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About the StoryYou're seventeen. It's dark in here.
Aquarium is a story game about skipping school with a cute boy. There are multiple endings.
You can play in your browser on most devices - Internet Explorer will not work, though, you have been warned.
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The links in this game are cleverly colored, with one color for cycling text, another for branches, etc. This makes the game much more enjoyable than standard Twine.
The story is about a date with a boy after ditching school. Both of you have secrets. The game is pretty complicated, with many options to branch out on.
The one thing I didn't like as much was the styling. It looks like an aquarium, which really fits the story, but I found it mildly irritating. I loved the CSS of Thanksgiving, the sequel. However, this is a minor complaint.
Romance simulator--with a twist, April 2, 2017
This piece wasn't as tense as the follow-up, Thanksgiving, because it isn't as linear; instead, it presents a limited open-world concept (within the confines of the Aquarium), which held through some fairly complex state tracking regardless of how I tried to subvert or break it.
The technical complexity is matched by the writing, which manages to be fresh and creative despite the modular framework; very impressive.
I loved the tenseness of Thanksgiving, but both works are strong and stand on their own as fun and replayable pieces. This piece feels more open and replayable--I have the sense that even more is going on here than I found in a few run-throughs--which is both frustrating and compelling. On balance, it's a rewarding, challenging, and intriguing work.
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