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About the StoryYour family is known to be expert language keepers in your village. Your specialty is an ancient, dead language called Ixteesh. You never thought it would be useful for much of anything, but then you are summoned to the city many days away. Something has been found and someone who knows Ixteesh is needed.
Now, you have been sent on this errand and you'll soon learn there is danger in this task.
35th Place - 23rd Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2017)
Narrativium - interactive culture
There is a good framework here. Everything in the room descriptions can be examined, and there are sensible responses to most actions involving them. The world-building is intriguing, it doesn't feel like generic Dungeons & Dragons...
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The Breakfast Review
The worldbuilding is thorough ... and absorbing. Like I said, I got a bit of a Robert E. Howard vibe from that sense of ancient empires and fallen civilisations. One almost expects a sequel involving Conan the Barbarian.
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A three-act fantasy game with a big cast of characters, November 16, 2017
This game casts you as a translator of ancient languages in a fantasy world. It's split up into three acts: a tense moment on a boat, a fight in a town, and a climactic finale in an archaelogical dig.
The overall story, the characters, etc. are all well-drawn. But the game is so big that more needs to be filled-in; more responses to synonyms and commands, more conversational topics, more alternate puzzle solutions.
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