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At itch.​io. Disk images for TRS-80 Models 3 and 4, MSX 1/​2, Amstrad CPC, and Commodore 64.
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About the Story

A text adventure exploration into rebuilding yourself.

The game is an exploration into the mind of the protagonist, and has a highly unusual gameplay.

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4th Place - PunyJam #4


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Excellent world-hopping concept with some rough edges, December 20, 2023
by MathBrush
Related reviews: 15-30 minutes

I had a great time with this game, then a bad time, then a pretty good time.

This is a PunyJam game, written using PunyInform, a variant of Inform designed to fit onto small devices.

It has one of my favorite game tropes, multiple worlds that all play off of each other. You start in one, but the game shifts you every few minutes into another, and you have to solve pieces of each one to figure out what's going on overall.

It uses nice color changes.

Where I had less enjoyment was a puzzle I got very stuck on in the CPU world. I turned out that there was one object I had overlooked in a paragraph, and so I spent over an hour trying over and over again to figure out what was wrong. I decompiled the game, used all in-game hints, got help online but had to ask for multiple hints. I don't know why I got so stuck! Most of it is my fault, but I think having some gentle nudges on what to focus on could help. And there were a few items that didn't have any descriptions.

So, overall started out loving it, got frustrated, but I still like the concept and most of the gameplay. Very fun.

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Fun but a bit bumpy, December 31, 2023
by Tabitha / alyshkalia
Related reviews: PunyJam #4

This was a fun idea and I enjoyed the "switching between worlds" aspect. Unfortunately, that part became unfun by the end, as I was left with a single multi-step task to do in one of the worlds, but I could only complete one or two steps at a time before being shunted into a different world and having to make my way back to the one I needed to be in. The commands for that task were also unintuitive and somewhat at odds with the rest of the game (e.g., (Spoiler - click to show)while you have to read each piece of text you encounter instead of having "examine" tell you what it says, for the coffee-making task, trying to take the beans out of the roaster doesn't work; you have to type "grind beans," even though the grinder is in a different room).

I think there was also a bug with text firing at the wrong time; at one point, the "score" command was giving me both "Your muscles are ready to spring into action" and "You feel too tired and lethargic to move" at the same time. I also think there must be an intended order to do things in that I didn't follow, because I (Spoiler - click to show)made the coffee last, and got a message pointing me to the gardening tools, but then as I tried to walk to them I woke up and the game ended.

Basically, I think this is a fun premise with some fun gameplay that just needs a bit more polishing to really shine.

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