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Blue

by Taleslinger profile

Horror
2011

(based on 9 ratings)
1 member review

About the Story

In a dying world, there is one last choice to make.

Game Details

Language: English
First Publication Date: October 31, 2011
Current Version: 1
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 7
Forgiveness Rating: Merciful
IFID: 81E45AC8-63DA-46F9-8651-32A53810631D
TUID: r1ofhbhsjaqvad

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3rd Place - Ectocomp 2011

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
And the Worms Ate Into His Brain, November 13, 2011
by Sam Kabo Ashwell (Seattle)
Related reviews: horror, speedIF, survival horror, SF
An entry in the horror-themed EctoComp, which requires games to be written within a three-hour limit. The usual SpeedIF qualities apply: synonyms are largely absent, the writing could do with a little editing, and the one puzzle suffers from guess-the-phrasing. Keep the walkthrough handy.

Blue avoids SpeedIF wackiness, aiming for a sweeping SF plot -- a hazily-defined plague of worm-like parasites collapses human civilisation, but the protagonist has managed to lay hands on a rare, stupendously expensive android. He could upload himself into it, or use it to save his infected girlfriend. (Spoiler - click to show)If he saves himself, it turns out that the rest of humaity chose a different way to save themselves. There are some minor obstacles to this, but it's essentially a grim-choice kind of game.

The game tries to avoid Usual SpeedIF Wackiness in favour of grim survival-horror and dark irony. (There are strong overtones of Vonnegut.) It's not wholly successful at this: the writing veers into the vague and overwrought a little too much to be really convincing, and there's so much crammed into a rather limited space that some crucial elements lack the time to breathe. Still, a good attempt at a difficult proposition.

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