The Play

by Dietrich Squinkifer (Squinky) profile

Slice of life
2011

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Highly interactive Undum game about a play and sexism, February 3, 2016
by MathBrush
Related reviews: 15-30 minutes

This is CYOA at it's best: incredible writing powered by a long sequence of choices whose effects multiply so rapidly that lawnmowering (repeatedly trying every option) becomes or seems difficult.

This game presents two stories; the first is a play that is being rehearsed, while the second is the mental dialog of the director. There are three actors and a stage manager you work with, and you keep track of their moods.

I avoided this game for some time because it seemed really long and complicated, but each playthrough has just the right amount of choice (about 8-12 big options). Your choices are usually to help the play or help the performers, but it's more nuanced than that.

All of the paths include discussion of sexism. Several of the paths feature it very prominently, and develop a big backstory for the protagonist.

I loved this game. Amomg the best of CYOA, and of IF in general.


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namekuseijin, December 27, 2015 - Reply
not a twine game, although Undum is also hypertext with a vastly better, book-like interface. Undum predates the popularity of twine in the hands of numerous zynesters and other such fauna.

as can be seen in this fine game, once upon a time, hypertext games looked polished and promised enough, before a bunch of twitter kids began implementing linear 8-bit games in text...
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