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Cry Wolf

by Clare Parker profile

2008

(based on 8 ratings)
2 member reviews

About the Story

You are awoken, startled by a sound in the night. Still bleary from dreams, you turn on the light to chase away the shadows. But there, beyond the safety of your room, something moves in the darkness. It is long past midnight, and a wolf is at your door. [blurb from IF Comp 2008]

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: October 1, 2008
Current Version: 1
License: Freeware
Development System: Inform 7
IFID: 14DDA5A7-AD31-4F77-A69F-8574276628D2
TUID: wtiyhpysbkp7ajg5

Awards

11th Place - 14th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2008)

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There is quality story here that could do with a bit more of a polish., August 16, 2016
This is the first of the games iíve tried so far this competition that I can truly say I enjoyed, wholeheartedly. It wasnít perfect, or anything even close Ė it caught me in a bit of a picky mood iím afraid. In anycase, I was irritated right from the start by the intro which really dropped the ball as far as writing quality goes. It was terse when it should have been setting the scene. I found this particularly odd given the attention shown to detail Ė like a reasonable covert art submission which is something you donít often see in ifcomp games. I think this may have been an oversight as it got far smoother later in the game.

Good attention was paid to the environment, which is something I always look for early on in a game. Searching the early rooms in the game just about every noun was implemented with something. Not always perfectly, some things that stick out are you can open and search the dresser without getting out of bed, if you take Celiaís clothes out you can examine the dresser and see it overflowing with your clothes, then search it and be told it is empty. Also, if you have searched the room and taken Celiaís clothes (or even merely opened the dresser) then you cannot take your own clothes and get dressed, something that can be quite confusing. One other thing about the first room, I think far too many things in the room directly mention Celia and how sheís gone now. Sure its backstory and goes to state of mind, and obviously he misses her very much, but it belaboured the point a bit I feel. By the time the character crawled out of bed I was well and truly sick of Celia and thought he was probably lucky to be rid of her.

A few other small things stand out. At one point attempting to read a book points out that itís too late, rather than points out that there is a giant wolf on your porch making that ill-advised. Also, lets be honest. How dense does the main character have to be (Spoiler - click to show)Ė itís a full moon, itís a wolf in the middle of town who you splint, and you wake up with a naked woman in your bed, with splint, andÖ. what? Not even the inkling, crazy as it is?

That leads into the operation scene and the following interactions where the main character is told about (Spoiler - click to show)Merissa being a werewolf which further points to the immeasurable denseness of the main character. There are almost shades of Lovecraft in this story as the characterís mind is described and being close to snapping Ė a very Lovecraftian twist that but unfortunately inexpertly described. When the operation is complete and the (Spoiler - click to show)babies are described, definitely the highlight of the game and quite original, and the main characterís perspectiveÖ shiftsÖ this is quite well written. However the panic he experiences when talking to Marissa and she claims (Spoiler - click to show)to be a werewolf was unrealistic, flat and inappropriate. Lovecraftian panic and madness is brought on by -seeing- things, experiencing things impossible and beyond the norm. Not simply being told things, itís easy to laugh off and disbelieve simple words. Not to mention that the idea of her being (Spoiler - click to show)a werewolf shouldnít have been quite -that- much of a shock really, not after the moon, the split, the (Spoiler - click to show)half-wolf-half-human puppies. Itís not like there wasnít warning that something strange was coming up now was it.

The ending was fairly obvious in the lead up and I must admit I played towards being (Spoiler - click to show)furry at the finish. I didnít go back for any of the other endings, but it tied up the plot nicely and the character interactions were interesting. Iíve always liked character conversations driving plot branches as a gameplay mechanic, but as iíve mentioned before iíve always preferred story to puzzles.

On the whole a decent little game that, with a little polish, could be quite recommendable. Well done Clare.
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This review was originally published on Silicon Dreams during the 2008 Interactive Fiction Contest.
https://frater.wordpress.com/2008/10/13/if-competition-2008-review-3-cry-wolf/

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
original, imaginative, well-written, November 24, 2008
by Jeremy Freese (Evanston, IL)
This is a very promising debut game whose competition version was undermined by several problems in implementation. The game however is imaginative, ambitiously plotted, and interestingly written, so it's an already enjoyable experience with especially strong potential if the author does a post-competition release.

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