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The Horrible Pyramid

by Ryan Veeder profile


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(based on 30 ratings)
5 reviews

About the Story

Something weird is going on in this pyramid.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: October 31, 2013
Current Version: 1
License: Free
Development System: Inform 7
Forgiveness Rating: Undying
IFID: 51B53CCE-6164-4549-B90B-74043C3387F7
TUID: y3njzbvdp6zyike5

Referenced in An Evening at the Ransom Woodingdean Museum House, by Ryan Veeder


1st Place - Ectocomp 2013


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
Well-written and fun game, December 3, 2013
by streever (America)

It is hard to review these short games; they tend to take 10-15 minutes to play through, and are usually worth trying.

This game in particular is definitely worth playing. It is a fun and well-written game which focuses on a standard egyptian pyramid trope. Unlike most of Veeder's work this game doesn't have any really subversive elements--it is a straight-forward and simple game which works well.

I don't think it stands up to the narrative quality of some of Veeder's other works, but is still a fun and engaging game.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
A miniature, semi-silly game about a cursed pyramid , May 18, 2016

This Ryan Veeder game was a speed-IF entered in the Ectocomp one year. It was later tuned up and rereleased for Sub Q magazine.

The game has a small but detailed set of locations. As you explore the pyramid, you encounter a variety of Egyptian treasures and artwork. The plot thickens as it goes onward.

I enjoyed the writing and feeling of this game quite a bit. But I didn't really get into the puzzles quite as much. Considering its origin as speed IF, though, the game is quite remarkable.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Mummy's girl, March 30, 2016

Starts off like Infidel: you're an archaeologist investigating an ancient Egyptian pyramid, scooping up treasures wherever you find them. BUT things go in a different direction very quickly. And it has to be very quickly, as the game is over in around 10 minutes. But it compresses a lot of fun and quirkiness into that bite-size framework. Good writing, simple puzzles (and one poorly implemented one involving a door - acknowledged as poorly implemented in the source code), and a rather predictable (but well-done nevertheless) twist.

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