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Snack Time!

by Hardy the Bulldog and Renee Choba profile

2008

(based on 39 ratings)
5 member reviews

About the Story

Can you help one hungry bulldog in his quest to find something good to eat? He would like that. A lot. [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: 12546339-D4E6-433D-8658-5F69A585446B
TUID: yr3y8s9k8e40hl5q

Awards

6th Place - 14th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2008)

Nominee, Best NPCs; Nominee, Best Individual NPC; Winner, Best Individual PC - 2008 XYZZY Awards

Editorial Reviews

SPAG
Snack Time! is a fine example of the good made great. You play the authorial bulldog. In a charming twist, though, you view your human caretaker as your own dimwitted but lovable pet who you must influence with your canine abilities in order to satisfy your munchies. This is a simple game with a simple story, but I loved every minute of it. It is a brief adventure, to be sure [...] but it is often hilarious and rewarding. (by Nate Dovel)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful:
A charming dogís eye view on having a snack, April 23, 2010
by Felix Larsson (Gothenburg, Sweden)
Related reviews: truce, [8]
A truly delightful little game!

You are a dog and youíre hungry. Itís not dinner time in many hours, so you need a snack. Unfortunately, youíre not very good at making sandwiches, so you must get your human pet to make one for you.

The puzzles are quite easy, but itís not the challenges that make this game but the consistent dogís eye view of and on everything. Dog is the measure of all things in this game: canine interests permeates every single description of the game world. What makes the game so charming is the way Choba (the author) exploits the fact that Hardy (the dog-PC) has a set of concepts that doesnít quite match the human playerís. For that purpose, a dozen words are worth a thousand perfect 3D-renderings.

(By the way, the same thing was done—to the same charming effect—by Admiral Jota in Lost Pig … and to a totally different but equally great effect in Shiovitzís Bad Machine and even in Granadeís IF version of Pong!)

More actions are implemented. I missed most of them first time playing the game. So, if you manage your snack too quickly, chances are that you can have some replay value for dessert.

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful:
A bite-sized treat, November 23, 2008
by Ron Newcomb (Seattle)
It can be a dog-eat-dog world out there. All Hardy dreams of is a dog-eat-sandwich world. But alas, his pet human is asleep on the couch again!

Snack Time! is a light-hearted little work where we play as Hardy the Bulldog and his epic, ten-minute, house-spanning quest to get something good to eat. Of course, lacking opposable thumbs makes things a little less straightforward than they should be. And so begin the puzzles, all of which are pretty easy.

No frustrations here save for the tummy grumbling, Snack Time! is a recipe for pure giggles.

(And Dino wins my Best Prop Of 2008 award!)

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
Spot-On Animal Game!, April 12, 2010
by Danielle (The Wild West)
Related reviews: animal games
When I played RALPH and A DAY FOR SOFT FOOD, I was hoping for a couple of great animal games, where I could slip out of the human mindset and check out a different perspective on life.

But I felt both the abovementioned games suffered from hard-to-comprehend puzzles and really hostile NPC owners ruining the fun.

So what a delight when I picked up SNACK TIME! It's not very big, no, but I had a lot of fun exploring the little apartment from the Hardy's POV. It has a lot of cute humor sprinkled throughout.

The action for the last point wouldn't have occurred to me, but that's a nitpick from me.

If you love animals, you've got to give this one a try.

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I'm looking for IF narrated by aliens, animals, anything.

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