by Jeff Schomay


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There's light at the end of the tunnel, June 5, 2023

A game centered on the pursuit of light and finding your way out of the darkness.

The interface was very smooth, and I liked the idea of 'recycling' links. It felt very intuitive to me and even fun to go back and see how the content of each link changed over time in the game. This is my first time encountering links being used like this in interactive fiction. I wish more games could employ the same/a similar style push the boundaries beyond the known, y'know?

If I'm honest, I almost did end up tearing up at the last couple pages. Some might find the content too sedate or cheesy, and the emotional experience for sure isn't going to be all that there for everyone, but I personally connected very well with both its gameplay and message overall.

(Spoiler - click to show)It was also very nice how the page darkened/lightened in tandem with where the player character was in-game. I found that particular touch very immersive, and it's the second work I've encountered that makes use of this effect the subtle changing of the page visuals in relation to variations of time/place within a work the first being Perihelion, by Tim White, which I also only just came upon earlier today and I find that I like it very much. Opposed to, I don't know, say for example a new background image or the such in response to the player moving from place to place in other games the changes in these games are so small, so subtle even barely-there, I guess you could say that I don't find them as disruptive (or jarring) as automated visual changes usually are (in my experience) quite the opposite, in fact, I find they enhance the effects of the game quite a great deal for me.

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