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Raik

by Harry Giles

Slice of life / Fantasy
2014

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(based on 14 ratings)
1 member review

About the Story

A Scots fantasia about anxiety

Featuring kelpies, lost keys, mysteriously-lit underground caverns, boring work, panic attacks and red hair.

Raik is written in Scots, one of the languages of Scotland, with a full integrated translation into English. An earlier version was entered into the 2014 Interactive Fiction competition: this is a full expanded edition, twice the size, with additional features and more bad jokes about celtic fantasy and Scottish independence.

Average playtime: 25 minutes for a full playthrough, 90 minutes to read everything on multiple playthroughs.

Direct any thoughts, questions or bugs to aitch@harrygiles.org.

www.harrygiles.org

Cover art by Kitt Byrne.

Game Details

Language: en / sco
First Publication Date: October 1, 2014
Current Version: 2
License: Commercial
Development System: Twine
Forgiveness Rating: Merciful
IFID: Unknown
TUID: j8dfkrype8wk70k

Awards

15th Place - 20th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2014)

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A game written half in Scots, dealing with panic attacks, June 2, 2016
This game is unusual in that is written in the Scots dialect, which is quite different from American English, my native language. However, the author has provided in game translations, and it's not too hard to see the meaning in Scots even without translation.

The game has two parts, a Scots part about a modern day person who is trying to resist a panic attafck, and a standard English part about a person on a Celtic quest for a magic staff.

The game was not too long, but the combination lock required some research and there are opportunities for losing in the middle. There is also a maze.

Overall, I liked this game, but the Celtic part seemed just added in; I wished it was integrated more fully. I did not play the commercial version, which may have resolved this issue, being twice as long.
Note: this review is based on older version of the game.

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