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Down, the Serpent and the Sun

by Chandler Groover profile

Surreal
2015

(based on 19 ratings)
2 member reviews

About the Story

The feathered serpent coils before you, greater than any god or any monster. Maimed warriors are crushed beneath its claws. The sun will never rise again.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: February 16, 2015
Current Version: 1.00
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 7
Forgiveness Rating: Polite
IFID: B086BFF0-F8AA-4A07-9538-8DAC1F4DF807
TUID: jwj9zj64g3pcckoc

Awards

Entrant - ParserComp 2015

Editorial Reviews

Emily Short's Interactive Storytelling
Points to this one for presenting a highly unusual setting: the body of a feathered serpent that has just (I think per Aztec mythology?) swallowed the sun. Gloom and gore abound.
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PyramidIF
This is a decently accomplished piece. It's very sparsely implemented (think Ecdysis) but that works against it. Lots of scenery doesn't seem useful. By the time you reach the...terminus of the serpent you might have missed important things you could actually interact with. It's a short game though, and worth it for the unusual setting.
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SPAG
The puzzles are pleasantly straightforward (at least to reach one of two similar endings), making this a nice game of exploration through an atypical and grotesque setting. --C.E.J. Pacian
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Stuff I have to say about stuff, and stuff
I think the game was a bit too sparse, but this looks like it can be fixed. The rejection messages are very atmospheric and non-generic and give a nice sense of impending doom, so well done there!
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These Heterogenous Tasks

This has some strong things going for it ambitious prose, a strong mythic feel, a really strong idea of the mood it wants to evoke but those same things drag some pretty big problems along with them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
A polished game with a lavish, gory setting., July 20, 2017
by verityvirtue (London)
Related reviews: melancholic
The serpent has eaten the sun. You are the last one who can get it back.

Based loosely on Aztec myths, this game presents a prime example of Groover's signature imagination. Down is dark and bloody - set, after all, in the maw of a monster - but unlikely metaphors abound. Gemstones in gullets. A sun in the stomach.

Contrasts abound in this game. You must relinquish control in the beginning to be able to participate, despite being a warrior - a person of action! The serpent is a broken, diseased creature, despite being undeniably powerful - having swallowed the sun and defeated all before you.

Though somewhat more ornate, and definitely more outspoken than some of Groover's other games, Down, the Serpent and the Sun is well worth playing.

Memorable, but Challenging, March 1, 2015
This is a quick game, but only if you're able to surmount its challenges (some intended by the author, some not). There are red herrings and optional herrings and unseen things that must be sought, as well as at least one coding issue that can hang people up and cause them to abandon the game. But I played it with ClubFloyd and we stuck with it and found a couple of endings, including the one that I think is the 'good' ending.

I can see why the other review so far gave it three stars. It's a first time author's game, written in under a week, and it (not surprisingly) has issues, but I liked the concept and the imaginative setting. I also have a soft spot for games that explore anatomy, and I enjoyed the blending of qualitative description and clinical jargon. So I bumped up to four stars for this.

Definitely memorable.

Not for the feint of heart (or those of weak stomach).

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