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About the StoryThe heat is stifling, the hotel room is vastly overpriced, and your heart is in pieces.
But the worse is yet to come...
WARNING: This story contains potentially humorous depictions of Mexican headgear.
42nd Place - 22nd Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2016)
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Looking closer, however, one starts to find the skeleton of a cohesive story under the cartoon silliness. Things exist for a reason. Yes, you might have those reasons spelled out for you, in one moment of meta-humour, and I don't know if that adds or detracts from the general meaning behind the madness. Well ... it amused me, so I'll say it was a win. We can't all be sly and obscure all the time.
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"Don't expect it to keep you occupied for hours – recommended!"
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When you leave the room, you encounter a "left-right corridor" (and can, indeed, go left or right) rather than the usual compass directions. That's weird--what other directions would the corridor run? Up and down? I guess it's an objection on the part of the author to the use of compass directions in IF; trying to move south at one point gives "You don't have a compass." It's not consistent on this, though. Sometimes compass directions are accepted, and trying to run gives "You'll have to say which compass direction to go in."
On this point, I don't think it's a problem for IF to use compass directions. They are, after all, descriptions for the player, not the player character. I'd be much less happy if an IF game more 'realistically' forced me to move around by manually turning and walking forward. Tank controls in IF! Is it an idea whose time has come?
The puzzles, such as they are, aren't very hard. There's a timed 'puzzle' at the beginning--you must turn the fan on before you lose consciousness--and some of the later ones are probably timed as well, but the game is basically just railroading you into progressing through the game. There's little enough to see and do, so I don't suppose this really detracts from it.
After I got my bearings I examined myself and my inventory. The description of the shirt ((Spoiler - click to show)"...just like Stephanie, before that stupid argument messed up everything.") made me think of Adam Cadre's 9:05 and I momentarily hoped that the events of the game might belie the tone, but it was not to be.
After beating the game, you're presented with a list of suggested amusing things you can try, and I poked at a couple of them, but didn't have any motivation to try them all.
Ventilator isn't entirely bad. The implementation is generally competent with some attention to detail (e.g. the flies are gone after you turn on the ventilator--blown away, I presume), and there are a number of endings and optional actions. It just didn't entertain me. Not recommended.
This review is based on 2016-10-20 version.
Play time: 18 minutes.
It can be hard to figure out what to do, and a lot of the game is sketchy, with extra line breaks or misunderstood synonyms.
It has a certain type of humor that some people like. If you liked this, you'd probably like Pogoman Go!.
It has a deeper meaning in some branches, again like the King and the Crown.
(Spoiler - click to show)"I'm being held hostage by God!" you reply. You hear the sound of someone hanging up, sounding pretty pissed off.
so, I got a few bad endings, the good ending and tried out a few outlandish actions for laughs. There's more detail and the outline of an actual story there than immediately perceived. Some playthroughs are a must.
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