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The Xylophoniad

by Robin Johnson profile

Humor
2016

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(based on 10 ratings)
1 member review

About the Story

The King of Anachronopolis has ordered you to end the Trojan War, slay the dreaded Bicyclops, and rescue a couple of inmates from Hades. A comic adventure set in Greek mythology.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: April 6, 2016
Current Version: Unknown
License: Freeware
Development System: Custom
Forgiveness Rating: Polite
IFID: Unknown
TUID: otfp9kbrk5ki5ie

Awards

Co-Winner, Main Festival - Spring Thing 2016


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Post-Thing release May 20, 2016
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Editorial Reviews

Emily Short's Interactive Storytelling
"A good-natured spoof of Greek mythology with cameos from Achilles, Sappho, Daedalus, the Minotaur, and assorted other crowd favorites"
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Astrobolism
"This is a 'large and sparse' parser game set in a parodic world of antiquity, where you meet such things as a 'bicyclops', which is much scarier than a regular cyclops because it has two eyes."
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Narrativium
"Overall, The Xylophoniad is well worth playing. It doesn't break any new barriers and is definitely old-school, but with the cruel, sadistic edge of the old-school taken out."
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Christopher Huang
"From the Trojan War shenanigans to the Bicyclops (a cyclops with two eyes! The horror of it!) the work is steeped through with clever humour."
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Wade's Important Astrolab
"The Xylophoniad delivers its humour in some particularly goofy and cartoon-like ways, elicits jokes from cute and simple NPCs who appear as caricatures of their legendary selves – or 'non-canonical versions' as the game likes to say – and keeps the player busy with a large ancient world split into separate regions."
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Old Games Italia (Italian)

"The game is a big carousel of characters and clichés of Greek culture (from the minotaur to the Medusa), all reinterpreted in comic and surreal style" [edited Google translation]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
A humorous, polished old-style IF set in ancient Greece, April 7, 2016
by MathBrush
Related reviews: Spring Thing 2016
The style of this game should be familiar to those who have tried Portcullis or Draculaland by the same author. You wander around a fairly small map in the Scott Adams tradition of short descriptions, 1-2 items a room, and well-characterized NPCs with a few interesting lines.

Like those games, this game evokes the same feel of adventure and exploration as the early text adventures. However, the author has managed to remove a great deal of the frustration inherent in those games by providing well-thought-out hints and gentle guidance.

You play Xylophone (pronounced in four syllables), a Greek woman accused of various crimes and given 3 labors to perform. You travel to Minos, Hell, and Troy to complete these tasks.

The game is chock full of puns and mythology jokes. It made me chuckle.

Some of the puzzles felt a bit tedious in the middle, as you were mostly matching things (Iron door? Find an iron key. Need to get past a bear? find some honey. Not that these are real examples). This isn't necessarily bad, but some of the other puzzles were quite clever (giving some nice Eureka! moments), so it made me with for more.

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