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You've Got a Stew Going!

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- Audiart (Davis, CA), November 3, 2016

- nosferatu, July 3, 2016

A shortish parser game about two rats making a stew., June 9, 2016

In this relatively short parser game, you play as a rat helping to make a stew.

This game has a small map with several interesting NPCs. The goals are pretty easy tonaccpmplish, although some parts got me stuck for a bit.

This is a good, light game when you're in the mood for something quick and not too frustrating.

- Sobol (Russia), April 26, 2016

- hoopla, January 8, 2016

- Floating Info, June 21, 2015

- CMG (NYC), April 2, 2015

- Ghalev (Colorado), March 25, 2015

- EllaClass, November 2, 2014

- francisthe3rd (Horseheads, NY), January 23, 2014

- Mr. Patient (Saint Paul, Minn.), February 28, 2013

- QotC, November 19, 2012

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
You don't have to be a hero (RR #11), November 19, 2012
Some games put you in the role of a shining knight, rescuing princesses and kingdoms, defeating evil forces and powerful monsters. And in some games you're just a dirty, smelling rat. The latter is the case in You've got a Stew going by Ryan Veeder.

On your quest for ingredients to put in the namesake stew, you explore a small set of tunnels and openings to the surface. There are a few NPCs that can be interacted with, but conversation isn't too important or interesting. (Spoiler - click to show)I was trying my best to woo Fran, the female rat, but to no avail. There are some funny custom responses, but also some meta-references I could have done without. Puzzles are solvable though I would have wished for a less mono-dimensional way of solving some of them. (Spoiler - click to show)(e.g. the one with the girl.) Even after trying quite a few things I couldn't get the optional sixth point.

I like happy little games like this one, motivating the player by being humourous and giving him a concrete goal and solveable, logical puzzles.
In the case of You've got a Stew going, the game is very playable though on the short side and amongst aforementioned details lacking some more items to use, so I give it a pretty good


- Molly (USA), July 28, 2012

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Nice little game., May 20, 2012
A small but clever little game, where you are a mouse who needs to find ingredients for a stew. A kind of scavenger hunt.

Nice attention to detail and well polished. Nice humor and I loved the 9:05 reference.

The game is pretty easy. 6/6 here. To score one of the points, you have to be kind of cruel.

I got a big kick out of the dark humor and the slightly cruel edge to the game. Twisted, but in a very good way.

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
Short and Fun, May 1, 2012
I found this game fun and humorous. The object is to find enough food for your stew to make your stew a stew. It was also short which is why I liked it.

- Ruth A, April 14, 2012

- Meredith (California), December 4, 2011

- ifwizz (Berlin, Germany), December 3, 2011

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
Fun, but curious, December 3, 2011
by katz (Altadena, California)
Even accounting for the elusive last point, this is still an extremely short, simple game. I kept encountering situations where I expected the game to be more complex and was surprised when it wasn't: the locked gate, for instance.

This is doubly odd because the details of this world are so intriguing. In contrast to the standard animal's-view focus on describing normal human things from an animal's perspective, Veeder has developed a creative rat world that hints at underlying complexity--and yet, these details are never really needed within the game. I'd like to see more rat world and get a chance to put some of this information to work.

I'd also like to see some technical improvement: the clever responses in this game are still outweighed by stock answers, more items could be implemented, and there are a few spelling and grammar errors. Overall though, particularly given its length, it's a fun game.

- perching path (near Philadelphia, PA, US), October 7, 2011

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