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Allison and the Cool New Spaceship Body

by Tempe O' Kun and Samuel Pipes profile

Part of Shipfolk
Science Fiction, Children's
2016

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About the Story

Your name is Allison.

You're 10 years old and have a spaceship for a body.

When you were just a baby, you were in a really bad accident, so bad it almost killed you. To save you, doctors and an AI put your brain in a special machine that keeps you alive and lets you connect with computers. As you've grown up, your braincase has been plugged into better and better robot bodies. A few of the bodies were shaped like humans, but you like the ones that let you fly.

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Language: English (en)
Current Version: Unknown
Development System: Twine
Forgiveness Rating: Polite
IFID: Unknown
TUID: 5v4c1kdnzei6a004

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Charming adventures of a child in space, April 30, 2016
by verityvirtue (London)
Related reviews: sanguine
Time to completion: 30-40 minutes

You are 10-year-old Allison. When you were very young you were in a horrible accident, and since then you've used a cyborg body. But today, your parents have prepared a surprise for you... your own spaceship body!

The game is set in a space colony, in which AIs make up a major part of society. Despite that, there is still a distinct division between AIs and 'true' humans, leaving cyborgs like Allison in a grey area. The author takes full advantage of the world building by focusing more on exploration rather than plot - its approach felt a little like some of the moon scenes in Creatures Such as We. The writing is rightly described as charming.

Allison is, on the surface, about a girl's adventures, but the story world has enough detail to allow it to touch on more contentious subjects like discrimination, about identity, about growing up. It feels like a gentler version of Birdland, with its focus on relationships at school (even if those in Allison are entirely platonic), its child protagonist and its themes. Allison is a thoughtful, charming game with a nicely fleshed-out world - recommended.

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