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About the Story
Relax at the Jewel Pond Recreation Area with Ryan Veeder as your guide.
Nominee, Best Setting; Winner, Best Implementation; Nominee, Best Use of Innovation - 2019 XYZZY Awards
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This game is the "Joe Pera Talks With You" of interactive fiction.
Ryan Veeder's Authentic Fly Fishing makes up for every Inform game that's ever felt like a blank room with puzzle components glued down in front of you. The environment is solid and dynamic, but not overly dense: perfectly balanced. And it's very candid about its limitations. That isn't a downside: by gently explaining the walls of our comfortable game of pretend, we can preserve our own immersion by staying inside those walls and sitting by the lake together and doing as much or as little as we'd like today.
My one complaint is that Ryan Veeder is (Spoiler - click to show)terribly mean about insects' appearances.
This game has a few layers; on the surface it purports to be a fly-fishing simulator, but you can probably infer from the tone of the introduction that it actually focuses on life around the lake rather than the literal fishing itself. I hate fishing but love nature, so this suited me fine; on this layer it's actually a wonderful example of a very diffuse, unguided type of (back)storytelling, with things to learn and connections to make at your own pace, unprompted (largely unacknowledged, even) as you explore the area and learn about its contents. Unfortunately, at the risk of an incredibly mild conceptual spoiler: (Spoiler - click to show)if you keep digging, before long the game reveals itself to actually have a much darker story than the "laid-back" experience the introduction promises (and, maybe just as disappointing, a much more formally-traditional lock-and-key-puzzle driven adventure game beneath the veneer of open-ended meandering). So, minus one star for being disappointed that the premise was misleading, but still a high rating for the quality of the "fake" game that the less-interesting real game is hidden in.
Nythyhel, by Anthony Collins
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Later remade as "Methyhel".
|Tower of the Blood Lord, by michael lutz|
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Iíve made a twine game called The Tower of the Blood Lord, which is based on the time I played the first twenty minutes of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
|Run, Bronwynn, Run!, by Larry Horsfield|
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You, Princess Bronwynn of Alizon, learn that your parents plan to marry you off to Prince Timothy, the middle-aged son of the King and Queen of Karsten, a neighbouring kingdom.
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For your consideration: XYZZY-eligible Best Implementation of 2019 by MathBrush
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I'm looking for games with effective use of location, language, etc. to really immerse you in the locale and the story, no matter the genre-- any game which you felt really taken with the atmosphere would be great. Thank you!