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Fourbyfourian Quarryin'

by Andrew Schultz profile

2021

(based on 2 ratings)
1 review

About the Story

After conquering Fivebyfivia to create a full Twelvebytwelvia in ParserComp 2021, your homeland is looking to expand again! The seven small bordering Fourbyfourias are just waiting to become part of something bigger and better and yet still tidily bounded, even if they aren't aware of it yet.

Your fast horse has died, and you're older, but you're more cunning. You'll need that cunning to coordinate allied bishops and knights and even their traitorous counterparts. Coups are stressful, sure, but four people banging aroudnd is so much less stressful for everyone (yes, even the kings you'll be deposing) than outright wars with thirty-two pieces on a chessboard!

Fourbyfouria features normal and hard modes and an in-game tutorial location.


Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: October 1, 2021
Current Version: Unknown
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 7
IFID: 469F723B-E076-464C-9C4D-C4A96AB9A4C1
TUID: y7pts4cw59l6l16

Awards

Entrant - 27th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2021)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
More chess puzzles with more complexity, October 6, 2021
by MathBrush
Related reviews: 15-30 minutes

Andrew Schultz recently release Fivebyfiveia Delenda Est, a fun small game with chess puzzles that was one of his higher-rated games.

This is a larger game with chess puzzles that have a bit more complexity. There are a bunch of mini-kingdoms to invade and each has two 'tiers' to conquer. The game itself has 2 difficulty settings. I beat it on the first, and started the second, only to realize that it was very similar.

The puzzles involve setting up 2-3 pieces on the chessboard to trap the enemy king. Interestingly, sometimes you have to set up enemy pieces as well.

The storyline is fairly thin but understandable. The game sometimes holds your hand a bit more than I would have wanted. Specifically, beating one area sometimes automatically beats neighboring areas, even before you know what they do. If I had more idea before I left what each area was like, or was given the option to grey out such areas, I'd prefer that.


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