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A version of Swigian with complete graphics
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For all systems. To play, you'll need a glulx interpreter - visit Brass Lantern for download links.
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Full code for Swigian. Usable under (CC BY 3.​0 US) license.

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by Mathbrush (as Rainbus North) profile


About the Story

I don't like talking. Let's build a fire.

Swigian is a minimalist game. It is long, but quickly finished, with few words and few complications.

Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: October 1, 2017
Current Version: Unknown
Development System: Inform 7
IFID: Unknown
TUID: cu0aiddqv6c2iati

Off-Site Reviews

The Breakfast Review
At the very least, the minimalist approach produces a stylised effect quite in keeping with the subject matter. Like those painted scenes on ancient Egyptian murals, or mediaeval iconography. It taps into the sense of the mythic.
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The prose is stark, and spare, and pitched evocatively for the genre itís evoking. If youíre a literature person, I absolutely do recommend giving it a go.
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In the Epic Age, heroes didnít ramble on, they just did stuff. In this game, thatís how it works. Why? Because that is how it is done. Period.
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Swigian is delightful. The game hits the sweet spot between puzzle adventure and story-driven interactive fiction. It will appeal to those who hark back to the "classic" Infocom days just as much as those with a more "literary" sensibility, and that is a rare feat indeed.
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These Heterogenous Tasks
The things you are actually doing are very simple. Mostly the correct act is obvious, and if not then the narrative voice will quickly remind you. The resulting continuous flow of action is just about right for a dream-like experience.
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