quite right… You need to figure out why you’re here.
Murder on the Big Nothing is told through a series of vignettes, each described with enough visual detail to suggest cinematic inspirations. Indeed, there is a bit of the classic Western of it, from the storyline to the setting.
This game feels a little rough around the edges, and it felt like it ended before I had seen all the story has to offer. There was an implied puzzle (i.e. an obstacle stopping you from seeing everything there was to see), but no way I could figure out to solve it. It’s interesting enough though, and calls the reader to draw their own conclusions.
If you enjoyed this, you might like Niney, another surreal game set on a train (well, boxcars, trains… moving boxes on rails, right?).
This game reminds me of last year's spring thing game Niney, where you gathered up 'roles' and distributed them to other characters.
This game isn't similar in form or content, but it's similar in creativity. Your motions affect time, and there are hidden stats affecting what you are able to do.
My main interest in playing this game was piecing together the backstory, which was fun.
There were some unifinished corners here and there; many of the standard responses (like X ME) are left with their standard forms. But I enjoyed this.
This is one game in which I actually didn't know what was going on or what I should do until I gave up and that was when the "Aha" moment struck me. 'Nuff said. (Spoiler - click to show)Bittersweet.
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