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The Little Lifeform That Could

by Fade Manley

2016

(based on 16 ratings)
4 member reviews

About the Story

A little microbe in the primordial ooze has grand dreams! Dreams of survival, by and large, but small goals lead to large ones. Can you climb your way out of the ooze onto the land, into civilization, and up to the stars? And by the time you reach space, will you be wearing the fanciest of all fancy hats?

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Game Details

First Publication Date: October 1, 2016
Current Version: en
License: Freeware
Development System: ChoiceScript
IFID: Unknown
TUID: omoe3fglijlnri13

Awards

20th Place - 22nd Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2016)

Editorial Reviews

The Breakfast Review
The text bits are all very short and perky. I liked the affectionate humour. This is clearly meant to be a lighthearted romp, and I'm not sure if there is a way to "lose".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
An affectionate take on the evolution/building sim genre, July 20, 2017
by verityvirtue (London)
Related reviews: sanguine
You start as a single-celled organism, wriggling in primordial ooze, but by making decisions on your approach to other cells and what to eat, you slowly build up an organism, then a population, then a civilisation. A game with a similar premise is Epitaph, although that approaches the evolution of civilisations from an outsider's perspective, while this is very much an insider's view.

Systems-wise, it might be the most similar to Evolve; both use quality-gated choices. It's a good fit for the platform. While Evolve aims to be educational and brings the reader through the actual nuts and bolts of evolution and other concepts, The Little Lifeform takes a much looser view of the science, with a whimsical touch. Hats feature greatly.

A polished, simple game - could make a longish lunch break game.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Like EVO, with hats!, November 3, 2016
by Audiart (Davis, CA)
While technically IF, "Lifeform" is more like an online teen survey ("What is Your Inner Spirit Animal?" "Which Gilligan's Island Character Are You?") than anything else. Except that, unlike a teen survey, it is funny, well written, and not a complete waste of time. Although it's a hypertext game, it is not tedious like the Twine genre and is ultimately an enjoyable, quick, puzzle-less diversion worth playing once or twice if you feel like something light. Or you could fill out a Meyers Briggs Test. The results may be remarkably the same.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
It's a choice-game of life, October 25, 2016
by Owlor (Sweden)
This game owes a lot to Spore, but where Spore disappointed me by being shallow versions of a bunch of genres strung together, this is much more cohesive and consequently, I actually prefer it to spore. It has a similar sense of humor, though it is written with a very modern informal tone that might be hit and miss for people. Speaking only for myself, however, it was right up my alley and I very much recommend it.

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