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About the StoryWhat is it? It's a questionnaire. But don't ask too many questions. The subject is music. That's about all you need to know.
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I got through it and from a technical standpoint I'd at best give it a three.
But given how it left me feeling afterward, it definitely gets a 4. Well done.
The Role of Music in Your Life expands out into a dialogue-driven, minimal story about an anxious mother and her kid. The character development is handled deftly, especially when the kid in question speaks up, forming a good foil to his mother's perspective. Telling this story through just dialogue raised the possibility of an unreliable narrator, which gave a sinister edge to the mother's lines.
I was disappointed to find that, despite the choices, the story doesn't actually branch. It would have been satisfying, or at least fun, to see how different answers to the personality quiz-type questions affected how the mother treated the PC. Nonetheless, this minimal piece of CYOA has some very clever writing and a delicious use of unreliable narrator. I enjoyed it.
A survey game with a hook about childhood, August 1, 2017
Then it has a major shift, and ends up employing some interesting narrative techniques and text styling tricks to make some unusual points.
I like the trick, but I found it hard to pick choices that reflected the persona I wanted to put off.
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