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A Bucket Filled With Sand

by A C Godliman profile

Fantasy
2015

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(based on 8 ratings)
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About the Story

Take a trip down to the beach for a short illustrated text-adventure. Spend a century as the ruler of your castle, will you build a citadel? Library? Expand into a kingdom? It's up to you, just remember...in 100 years, the dragon will come.

This is illustrator A C Godliman's first text adventure, best played in fullscreen mode.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: September 4, 2015
Current Version: Unknown
Development System: Twine
Forgiveness Rating: Merciful
IFID: Unknown
TUID: hjti2iykn988541t

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Simple, illustrated city-building, February 5, 2016
by verityvirtue (London)
A Bucket Filled with Sand is a short adventure in building a city. In a hundred years a dragon will come, but for now, you start with the simplest of building materials: a bucket filled with sand.

This game presents simple binary choices, each of which build up your sand-kingdom. You can choose between war or negotiation; between building trust and pre-empting treachery. I found it interesting how the writing maintained the tone of detached resignation throughout - even the expansion of your empire is never truly counted as a victory, but rather an opportunity for more problems to arise.

What really makes the game is its illustrations. They give a visual portrayal of your budding kingdom, as it grows from just one castle to a veritable empire. The arrival of the dragon also served as a rather effective pacing device, giving the story a sure structure, and tying the story up at the end rather neatly.

One grouse - and my main one - is that there are lots of typos. Given that some thought appears to have been put into this, it just feels so out of place. Otherwise, though, A Bucket Filled with Sand is a melancholic, highly branching game which touches on the impermanence of human endeavours.

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